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CUNY-NLP: Computational Linguistics and Natural Language Processing Seminar at CUNY

This computational linguistics and natural language processing seminar is hosted by the NLP faculty members at the City University of New York. The aim is to invite talented researchers to give talks about state-of-the-art research in the field and stimulate collaboration opportunities. If you want to meet with any speaker individually after the talk, please send an e-mail to the host.

Special thanks to our CUNY-NLP Seminar Student Co-chairs, who coordinate logistics for the event: Justin Richards (Fall 2013, Spring 2014), Hernisa Kacorri (Spring/Fall 2013), Pengfei Lu (Fall 2012, Spring 2013), and Qi Li (Fall 2012).

The location of the seminar is usually The Graduate Center of CUNY, 365 Fifth Ave., New York, NY. During this semester, the event will usually be held in room Room 4102 (the Science Center), from 2:15pm to 3:30pm. You may need to show identification at the main desk of the Graduate Center and explain that you are attending a guest speaker event in room 4102 hosted by the Computer Science program. Additional dates may be added.

Spring 2014 Schedule

Date

Time

Speaker

Title, Abstract, Bio

Host

March
14

10:30am-
12:00pm

Richard Socher
(Stanford)

Recursive Deep Learning for Modeling Semantic Compositionality
The talk will be held in room 4430 of Grad Center. [abstract and bio]

Liang Huang

April
11

2:15pm-
3:30pm

Lei Chen
(ETS)

Automated Scoring: from Essays to Speeches and finally to Videos
[abstract and bio]

Liang Huang

Fall 2013 Schedule

Date

Time

Speaker

Title, Abstract, Bio

Host

Sept
20

2:15pm-
3:30pm

Yoav Artzi
(U. Washington)

Weakly Supervised Learning of Semantic Parsers in Interactive Systems
[abstract and bio]

Liang Huang

Sept
27

2:15pm-
3:30pm

Heng Yu
(Chinese Academy of Sciences / CUNY)

Max-Violation Perceptron and Forced Decoding for Scalable MT Training
[abstract and bio]

Liang Huang

Oct
25

2:15pm-
3:30pm

Chilin Shih
(UIUC)

Measures of Tone Difficulty
[abstract and bio]

Andrew Rosenberg

Nov
8

2:15pm-
3:30pm

Polina Kuznetsova
(Stony Brook)

Generation of Natural Language Descriptions for Images
[abstract and bio]

Liang Huang

Dec
2

11:45am-
1:45pm

Karen Livescu
(TTI-Chicago)

Multi-view learning of feature representations for speech (and language!)
[abstract and bio]
Note: Special day, time, and room (6496) at Graduate Center.

Andrew Rosenberg

Summer 2013 Schedule

Date

Time

Speaker

Title, Abstract, Bio

Host

June
7

2:15pm-
3:30pm

Wanxiang Che
(Harbin Institute of Technology)

Named Entity Recognition with Bilingual Constraints
[abstract and bio]
Note: Special time (2:15pm) and room (Science Center, room 4102).

Liang Huang

June
25

145pm
-3pm

Chin-Yew Lin
(Microsoft Research Asia)

Project Soul: Toward Social Big Data Analytics for Information Discovery and Recommendation
[abstract and bio] [slides]
Note: Special time (1:45pm) and room (6496, on the 6th floor of CUNY Graduate Center)

Heng Ji

August
1

11am-
12:30pm

Xiaoqiang Luo
(Google Research)

Two Decades of Coreference Resolution Evaluation
[abstract and bio]
Note: Special time (11am) and room (room 6495).

Heng Ji

Spring 2013 Schedule

Date

Time

Speaker

Title, Abstract, Bio

Host

Jan
31

11am-
1230pm

Dan Roth
(UIUC)

Constrained Conditional Models: Integer Linear Programming
[abstract and bio]
Note: Special room (Room 9205/9206) and time (11am).

Heng Ji

Feb
15

3pm-
4:15pm

Ryan McDonald
(Google)

Advances in Cross-Lingual Syntactic Transfer
[abstract and bio]
Note: Special room (Room 6496) and time (3pm).

