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    • September 27, 2018

      Nicolas Fiorini

      PubMed is a free search engine for the biomedical literature accessed by millions of users from around the world each day. With the rapid growth of biomedical literature, finding and retrieving the most relevant papers for a given query is increasingly challenging. I will introduce Best Match, the new relevance search algorithm for PubMed that leverages click logs and learning-to-rank. The Best Match algorithm is trained with past user searches with dozens of relevance ranking signals (factors), the most important being the past usage of an article, publication date, BM25 score, and the type of article. This new algorithm demonstrated state-of-the-art retrieval performance in benchmarking experiments as well as an improved user experience in real-world testing.

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    • September 19, 2018

      Kevin Gimpel

      A key challenge in natural language understanding is recognizing when two sentences have the same meaning. I'll discuss our work on this problem over the past few years, including the exploration of compositional functional architectures, learning criteria, and naturally-occurring sources of training data. The result is a single sentence embedding model that outperforms all systems from the 2012-2016 SemEval semantic textual similarity competitions without training on any of the annotated data from those tasks.

      As a by-product, we developed a large dataset of automatically-generated paraphrase pairs by using parallel text and neural machine translation. We've since used the dataset, which we call ParaNMT-50M, to impart a notion of meaning equivalence to controlled text generation tasks, including syntactically-controlled paraphrasing and textual style transfer.

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    • August 29, 2018

      Robin Jia

      Reading comprehension systems that answer questions over a context passage can often achieve high test accuracy, but they are frustratingly brittle: they often rely heavily on superficial cues, and therefore struggle on out-of-domain inputs. In this talk, I will describe our work on understanding and challenging these systems. First, I will show how to craft adversarial reading comprehension examples by adding irrelevant distracting text to the context passage. Next, I will present the newest version of the SQuAD dataset, SQuAD 2.0, which tests whether models can distinguish answerable questions from similar but unanswerable ones. Finally, I will propose a new way of evaluating reading comprehension systems by measuring their zero-shot performance on other NLP tasks, such as relation extraction or semantic parsing, that have been converted to textual question answering problems.

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    • August 28, 2018

      Dan Weld

      Since AI software uses techniques like deep lookahead search and stochastic optimization of huge neural networks, it often results in complex behavior that is difficult for people to understand. Yet organizations are deploying AI algorithms in many mission-critical settings. To trust their behavior, we must make AI intelligible, either by using inherently interpretable models or by developing new methods for explaining and adjusting otherwise overwhelmingly complex decisions using local approximation, vocabulary alignment, and interactive explanation. This talk argues that intelligibility is essential, surveys recent work on building such systems, and highlights key directions for research.

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    • August 24, 2018

      Sebastian Ruder

      Deep neural networks excel at learning from labeled data. In contrast, learning from unlabeled data, especially under domain shift, which is common in many real-world applications, remains a challenge. In this talk, I will touch on three aspects of learning under domain shift: First I will discuss an approach to select relevant data for domain adaptation in order to minimize negative transfer. Secondly, I will show how classic bootstrapping algorithms can be applied to neural networks and that they make for strong baselines in this challenging setting. Finally, I will describe new methods to use language models for semi-supervised learning.

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    • August 21, 2018

      Chen Liang

      Learning to generate programs from natural language can support a wide range of applications including question answering, virtual assistant, AutoML, etc. It is natural to apply reinforcement learning to directly optimize the task reward, and generalization to new unseen inputs is crucial. However, three challenges need to be addressed: (1) how to model the structures in the programs; (2) how to efficiently learn from sparse rewards; (3) how to explore a large search space. In this talk, I will present (1) Neural Symbolic Machines (NSM), a hybrid framework that integrates a neural “programmer” with a symbolic "computer" to generate programs for multi-step reasoning; (2) Memory Augmented Policy optimization (MAPO), a novel policy optimization formulation that incorporates a memory buffer of promising trajectories to reduce the variance of policy gradient estimates, especially given sparse rewards. NSM with MAPO is the first end-to-end model trained with RL that achieves new state-of-the-art on weakly supervised semantic parsing, evaluated on 3 well-established benchmarks: WebQuestionsSP, WikiTableQuestions, and WikiSQL.

