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Date Speaker Title (click on title to show/hide abstract)Location

Winter 2019
Tuesday June 4, 1:30-2:30pm Dzmitry Bahdanau TBD
Tuesday May 28, 1:30-3pm Patricia Thaine (UofT) Privacy-Preserving Natural Language Processing Using Homomorphic Encryption
Tuesday April 23, 1:30-3pm Terry Regier (University of California, Berkeley) Semantic typology and the Sapir-Whorf hypothesis in computational perspective
Tuesday April 16, 1:30-3pm Bai Li (UofT) Automatic Detection of Dementia in Mandarin Chinese
Monday April 8, 2-3pm Lea Frermann (Amazon Core AI, Berlin)Modeling Dynamics in Language, Learning and Inference
Tuesday April 2, 1:30-3pm Jenny Xie (UofT) Text-based inference of moral sentiment change
Tuesday March 26, 1:30-3pm Julia Watson (UofT) Identifying the Evolutionary Progression of Color from Crosslinguistic Data
Tuesday March 19, 1:30-3pm Kawin Ethayarajh (UofT) Towards Understanding Linear Word Analogies
Tuesday February 26, 1:30-3pm Rebecca Knowles (Johns Hopkins University)Interactive and Adaptive Neural Machine Translation
Tuesday February 12, 1:30-3pm Gerald Penn (UofT) Can Deep Learning Compensate for a Shallow Evaluation?

Fall 2018
Tuesday November 27, 1:30-3pm Renato FerreiraChildren's overextension and the creation of chain complexes
Tuesday November 13, 1:30-3pm Eric CorlettProbability and Program Complexity for NLP
Tuesday October 30, 1:30-3pm Demetres KostasLearning the Brain Rhythms of Speech
Tuesday October 16, 1:30-3pm Nona NaderiComputational analysis of arguments and persuasive strategies in political discourse
Tuesday October 2, 1:30-3pm Ella RabinovichA Computational Approach to the Study of Bilingualism

Spring 2018
Tuesday April 24, 1:30-3pm Gagandeep SinghStatistical Parametric Speech Synthesis with focus on LDM based TTS
Tuesday April 10, 1:30-3pm Parinaz Sobhani, Georgian PartnersStance Detection and Analysis in Social Media
Tuesday March 20, 1:30-3pm Hector Martinez Alonso, Thomson ReutersAnnotation of Nominal Regular Polysemy
Tuesday Feb 27, 1:30-3pm Saif Mohammad, NRCThe Search for Emotions in Language
Tuesday Feb 13, 1:30-3pm Yang XuColexification across languages reflects cognitive efficiency
Fall 2017
Tuesday Dec 5, 1:30-3pm Menna El-AssadyVisual Analysis of Verbatim Text Transcripts
Tuesday Nov 28, 1:30-3pm Serena JebleeTBA
Tuesday Nov 14, 1:30-3pm Jeff PintoMachine Learning Approaches for Analyzing Various Data on Mental Health from a CAMH Project
Tuesday Oct 24, 1:30-3pm Gerald PennWhat Does it Mean to Parse with Categorial Grammar?
Tuesday Oct 10, 1:30-3pm Misha SchwartzMorphemes in translation: segmentation by grouping
Monday July 10, 3:00-4:00 Xiaodan ZhuSequential and Structured LSTM for Natural Language Inference
Monday July 10, 11:00-12:00 Tong WangMachine Comprehension by Question Answering and Question Generation
Thursday June 22, 10:30-11:30 Federico Nanni Topic-based and Cross-lingual Scaling of Political Text
Tuesday May 23, 1:30-3:30 Rory HarderInferences and Neutrality of the Deliberative 'Ought'
Tuesday May 9, 1:30-3:30 Nona NaderiRecognizing reputation defence strategies in critical political exchanges
Tuesday April 25, 1:30-3:30 Ellen KorcovelosStudying Neurodegeneration with Automated Linguistic Analysis of Speech Data
Tuesday April 11, 1:30-3:30 Barend BeekhuizenTBA
Tuesday April 4, 1:30-3:30 Hui Jiang, from York UniversityA New General Deep Learning Approach for Various Natural Language Processing Problems
Wednesday March 29, 11:00-12:00 Amaru Cuba Gyllensten (Swedish Institute of Computer Science)Factorization Machines and Word Embeddings
Monday March 20, 2:00-3:00 Hamidreza Chinaei Cognitive computing systems for healthcare
Tuesday March 14, 1:30-3:30 Yevgen MatusevychStudying cross-linguistic influence with computational models
Tuesday Feb 14, 12:00-2:00 William Tunstall-Pedoe(ML crosslist) Discussion on Evi's pre-acquisition technology on question-answering
Med. Sci. building, room 2170
Tuesday Feb 7, 1:30-3:30 Ofer ShaiUnlocking the World's Scientific Insights
Tuesday Jan 24, 1:30-3:30 Sean RobertsonLock-step features for Convolutional Neural Networks?
Fall 2016
Friday 16 September, 10:30--12:00 Ted Pedersen, University of Minnesota, Duluth (Joint work with Bridget McInnes, Virginia Commonwealth University)Improving Relatedness Measurements of Biomedical Concepts by Embedding Second-Order Vectors with Similarity Measurements (or: eating your own tail is good for you)

