We are delighted to welcome Amrith Krishna to NLP at ITU! Amrith introduces himself:
A Passepartout when it comes to my research interests. Broadly, I am interested in anything that comes under computational linguistics and Natural Language Processing. Specifically, my research interests lie in Morphology, Free word order languages, structured prediction, and program synthesis. My Ph.D. thesis titled, “Addressing Characteristics for Data-Driven Modelling of Lexical, Syntactic and Prosodic Tasks in Sanskrit”, was under the supervision of Prof Pawan Goyal at the Dept. of Computer Science and Engineering, IIT Kharagpur (under review). Currently, I work with Dr. Natalie Schluter, where we explore research at the intersection of formal languages, algorithms, and machine learning.
We’re glad to have the following papers at the Annual meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics 2019 (ACL) in Florence:
Claudio Greco Barbara Plank, Raquel Fernández, Raffaella Bernardi. Psycholinguistics meets Continual Learning: Measuring Catastrophic Forgetting in Visual Question Answering. In ACL 2019. Tuesday July 30, 15:03, Hall 4
Nils Rethmeier and Barbara Plank. MoRTy: Unsupervised Learning of Task-specialized Word Embeddings by Autoencoding. In RepL4NLP, ACL 2019 workshop. Friday August 2
Barbara Plank has also co-chaired the entire set of workshops at ACL conferences this year, including ACL and also NAACL and EMNLP. Also, rumour has it that Natalie Schluter may be making a presentation during the final day’s closing talks. Enjoy Florence, and we hope to see you here!
We are delighted to welcome Manuel Ciosici to NLP at ITU! Manuel has recently handed in his Ph.D. thesis at Aarhus University. During his studies, Manuel researched word representations and their role in Natural Language Processing. Word representation induction methods take in large corpora of natural language text and compute ways to represent words in such a way that makes words understandable by computer algorithms. He studied word representations based on word clusters and showed that they are highly effective at learning to represent syntactic information. With word representations based on word vectors he proposed a method for determining the meaning of abbreviations based on their use in sentences.
Manuel will be doing postdoc work with Leon Derczynski, researching deep learning approaches to multi-lingual stance detection for misinformation detection, as part of the internal MultiStance project funded by ITU Computer Science.
ITU’s Natalie Schluter has won a prestigious infrastructure award from the Carlsberg Foundation. The goal of the grant is to improve the level language technology for Danish, affecting the digital lives of all Danish citizens. The project implements a bootstrapping methodology for high-speed, high-quality development of large-scale Danish language research resources: syntactic, semantic, and discursive. In doing so, it will quickly bring the Danish language into relevant realms of modern research, in particular for Deep Learning research. This project is allocated 800,000 kr. and officially starts in Spring 2019; the outputs will be a basic foundation for future researchers and technology companies working with/in Danish.
The project title is Danish Language Inclusion: High-speed high-quality bootstrapping of large-scale research resources. The PI is Associate Professor Natalie Schluter, who also runs the Data Science program at ITU and is part of the WIDS Denmark conference leadership, also funded in 2019 by the Carlsberg Foundation.
Barbara Plank from ITU’s Natural Language Processing (NLP) research group has received a prestigious Amazon Research Award (ARA) for her work on multi-task deep learning for NLP under adverse conditions. Such adverse conditions include learning for noisy domains up to the extreme case of adaptation, learning new languages. The project will be carried out in collaboration with Amazon Alexa AI, Aachen. The aim of the project is to expedite natural language understanding to dozens of domains and languages.
The ARA awards are granted to foster innovation and collaboration with major research institutions around the globe. The annual award offers up to $80,000 in funding to faculty members at academic institutions worldwide and $20,000 in Amazon Web Service credits to support research in a variety of Artificial Intelligence areas such as computer vision, natural language processing, robotics and security.
We are delighted to welcome Dr. Andreas Søeborg Kirkedal to NLP at ITU! Dr. Kirkedal will be collaborating, and working as a lecturer.
I am interested in speech recognition and related NLP tasks such as language modelling, intent classification, dialogue modelling and NLU.
I am an external lecturer at the IT university of Copenhagen, in the NLP research group where I will give lectures on automatic speech technology and a mini-project on language modelling. I am also a Sr. speech research scientist at Interactions LLC where I create ASR models for a variety of uses and research transfer learning and multilingual ASR.
Independent researcher, consultant and CEO at Seacastle
Chief Science Officer, Corti ApS
Postdoctoral researcher in ASR, University of Copenhagen
Industrial PhD researcher, Mirsk Digital ApS
Scientific Assistant, Danish Centre for Applied Speech Technology and Centre for Research in Translation Technology at Copenhagen Business School
Student Researcher, Machine Translation group at German Research Centre for Artificial Intelligence, Saarbrücken, Germany
PhD in Automatic Speech Recognition
Erasmus Mundus Master programme in Language, Communication and Technology:
M.Sc. Language Science and Technology from Universität des Saarlandes in Saarbrücken
M.Sc. Cognitive Science and Applications from Université de Lorraine in Nancy
BA.ling.merc in English and communication from Copenhagen Business School
The result for my PhD thesis work and basis for a lot of the work and research that came after. To my knowledge, it is still the only public ASR system for Danish complete with data and training recipe (not up to date with the latest developments of Kaldi).
Our group has had success at EMNLP 2018 (Empirical Methods in Natural Language Processing) to be held in Brussels; excellent news! See us here:
Dimensions of Variation in User-generated Text. Leon Derczynski
Thursday Nov 1 at 9:05, keynote at the Workshop on Noisy, User-generated Text (WNUT).
Toward Universal Dependencies for Shipibo-Konibo. Alonso Vásquez, Renzo Ego Aguirre, Candy Angulo, John Miller, Claudia Vil- lanueva, Željko Agic, Roberto Zariquiey and Arturo Oncevay.
Thursday Nov 1 at 11:00–12:30, at the Workshop on Noisy, User-generated Text (WNUT).
Learning X^2 – Natural Language Processing Across Languages and Domains. Barbara Plank
Thursday Nov 1 at 14:00, keynote at the Universal Dependencies Workshop (UDW).
Low-resource named entity recognition via multi-source projection: Not quite there yet? Jan Vium Enghoff, Søren Harrison and Željko Agić
Thursday Nov 1 at the Workshop on Noisy, User-generated Text (WNUT); 14:45–15:15 Lightning Talks & 15:15–16:30 Poster Session
Session 1B, Semantics is chaired by Natalie Schluter
Friday Nov 2, 11:00-12:30
Distant Supervision from Disparate Sources for Low-Resource Part-of-Speech Tagging. Barbara Plank and Željko Agić
Friday Nov 2 at 13:45 (Multilingual Methods I session, first talk after lunch).
Session 6D, Multilingual Methods II is chaired by Barbara Plank
Saturday Nov 3, 11:00-12:30
The glass ceiling in NLP. Natalie Schluter.
Saturday Nov 3, 13:45; Session 7B Social Applications II
When data permutations are pathological: the case of neural natural language inference. Natalie Schluter and Daniel Varab.
Sunday Nov 4, 13:45. Semantic Parsing and Semantic Inference posters
We are delighted to welcome Dr. Sigrid Klerke to NLP at ITU! Sigrid completed her PhD at Copenhagen University and has since worked in industry. Dr. Klerke was a fundamental part of EyeJustRead, who develop an advanced tool that can support early reading through eye-tracking that enables students and teachers to better understand and work with the specific students challenges.
Her research focuses on finding ways to make good use of old and new language technologies for teaching the finer details of speaking a non-native language, and Sigrid will be doing post doc work with Barbara Plank.