Liang Huang

March
8

215pm-
330pm

Hao Zhang
(Google)

Efficient Higher-Order Dependency Parsing with Cube Pruning
[abstract and bio]

Liang Huang

April
5

215pm-
330pm

Masato Hagiwara
(Rakuten)

Word Segmentation and Transliteration in Chinese and Japanese
[abstract and bio] [Slides]

Heng Ji

April
25

415pm-
530pm

Imed Zitouni
(Microsoft)

Information Extraction Crossing Language, Robustness and Domain Barriers
[abstract and bio]

Heng Ji

April
26

215pm-
330pm

David McClosky
(IBM)

Co-dependent Information Extraction
[abstract and bio]

Heng Ji

May
3

215pm-
3:30pm

Alexander Rush
(Columbia)

Optimal Beam Search for Machine Translation
[abstract and bio]
Note: Room number 6496.

Liang Huang

May
9

11am-
1215pm

Zornitsa Kozareva
(ISI)

Knowledge Extraction and Taxonomization from the Web
[abstract and bio]
Note: Special time (11am) and room (Science Center, room 4102).

Liang Huang

Fall 2012 Schedule

Date

Time

Speaker

Title, Abstract, Bio

Host

Sept
7

215pm-
330pm

Liang Huang
(CUNY)

Structured Perceptron with Inexact Search
[abstract and bio]

--

Sept
21

215pm-
330pm

Thomas Francois
(Penn)

Computational readability: need for a domain-oriented approach?
[abstract and bio]

Matt Huenerfauth

Oct
19

430pm-
545pm

Daniel Bauer
(Columbia)

Context-Free Graph Grammars for Semantic Analysis, Generation and Machine Translation
[abstract and bio]

Liang Huang

Oct
26

215pm-
330pm

Yoav Goldberg
(Google)

Advances in Deterministic Dependency Parsing
[abstract and bio]

Liang Huang

Nov
5

215pm-
330pm

Qun Liu
(Dublin City University)

Context-Aware Rule-Selection for Statistical Machine Translation
[abstract and bio]

Liang Huang

Nov
9

215pm-
330pm

Jason Weston
(Google)

Neural Networks and Supervised Embedding Models for NLP and Retrieval
[abstract and bio]

Heng Ji

Nov
30

215pm-
330pm

Joakim Nivre
(Uppsala University)

Beyond MaltParser - Advances in Transition-Based Dependency Parsing
[abstract and bio]

Liang Huang

Dec
17

215pm-
330pm

Yulia Tyshchuk
(RPI)

Title to be announced
[abstract and bio]

Heng Ji

Spring 2012 Schedule

Date

Time

Speaker

Title, Abstract, Bio

Host

Feb
17

215pm-
330pm

Kevin Knight
(USC)

Location: Room C197, Graduate Center.
Language Translation and Code-Breaking
[abstract and bio]

Heng Ji

Feb
24

215pm-
330pm

Naushad UzZaman
(Rochester)

Interpreting the Temporal Aspects of Language
[abstract and bio]

Heng Ji

Mar
2

215pm-
330pm

Sarah Hoffman
(FactSet)

Information Extraction from Financial Documents
[abstract and bio]

Heng Ji

Mar
30

215pm-
330pm

Ani Nenkova
(Penn)

Improving features and models for automatic emotion prediction in acted speech
[abstract and bio]

Andrew Rosenberg

May
4

215pm-
330pm

Chris Brew
(ETS)

Short Answer Scoring at ETS
[abstract and bio]

Andrew Rosenberg

Fall 2011 Schedule

Date

Time

Speaker

Title, Abstract, Bio

Host

Sept
9

215pm-
330pm

Heng Ji
(CUNY)

Leveraging Redundancy for Cross-Source Information Extraction
[abstract and bio]

-

Sept
16

215pm-
3pm

Ang Sun
(NYU)

Cross-Domain Bootstrapping for Named Entity Recognition
[abstract and bio]

