The NYU NLP and Text-as-Data Speaker Series takes place on Thursdays from 4 – 5:30 pm at the Center for Data Science, 60 Fifth Avenue (7th floor common area). Expanding from its original emphasis on text data applied to social science applications, the Series incorporates the growing interest in Natural Language Processing from a variety of disciplines, especially Computer Science and Linguistics. The series provides an opportunity for attendees to see cutting-edge NLP and other text-as-data work from the fields of social science, computer science and other related disciplines. The seminar is organized by Professors Arthur Spirling, Sam Bowman, and He He, and is open to anyone who is affiliated with NYU and wishes to attend.
See below for our schedule of speakers, how to sign up for our mailing list, and how persons who do not hold an NYU ID may request access.
Important announcement (4/1/20): There will be no in-person meetings of the Speaker Series for the remainder of Spring 2020. The cancelled talks will be rescheduled for Fall 2020.
Please visit nyu.edu for updates about the ongoing Covid-19 situation.
Beginning in Spring 2020, talks will be live/post-streamed! This means anyone can view the talk live or afterward. Please see the links in the schedule below.
- 6 Feb: Ellie Pavlick (Brown) — What do (and should) language models know about language? [video link]
- 13 Feb: David Lazer (Northeastern) — Fake news on Twitter during the 2016 U.S. presidential election [video link]
* No meetings from 20 Feb to 9 April *
- 16 Apr: Ido Dagan (Bar-Ilan University)
- 23 Apr: Mohit Bansal (UNC)
- 30 Apr: Michael Collins (Columbia/Google)
- 7 May: Emma Strubell (Facebook/CMU)
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You may request approval to attend using this form. Please visit the form for full details and deadlines. We do not grant access via email. Due to limited space, we can only grant approval to NYU graduate alumni, close collaborators of NYU Data Science researchers, and researchers (including students) at peer research institutions.
If you are not approved to attend, please see above about livestreaming/poststreaming the talks!
- 5 Sept Eunsol Choi (Google / UT Austin) — Learning to Understand Entities In Text
- 12 Sept Tom Kwiatkowski ( Google) — New Challenges in Question Answering: Natural Questions and Going Beyond Word Matching
- 19 Sept Zack Lipton (CMU) — Deep (Inter-)Active Learning for NLP: Cure-all or Catastrophe?
- 26 Sept Diyi Yang (Georgia Tech) — Building Language Technologies for Better Online Communities
- 3 Oct Robin Jia (Stanford) — Building Adversarially Robust Natural Language Processing Systems
- 10 Oct Ceren Budak (U Mich) — News Producers, Politically Engaged Citizens, and Social Movement Organizations Online
- 17 Oct Edward Grefenstette (Facebook AI) — Teaching Artificial Agents to Understand Language by Modelling Reward
- 24 Oct Alexis Conneau (Facebook AI) — Learning cross-lingual text representations
- 31 Oct Sebastian Ruder (DeepMind) — Unsupervised cross-lingual representation learning
- 7 Nov **NO MEETING**
- 14 Nov Mohit Iyyer (U Mass) — Rethinking Transformers for machine translation and story generation
- 21 Nov Jennifer Pan (Stanford) — Uncovering Hidden Political Activity with Data Science Tools and Social Science Approaches
- 5 Dec Jonathan Berant (Tel-Aviv U) — Understanding Complex Questions
- 7 Feb Percy Liang (Stanford) — Can Language Robustify Learning?
- 14 Feb – 21 Mar ** No meeting**
- 28 Mar Adji Bousso Dieng (Columbia) — Deep Bayesian Learning as a Paradigm for Text Modeling
- 4 Apr Jacob Devlin (Google) — BERT: Pre-training of Deep Bidirectional Transformers for Language Understanding
- 11 Apr Yulia Tsvetkov (CMU) — Towards a Computational Analysis of the Language of Veiled Manipulation
- 18 Apr Zachary Steinert-Threlkeld (UCLA) — The Effect of Violence, Cleavages, and Free-riding on Protest Size
- 25 Apr Rico Sennrich (Edinburgh) — Document-level Machine Translation: Recent Progress and The Crux of Evaluation
- 2 May Hannaneh Hajishirzi (UW)
- 9 May Rashida Richardson (AI Now Institute) — Dirty Data, Bad Predictions: How Civil Rights Violation Impact Police Data, Predictive Policing Systems, and Justice
- 13 Sep Erin Hengel (U Liverpool) — “Publishing while female: Are women held to higher standards? Evidence from peer review”
- 20 Sep *No meeting: New Directions in Analyzing Text as Data conference at UW*
- 21 Sep (Friday) Dan Roth (UPenn) (special NYC NLP talk at Cornell Tech campus)
- 27 Sep *No meeting*
- 4 Oct Emily Gade (UW/Moore-Sloan) — What Counts as Terrorism? An Examination of Terrorist Designations among U.S. Mass Shootings
- 11 Oct Marine Carpuat (U Maryland) — Semantic and Style Divergences in Machine Translation
- 18 Oct Bryce Dietrich (U Iowa/Harvard) — Do Representatives Emphasize Some Groups More Than Others?
