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  • CS Distinguished Lecture: Rada Mihalcea (University of Michigan) - Moving Away from One-Size-Fits-All Natural Language Processing

    Thu, Feb 25, 2021 @ 04:00 PM - 05:20 PM

    Thomas Lord Department of Computer Science

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    Speaker: Rada Mihalcea, University of Michigan

    Talk Title: Moving Away from One-Size-Fits-All Natural Language Processing

    Series: Computer Science Distinguished Lecture Series

    Abstract: The typical approach in natural language processing is to use one-size-fits-all representations, obtained from training one model on very large text collections. While this approach is effective for those people whose language style is well represented in the data, it fails to account for variations between people, and often leads to decreased performance for those in the minority. In this talk, I will challenge the one-size-fits-all assumption, and show that (1) we can identify words that are used in significantly different ways by speakers from different cultures; and (2) we can effectively use information about the people behind the words to build better natural language processing models.

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    This lecture satisfies requirements for CSCI 591: Research Colloquium.

    Biography: Rada Mihalcea is the Janice M. Jenkins Collegiate Professor of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Michigan and the Director of the Michigan Artificial Intelligence Lab. Her research interests are in computational linguistics, with a focus on lexical semantics, multilingual natural language processing, and computational social sciences. She serves or has served on the editorial boards of the Journals of Computational Linguistics, Language Resources and Evaluations, Natural Language Engineering, Journal of Artificial Intelligence Research, IEEE Transactions on Affective Computing, and Transactions of the Association for Computational Linguistics. She was a program co-chair for EMNLP 2009 and ACL 2011, and a general chair for NAACL 2015 and *SEM 2019. She currently serves as ACL President. She is the recipient of a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers awarded by President Obama (2009), an ACM Fellow (2019) and a AAAI Fellow (2021). In 2013, she was made an honorary citizen of her hometown of Cluj-Napoca, Romania.

    Host: Xiang Ren

    Webcast: https://usc.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_05SDnJisSNa9_iJj-5PLfw

    Location: Online Zoom Webinar

    WebCast Link: https://usc.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_05SDnJisSNa9_iJj-5PLfw

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Computer Science Department


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