Heng Ji

Sept
16

3pm-
345pm

Qi Li
(CUNY)

Syntactic Approach vs. Semantic Approach to Temporal Slot Filling
[abstract and bio]

Heng Ji

Oct
14

215pm-
330pm

Alexis Heloir
(DFKI)

Sign Language Avatars: Animation and Comprehensibility
[abstract and bio]

Matt Huenerfauth

Nov
4

215pm-
330pm

Srinivas Bangalore
(AT&T)

Thinking outside the box for NLP
[abstract and bio]

Andrew Rosenberg

Nov
10

2pm-
3pm

Lev-Arie Ratinov
(UIUC)

NOTE: Room C203 of Graduate Center
Knowledge in Natural Language Processing
[abstract and bio]

Heng Ji

Nov
11

215pm-
330pm

Smaranda Muresan
(Rutgers)

Learning for Deep Language Understanding
[abstract and bio]

Heng Ji

Nov
18

215pm-
330pm

Kathy McKeown
(Columbia)

Natural Language Applications Across Genres: From News to Novels
[abstract and bio]

Andrew Rosenberg

Dec
2

215pm-
330pm

Yejin Choi
(Stony Brook)

In Search of Styles in Language: Identifying Deceptive Product Reviews, Wikipedia Vandalism, and the Gender of Authors via Statistical Stylometric Analysis
[abstract and bio]

Matt Huenerfauth

Dec
9

215pm-
330pm

Faisal Farooq
(Siemens)

Location: Room 9204, Graduate Center.
Information Extraction from Medical Documents: Why, what and how?
[abstract and bio]

Heng Ji

Spring 2011 Schedule

Date

Time

Speaker

Title, Abstract, Bio

Host

Feb
4

2pm-
3pm

Zofia Stankiewicz
(CUNY)
Satoshi Sekine
(NYU/RIT-NY)

Research at Rakuten Institute of Technology, New York (RIT-NY)
[abstract and bio]

Heng Ji

Feb
18

215pm-
330pm

Matthew Stone
(Rutgers)


Learning semantics and pragmatics from dialogue history
[abstract and bio]

Matt Huenerfauth

March
11

215pm-
330pm

Mitch Marcus
(Penn)


Acquiring linguistic structure automatically using minimal computation
[abstract and bio]

Matt Huenerfauth

March
25

215pm-
330pm

Adam Meyers
(NYU)


GLARF and the 2nd Stage of Parsing
[abstract and bio]

Heng Ji

April
8

215pm-
330pm

Prashant Parikh
(Penn)


Computing Meaning
[abstract and bio]

Heng Ji

April
29

215pm-
330pm

Andrew Rosenberg
(CUNY)


Speech is More than Noisy Text: Automatic Prosodic Analysis Techniques and Application
[abstract and bio]

-

May
25

1pm-
2pm

Min-Hsuan Tsai
(UIUC)


Content-based image retrieval with ontology
LOCATION: Queens College, Science Building, room 225.
[abstract and bio]

Heng Ji

May
25

2pm-
3pm

Guojun Qi
(UIUC)


Towards Semantic Knowledge Propagation from Text Corpus to Web Images
LOCATION: Queens College, Science Building, room 225.
[abstract and bio]

Heng Ji

June
6

2pm-
3pm

Asad Sayeed
(Maryland)


A distributional and syntactic approach to fine-grained opinion mining
LOCATION: Queens College, Science Building, room 225.
[abstract and bio]

Heng Ji

 

Fall 2010 Schedule

Date

Time

Speaker

Title, Abstract, Bio

Host

Oct
1

2pm-
230pm

Suzanne Tamang
(CUNY)

Adding Smarter Systems instead of Human Annotators: A Combined Approach to Slot Filling
[abstract and bio]

Heng Ji

Oct
1

230pm-
3pm

Adam Lee
(CUNY)

Enhancing Multi-lingual Information Extraction via Cross-Media Inference and Fusion
[abstract and bio]

Heng Ji

Oct
8

2pm-
3pm

Martin Jansche
(Google)