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    • August 6, 2018

      Pradeep Dasigi

      Natural Language Understanding systems typically involve encoding and reasoning components that are trained end-to-end to produce task-specific outputs given human utterances as inputs. I will talk about the role of external knowledge in making both these components better, and describe NLU systems that benefit from incorporating background and contextual knowledge. First, I will describe an approach for augmenting recurrent neural network models for encoding sentences, with background knowledge from knowledge bases like WordNet. I show that the resulting ontology-grounded context-sensitive representations of words lead to improvements in predicting prepositional phrase attachments and textual entailment.

      Second, I will focus on reasoning, and talk about complex question answering (QA) over structured contexts like tables and images. These QA tasks can be seen as semantic parsing problems, with supervision provided only in the form of answers, and not logical forms. I will discuss the challenges involved in the setup, and discuss three ways of exploiting contextual knowledge to deal with them: 1) use a grammar to constrain the output space of the decoder in a seq2seq model, 2) incorporate a minimal lexicon to bias the seq2seq model towards logical forms that are relevant to the utterances, and finally 3) exploit the compositionality of the logical form language to define a novel iterative training procedure for semantic parsers.

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    • June 26, 2018

      Chaitanya Malaviya

      Morphological analysis involves predicting the syntactic traits of a word (e.g. {POS: Noun, Case: Acc, Gender: Fem}). Previous work in morphological tagging improves performance for low-resource languages (LRLs) through cross-lingual training with a high-resource language (HRL) from the same family, but is limited by the strict---often false---assumption that tag sets exactly overlap between the HRL and LRL. In this paper we propose a method for cross-lingual morphological tagging that aims to improve information sharing between languages by relaxing this assumption. The proposed model uses factorial conditional random fields with neural network potentials, making it possible to (1) utilize the expressive power of neural network representations to smooth over superficial differences in the surface forms, (2) model pairwise and transitive relationships between tags, and (3) accurately generate tag sets that are unseen or rare in the training data. Experiments on four languages from the Universal Dependencies Treebank demonstrate superior tagging accuracies over existing cross-lingual approaches.

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    • June 13, 2018

      Hao Fang

      Engaging users in long, open-domain conversations with a chatbot remains a challenging research problem. Unlike task-oriented dialog systems which aim to accomplish small tasks quickly, users expect a broader variety of experiences from conversational chatbots (e.g., companionship, discussing recent news, or entertainment). The recent Alexa Prize has provided a new platform for researchers to build and test such open-domain dialog systems, i.e., socialbots, by allowing systems to interact with millions of real users through Alexa-enabled devices. The first part of this talk presents Sounding Board (winner of 2017 Alexa Prize) and discusses how Sounding Board uses massive and dynamically changing online contents to engage users in a coherent social conversation. While the Alexa platform provides an opportunity for getting real user feedback on a very large scale, some challenges remain. The second half of the talk focuses on addressing the challenge of scoring long socialbot conversations which cover several different topics. Using a large collection of Alexa Prize conversations, we study agent, content, and user factors that correlate with user ratings. We demonstrate approaches to estimate ratings at multiple levels of a long socialbot conversation.

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    • June 7, 2018

      Vered Shwartz

      Recognizing lexical inferences is one of the building blocks of natural language understanding. Lexical inference corresponds to a semantic relation that holds between two lexical items (words and multi-word expressions), when the meaning of one can be inferred from the other. In reading comprehension, for example, answering the question "which phones have long-lasting batteries?" given the text "Galaxy has a long-lasting battery", requires knowing that Galaxy is a model of a phone. In text summarization, lexical inference can help identifying redundancy, when two candidate sentences for the summary differ only in terms that hold a lexical inference relation (e.g. "the battery is long-lasting" and "the battery is enduring"). In this talk, I will present our work on automatic acquisition of lexical semantic relations from free text, focusing on two methods: the first is an integrated path-based and distributional method for recognizing lexical semantic relations (e.g. cat is a type of animal, tail is a part of cat). The second method focuses on the special case of interpreting the implicit semantic relation that holds between the constituent words of a noun compound (e.g. olive oil is made of olives, while baby oil is for babies).

