ISI Hosts Human Language Technologies Conference

June 8, 2010

The 11th Annual Conference of the North American Chapter of the Association for Computational Linguistics was held June 1-6, 2010 in downtown Los Angeles, with extensive facilitation by the USC Information Sciences Institute.

More than 650 experts attended the gathering, which covered a broad spectrum of disciplines working towards enabling intelligent systems to interact with humans using natural language, and towards enhancing human-human communication through services such as speech recognition, automatic translation, information retrieval, text summarization, and information extraction.

This year had special focus on research with noisy data, including data from informal communications (such as Twitter, blogs, e-mail, SMS) and processed data (such as speech, OCR, historical data, and machine translation). The program consisted of full papers, short papers, demonstrations, and a doctoral consortium, as well as pre-conference tutorials and post-conference workshops.

The complete conference handbook is now available online; click on the logo to download.

ISI faculty carried key responsibilities for the meeting.

*David Chiang, Ed Hovy, Jonathan May, and Jason Riesa, all of ISI, were Local Arrangements chairs.

*Hovy also served as Southern California Sponsorship chair.

*Kenji Sagae was Exhibits co-chair.

*Liang Huang was Student Volunteer Coordinator for the event.

Papers authored by ISI researchers included:

Bayesian Inference for Finite-State Transducers
David Chiang, Jonathan Graehl, Kevin Knight, Adam Pauls and Sujith Ravi

Unsupervised Syntactic Alignment with Inversion Transduction Grammars
Adam Pauls, Dan Klein, David Chiang and Kevin Knight

Not All Seeds Are Equal: Measuring the Quality of Text Mining Seeds Zornitsa Kozareva and Eduard Hovy

The North American Chapter of the Association for Computational Linguistics (NAACL) provides a regional focus for members of the Association for Computational Linguistics (ACL) in North America as well as in Central and South America, organizes annual conferences, promotes cooperation and information exchange among related scientific and professional societies, encourages and facilitates ACL membership by people and institutions in the Americas, and provides a source of information on regional activities for the ACL Executive Committee.