2018 Conference on Empirical Methods in Natural Language Processing (EMNLP 2018)

Conference Venue

Hello everyone. I hope you are all fine and enjoying this beautiful winter. 🙂

Recently I have attended the EMNLP 2018 conference. It was held in Brussels, Belgium at the city center from 31 October to 04 November.

Just a few statistics about the conference,

EMNLP 2018 had 14 workshops, six tutorials, three invited speakers, 351 long paper presentations, 198 short paper presentations, 10 TACL paper presentations, and 29 demos. It received 2,231 valid submissions, a 48% increase over EMNLP 2017.

I attended the ”LOUHI 2018”, the Ninth International Workshop on Health Text Mining and Information Analysis and the BlackboxNLP: Analyzing and interpreting neural networks for NLP workshop. The ”LOUHI 2018”, the health text mining and information analysis workshop provided an excellent overview of the current trend in this area. The total number of attendee was close to a hundred. I have observed that most of the works there are based on deep neural networks, and they have particular importance on interpretability. The BlackboxNLP workshop was focused on this interpretability issue, and I have learned some recent trends there. I have written a short report about some papers of the the conference that can be sent on request.

Brussels is a magnificent city. During the lunchtime, I tried to visit as much as possible the city center. I tried the Belgian chocolate, french fries, and the famous waffle. They were mouth watering delicious.

Overall it was an excellent experience for me. I met a lot of new people who are working in the same direction as mine. I learned some new concepts. Most importantly, it gave me immense strength and assurance that, I am not alone in this journey. There are a lot of researchers in this area. I can always learn from them.

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SLTC 2018 SprÄkteknologikonferens 7-9 nov 2018

The Seventh Swedish Language Technology Conference (SLTC-2018 ) 7–9 November 2018 gĂ„r av stapeln pĂ„ Juristerna hus pĂ„ Frescati pĂ„ Stockholms universitet. DSV Ă€r med och organiserar den med tillsammans Lingvistiken pÄ Stockholms universitet. LĂ€s pressrelease om nĂ€ttroll, “fake news” och pratande robotar.

Och nu nÀr konferensen Àr över med över 110 registrerade deltagare en bloggpost frÄn
TT NyhetsbyrÄn med titeln TT pÄ konferens om sprÄkteknologi.

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Andrea Andrenuccis Dissertation successfully defended on Oct 29, 2018

Andrea Andrenucci defended successfully his dissertation with the title Using Language Technology to Mediate Medical Information on Health Portals – User Studies and Experiments on Monday Oct 29 2018. Opponent was Dr. Diego Molla-Aliod, from Macquarie University, Sydney Australia.

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Apprenticeship Simulation presented at EDOC

Martin Henkel and Ilia Bider demonstrated the teaching concept of Apprenticeship Simulation at the EDOC conference in Stockholm. Apprenticeship Simulation makes use of multi-media sources to present realistic cases that the student can work with. The concept is specially designed for teaching subjects which include both tacit and explicit knowledge, such as Enterprise Modelling (EM). As a part of the demonstration, a Case-Based Immersive Learning Environment used for teaching at Stockholm University was shown.

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Nailing of Andrea Andrenucci’s PhD thesis

Today Andrea Andrenucci nailed his PhD thesis. (Spikning av avhandling)

Andrea nailing his PhD thesis

Co-supervisor Sumithra Velupillai on Skype and supervisor Hercules Dalianis holding the laptop.

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The Seventh Swedish Language Technology Conference (SLTC 2018) at Frescati, 7-9 nov 2018

Dear all!

Don’t miss to register for  The Seventh Swedish Language Technology Conference (SLTC 2018) at Frescati, 7-9 Nov 2018. Interesting talks as well as exciting panels in Clinical text mining and Fake news and troll detection with invited experts.

Best

Hercules

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Mahbub Ul Alam, A new employee

Hello everyone! Hope you all are having a lovely time. 🙂

I am Mahbub Ul Alam. I’ve recently started as a PhD student in the Clinical Text Mining Group here at DSV. My supervisors are professor Hercules Dalianis and Dr. Aron Henriksson at DSV.

My research interest is in Deep Learning for Natural Language Processing of Healthcare Data. My research involves designing novel deep learning architectures that address the challenges to make better use of heterogeneous healthcare data, in particular, free-text clinical notes, for ultimately supporting healthcare by improving patient safety and reducing healthcare costs.

I have a master’s degree at the Institute of Natural Language Processing (IMS), University of Stuttgart, Germany. In my master’s thesis, I worked to understand the hidden layer mechanisms of deep neural networks in natural language processing (automatic speech recognition) domain.

I have a bit of work experience in software engineering at Samsung Research and Development Institute Bangladesh.

I believe in diversity, and love to explore new and fresh technological innovations. I like to think that every aspect of my previous experiences are helping me to move forward for my future career. I always keep in mind that, the central principle of my life is ‘Let all of us prosper together.’

The people are super nice and friendly here, and I am looking forward to working together with all of you at DSV.

Let all of us prosper together. 🙂

Mahbub

Mahbub Ul Alam

Mahbub Ul Alam

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Parisa Aasi’s PhD defense

On June 4, 2018 our colleague Parisa Aasi, PhD student in IT Management and Governance group at DSV/Stockholm University has defended successfully her doctoral thesis entitled: “Information Technology Governance: The Role of Organizational Culture and Structure”. Her PhD thesis is available to be downloaded at the following link: http://su.diva-portal.org/smash/get/diva2:1195170/FULLTEXT01.pdf

On behalf of research group in IT Management and Governance I would like to congratulate Parisa Aasi for this great achievement. Some pictures from this event are included below.

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