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Understanding Understanding - Dr. Casey Kennington

January 23 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am MST

Casey Kennington
Assistant Professor, Computer Science
Boise State University

Thursday, January 23rd, at 10:30 AM in CCP Room 259

Abstract: Hallmarks of intelligence include the ability to acquire, represent, understand, and produce natural language. Although recent work in data-driven, machine learning, and deep learning methods have advanced natural language processing applications, important challenges remain. In my talk, I’ll give an overview of general trends in understanding language on machines, what we can learn from children who acquire language seemingly with minimal effort, and what that means for future research. I will explain my own research at Boise State University which brings together computer science, machine/deep learning, human-robot interaction, natural language processing, spoken dialogue systems, child development, and cognitive science.

Biography: Dr. Kennington’s primary research interests revolve around natural language processing and dialogue systems. After completing a bachelor’s degree at Brigham Young University in CS, Casey completed a master’s degree in computational linguistics from Saarland University (Germany) and Lorraine University (France). He completed his PhD at Bielefeld University (Germany). He is the head of the Speech, Language, & Interactive Machines (SLIM) research group at BSU.