Winter 2016 (Default time: 14:00--15:30 Alternating Thursdays)
Mar. 31st Stephen ClarkEvaluating Compositional Distributed Semantic Models with RELPRON

Fall 2015
Nov. 5th Xiaodan ZhuSeveral Neural Network Models for Semantic Composition
Oct. 15th Frank Rudzicz, Stefania Raimondo, and Jorge Gomez GarciaPractice talks, etc.
Sep. 23rd G Wu and his colleagues (Maluuba, Inc) Advanced Conversational Systems with Deep Learning

Winter 2015
Feb. 11th Shalom Lappin Predicting Grammaticality Judgements with Enriched Language Models
(Joint work with Jey Han Lau and Alexander Clark)
Feb. 18th Hamidreza Chinaei Personalized Question Answering through User Topic Models
(Joint work with Luc Lamontagne, Francois Laviolette, and Richard Khoury)
May 4th William Li Language Technologies for Understanding Law, Politics, and Public Policy

Note special time 13h30


Fall 2014
Sept. 17th Krish Perumal Automatic Sequence Tagging of Argument Components in Persuasive Essays

Note special time 11h30

Oct. 1st Andre Cunha Coh-Metrix-Dementia: Automatic Analysis of Language Impairment in Dementia using Natural Language Processing Tools PT266
Oct. 15th Muyu Zhang Triple based Background Knowledge Ranking for Document Enrichment PT266
Oct. 29th Erick Galani Maziero Rhetorical analysis based on large amount of data PT266
Nov. 12th Youness Aliyari Mean shift type algorithms and their applications PT266

Summer 2014
May 29th Hal Daume III The Many Flavors of Language: Understanding and Adapting Statistical Models

Note special time 11h00

Jun. 20 Pushpak Bhattacharyya
(IIT Bombay)
Multilingual Projection

Note special time 14h00

Jul. 17 Brian McMahan Towards Real-World Conversational Competence: A Bayesian Approach to the Meanings of Color Descriptions

Note special time 11h00

Aug. 1st Carlos Ramisch Multiword expressions? Who cares...BA5256
Aug. 8th Nathan Schneider (Carnegie Mellon University) Bridging the Gap: Integrated Development of Linguistic Resources and Analyzers for NLP

Note special time 11h00


Winter 2014
Apr. 9 Hong Yu
(Univ. of Massachusetts, Amherst)
Biomedical Natural Language Figure Processing

Note special time 13h00--14h00


Fall 2013
Sep. 18 Katie Fraser Automatic text and speech processing for the detection of dementia (Practice research proposal) PT266
Sep. 18 Abdel-Rahman Mohamed Deep Neural Network acoustic models for ASR BA5256
Oct. 2 Varada Kolhatkar Interpreting Anaphoric Shell Nouns using Antecedents of Cataphoric Shell Nouns BA5256
Oct. 9 Julian Brooke Hybrid Models for Lexical Acquisition of Correlated Styles BA5256
Oct. 16 Graeme Hirst Finding positions in parliamentary textBA5256
Oct. 30 Nona Naderi Automated Extraction of Protein Mutation Impacts from the Biomedical Literature

Note special time 11h00

Nov. 15 Haiying Li A New Measure of Text Formality: An Analysis of Discourse of Mao ZedongBA5256
Nov. 27 Karen Livescu Learning from Speech Production for Improved RecognitionBA5256
Dec. 18 Pascal Poupart Exact Bayesian Learning for Latent Dirichlet Allocation by Moment MatchingBA5256

Summer 2013
Jul. 10 Paul Cook User-level geolocation prediction in social media
Jun. 26 Paul Cook Automatic identification of novel word-senses

Winter 2013
Apr. 24 Fraser Shein iWordQ: Pragmatics of word prediction to assist struggling and emerging readers and writers
Feb. 19 Hui Jiang Why Deep Neural Network (DNN) Works for Acoustic Modelling in Speech Recognition?

