UW/Microsoft Quarterly Symposium in Computational Linguistics

The UW/Microsoft Quarterly Symposium in Computational Linguistics provides a regular opportunity for computational linguists and speech and language technology researchers at the University of Washington and at Microsoft to discuss topics in the field and to connect in a friendly informal atmosphere.

Each symposium features two presentations, one from Microsoft and one from UW. In addition, symposia often include poster sessions and/or demos.

Participating Departments

Upcoming symposia

The next symposium and past symposia

DateLocationSpeakersTitlesAdditional presentations
05/16/2014

MSR

Yan Song and Fei Xia, UW Linguistics
Domain adaptation via effective feature engineering across domains
 
    Hany Hassan Awadallah, MSR
Graph-based Semi-Supervised Learning of Translation Models from Monolingual Data
 
01/31/2014

UW

Emre Kiciman (MSR), Scott Counts (MSR), Munmun De Choudhury (Georgia Tech), Bo Thiesson (Aalborg University), Michael Gamon (MSR)
Discussion Graphs: Putting Social Media Analysis into Context
 
    Cecilia Aragon and Michael Brooks, UW Human Centered Design and Engineering
Detection and Visualization of Emotion in Informal Text Communication
 
11/01/2013

MSR

Woodley Packard and Emily M. Bender, UW Linguistics
Predicting the Scope of Negation using Minimal Recursion Semantics
 
    Margaret Mitchell, MSR
Generating human reference to visible objects
 
05/17/2013

UW

Hoifung Poon, MSR
Grounded Unsupervised Semantic Parsing
 
    Chloe Kiddon, UW CSE
Knowledge Extraction and Joint Inference Using Tractable Markov Logic
 
02/22/2013

MSR

Hannaneh Hajishirzi, UW CSE
Learning with Weak Supervision in Grounded Language Acquisition
 
    Munmun De Choudhury, MSR
Mining Online Social Behavior for Enhanced Behavioral Health
 
11/02/2012

UW

Lucy Vanderwende and Sumit Basu, MSR
Making Reading More Effective: Technologies to Help Information Seekers
 
    Tom Kwiatkowski, UW CSE
A Probabilistic Model of Language Acquisition from Utterance and Meaning
 
05/11/2012

Microsoft

Joint with NW-NLP 2012
Schedule
 
02/17/2012

UW

Cosmin Adrian Bejan, UW Biomedical Health Informatics
Using statistical feature selection to improve pneumonia identification
 
    Dominic Widdows, MSR
Learning and Reasoning with Semantic Vectors
 
10/28/2011

Microsoft

Yoav Artzi, UW/MSR
Towards Predicting Responses in Twitter
 
    Brian Hutchinson, UW/MSR Tensor Deep Stacking Networks for Phonetic Classification and Recognition  
    Aniruddh Nath, UW/MSR Generalizing Natural Language Instructions  
    Julie Medero, UW/MSR NLP in Patient-Directed Medical Displays  
    Amittai Axelrod, UW/MSR Topic Modeling for Statistical Machine Translation  
05/13/2011

UW

Gina-Anne Levow, UW Linguistics
Predicting Verbal Feedback across Cultures in Face-to-Face Conversation
 
    Mona Diab, Columbia Univ CCLS Automatic Processing of Arabic(s)  
02/18/2011

Microsoft

Luke Zettlemoyer, UW CSE
Learning to Follow Orders: Reinforcement Learning for Mapping Instructions to Actions
 
    Scott Yih, MSR Machine Learning Group Learning Discriminative Projections for Text Similarity Measures  
10/22/2010

UW

Tony Fader, UW CSE / MSR Machine Learning Group
Long Query Understanding with Wikipedia
 
    Amittai Axelrod, UW EE / MSR NLP Group Translation model adaptation  
05/14/2010 Microsoft Will Lewis, MSR MT Group Haitian Creole: How to Build and Ship an MT Engine from Scratch in 4 days, 17 hours, & 30 minutes  
    Hui Lin and Jeff Bilmes, UW Submodular Extractive Summarization  
01/22/2010 UW Ellen Lidin, MSR Machine translation and localization  
    Chris Quirk, MSR Extracting parallel sentences from Wikipedia  
    Anand Chakravarty, MSR Stress Testing an AI Based Web Service - A Case Study  
    Eduardo Alvarez-Godinez, MSR Test corpora development for machine translation evaluation  
    Michael Gamon, MSR Correcting non-native English using mostly native data  
    Efthimis N. Efthimiadis, UW iSchool Search Interaction in Context research group  
    William Lewis (Microsoft) and Fei Xia (UW Linguistics)

Applying NLP Technologies to the Collection and Analysis of Language Data to Aid Linguistic Research

