Title: Thinking outside the box for Natural Language Processing Location: Graduate Center Science Center Room 4102, 365 Fifth Ave., New York, NY Time: 2:15-3:30 Date: Nov 4, 2011 Thinking outside the box for Natural Language Processing Srinivas Bangalore AT&T Labs-Research Florham Park, NJ 07932 email@example.com Abstract: Natural Language Processing (NLP) has traditionally been thought of as a sequence of transformation boxes with each box progressively adding richer information to the input. While this block structure affords modularity in design of NLP systems, it is prone to error propagation from one step to the next. In this talk, I will present three instances of incorporating richer information derived from "outside the box", in the context of Speech-to-speech translation, Speech driven Question-Answering and modeling human-human dialogs tasks. Bio: Dr. Srinivas Bangalore is currently a Principal Member of Technical Specialist at AT&T Labs-Research. He received his PhD in Computer Science from University of Pennsylvania. Since joining AT&T in 1997, he has worked on many areas of natural language processing including Spoken Language Translation, Multimodal Understanding, Language Generation and Question-Answering. He has co-edited a book on Supertagging, authored over a 100 research publications and holds over 30 patents in these areas. Dr. Bangalore has been adjunct associate professor at Columbia University and a visiting lecturer at Pricenton University. He has been awarded the AT&T Outstanding Mentor Award and the AT&T Science & Technology Medal. He has served as an editorial board member of Computational Linguistics Journal and a program committee member for a number of ACL and IEEE Speech conferences.