Note special time 10h00--11h30

Fall 2012
Sept. 10 Coco Wang Interpreting Intentions of Speech

Note special time 10h00--11h30

Oct. 31 Alistair Kennedy Measuring Semantic Relatedness Across Languages
Nov. 14 Barend Beekhuizen Learning relational meanings from situated caregiver-child interaction: A computational approach
Nov. 21 Aditya Bhargava Leveraging supplemental transcriptions and transliterations via re-ranking

Note special time 11h00--12h00

Nov. 28 Rouzbeh Farahmand Flexible Structural Analysis of Near-Meet-Semilattices for Typed Unication-based Grammar Design

Note special time 11h00--12h00

Dec. 5 Frank Rudzicz Communicating with Machines: An Introduction to SPOClab

Winter 2012
Jan. 13 Julia Hirschberg Entrainment in Prosody, Turn-taking, and Social Behaviors

Note special time: 9h30--11h00

Jan. 18 Heike Zinsmeister Towards Gold Corpora for Abstract Anaphora Resolution
Feb. 3 Ciprian Chelba Language Modeling for Automatic Speech Recognition Meets the Web: Google Search by Voice

Note special time and location: 10h00--12h00 in BA5256

Feb 10 Wael Khreich Adaptive Techniques for Statistical Machine Translation in Industrial Environment

Note special time and location: 10h00--12h00 in BA5256

May 8 Manfred Stede CANCELLED The structure of argument: Manual (and automatic) text annotation
May 31 Eduard Hovy NLP: Its Past and 3½ Possible Futures

Note special time: 10h30--12h00

August 15 Mehdi Hafezi Manshadi Dealing with quantifier scope ambiguity in deep semantic analysis

Note special time: 10h30--12h00

Fall 2011
Sep. 20 Dan Roth Learning from Natural Instructions

Note special time: 9h30--11h00

Oct. 5 Kathleen Fraser Projected Barzilai-Borwein Method with Infeasible Iterates for Nonnegative Image Deconvolution
Oct. 26 Sravana Reddy Unsupervised Learning of Pronunciations

Note special time: 10h30--12h00

Nov. 16 Alistair Kennedy A Supervised Method of Feature Weighting for Measuring Semantic Relatedness

Note special time: 10h30--12h00

Nov. 23 Ulrich Germann Resolving Word-Order Differences in German-to-English Machine Translation
Dec. 7 Atefeh Farzindar Trusted Automatic summarization and translation of Legal Information

Winter 2011
Feb. 4 Kinfe Tadesse Mengistu Adapting Acoustic and Lexical Models to Dysarthric Speech
Feb. 18 Chris Parisien Finding Structure in the Muck: Bayesian Models of How Kids Learn to Use Verbs
Mar. 4 Antti Arppe How to THINK in Finnish? -- Making sense of multivariate statistical analysis of linguistic corpora
Mar. 21 Uzzi Ornan Semantic Search Engine

Note special place and time: PT266 from 10h30--12h00

Mar. 22 Mark Hasegawa-Johnson Semi-Supervised Learning for Spoken Language User Interface

Note special place and time: PT266 from 11h00--13h00

Apr. 1 Vivian Tsang Error Recovery in Learning

Fall 2010
Sept. 24 Suresh Manandhar Graph based methods for inducing word senses

Note special place: BA5256

Oct. 25 Yuji Matsumoto Japanese National Corpus Project and Corpus Tools

Note the atypical day and time: 25 Oct at 9h30. The meeting will be held in PT266.

Oct. 25 Eric Nichols Statement Map: Reducing Web Information Noise through Opinion Classification

Note the atypical day and time: 25 Oct at 9h30. The meeting will be held in PT266.

