ITU Copenhagen at NAACL 2018, New Orleans

We’re excited to be part of NAACL this year, in New Orleans. This conference is about using computational techniques to analyse and processing natural language – a powerful way of understanding how language works, and one of the hardest AI challenges.  You can find us in many places throughout the event.

At the Widening NLP workshop (WiNLP), Natalie Schluter will give an invited talk; “The glass ceiling in NLP”. Friday June 1st at 11am in Strand 12.

Barbara Plank will also be at the Widening NLP workshop, serving on the career panel. Friday June 1st in Strand 12, at 14.30.

The session on Phonology, Morphology and Word Segmentation (1) will be chaired by Barbara Plank. Empire B, 10.30-11.30, on Saturday, June 2nd.

On Saturday June 2nd, Natalie Schluter presents “The Word Analogy Testing Caveat“, identifying problems with analogy testing methods common in our field, and proposing solutions. Elite Hall B, 15.30-17.00.

Barbara Plank  will be on the Ethics in NLP panel in the Industry track; this is from 15.30-16.50, on Sunday June 3rd, in Empire D.

DuoLingo is a powerful education tool. Barbara Plank worked with Sigrid Klerke and Héctor Martínez Alonso on data from this source, as part of a shared task in the Building Education Applications workshop (BEA), which will be presented on Tuesday, June 5th at 14.00 in Strand 12A. The paper’s “Grotoco@SLAM: Second Language Acquisition Modeling with Simple Features, Learners and Task-wise Models “.

The Style-Var workshop on Tuesday June 5th covers stylistic variation. The closing invited talk is by Barbara Plank, “Author profiling from text and beyond”, in Bolden 3, at 16.00.

The PEOPLES workshop covers computational modeling of people’s opinions, personality, and emotions in social media. Barbara Plank is chairing this workshop, on Wednesday June 6th in Strand 11. 

Sub-word modelling is an effective tool that we’re almost all using. Barbara Plank published some great work on using this, and will give an invited talk at the SCLeM workshop on Wednesday June 6th at 11.00am:  Not All That Glitters is Gold (Bolden 6).

Enjoy the conference!

Barbara Plank joins NLP at ITU

We are proud to welcome Barbara Plank to ITU, as an Associate Professor in our Natural Language Processing group.

Barbara has been recognised consistently for her research, including multiple best paper awards, and been an industrious and successful contributor to our field. We are proud and excited to have her on board!

Data Ethics – ITU advises national expert group

Recently, we have seen a number of examples that consumers and businesses may have different perceptions of what characterizes good data ethics – such as the Facebook and Cambridge Analytica case.

Natalie Schluter and Jes Frellsen from ITU were invited to attend a discussion salon organised by the Danish state, aimed at gathering input to the national expert group’s further work on elaborating recommendations for data ethics. This included a wide range of philosophy, anthropology, computer science, AI, robotics, computer experts, entrepreneurship, companies, cultural history, sociology, education, etc.

Natalie Schluter presents at the expert group. Photo by Christiane Vejlø.

In the government’s expert group on data ethics, there are a series of open meetings to gather knowledge and input from interested citizens, companies, researchers and other external experts in the field. At these meetings, social values, challenges and opportunities for collecting and using data are discussed. This event was opened by Minister of Business Brian Mikkelsen and Chairman of the Expert Group, Christiane Vejlø, with a series of presentations followed by exercises and conversation.

More by ITU on data ethics (Danish): Digitale dilemmaer: Hvordan forandrer data den offentlige sektor?