- 25 Oct Taylor Berg-Kirkpatrick (UCSD) — Unsupervised Models for Unlocking Language Data
- 1 Nov Laila Wahedi (Georgetown) — Constructing Networks From Social Media Text: How to Do It and When You Should, From Trolls to Journalists
- 8 Nov Jacob Andreas (Microsoft/MIT) — Learning by Narrating
- 15 Nov Sasha Rush (Harvard) — Controllable Text Generation with Deep Latent-Variable Models
- 22 Nov *No meeting: Thanksgiving*
- 29 Nov Kyle Gorman (CUNY) — Grammar engineering in text-to-speech synthesis
- 6 Dec Walter R. Mebane, Jr. (U Michigan) — What You Say You See is Who You Are: Observing Election Incidents in the United States via Twitter
- 13 Dec Philip Resnik (U Maryland) — Mental Health as an Application Area for Computational Linguistics: Prospects and Challenges
- 25-Jan Omer Levy (UW) — Towards Understanding Deep Learning for Natural Language Processing
- 1-Feb Kevin Knight (USC) — What are Neural Sequence Models Doing?
- 8-Feb Bruno Gonçalves (NYU CDS / Aix-Marseille Université) — Spatio temporal analysis of Language use
- 15-Feb * No meeting *
- 22-Feb * No meeting *
- 1-Mar Maja Rudolph (Columbia) — Structured Embedding Models for Language Variation
- 8-Mar Justine Zhang (Cornell) — Unsupervised Models of Conversational Dynamics
- 15-Mar *No meeting: spring break*
- 22-Mar Elliott Ash (U of Warwick / ETH Zurich) — Proportional Representation Increases Party Politics: Evidence from New Zealand Parliament using a Supervised Topic Model
- 29-Mar Luke Zettlemoyer (UW) — End-to-end Learning for Broad Coverage Semantics
- 5-Apr Marie-Catherine de Marneffe (Ohio State) — Computational pragmatics: a case study of “speaker commitment”
- 12-Apr Graham Neubig (CMU) — What Can Neural Networks Teach us about Language?
- 19-Apr Ray Mooney (UT Austin) — Ensembles and Explanation for Visual Question Answering
- 26-Apr Sarah Bouchat (Northwestern) — Making a Long Story Short: Eliciting Prior Information from Previously Published Research
- 3-May Ben Lauderdale (LSE) — Unsupervised Methods for Extracting Political Positions from Text
- 21-Sep Dean Knox (Microsoft Research/Princeton) and Christopher Lucas (Harvard) — Measuring Speaker Affect in Audio Data: Dynamics of Supreme Court Oral Arguments
- 28-Sep Rich Nielsen (MIT) — Text Analysis of Internet Islam
- 5-Oct Jordan Boyd-Graber (UMD) — Cooperative and Competitive Machine Learning through Question Answering
- 12-Oct **No meeting: Text as Data 2017 Conference at Princeton**
- 19-Oct Claire Cardie (Cornell) — Structured Prediction for Opinions and Arguments
- 26-Oct David Weiss (Google) — Parsimonious Representation Learning for NLP
- 2-Nov Emily Bender (UW) — Articulating How Our Data and Systems Do and Don’t Represent the World
- 9-Nov Hal Daumé III (UMD) — Learning Language Through Interaction
- 16-Nov Gerard De Melo (Rutgers) — Learning Semantics and Commonsense Knowledge from Heterogeneous Data
- 23-Nov **No meeting: Thanksgiving**
- 30-Nov Jenn Wortman Vaughan (Microsoft Research) — The Human Components of Machine Learning
- 7-Dec Damon Centola (UPenn) — The Emergence of Linguistic Norms: An Experimental Study of Cultural Evolution
- 14-Dec Fernando Diaz (Spotify) — Local Natural Language Processing in Information Retrieval
- 26-Jul Yejin Choi (UW) — From Naive Physics to Connotation: Learning about the World from Language
- 2-Feb Chris Callison-Burch (Penn) — The promise of crowdsourcing for natural language processing, public health, and other data sciences
- 9-Feb Vinod Prabhakaran (Stanford) — NLP and Society: Understanding Social Context from Language Use
- 16-Feb Matthew Denny (Penn State) and Arthur Spirling (NYU) —Text Preprocessing For Unsupervised Learning: Why It Matters, When It Misleads, And What To Do About It
- 23-Feb **No Meeting**
- 2-Mar **No Meeting**
- 9-Mar Jason Eisner (JHU)
- 16-Mar **No Meeting: Spring Break**
- 23-Mar Amber Boydstun (UC Davis)
- 30-Mar Hong Yu (UMass Medical)
- 6-Apr **No Meeting**
- 13-Apr **Meeting Cancelled**
- 20-Apr Yoav Artzi (Cornell Tech)
Kosuke Imai (Princeton)Brendan T. O’Connor (UMass Amherst)
- 22-Sep David Bamman (Berkeley) — Beyond Bags of Words: Linguistic Structure in the Analysis of Text as Data
- 29-Sep Regina Barzilay (MIT) — How Can NLP Help Cure Cancer?