Oct. 29 Bob Carpenter Hierarchical Models of Data Coding: Inferring Ground Truth along with Annotator Accuracy, Bias, and Variability
Nov. 12 Tim Fowler Parsing with categorical grammars
Nov. 26 Tong Wang Associating Difficulty in Near-Synonymy Choice with Types of Nuance using Core Vocabulary
Dec. 10 Vanessa (Wei) Feng Classifying arguments by scheme

Winter 2010
Mar. 3 Frank Rudzicz Adaptive kernel canonical correlation analysis for estimation of task dynamics from acoustics
Mar. 17 Chris Parisien CANCELLED: Learning verb alternations in a usage-based Bayesian model
Apr. 14 Aida Nematzadeh TBD
Apr. 15 Jackie C.K. Cheung Parsing German Topological Fields with Probabilistic Context-Free Grammars

Fall 2009
Sep. 1 Barrou Diallo Research in Chinese machine translation at the European Patent Office

Note special time: 9h00 (not 9h10) to 10h00

Sep. 2 Akira Ushioda MT research and development in Japan

Note special time and place: PT378 at 11h00

Sep. 16 CL Group Fall 2009 welcoming meeting
Sep. 23 Varada Kolhatkar An extended analysis of a method of all words sense disambiguation
Oct. 7 Mohamed Attia Automatic full phonetic transcription of Arabic script
Oct. 21 Julian Brooke A semantic approach to automated text sentiment analysis
Nov. 4 Paul Thompson Semantic Hacking
Nov. 18 Gabriel Murray Summarizing Conversations in Various Modalities
Dec. 2 Daphna Heller The use of common ground information in real-time comprehension and production

Winter 2009
Jan. 16 Shalom Lappin Expressiveness and Complexity in Underspecified Semantics
Feb. 27 Canceled Graduate Visit Day
Mar. 13 Shane Bergsma Web-Scale Models of Natural Language
Mar. 20 Yang Liu Extractive summarization and keyword extraction using meeting transcripts
Mar. 27 Abdel-Rahman Mohamed Hafss, A Computer Aided Pronunciation Learning system
Apr. 3 Tong Wang Extracting Synonyms from Dictionary Definitions

Fall 2008
Sep. 19 Naishi Liu A Reduced Graph Model of Jokes
Oct. 3 Anatoliy Gruzd Name Networks: A Content-Based Method for Automated Discovery of Social Networks to Study Collaborative Learning
Oct. 17 Prof. Iryna Gurevych Putting the "Wisdom-of-Crowds" to Use in NLP: Collaboratively Constructed Semantic Resources on the Web
Oct. 31 Fraser Shein WordQ and SpeakQ software: Writing made easier
Nov. 7 Libby Barak Keyword based Text Categorization
Nov. 28 TBD To be determined
Dec. 5 Hani Safadi Crosslingual implementation of linguistic taggers using parallel corpora
Dec. 9 Dan Jurafsky Distinguished Lecture Series Colloquium

Note special time and place: 11:00-13:00, Bahen 1180

Winter 2008
Jan. 18 Frank Rudzicz Speech Recognition and Computational Linguistics: How to wreck a nice beach whenever a wand Aztecs
Jan. 30 Rada Mihalcea Linking Documents to Encyclopedic Knowledge: Using Wikipedia as a Source of Linguistic Evidence

Note special time and place: 10:30-12:00, Pratt 266

Feb. 15 Graeme Hirst Real-word spelling correction with trigrams: A reconsideration of the Mays, Damerau, and Mercer model
Feb. 29 Cancelled Graduate Visit Day
Mar. 14 (Afra Alishahi || Afsaneh Fazly) A Probabilistic Incremental Model of Word Learning in the Presence of Referential Uncertainty
Mar. 28 Chris Parisien An Incremental Bayesian Model for Learning Syntactic Categories
Apr. 11 Tim Fowler Navigating the parsing landscape

Fall 2007
Sept. 14 CL Group Fall 2007 Welcoming Meeting
Sept. 28 Gerald Penn The Quantitative Study of Writing Systems
Oct. 12 Paul Cook Pulling their Weight: Exploiting Syntactic Forms for the Automatic Identification of Idiomatic Expressions in Context
Oct. 26 Cancelled Cancelled
Nov. 9 Graeme Hirst Views of Text-Meaning in Computational Linguistics
Nov. 23 Diana Raffman Psychological Hysteresis and the Nontransitivity of Insignificant Differences
Dec. 7 TBD TBD