华为诺亚方舟实验室语音语义首席科学家刘群 应邀来校开展讲座

应史晓东教授邀请,华为诺亚方舟实验室语音语义首席科学家刘群来校于2019年11月11日上午9:30—11:30海韵行政楼C505,开展学术讲座,讲座主题为《预训练语言模型的研究与应用》。
在讲座中,刘群老师介绍了华为诺亚方舟实验室下的自然语言处理实验室的整体概况,让在场师生对实验室当前的研究方向以及在NLP上的学术贡献有所了解。讲座着重介绍了华为诺亚方舟实验室在预训练语言模型的研究和应用方面的一些进展。其中包括华为的中文预训练语言模型NEZHA、实体表示增强的预训练语言模型ERNIE、基于GPT的中文古诗生成、面向自然语言理解的预训练语言模型压缩TinyBERT等。讲座内容丰富详实,深入浅出,不仅重现了主流的预训练语言模型,还针对BERT存在的问题,探讨了如何优化、改进当前的预训练语言模型等问题,赢得了在场所有人热烈的掌声。演讲最后,刘群老师对同学们的提问一一给予解答,气氛热烈。

华为诺亚方舟实验室语音语义首席科学家刘群

天津大学熊德意教授及南京大学黄书剑副教授 应邀来校开展学术讲座

应史晓东教授邀请,天津大学熊德意教授及南京大学黄书剑副教授来校于2019年11月10 日 19:10 -21:30在海韵教学楼204开展学术讲座,主题分别为《自然语言处理:从研究到应用、从学术到产业、从过去到未来、从入门到进阶》与《人工智能与人——机器翻译的人机交互》
熊德意教授采用极简线条梳理自然语言处理的多个维度:从科学研究到技术应用,从学术探索到产业落地,从历史发展到未来趋势,介绍了自然语言处理的整体概况。在讲解的过程中,熊德意教授结合示例着重介绍了语言处理研究的四个大部分——基础研究、传统应用研究、NLP+应用研究以及相关领域交叉研究,同时也提出了NLP产业的各种机遇与挑战。讲座最后,熊德意教授阐述了当前自然语言处理存在的难点并发表了一些对于自然语言未来发展的个人看法。
黄书剑副教授的讲座主要分为两大部分,第一部分以生动的例子介绍了各个阶段的机器翻译研究工作,并解析了各种用于机器翻译的神经网络模型。第二部分以机器翻译的人机交互为例,对人机交互的发展历程以及现有的人机交互方式进行了整体的介绍。在讲座中,黄书剑副教授针对机器翻译过程中多种人机交互的方式如何与神经机器翻译模型结合进行了详细的介绍和探讨。内容丰富详实,深入浅出。
演讲最后,熊德意教授及黄书剑副教授分别对同学们众多的提问一一给予解答,在场师生受益匪浅。

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实验室四名师生参与第十五届全国机器翻译大会

2019年9月27日至29日,第十五届全国机器翻译大会(CCMT2019)在江西南昌举行。会议由中国中文信息学会主办,江西师范大学承办。来自国内外各高校、研究机构及相关企业等两百多名学者参与此次会议,就机器翻译相关研发工作展开讨论。实验室史晓东教授、陈毅东副教授、硕士研究生俞垚、周志洋参与此次会议。
本次会议邀请国内外知名专家进行特邀报告,实验室陈毅东副教授受邀参与机器翻译数据增强技术专题研讨会,就数据增强在机器翻译中的应用现状与前景与在场的学者展开讨论,反响热烈。此次评测任务中,实验室获得语音翻译评测任务第一名的好成绩,硕士生俞垚代表实验室作评测总结报告,并与其他参评队伍进行交流讨论。
CCMT为广大机器翻译工作者提供了一个良好的交流平台,加强国内外同行的学术交流,紧跟机器翻译的学术前沿,助力中国机器翻译领域的发展。望厦门大学自然语言处理实验室也能在今后的研究工作中更上一层楼。

图1 陈毅东副教授(左二)受邀参加机器翻译数据增强技术专题讨论会

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祝贺实验室“不能说的秘密-神经手语翻译”项目团队,荣获第一届中国研究生人工智能创新大赛校级选拔赛特等奖

2019年7月15日,第一届中国研究生人工智能创新大赛(原研究生移动终端应用设计创新大赛)暨厦门大学校级选拔赛成功举办。经过激烈角逐,在自然语言处理实验室陈毅东老师的指导下,由2018级信息学院智能科学与技术系研究生郑蒋滨同学组织的“不能说的秘密–神经手语翻译”项目团队荣获特等奖。项目以跨模态AI技术为核心创新,以公益情怀为设计初衷,致力于为手语使用者打造信息无障碍沟通的平台。此外,值得一提的是,特等奖名额一直秉持“宁缺毋滥”的原则,已经空缺好几年了,而今年,郑蒋滨团队的项目表现优异,获得了评委老师的一致认可。
祝愿他们在未来的国赛披荆斩棘,再获佳绩!