 
    Emily M. Bender, UW Linguistics Grammar Customization with the LinGO Grammar Matrix  
    Mausam, UW CSE From Extracted Information to Knowledge: Current Research at Turing Center  
    Hoifung Poon, UW CSE Markov Logic in Natural Language Processing  
10/09/2009 Microsoft Stanley Kok (UW) and Chris Brockett (MSR) Hitting the Right Paraphrases in Good Time  
    Alan Ritter (UW) and Colin Cherry (MSR) Toward the Twuring Test: Conversation Modeling using Twitter  
    Hoifung Poon (UW) and Lucy Vanderwende (MSR) Joint Inference for Knowledge Extraction from Biomedical Literature  
04/10/2009UWVikram Dendi, MSRStanding in the User's Shoes - Enhancing the "Perceived Value" of Translation 
  Kevin Duh, UW EESemi-supervised learning for Ranking 
01/23/2009MicrosoftJeremy Kahn, UW LinguisticsUnlexicalizing the comma: an orthographic assist to statistical machine translation 
  Ye-Yi Wang, MSRVoice search of structured media data 
11/14/2008UWMeliha Yetisgen Yildiz, UW iSchool and Kiha Inc.Finding the Meaning of Medical Concept Correlations 
  Jian-Yun Nie, University of MontrealMachine translation and cross-language information retrieval 
06/06/2008MicrosoftDouglas Downey, UW CSEAutonomous Web-scale Information ExtractionPosters
  Chris Quirk, MSRModels for Comparable Corpus Fragment Alignment 
02/15/2008UWAmar Subramanya and Jeff Bilmes, UW EETraining Speech Recognizers with Uncertain Word BoundariesPosters
  Colin Cherry, MSR NLP GroupCohesive Phrase-based Decoding for Statistical Machine Translation 
11/02/2007MicrosoftHoifung Poon and Pedro Domingos, UW CSEJoint Inference in Information Extraction 
  Andreas Bode and Anthony Aue, Microsoft MT Incubation Team - NLP GroupFrom Research to Production - Issues & Lessons Learned 
04/20/2007UWJianfeng Gao, MSRA Comparative Study of Parameter Estimation Methods for Statistical Natural Language Processing 
  Marcus Sammer, UW Turing CenterPanlingual Lexical Translation 
02/16/2007UWEfthimis N. Efthimiadis, David G. Hendry, and Chong-Ki Tsang, UW iSchoolExperiments in Query Expansion 
  Hisami Suzuki and Kristina Toutanova, MSRGenerating Morphologically Rich Languages in MT 
10/20/2006MicrosoftFei Xia, William Lewis, and Dan Jinguji, UW LinguisticsTowards automatic enrichment and analysis of linguistic data for low-density languagesPosters
  Mark Johnson, Brown UniversityFeatures of Reranking Parsers 
04/07/2006UWSimon Corston-Oliver and Anthony Aue, MSRMultilingual Dependency Parsing using Bayes Point Machines 
  Michael J. Cafarella and Oren Etzioni, UW CSEA Search Engine for Natural Language Applications 
02/03/2006MicrosoftWilliam Lewis, UW LinguisticsLocating, Recognizing, and Converting Interlinear Text on the WebDemos
  Manuela Noske, Microsoft Windows Localizations GroupUnsupervised Acquisition of Ateso Morphology 
10/28/2005UWKenneth W. Church (MSR) and Ping Li (Stanford University)Using Sketches to Estimate Associations 
  Mari Ostendorf, Jeremy G. Kahn, and Dustin Hillard, UW EESpontaneous Speech: Challenges and Opportunities for Parsing 
04/22/2005MicrosoftKatrin Kirchhoff, UW EE Feature-Based Word Representations for Natural Language Processing
Posters
  Eric Ringger, Microsoft NLP GroupThe Role of Linguistics in Feature Engineering for Machine Learning in Natural Language Processing
 
01/28/2005MicrosoftJeff Bilmes and Karim Filali, UW EEGraphical Models and Machine Translation
Demos
   Chris Quirk, MSR Toward Syntactically Informed Statistical Machine Translation 
10/22/2004UWOren Etzioni, UW CSEWeb-scale Information Extraction in KnowItAll (Preliminary Results) Posters
  Mike Calcagno, Microsoft NLP GroupExtracting and Exploiting Type Information in Search-Related Scenarios 
03/12/2004MicrosoftMari Ostendorf, UW EEWeb-based Corpora: Modeling Language vs. Gathering CountsDemos
  Thierry Fontenelle, Microsoft NLP GroupA large bilingual lexical resource for word sense disambiguation 
01/23/2004UWRobert Moore, MSRTwo Paradigms for Natural Language Processing 
  Lesley Carmichael, UW LinguisticsProsodic Fortification in Error Resolution 
10/24/2003UWAndrea Jesse, Microsoft NLP GroupGrammar Checking in Microsoft Office XP 
  Emily M. Bender, UW LinguisticsGrammar Checking in the Arboretum: Finding and Curing Trees 

Last updated: 09/17/2014