by Susie Cribbs | Monday, June 29, 2015

A team of researchers from the LTI and the University of Technology, Sydney (UTS), recently earned first place in the Action Classification Task category of the 2015 THUMOS Challenge. Held in conjunction with the Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition, the THUMOS Challenge aims to automatically recognize a large number of human actions from open source videos in a realistic setting. LTI members participating on the CMU-UTS team included Principal Systems... Read More

by Susie Cribbs | Thursday, May 28, 2015

LTI Research Professor Lorraine Levin has been named to the 2015-2016 class of fellows for Executive Leadership in Academic Technology and Engineering (ELATE at Drexel®). Part of the International Center for Executive Leadership in Academics within the Institute for Women’s Health and Leadership® at Drexel University College of Medicine, ELATE is a one-year part-time national leadership development program designed to advance... Read More

Simple Phone Game Reaches Illiterate and Low-Literate Populations
by Byron Spice | Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Halting the Ebola outbreak in West Africa is no laughing matter, but a phone information service developed by Carnegie Mellon University researchers is leveraging people's interest in phone games and wacky humor to help spread urgent health information in Guinea.

The phone project, called Polly, began operating in March through the U.S. Embassy in Guinea, where the current Ebola epidemic began in December 2013 and where people are still grappling with the outbreak. This week, Polly is part of an anti-Ebola campaign in... Read More

by Susie Cribbs | Wednesday, May 13, 2015

LTI Ph.D. candidate Manaal Faruqui won a Best Student Paper award from the 2015 Conference of the North American Chapter of the Association for Computational Linguistics — Human Language Technologies (NAACL HLT 2015) for his work "Retrofitting Word Vectors to Semantic Lexicons." The paper proposes a method for refining vector space representations using relational information from semantic lexicons by encouraging linked words to have similar vector representations, and it makes no... Read More

by Susie Cribbs | Wednesday, May 13, 2015

MCDS student Chengliang Lian and LTI Ph.D. candidate Rui Liu took top honors in this semester's class project competition in 11-761: Language and Statistics.

Students in the course, which aims to ground the data-driven techniques used in language technologies in sound statistical methodology, must complete a substantial team project at the end of the semester. The project requires students to discover and exploit deficiencies in the... Read More

by Susie Cribbs | Monday, May 11, 2015

Associate Research Professor Eduard Hovy earned an honorary doctorate from the University of Antwerp last month for his holistic approach to automatic text summarization in natural language processing. "His efforts are turning this discipline into an international research field," they said.

In discussing Hovy's nomination, University of Antwerp Professor Walter Daelemans praised the far-reaching nature of Hovy's work — which impacts everything from cancer research and treatment to... Read More

by Susie Cribbs | Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Language Technologies Institute Ph.D. student Jun Araki has received a 2015-2016 IBM Ph.D. Fellowship Award to support his ongoing research into event extraction and event coreference resolution.The intensely competitive IBM Ph.D. Fellowship Awards program honors exceptional Ph.D. students interested in solving problems that are both important to IBM and fundamental to innovation in fields like computer science and engineering, electrical and... Read More

by Susie Cribbs | Thursday, February 26, 2015

Associate Professor Carolyn Rosé is on the lecture circuit this semester. The keynote lecture circuit, that is.Rosé, who holds joint appointments in the Human-Computer Interaction Institute and the Language Technologies Institute, traveled to Atlanta earlier this month to deliver the keynote address at SEEDS, the Southeast Educational Data Symposium. The conference... Read More

by Byron Spice | Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Waleed Ammar, a Ph.D. student in the Language Technologies Institute, is one of two Carnegie Mellon University students and one of just 15 graduate students from across North America chosen as 2015 Google Ph.D. Fellows.

Justin Meza, a Ph.D. student in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, joins Ammar in this group of students that Google has identified as doing exceptional work on computer science and related... Read More

by Susie Cribbs | Tuesday, February 17, 2015

A patient walks into a doctor's office, complaining of a sore throat. After an initial exam, the doctor orders a culture and a few blood tests that she uses — along with the exam results and professional judgment — to make a fairly objective diagnosis.

But what about patients struggling with mental illnesses? There's no blood test for depression or anxiety, and diagnosis is often based on more subjective criteria.

Language Technologies Assistant Professor L.-P. Morency wants to change that.

A computer... Read More