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    • May 18, 2018

      Hany Hassan

      Machine translation has made rapid advances in recent years. Millions of people are using it today in online translation systems and mobile applications in order to communicate across language barriers. The question naturally arises whether such systems can approach or achieve parity with human translations. In this talk, we first describe our recent advances in Nerul Machine translation that led to SOTA results on news translation. We then address the problem of how to define and accurately measure human parity in translation. We will discuss our system achieving human performance and discuss limitations as well as future directions of current NMT systems.

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    • May 8, 2018

      Saining Xie

      With the support of big-data and big-compute, deep learning has reshaped the landscape of research and applications in artificial intelligence. Whilst traditional hand-guided feature engineering in many cases is simplified, the deep network architectures become increasingly more complex. A central question is if we can distill the minimal set of structural priors that can provide us the maximal flexibility and lead us to richer sets of structural primitives that potentially lay the foundations towards the ultimate goal of building general intelligent systems. In this talk I will introduce my Ph.D. work along the aforementioned direction. I will show how we can tackle different real world problems, with carefully designed architectures, guided by simple yet effective structural priors. In particular, I will focus on two structural priors that have proven to be useful in many different scenarios: the multi-scale prior and the sparse-connectivity prior. will also show examples of learning structural priors from data, instead of hard-wiring them.

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    • April 20, 2018

      Kyle Richardson

      In this talk, I will give an overview of research being done at the University of Stuttgart on semantic parser induction and natural language understanding. The main topic, semantic parser induction, relates to the problem of learning to map input text to full meaning representations from parallel datasets. Such resulting “semantic parsers” are often a core component in various downstream natural language understanding applications, including automated question-answering and generation systems. We look at learning within several novel domains and datasets being developed in Stuttgart (e.g., software documentation for text-to-code translation) and under various types of data supervision (e.g., learning from entailment, "polyglot" modeling, or learning from multiple datasets).

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    • April 10, 2018

      Jesse Dodge

      Driven by the need for parallelizable hyperparameter optimization methods, we study open loop search methods: sequences that are predetermined and can be generated before a single configuration is evaluated. Examples include grid search, uniform random search, low discrepancy sequences, and other sampling distributions. In particular, we propose the use of k-determinantal point processes in hyperparameter optimization via random search. Compared to conventional uniform random search where hyperparameter settings are sampled independently, a k-DPP promotes diversity. We describe an approach that transforms hyperparameter search spaces for efficient use with a k-DPP. In addition, we introduce a novel Metropolis-Hastings algorithm which can sample from k-DPPs defined over any space from which uniform samples can be drawn, including spaces with a mixture of discrete and continuous dimensions or tree structure. Our experiments show significant benefits when tuning hyperparameters to neural models for text classification, with a limited budget for training supervised learners, whether in serial or parallel.

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    • April 2, 2018

      Rama Vedantam

      Understanding how to model vision and language jointly is a long-standing challenge in artificial intelligence. Vision is one of the primary sensors we use to perceive the world, while language is our data structure to represent and communicate knowledge. In this talk, we will take up three lines of attack to this problem: interpretation, grounding, and imagination. In interpretation, the goal will be to get machine learning models to understand an image and describe its contents using natural language in a contextually relevant manner. In grounding, we will connect natural language to referents in the physical world, and show how this can help learn common sense. Finally, we will study how to ‘imagine’ visual concepts completely and accurately across the full range and (potentially unseen) compositions of their visual attributes. We will study these problems from computational as well as algorithmic perspectives and suggest exciting directions for future work.

