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Friday Night AI | Language is Everywhere—and AI Models of Language are Not Far Behind


Friday July 1, 2022: 7:00pm to 8:00pm  Add to Calendar /   Add to Google Calendar


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We use language to talk to one another or to tell stories; to express happiness or feelings of frustration; to teach or give advice; and for so much more. While language has always been uniquely human, recent decades have witnessed significant advances in the development of AI systems that process, classify, or generate language, leading to numerous applications that we use on a daily basis — think Siri and Alexa, Google search, Zoom transcription, and more.

Join us to learn more about computational models of language, how they work, how they attempt to ‘understand’ or ‘create’ language, how they are used in applications, and what are some of their major limitations.

Moderator: Rada Mihalcea

Steven Abney is an Associate Professor of Linguistics and an Affiliate of Computer Science and Engineering and the Michigan Institute for Data Science (MIDAS). He has been a U of M faculty member since 2002. Before that, he was a member of the Artificial Intelligence departments at AT&T Laboratories and Bell Communications Research, and an Assistant Professor at the University of Tübingen, Germany (which by pure coincidence is the sister city of Ann Arbor).

Ian Stewart is a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Michigan, working in MIDAS and CSE. He earned a PhD in Human-Centered Computing in 2020 from the Georgia Institute of Technology. Ian develops natural language processing methods for personalized text generation, social bias detection, and other social science applications.


Friday Night AI Models of Language


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