Friday, March 20, 2020 - 2:30pm to 4:00pm
Location:2315 Doherty Hall
Speaker:Ani Nenkova, Associate Professor University of Pennsylvania
For More Information, Contact:John Friday, firstname.lastname@example.org
Abstract: The wording choices made by writers convey much about their assumptions about the world and their attitudes towards the subject matter. How writers refer to people is only a small part of a complex language generation problem but remains indicative of the writer's assumptions and attitudes. Consider the following headline: "MIT Professor Esther Duflo and Husband Win Nobel Prize", and what the writer must have assumed about a reader's possible familiarity with the researcher or about the relative importance of the achievements by the two award recipients .
Ani and her collaborators are recipients of the best student paper award at SIGDial in 2010 and best paper award at EMNLP-CoNLL in 2012. The Penn team co-led by Ani won the audio-visual emotion recognition challenge (AVEC) for word-level prediction in 2012.
Ani is a co-editor-in-chief of the Transactions of the Association for Computational Linguistics (TACL). She was a member of the editorial board of Computational Linguistics (2009--2011) and an associate editor for the IEEE/ACM Transactions on Audio, Speech and Language Processing (2015--2018). She regularly serves as an area chair/senior program committee member for ACL, NAACL and AAAI. Ani was a program co-chair for SIGDial 2014 and NAACL-HLT in 2016.