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    • March 30, 2018

      Keisuke Sakaguchi

      Robustness has always been a desirable property for natural language processing. In many cases, NLP models (e.g., parsing) and downstream applications (e.g., MT) perform poorly when the input contains noise such as spelling errors, grammatical errors, and disfluency. In this talk, I will present three recent results on error correction models: character, word, and sentence level respectively. For character level, I propose semi-character recurrent neural network, which is motivated by a finding in Psycholinguistics, called Cmabrigde Uinervtisy (Cambridge University) effect. For word-level robustness, I propose an error-repair dependency parsing algorithm for ungrammatical texts. The algorithm can parse sentences and correct grammatical errors simultaneously. Finally, I propose a neural encoder-decoder model with reinforcement learning for sentence-level error correction. To avoid exposure bias in standard encoder-decoders, the model directly optimizes towards a metric for grammatical error correction performance.

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    • March 28, 2018

      Arun Chaganty

      A significant challenge in developing systems for tasks such as knowledge base population, text summarization or question answering is simply evaluating their performance: existing fully-automatic evaluation techniques rely on an incomplete set of “gold” annotations that can not adequately cover the range of possible outputs of such systems and lead to systematic biases against many genuinely useful system improvements. In this talk, I’ll present our work on how we can eliminate this bias by incorporating on-demand human feedback without incurring the full cost of human evaluation. Our key technical innovation is the design of good statistical estimators that are able to tradeoff cost for variance reduction. We hope that our work will enable the development of better NLP systems by making unbiased natural language evaluation practical and easy to use.

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    • March 26, 2018

      Chenyan Xiong

      Search engines and other information systems have started to evolve from retrieving documents to providing more intelligent information access. However, the evolution is still in its infancy due to computers’ limited ability in representing and understanding human language. This talk will present my work addressing these challenges with knowledge graphs. The first part is about utilizing entities from knowledge graphs to improve search. I will discuss how we build better text representations with entities and how the entity-based text representations improve text retrieval. The second part is about better text understanding through modeling entity salience (importance), as well as how the improved text understanding helps search under both feature-based and neural ranking settings. This talk concludes with future directions towards the next generation of intelligent information systems.

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    • March 7, 2018

      Yonatan Belinkov

      Language technology has become pervasive in everyday life, powering applications like Apple’s Siri or Google’s Assistant. Neural networks are a key component in these systems thanks to their ability to model large amounts of data. Contrary to traditional systems, models based on deep neural networks (a.k.a. deep learning) can be trained in an end-to-end fashion on input-output pairs, such as a sentence in one language and its translation in another language, or a speech utterance and its transcription. The end-to-end training paradigm simplifies the engineering process while giving the model flexibility to optimize for the desired task. This, however, often comes at the expense of model interpretability: understanding the role of different parts of the deep neural network is difficult, and such models are often perceived as “black-box”. In this work, I study deep learning models for two core language technology tasks: machine translation and speech recognition. I advocate an approach that attempts to decode the information encoded in such models while they are being trained. I perform a range of experiments comparing different modules, layers, and representations in the end-to-end models. The analyses illuminate the inner workings of end-to-end machine translation and speech recognition systems, explain how they capture different language properties, and suggest potential directions for improving them. The methodology is also applicable to other tasks in the language domain and beyond.

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    • March 2, 2018

      Peter Jansen

      Modern question answering systems are able to provide answers to a set of common natural language questions, but their ability to answer complex questions, or provide compelling explanations or justifications for why their answers are correct is still quite limited. These limitations are major barriers in high-impact domains like science and medicine, where the cost of making errors is high, and user trust is paramount. In this talk I'll discuss our recent work in developing systems that can build explanations to answer questions by aggregating information from multiple sources (sometimes called multi-hop inference). Aggregating information is challenging, particularly as the amount of information becomes large due to "semantic drift", or the tendency for inference algorithms to quickly move off-topic when assembling long chains of knowledge. Motivated by our earlier efforts in attempting to latently learn information aggregation for explanation generation (which is currently limited to short inference chains), I will discuss our current efforts to build a large corpus of detailed explanations expressed as lexically-connected explanation graphs to serve as training data for the multi-hop inference task. We will discuss characterizing what's in a science exam explanation, difficulties and methods for large-scale construction of detailed explanation graphs, and the possibility of automatically extracting common explanatory patterns from corpora such as this to support building large explanations (i.e. six or more aggregated facts) for unseen questions through merging, adapting, and adding to known explanatory patterns.

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