- 6-Oct Justin Grimmer (Stanford) — Exploratory and Confirmatory Causal Inference for High Dimensional Interventions
- 13-Oct **No Meeting: Text-as-Data Conference**
- 20-Oct Erin Baggott Carter (USC) — Propaganda and Protest: Evidence from Post-Cold War Africa (coauthored with Brett Carter)
- 27-Oct Matt Taddy (Chicago) — Measuring Polarization in High-Dimensional Data: Method and Application to Congressional Speech
- 3-Nov Ken Benoit (LSE) — Measuring and Explaining Political Sophistication Through Textual Complexity
- 10-Nov Edouard Grave (Facebook) — Large scale learning for natural language processing
- 17-Nov Lillian Lee (Cornell) — Can language change minds?
- 24-Nov **No Meeting: Thanksgiving**
- 1-Dec Gary King (Harvard) — An Improved Method of Automated Nonparametric Content Analysis for Social Science
- 8-Dec Sam Bowman (NYU) — Learning neural networks for sentence understanding with the Stanford NLI corpus
- 4-Feb Marc Ratkovic (Princeton) — Estimating Common and Idiosyncratic Factors from Multiple Datasets
- 11-Feb David Mimno (Cornell) — Topic models without the randomness: new perspectives on deterministic algorithms
- 18-Feb Pablo Barberá (NYU) — Text vs Networks: Inferring Sociodemographic Traits of Social Media Users
- 25-Feb Jacob Eisenstein (GA Tech) — Sociolinguistic Structure Induction
- 3-Mar Slav Petrov (Google NY) — Towards Universal Syntactic Processing of Natural Language
- 10-Mar Laura Nelson (Northwestern, Kellogg) — Measuring Collective Cognitive Structures via Collectively Produced Text
- 17-Mar *Spring Break*
- 24-Mar Cristian Danescu-Niculescu-Mizi (Cornell) — Language and Social Dynamics
- 31-Mar Jason Weston (Facebook) — Evaluating Prerequisite Qualities for End-to-End Dialog Systems
- 7-Apr *MPSA Conference*
- 14-Apr Sven-Oliver Proksch (McGill) — Multilingual Sentiment Analysis: A New Approach to Measuring Conflict in Parliamentary Speeches
- 21-Apr Noémie Elhadad (Columbia) — Summarizing the Patient Record
- 28-Apr Molly Roberts (UCSD) — Matching Methods for High-Dimensional Data with Applications to Text
- 5-May Mark Dredze (JHU/Bloomberg) — Topic Models for Identifying Public Health Trends
- 10-Sep Brandon Stewart (Princeton) — Text Analysis with Document Context: the Structural Topic Model
- 17-Sep Yacine Jernite (NYU) — Semi-supervised methods of text processing, and an application to medical concept extraction.
- 24-Sep Andrew Peterson (NYU) — Legislative Text and Regulatory Authority
- 1-Oct John Henderson (Yale) — Crowdsourcing Experiments to Estimate an Ideological Dimension in Text
- 8-Oct Ken Benoit (LSE) — Mining Multiword Expressions to Improve Bag of Words Models in Political Science Text Analysis
- 15-Oct Noah Smith (U of Washington) — Learning Political Embeddings from Text
- 19-Oct — Intro to Text Analysis Using R, a one-day workshop led by Ken Benoit (LSE)
- 22-Oct David Blei (Columbia)— Probabilistic Topic Models and User Behavior
- 29-Oct Zubin Jelveh (NYU) Suresh Naidu (Columbia) –Political Language in Economics
- 5-Nov Hanna Wallach (Microsoft Research) — The Bayesian Echo Chamber: Modeling Influence in Conversations
- 12-Nov Jacob Montgomery (WashU) — Funneling the Wisdom of Crowds: The SentimentIt Platform for Human Computation Text Analysis
- 19-Nov Michael Colaresi (Michigan State) — Learning Human Rights, Lefts, Ups and Downs: Using Lexical and Syntactic Features to Understand Evolving Human Rights Standards
- 3-Dec ******TALK CANCELLED******
- 10-Dec Bruno Goncalves (NYU)