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  • CS Colloquium: Nanyun Peng (University of Southern California) – Jointly Learning Representations for Low Resource Information Extraction

    Thu, Feb 01, 2018 @ 11:00 AM - 12:20 PM

    Thomas Lord Department of Computer Science

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    Speaker: Nanyun Peng , University of Southern California

    Talk Title: Jointly Learning Representations for Low Resource Information Extraction

    Series: Computer Science Colloquium

    Abstract: There is abundant knowledge out there carried in the form of natural language texts, such as social media posts, scientific research literature, medical records, etc., which grows at an astonishing rate. Yet this knowledge is mostly inaccessible to computers and overwhelming for human experts to absorb. Information extraction (IE) processes raw texts to produce machine understandable structured information, thus dramatically increasing the accessibility of knowledge through search engines, interactive AI agents, and medical research tools. However, traditional IE systems assume abundant human annotations for training high quality machine learning models, which is impractical when trying to deploy IE systems to a broad range of domains, settings and languages. In this talk, I will present how to leverage the distributional statistics of characters and words, the annotations for other tasks and other domains, and the linguistics and problem structures, to combat the problem of inadequate supervision, and conduct information extraction with scarce human annotations.

    This lecture satisfies requirements for CSCI 591: Research Colloquium. Please note, due to limited capacity in OHE 100D, seats will be first come first serve.

    Biography: Nanyun Peng is a computer scientist at Information Science Institute. She got her Ph.D at Johns Hopkins University. She is broadly interested in Natural Language Processing, Machine Learning, and Information Extraction. Her research focuses on low-resource information extraction, creative language generation, and phonology/morphology modeling. Nanyun is the recipient of the Johns Hopkins University 2016 Fred Jelinek Fellowship. She has a background in computational linguistics and economics and holds BAs in both from Peking University.

    Host: David Traum

    Location: Olin Hall of Engineering (OHE) - 100D

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Computer Science Department


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