Automatic Transliteration of Proper Names: Practice and Experience
[abstract and bio]

Andrew Rosenberg

Oct
22

2pm-
3pm

Joel Tetreault
(ETS)

The Ins and Outs of ESL Preposition Error Detection
[abstract and bio]

Matt Huenerfauth

Nov
12

2pm-
3pm

Dan Bikel
(Google)

Language Technology Research at Google
[abstract and bio]

Heng Ji

Dec
10

2pm-
3pm

Fadi Biadsy
(Columbia)

Accent and Dialect Recognition
[abstract and bio]

Andrew Rosenberg

 

Summer 2010 Schedule

Date

Time

Speaker

Title, Abstract, Slides

Location

Aug
4

Noon-
130pm

Javier Artiles
(CUNY)

Web People Search
[abstract and bio]

Queens College, Science Building, Room A135

 

Spring 2010 Schedule

Date

Time

Speaker

Title, Abstract, Slides

Host

Feb
19

1245pm-
145pm

Zheng Chen
(CUNY)

Can One Language Bootstrap the Other: A Case Study on Event Extraction
[abstract and bio]

Matt Huenerfauth

March
5

1245pm-
145pm

Lijun Feng
(CUNY)

Automatic Readability Assessment
[abstract and bio]

Matt Huenerfauth

March
19

1245pm-
145pm

Paul Tepper
(Northwestern)

Modeling Iconic Gesture Generation in Humans and Virtual Humans
[abstract and bio]

Matt Huenerfauth

March
26

1245pm-
145pm

Nitin Madnani
(Maryland)

The Circle of Meaning: From Translation to Paraphrasing and Back
[abstract and bio]

Heng Ji

April
16

1245pm-
145pm

Sameer Maskey
(IBM)

Power Mean Based Algorithm for Combining Alignments in Speech-to-Speech Translation
[abstract and bio]

Andrew Rosenberg

April
23

1245pm-
145pm

Satoshi Sekine
(NYU)

On-Demand Information Extraction and Knowledge Discovery
[abstract and bio]

Heng Ji

 

May 7

1245pm-
145pm

Matt Snover
(Maryland)

Selective Translation-Model Adaptation: Learning Translation Rules from Monolingual Text
[abstract and bio]

Heng Ji

 

Fall 2009 Schedule

Date

Time

Speaker

Title, Abstract, Slides

Host

Sept
25

2pm-
3pm

Shubin Zhao
(Google)

Corroborate and Learn Facts from the Web
[abstract] [bio]

Heng Ji

Oct
2

12:45pm-
1:45pm

Amit Bagga
(Comcast)

Introduction to Cross-Document Coreference
(Guest lecture in Statistical NLP course.)
[abstract and bio] [slides]

Heng Ji

Oct
9

2pm-
3pm

Sam Brody
(Columbia)

Unsupervised Methods for Word Sense Disambiguation
[abstract and bio] [slides]

Matt Huenerfauth

Oct
23

12:45pm-
1:45pm

Andrew Rosenberg
(CUNY)

Expectation Maximization Tutorial
(Guest lecture in Statistical NLP course.)
[abstract and bio]

 

Oct
23

2pm-
3pm

Fei Huang
(IBM)

Confidence Measure for Word Alignment
[abstract and bio]

Heng Ji

Oct
30

2pm-
3pm

Ralph Grishman
(NYU)

Extracting Events and Active Learning of Event Detection Patterns
[details]

Heng Ji

Nov
6

2pm-
3pm

Jose Iria
(Sheffield)

Machine Learning Approaches to Text and Multimedia Mining
[abstract and bio]

Heng Ji

Nov
20

2pm-
3pm

Raul Fernandez
(IBM)

Expressive Text-to-Speech Synthesis: State-of-the-art and Challenges
[abstract and bio]

Andrew Rosenberg

Dec
4

2pm-
3pm

Matt Huenerfauth (CUNY)

A Motion-Capture Corpus of American Sign Language for Generation Research
[abstract and bio]

Andrew Rosenberg