For the upcoming TSD2017, the following outstanding and eminent keynote speakers with respectable expertise in the conference interest fields agreed to give their respective pieces of speech:

See the next section below for details about the speeches (topics, abstracts). By clicking onto the title of the speech (in italics) or the PDF icon behind it, you can see the PDF with the presentation (if available).


Eva Hajicova

Eva Hajičová

Professor of Linguistics – Institute of Formal and Applied Linguistics, Charles University, Czechia

A glimpse under the surface: language understanding may need deep syntactic structures 

Abstract:  Not yet available.

Biography:  Eva Hajičová, born August 23, 1935, is a professor of linguistics at the Faculty of Mathematics and Physics, Charles University, Prague. She graduated in English and Czech at the Faculty of Philosophy of Charles University and got her Ph.D. degree as well as the highest academic degree of DrSc in general and computational linguistics at the same university. Her interests cover theoretical linguistics as well as computational applications; she has concentrated on the semantic structure of the sentences, on the discourse phenomena and on different topics in computational linguistics.

She is a member of a number of editorial boards of international journals (Journal of Pragmatics, Computers and Artificial Intelligence, Linguistica Pragensia, Kybernetika) and the editor-in-chief of Prague Bulletin of Mathematical Linguistics. She was the first president of the European Chapter of the Association of Computational Linguistics (1982-1987) and the president of the international Association for Computational Linguistics in 1998; she is the President of the Societas Linguistica Europaea, 2006-2007, and the vice-president of the International Committee of Computational Linguistics.

She is the chairperson of the Prague Linguistic Circle, a member of the Linguistic Society of America, of Societas Linguistica Europaea and of several Czech scientific societies. She was awarded the Alexander von Humboldt Research Prize in 1995, the Medal of the minister of Education of Czech Republic in recognition of the pedagogical and scientific work in computational linguistics, 2003 and the ACL Life Achievement Award 2006. She is an elected member of the Learned Society of Czech Republic (since 2004).
Tomas Mikolov

Tomáš Mikolov

Research Scientist – Facebook AI Research Group, USA

Towards building intelligent machines that we can communicate with 

Abstract:  In the recent years, there has been growing interest in development of general artificial intelligence systems. I will describe some of our recent attempts to build such intelligent system, starting by specifying the end goal: A machine that accomplishes tasks via natural language. Further, I will discuss several simplifications we are considering to make this research project more manageable: Teaching the AI to communicate at first in simulated environments, and early focus on incremental learning to efficiently use small number of training examples. I will present a dataset that we recently published to help the research community in achieving these goals.

Biography:  Tomáš Mikolov is a research scientist at Facebook AI Research group since May 2014. Previously he has been member of the Google Brain team, where he developed and implemented efficient algorithms for computing distributed representations of words (the word2vec project). He obtained his PhD from the Brno University of Technology (Czech Republic) in 2012 for his work on recurrent neural network-based language models (RNNLM). His long term research goal is to develop intelligent machines that people can communicate with and use to accomplish complex tasks.
Rico Sennrich

Rico Sennrich

Research Associate – Institute for Language, Cognition and Computation, The University of Edinburgh, UK

(speech topic is not known yet) 

Abstract:  Not yet available.

Biography:  Rico Sennrich is a research associate at the Institute for Language, Cognition and Computation, University of Edinburgh. He received his PhD in Computational Linguistics from the University of Zurich in 2013, and has since worked at the University of Edinburgh, first funded by a SNSF post-doctoral fellowship, and now participating in EU-funded projects on machine translation (TraMOOC, QT21, SUMMA). His recent research has focused on modelling linguistically challenging phenomena in machine translation, including grammaticality, productive morphology, domain effects, and pragmatic aspects. His work on syntax-based and neural machine translation has resulted in top-ranked submissions to the annual WMT shared translation task in three consecutive years.
Lucia Specia

Lucia Specia

Professor of Language Engineering – NLP Group, Dept. of Computer Science, The University of Sheffield, UK

A picture is worth a thousand words: towards multimodal, multilingual context models 

Abstract:  Not yet available.

Biography:  Lucia Specia is a professor of language engineering at the Department of Computer Science of the University of Sheffield. Her research focuses on various aspects of data-driven approaches to multilingual language processing. She is the recipient of an ERC Starting Grant on Multimodal Machine Translation (2016-2021) and is involved in other funded research projects on Machine Translation (QT21 21 and CRACKER) and Text Adaptation (SIMPATICO). Before joining the University of Sheffield in 2012, she was Senior Lecturer at the University of Wolverhampton, UK (2010-2011), and research engineer at the Xerox Research Centre, France (2008-2009). She received a PhD in Computer Science from the University of São Paulo, Brazil, in 2008. She has published over 100 research papers in peer-reviewed journals and conference proceedings. She has served as area and programme chair, and on programme committees of numerous leading international conferences and journals, and organised a number of workshops and shared tasks in the area of NLP.
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