Language and computation Day 2011


Here is a provisional programme to be finalised nearer the day:

09:45 Welcome; Recent activities of the LAC group (slides)
10:00 Udo Kruschwitz -Adaptive Search at Essex (slides)
10:30 Dyaa Albakour - AutoAdapt at the Session Track in TREC 2011
11:00 [Coffee]
11:15 Massimo Poesio - The Trento / IITP / Essex submission to CONL11 Shared Task on Coreference
11:45 David Hunter - New insights into telephone call dynamics: analysis of call record data from the BT Home OnLine study (joint work with Ben Anderson (Dept. of Sociology) and Alexei Vernitsky (Dept. of Maths) (slides)
12:15 [Lunch]
13:30 Azhar Alhindi - Personalised Text Summarisation
14:00 Richard Sutcliffe - An Analysis of Successful Question Answering System Components at CLEF, 2003-2010
14:30 Jon Chamberlain - Using social networks to annotate corpora (slides)
15:00 [Coffee]
15:15 Kakia Chatsiou - Using ESDS data in Linguistics and NLP (slides)
15:45 Antai Roseline - Sentiment Analysis - SentiWordNet and polarity classification
16.05 Adindla Suma - NLP Driven Intranet Search

[The Programme will be followed by an evening of ribald celebration and wild excess, or perhaps refined conversation and genteel socializing, in Wivenhoe.]


Welcome and Recent Activities of the LAC group
This talk will give an introduction to the group and an overview of what the group has been up to since the last LAC day.
Udo Kruschwitz - Adaptive Search at Essex
I will give an overview of our recent activities which will then nicley link into some of the talks scheduled later on.
Dyaa Albakour - AutoAdapt at the Session Track in TREC 2011
Coming Soon!
Jon Chamberlain - Using social networks to annotate corpora
The large amounts of annotated text required for modern computational linguistics research cannot be created by small groups of expert hand-annotators. Recently however the AnaWiki project released a version of Phrase Detectives (an online game-with-a-purpose interface for creating collaborative annotation) on the social network Facebook. The talk will focus on how social networking elements were integrated into the game, provide an initial overview of findings and hopefully inspire some discussion about using social networks as a human computation platform.
Azhar Alhindi - Personalised Text Summarisation
The process of summarizing text is difficult and requires effort and time. In the past, this process was completed by hand, but there are now automated systems that perform the same task of almost equal quality. Many have researched this area and have explored many forms and approaches of summarization. Utilizing a user profile to produce a summary for Web pages is an improvement in text summarization which helps to generate a personalised summary. The main advantage to this method is that the produced summary reflects the user‘s interests. It consists of a cluster of personal data associated with a specific user. In this talk I am going to provide a short talk about the basic knowledge regarding text summarization, personalization, my previous work for the masters project and its relevant to the PhD one.
Richard Sutcliffe - An Analysis of Successful Question Answering System Components at CLEF, 2003-2010
There has now been a Question Answering track at CLEF since 2003. Each year there were some systems which performed well, and others which performed less well. We will present here a recently conducted analysis of successful systems, both monolingual and cross-lingual, across this eight year period. We have looked at the architecture of each high-scoring system and identified components and their underlying algorithms which were contributing to its success. This analysis can give us an insight into the way in which the fields of text processing, named entity recognition, information retrieval and information extraction have developed so far and what trends we might expect to see in future.
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