Fridays, 2:30 - 3:50 p.m., Porter Hall 100  

The LTI colloquium is a series of talks related to language technologies.  The topics include but are not restricted to Computational Linguistics, Machine Translation, Speech Recognition and Synthesis, Information Retrieval, Computational Biology, Machine Learning, Text Mining, Knowledge Representation, Computer-Assisted Language Learning, and Intelligent Language Tutoring.  While these talks are part of an academic course, the lectures are open and all members of the university are welcome to attend.  

Click on a date to view presentation details or to schedule a meeting with AN UPCOMING guest lecturer.

Fall 2016

09-Sep-2016Grace Hui YangDynamic Information Retrieval ModelingVideo
16-Sep-2016Mari OstendorfFinding Information in DisfluenciesVideo
23-Sep-2016James CrowleySituated Interaction with Smart ObjectsVideo
30-Sep-2016Cristian Danescu-Niculescu-MizilLangauge and Social Dynamics

Video Only available to students regstrerd for 11-700 fall 2016. Andrew ID login.

07-Oct-2016Jimmy LinThe Academic:  There and Back AgainVideo
14-Oct-2016Dipanjan Das Two Case Studies in Semantic Inference
21-Oct-2016Mid-Semester Break (No Colloquium)
28-Oct-2016Margaret Mitchell 
04-Nov-2016Jordan Boyd-GraberOpening up the Black Box: Interactive Machine Learning for Understanding Large Document Collections, Characterizing Social Science, and Language-Based Games
11-Nov-2016Alexander Rush 
18-Nov-2016Shin'ichi SatohSocial Analysis by Using Large-Scale Broadcast Video Archive
25-Nov-2016Thanksgiving Break (No Colloquium)
02-Dec-2016Marcus RohrbachExplain and Answer:  Intelligent Systems Which Can Communicate About What They See
09-Dec-2016  Jacob Eisenstein 

Spring 2017

20-Jan-2017Burr Settles
27-Jan-2017Jason Corso 
03-Feb-2017Achim Rettinger
10-Feb-2017Adam BergerWhat Healthcare Needs from NLP
17-Feb-2017Taylor Berg-Kirkpatrick  
24-Feb-2016LTI Open House (No Colloquium)        
03-Mar-2017Jianfeng GaoThe Development of an Open-Domain Neural Dialogue System    
17-Mar-2016Spring Break (No Colloquium)
24-Mar-2017Jason Eisner      
31-Mar-2017Julia Hirschberg 
07-Apr-2017Yoshua Bengio
14-Apr-2017David Shamma
21-Apr-2016Carnival (No Colloquium)
28-Apr-2017Regina Barzilay 


Policy for Enrolled Students

11-700, Fall 2016

Alex Hauptmann, Course Instructor

Diyi Yang, TA

To receive credit for the course, students are required to attend all lectures and successfully complete an on-line quiz made available at the close of each talk.  To determine attendance and pass/fail grades, at the end of each lecture we will reveal a password to  You will only have until midnight of the same day to access the website and answer a few simple quiz questions about the content of that lecture.  Students who miss too many lectures or with low grades on the quiz questions will be required to submit an eight page critique of one the lecturer’s research publications at the end of the semester in order to get a passing grade.

Attendance is required at all the lectures.  Absences will be excused only if you are out of town, sick, or under extreme circumstances.  Generally speaking, an approaching paper deadline or "being really busy" is not an acceptable reason to skip a lecture.  We expect that most students may miss at most one lecture during the whole semester.  Frequent unexcused absences will require you to make up for the missed lectures with a critique based on one lecturer's published research.

The colloquium runs from 2:30 p.m. until the end of the Q&A period following the presentation.  It is not acceptable to depart when the speaker finishes the last slide.  Arriving late is rude to the speaker and shows poor time-management skills.  Many of you have another class immediately prior to the Colloquium this semester, but please try to arrive on time anyway.

Laptops during lectures:  We are able to get excellent speakers to come and give talks to our students because we can promise them a large, knowledgeable, and engaged audience.  Although laptops can be used for lecture-related activities like taking notes and looking something up, a large number of open laptops (and, even more egregiously, a large number of eyeballs focusing on them) can demoralize speakers.  So, while we don't want to micro-manage students, we ask that you continue to keep your laptops closed except for brief periods when you need to use them for lecture-related activities.  Please use your best judgment so that we don't need to revisit this issue.