The Computational Linguistics Lab seminars are currently held as part of the Cognitive Science Group series, and take place at 12 noon on Wednesdays – usually in the meeting room on the middle floor of the ITL on the Mile End campus, but currently online via Zoom.  They consist of a variety of activities, including talks from external speakers, presentations from group members, and less structured discussions of topics in the field.

In addition to our regularly scheduled meetings, we occasionally host speakers at different times (and in conjunction with other labs and groups at Queen Mary).  Regular meetings, invited talks, and other activities relevant to the lab are listed here.

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Lecture series June 2020: “Deep learning and linguistic representation”

In June 2020, Professor Shalom Lappin is giving a 5-part lecture series on deep learning and the nature of linguistic representation; the series is offered primarily to University of Gothenburg CLASP students, but QMUL members and others are welcome to join. The lectures will be online via Zoom; please contact Prof Lappin directly for the link.

Date Room Speaker
13:15 BST
Online Shalom Lappin, QMUL/CLASP Introduction to Deep Learning in NLP
13:15 BST
Online Shalom Lappin, QMUL/CLASP Learning Syntactic Properties with Deep Neural Networks
13:15 BST
Online Shalom Lappin, QMUL/CLASP Machine Learning and the Sentence Acceptability Task
09:15 BST
Online Shalom Lappin, QMUL/CLASP Predicting Human Acceptability Judgments in Context
13:15 BST
Online Shalom Lappin, QMUL/CLASP Cognitively Viable Computational Models of Linguistic Knowledge

Seminars for 2018-19

Date Room Speaker, Topic, or Activity
ITL top floor Juntao Yu, QMUL

The howhy theoretical seminar, practical NLP sessions: A neural machine translation system using a sequence-to-sequence (seq2seq) model and an attention mechanism.

Room 1.02.3 Bancroft building Silviu Paun, QMUL

The howhy theoretical seminar: The EM algorithm. General presentation and practical example

ITL top floor Juntao Yu, QMUL

The howhy theoretical seminar, practical NLP sessions: Building a coreference system from scratch

12 PM
ITL Shauna Concannon, York

“Alexa, are you for real?”: Epistemic Status in Human-Agent Dialogues

12 PM
ITL Derya Çokal, QMUL

Linguistically Profiling Schizophrenia with/without Formal Thought Disorder

12 PM
GC205 Arash Eshghi, Heriot-Watt

Feedback Relevance Spaces: The Organisation of Increments in Conversation

1 PM
ITL Julian Hough, QMUL

FLUID: Improving Fluidity in Human-Robot Interaction with Speech Interfaces

1 PM

Stephen McGregor, Ecole Normale Supérieure de Paris

Are Computers Really Suited for Processing Natural Language? Recent Experiments in Grounded Language Learning

1 PM
ITL Gijs Wijnholds, QMUL

Non-Linear Composition in Distributional Semantics: Modelling Ellipsis, Anaphora and Structural Ambiguities

4 PM
ITL Dimitri Kartsaklis, University of

Mapping Text to Knowledge Graph Entities using Multi-Sense LSTMs

2 PM
ITL Reinhard Muskens, University of

Lambdas for Compositional Distributional Semantics

11 AM
ITL Raffaella Bernardi, University of
Learning quantification from images: A structured neural architecture
2 PM

Milica Gašić, University of Cambridge

Deep reinforcement learning for dialogue policy optimisation

2 PM
ITL Shalom Lappin, GU Modelling the Influence of Document Context on Human Acceptability Judgements
2 PM
ITL Maximilian Droog Hayes, QMUL Lost the Plot: a Cognitively Inspired Approach to Creative Summarization
2 PM
ITL Silviu Paun, QMUL Comparing Bayesian Models of Annotation
2 PM
ITL Julian Hough, QMUL Deep Learning Approaches to Incremental Disfluency Detection

Past Seminars

Summer Seminars 2017

Date Room Speaker, Topic, or Activity
2 PM
Bancroft Road Teaching Room BR 4.02 Elizabeth Black, King’s College, and Steffen Zschaler, King’s College
Can we use Agent Dialogue as a Tool for Capturing Software Design Discussions?

