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).


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:  Dr. 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.
Looking for more? As of now, the Organization Committee of the TSD2017 has not received confirmation from the other prospective keynote speakers. They will be published here as soon as their names are known and agreed.
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