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Natural Language Understanding in Computational Systems - 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

Topic: Important aspects 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 has advanced natural language processing applications, important challenges remain. This talk will look at what the general trends are 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 then explain my own research on language understanding which brings together computer science, machine/deep learning, human-robot interaction, natural language processing, spoken dialogue systems, child development, and cognitive science.