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Colloquium Series

Once every week while school is in session, EECS invites a distinguished researcher or practitioner in a computer science or electrical and computer engineering-related field to present their ideas and/or work. Talks are generally targeted to electrical engineering and computer science graduate students. This colloquium series is free and open to everyone.

Upcoming Colloquia

Linear-time Algorithms in Natural Language Understanding and Translation

Monday, October 5, 2015 -
4:00pm to 4:50pm
KEC 1003
Speaker Information
Liang Huang
Assistant Professor
School of EECS
Oregon State University

Why are computers so bad at processing human languages while so good at programming languages? What’s the key difference between English and C++ that makes the former so much harder? Can computers ever translate English into Chinese as fast as it compiles Java into bytecode? In this talk I'll present a linear-time dynamic programming model for incremental parsing inspired by both human sentence processing (psycholinguistics) and compiler theory (LR parsing). This model, being linear-time, is much faster than, but also as accurate as, the dominant cubic-time algorithms.

Speaker Bio
Speaker Biography: 

Liang Huang is a new faculty member in EECS. Before coming here he spent three years as an assistant professor at the City University of New York (CUNY) and a part-time research scientist at IBM T. J. Watson Research Center. He graduated in 2008 from the University of Pennsylvania and has worked as a research scientist at Google and a research assistant professor at USC/ISI before CUNY. Most of his work develops fast algorithms and provable theory to speed up large-scale natural language processing and structured machine learning. He has received a Best Paper Award at ACL 2008, several best paper nominations (ACL 2007, EMNLP 2008, and ACL 2010), two Google Faculty Research Awards (2010 and 2013), a Yahoo Faculty Research Award (2015), and a University Teaching Prize at Penn (2005). His research has been supported by DARPA, NSF, Google, and Yahoo. http://eecs.oregonstate.edu/people/huang-liang

Past Colloquia

Matthew Johnston
Thursday, February 20, 2014 -
8:45am to 9:45am
Andrew Clark
Wednesday, February 19, 2014 -
8:45am to 9:45am
Roy Olsson
Monday, February 17, 2014 -
8:45am to 10:00am
Janardhan Rao (Jana) Doppa
Monday, February 10, 2014 -
4:00pm to 4:50pm
Jonathan Coker
Thursday, February 6, 2014 -
3:00pm to 4:00pm
Kristi Potter
Monday, February 3, 2014 - 4:00pm
Aaron Buchwald
Monday, January 13, 2014 -
4:00pm to 4:50pm
Bruce Shepherd
Wednesday, January 8, 2014 -
9:00am to 10:00am