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  • NL Seminar-BUILDING ADAPTABLE AND SCALABLE NATURAL LANGUAGE GENERATION SYSTEMS

    Fri, May 26, 2017 @ 03:00 PM - 04:00 PM

    Information Sciences Institute

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    Speaker: Yannis Konstas, Univ. of Washington

    Talk Title: BUILDING ADAPTABLE AND SCALABLE NATURAL LANGUAGE GENERATION SYSTEMS

    Series: Natural Language Seminar

    Abstract: Traditionally, computers communicate with humans by converting computer readable input to human interpretable output, for example via graphical user interfaces. My research focuses on building programs that automatically generate textual output from computer-readable input. The majority of existing Natural Language Generation NLG systems use hard-wired rules or templates in order to capture the input for every different application and rely on small manually annotated corpora. In this talk, I will present a framework for building NLG systems using Neural Network architectures. The approach makes no domain specific modifications to the input and benefits from training on very large unannotated corpora. It achieves state of the art performance on a number of tasks, including generating text from meaning representations and source code. Such a system can have direct applications to intelligent conversation agents, source code assistant tools, and semantic based Machine Translation.



    Biography: A postdoctoral researcher at the University of Washington, Seattle, collaborating with Prof. Luke Zettlemoyer since 2015. His main research interest focuses on the area of Natural Language Generation NLG with an emphasis on data-driven deep learning methods. He has received BSc in Computer Science from AUEB Greece in 2007, and MSc in Artificial Intelligence from the University of Edinburgh 2008. He continued his study at the University of Edinburgh and received his PhD. degree in 2014. He has previously worked as a Research Assistant at the University of Glasgow 2008, and as a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Edinburgh 2014.



    Host: Marjan Ghazvininejad and Kevin Knight

    More Info: http://nlg.isi.edu/nl-seminar/

    Location: Information Science Institute (ISI) - 11th Flr Conf Rm # 1135, Marina Del Rey

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Peter Zamar

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