Call for Participants: Translation Summer School

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Translation Summer School
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On behalf of the organisers, I would like to announce the 8th
International Translation Summer School “SummerTrans VIII”, to be held
at the University of Innsbruck (Austria) from 8 to 17 July 2019.

Addressing anyone with an interest in translation, particularly student
translators, professional translators and translation researchers and
translator trainers, SummerTrans VIII will feature, among other things,
four hands-on workshops on translation technology:
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WeCNLP 2019 Call for Abstracts

The second annual WeCNLP (West Coast NLP) Summit is an opportunity to foster discussion and collaboration between NLP researchers in academia and industry. The event will include talks and a panel from research leaders on the latest advances in NLP technologies. The day will conclude with a happy hour and poster session where attendees can learn from each other in an informal setting.

We invite submissions in areas of NLP related, but not limited to, the following topics:

* bias and ethics in NLP.

* multimodal NLP.

* dialog and conversational AI.

* low resource scenarios in NLP.
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CFP: * Deadline Extension * Arabic NLP Workshop / Shared Task – Collocated with ACL 2019 *

The 4th Arabic Natural Language Processing Workshop (WANLP 2019) will take place on August 1, 2019 in Florence, Italy. The workshop is collocated with ACL 2019.
We invite submissions on topics that include, but are not limited to, the following:

– Basic core technologies: morphological analysis, disambiguation, tokenization, POS tagging, named entity detection, chunking, parsing, semantic role labeling, sentiment analysis, Arabic dialect modeling, etc.

– Applications: machine translation, speech recognition, speech synthesis, optical character recognition, pedagogy, assistive technologies, social media, etc.

– Resources: dictionaries, annotated data, corpus, etc.

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DEADLINE EXTENSION: 1st ACL Workshop on Gender Bias for Natural Language Processing

****DEADLINE EXTENSION OF WORKSHOP PAPERS TO 3rd MAY***

1st ACL Workshop on Gender Bias for Natural Language Processing

1st Workshop on Gender Bias for Natural Language Processing

2nd August, Florence

Gender and other demographic biases in machine learned models are of increasing interest to the scientific community and industry. Models of natural language are highly affected by such biases, and biases in widely used products such as Google Translate and Alexa are understandably causing distrust and alarm in the general public. Research into how to fairly represent gender in natural language models is emerging. Examples of this are approaches such as data curation which aims to reduce model bias via changes in training and evaluation data or approaches that are changing learning algorithms themselves. While these approaches show promising results, there is more to do to solve identified and future bias issues. In order to make progress as a field, we need standard tasks which quantify bias.
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EMNLP-IJCNLP 2019: Call for System Demonstrations

EMNLP-IJCNLP 2019 – Call for System Demonstrations

2019 Conference on Empirical Methods in Natural Language Processing and 9th International Joint Conference on Natural Language Processing (EMNLP-IJCNLP), Hong Kong, CHINA November 3-7, 2019.

https://emnlp-ijcnlp2019.org/

The EMNLP 2019 System Demonstration Program Committee invites proposals for the Demonstrations Program. Submissions may range from early research prototypes to mature production-ready systems. Of particular interest are publicly available open-source or open-access systems. We would like to encourage demonstrations of industrial systems as long as they prove technologically innovative given the current state of the art of theory and applied research in computational linguistics. Areas of interest include all topics related to theoretical and applied computational linguistics, such as (but not limited to) the topics listed in the conference call for papers.
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CFP: The 8th Workshop on Patent and Scientific Literature Translation (PSLT 2019)

First Call for Papers

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The 8th Workshop on Patent and Scientific Literature Translation (PSLT 2019)
DCU, Dublin, Ireland, 20th August 2019
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http://www.aamtjapio.com/pslt2019

Following the success of MT Summit 2017 Workshop on Patent and Scientific
Literature Translation, we are organizing the 8th Workshop on Patent and
Scientific Literature Translation (PSLT 2019) as a part of MT Summit 2019
in Dublin City University, Dublin, Ireland. While patent information is
still one of the major application areas of machine translation, the need
for translation of different kinds of scientific literature has also been
increasing rapidly. The workshop covers topic a wide range of topics related
to translation of scientific literature including patents, scientific
articles, and technical reports, which have common characteristics as well
as their own characteristics. The workshop, which consists of invited talks,
presentation of submitted papers, and free discussion will be an opportunity
for researchers and practitioners to get together and exchange their ideas
and experiences.
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