Seminars for Winter Term 2017

5 PM
ITL Catching up and looking ahead.
First Meeting of the Term
5 PM
ITL Michael Moortgat, Utrecht University
Modalities and Polarities in Categorial Grammar Logics
5 PM
ITL Max Droog Hayes, Queen Mary Coreference Resolution for Summarization, and Discussion of Work in Progress
5 PM
ITL Carlos Santos Armendariz, Queen Mary
Looking at Similarity in Context Using a Dynamically Contextualised Distributional Model
5 PM
ITL Dimitri Kartsaklis, Queen Mary A Compositional Distributional Inclusion Hypothesis
5 PM
ITL Marcus Pearce, Queen Mary Predictive Processing of music: Expectation, Uncertainty and Aesthetics
5 PM
ITL Massimo Poesio, University of Essex What Crowdsourcing Tells Us About Cognition: The Case of Anaphora
5 PM
ITL Ekaterina Shutova, University of Cambridge Modelling Metaphor with Linguistic and Visual Features
5 PM
ITL Aurelie Herbelot, University of Trento High-Risk Learning: Acquiring Concepts and Things from Tiny Data
5 PM
ITL Clyde Ancarno, King’s College London
Rebecca Jones, University of Birmingham
Corpus Linguistics, Anthropology and Inter-Religious Relations in Multi-Religious Contexts
3 PM
BR 4.02 Distinguished Lecturer: Stephen Pulman, University of Oxford
Sentiment Analysis for Fun and Profit

Further Back

5 PM
ITL Maria Liakata, University of Warwick Sensing well-being using heterogeneous smartphone data and stance identification in social media conversations
5 PM
ITL Open Discussion on Compositional Distributional Semantics and Dynamic Syntax
5 PM
ITL Ruth Kempson, King’s College Exploring the nesting of Dynamic Syntax within the Predictive Processing Perspective
1 PM
ITL Elisabetta Ježek, University of Pavia Stretching the Meaning of Words: Context-Sensitive Lexical Semantics and Compositionality
5 PM
ITL Dimitri Kartsaklis, Matthew Purver, and Mehrnoosh Sadrzadeh, Queen Mary Verb Phrase Ellipsis Using Frobenius Algebras in Categorical Compositional Distributional Semantics
1 PM
ITL Arash Eshghi, Heriot-Watt University BABBLE: Automatically inducing incremental dialogue systems from minimal data
5 PM
ITL Gijs Wijnholds, Queen Mary A Proof-Theoretic Approach to Composition in Distributional Models of Meaning
5 PM
ITL Group Meeting General Discussion
6 PM
Senate House, Senate Room Field Trip: Part 3 of Andy Clark’s Chandaria Lectures Lecture 3: The Future of Prediction
6 PM
Senate House, Senate Room Field Trip: Part 2 of Andy Clark’s Chandaria Lectures Lecture 2: Busting Out – Two Takes on the Predictive Brain
6 PM
Senate House, Senate Room Field Trip: Part 1 of Andy Clark’s Chandaria Lectures
Lecture 1: Prediction Machines
29/6/2016 GO Jones:LG 1 Distinguished Lecturer: Shalom Lappin, University of Gothenburg Deep Learning and Semantic Interpretation
15/3/2016 ArtsTwo 3.16 Alexander Clark, King’s College London Grammaticality, Acceptability and Probability: Some Modeling Experiments
2/3/2016 BR3.02 Distinguished Lecturer: Bob Coecke, University of Oxford From Quantum Foundations to Natural Language Meaning via Diagrams
1/3/2016 ITL Miroslav Batchkarov, University of Sussex Evaluating Distributional Models of Compositional Semantics
23/2/2016 ArtsTwo 2.17 Pablo Gervás, Universidad Complutense de Madrid Customizing Automated Story Generator for Constructing Plots for Musicals
3/2/2016 BR3.02 Distinguished Lecturer: Mark Steedman, University of Edinburgh Robust Semantics for Natural Language Processing
26/1/2016 ArtsTwo 3.16 Julie Weeds, University of Sussex An Alternative Conception of Compositional Distributional Semantics
15/12/2015 Eng 207 Martha Lewis, University of Oxford A Compositional Explanation of the “Pet Fish” Phenomenon
1/12/2015 Eng 207 Andreas Vlachos, University of Sheffield Natural Language Understanding With Imitation Learning
17/11/2015 Eng 207 Laura Rimell, University of Cambridge Hypernym Detection with Topic Coherence and Image Generality
3/11/2015 Eng 207 Tamara Polajnar, University of Cambridge Tensor-based Compositional Distributional Semantics and Sparsity
27/10/2015 Eng 207 Jochen Leidner, Thomson Reuters Intelligent Information: R&D and Innovation in Information Access at Thomson Reuters

Computational Linguistics lab activities are coordinated by Julian Hough.