Cross-lingual Word Sense Disambiguation using WordNet
Dr Francis Bond, Associate Professor, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.
Abstract: In this talk I measure the reduction in ambiguity that can be gained by using translated text to constrain meanings. Instead of using the translation itself to determine senses, we use a shared hierarchy of word senses --- WordNet. Experiments with aligned Chinese, English and Japanese text show a substantial reduction in ambiguity for each language.
Biodata of the speaker: Francis Bond is an Associate Professor at the Division of Linguistics and Multilingual Studies, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.
His main research interests are in natural language understanding and machine translation. He received a BA in 1988, a BEng (1st) in 1990 and a PhD in 2001, all from the University of Queensland. From 1991--2006, he worked on machine translation and natural language understanding at NTT, Japan. From 2006-2009 he worked at ICT in Japan, where his focus was on open source natural language processing. He is an active member of the Deep Linguistic Processing with HPSG Initiative (DELPH-IN) and the Global WordNet Association.
Talk 2. Box Computing
Dr Haifeng Wang, Senior Scientist, Baidu, China.
Abstract: The concept "Box Computing" was first announced in Baidu Technology Innovation Conference 2009. "Box computing" provides a fast, simple, and Reliable way to use the Internet. Users can ask for anything they need, no matter it’s a web page or any applications, such as game, online shopping, virus-scanning and so on by using the search box. The box computing system identifies the search requirements, connect to relevant service running in its backend (and probably in third party), retrieve the result and return it to user. In one word, under this concept, one box will satisfy all user of requirements, whether information or application. In this report, I will introduce box computing in detail.
Biodata of the speaker: Dr. WANG Haifeng is a senior scientist at Baidu, and a visiting professor at Harbin Institute of Technology. At Baidu, he is the head of Baidu's NLP department, and the technical leader of its speech team and one of the core members of its search technology. He received his PhD in Computer Science from Harbin Institute of Technology in 1999. He worked as an associate researcher at Microsoft Research China 1999~2000, a research scientist at iSilk.com (Hong Kong) 2000~2002, and chief research scientist and deputy director at Toshiba (China) R&D Center till Jan. 2010. He has authored more than 60 NLP papers, including 12 full papers in ACL main conferences. His research interests span a wide range of topics including: MT (SMT, RBMT, EBMT, TM and hybrid methods), parsing, generation, grammar induction, paraphrase, collocation extraction, SRL, WSD, LM, speech and search. He has served as area co-chair at ACL-IJCNLP 2009, tutorial co-chair at ACL 2010, workshop co-chair for COLING 2010, and PC members for numerous NLP conferences including ACL, NAACL, EMNLP, COLING and IJCNLP, etc. He also serves as Associate Editor of ACM TALIP, and Asian representative on the ACL International Sponsorship Committee (Aug. 2010~May 2012). He will serve IJCNLP-2011 as PC co-chair.