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Language Technology: Research and Development

Credits: 15 hp
Syllabus: 5LN714
Teachers: Sara Stymne, Mats Dahllöf, Joakim Nivre
Course coordinator and examiner: Sara Stymne

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Schedule

Date Time Room Content Reading
L1
4/9
10-12
2-1077
Introduction Introduction, Universal Dependencies, Multilinguality Author id and profiling

L2
5/9
10-12
Turing
Science and research Okasha
L3
9/9
13-15
22-0031
Language technology research and development
Cunningham, Lee
S1
13/9
10-12
2-0025, 2-0026, 2-0028
Seminar - research papers

S2
24/9
14-16
3-0012, 9-3068, 16-2044
Seminar - research papers

L4
25/9
10-12
6-K1031
R&D projects - from proposal to implementation
Zobel 10-11, 13
S2
27/9
9/11
UD: 9-2029
Seminar - research papers
S3
27/9
15-17
aip: 7-0015
Seminar - research papers
S3
2/10
10-12
22-1005, 22-1006, 22-1008
Seminar - research papers
S3
3/10
10-12
mling: 9-1016
Seminar - research papers
S3
3/10
15-17
UD: 9-3068
Seminar - research papers
S4a
8/10
10-12
9-2029, 22-1005, 22-1008
Seminar - project proposals

S4b
9/10
9-12
22-1005, 22-1008, 22-1009
Seminar - project proposals (Note: starts at 9.15!)

S5
23/10
10-12
2-0023, 2-0026, 22-0025
Seminar - progress report

L5
6/11
10-12
16-2043
Dissemination of research results
Zobel 1-9, 14
S6
13/11
10-12
2-0023, 2-0025, 2-0026
Seminar - progress report
S7
27/11
10-12
2-0025, 2-0026, 2-0028
Seminar - progress report
L6
27/11
13-15
Turing
Review of scientific articles
Zobel 14
S8
11/12
10-12
2-0025, 2-0026, 2-0028
backup Seminar - progress report
S9
8/1
10-12
2-0025, 2-0026, 2-0027
backup Seminar - progress report
FS
15/1
9-16
16-0041
Seminar - term paper presentations


15/1
16-
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Social event

All lectures will be given by Sara. The seminars will be led by the seminar leader for each research group. Unless otherwise stated for the seminars, group 1 (UD) will be in the first room, group 2 (mling) in the second room, and group 3 (aip) in the third room. Note that attendance is obligatory at all seminars. If you miss one, contact your seminar leader to discuss how to compensate.

Content

The course gives a theoretical and practical introduction to research and development in language technology. The theoretical part covers basic philosophy of science, research methods in language technology, project planning, and writing and reviewing of scientific papers. The practical part consists of a small project within a research area common to a subgroup of course participants, including a state-of-the-art survey in a reading group, the planning and implementation of a research task, and the writing of a paper according to the standards for scientific publications in language technology. The research areas, with teachers, for 2019 are:
  1. Universal Dependencies (UD) - Joakim Nivre
  2. Multilinguality (mling) - Sara Stymne
  3. Author identification and profiling (aip) - Mats Dahllöf

Research Groups

Below groups and articles for the research seminars will appear.

Groups Members Papers
1: Universal Dependencies IvanSep 13: Nivre. (2015)
RexSep 13: Nivre et al. 2016
ShorouqSep 13: Nivre et al. 2018
ArturSep 24: Reddy et al. 2017
GiuseppeSep 24: Straka et al. 2016
TiantianSep 24: Tiedemann 2015
MarsidaOct 2: Berzak et al. 2016
(Joakim)Oct 2: Dyer 2018
CamillaOct 2: Futrell et al. 2015
2: Multilinguality (Sara)Sep 13: Yarowsky et al. 2001
GeorgeSep 13: Tiedemann 2015
ElsaSep 13: Smith et al. 2018
NataliaSep 24: Plank & Agić 2018
XiajingSep 24: Östling & Tiedemann 2017
Arra'di NurSep 24: Glavaš et al. 2019
JunOct 2: Tiedemann 2012
HartgerOct 2: Zoph et al. 2016
UgoOct 2: Lin et al. 2019
3: Author identification and profiling DrewSep 13: Kestemont et al. 2018
ShifeiSep 13: Rocha et al. 2017
LuiseSep 24: Karmen et al. 2015
XuemeiSep 24: Park et al. 2015
EvangeliaSep 24: Peersman et al. 2011
Anne FleurOct 2: Overdorf & Greenstadt 2016
AdamOct 2: Potthast et al. 2017
RenfeiOct 2: Preoţiuc-Pietro et al. 2015

Examination

The course is examined by means of five assignments with different weights (see below). In order to pass the course, a student must pass each of one of these. In order to pass the course with distinction, a student must pass at least 50% of the weighted graded assignments with distinction.

Assignments

  1. Take home exam on philosophy of science (15%)
    • This assignment will be based on your reading of Okasha's book. You will be asked to discuss issues in the philosophy of science and (sometimes) relate them to the area of language technology. The questions will be handed out September 13, and the report should be handed in September 20.
  2. Research paper presentation and discussion (15%)
    • You will present one of the papers discussed in the seminars. The task is to introduce the paper and lead the discussion, not to make a formal presentation. In addition you shall take active part in the discussion of all other papers discussed in the seminars. The seminars thus have obligatory attendance; if you miss a seminar, you have to write a short report instead. This assignment is not graded and does not qualify for distinction.
  3. Project proposal (15%)
    • You will put together a 3-page proposal describing the project you are going to work on for the rest of the course, using an adapted version of the Swedish Research Council's guidelines for research plans. You will also give a short presentation of the proposal in a seminar (10 minutes with slides). The deadline for the written proposal is October 4, and the seminars will take place October 9.
  4. Review of term papers (15%)
  5. Term paper (40%)
    • You will report your project in a paper following the guidelines of Transactions of the Association for Computational Linguistics (except that the page limit for your papers is 4-7 pages + references). The deadline is December 13 for the first version and January 17 for the revised version. On January 15, you will also give an oral presentation of the paper. As part of your work on the project, it is obligatory to attend the progress report seminars. If you miss a seminar, you have to write a short report instead.

Submitting and Reviewing Term papers

Information to appear!

Final Seminar/Workshop

The final seminar will be organized as a workshop with term paper presentations.

Research Groups

Your first task in the course is to make a wish for which research topic to work on. Send a ranked list of your preference for the three topics by email to Sara, at the latest Friday September 6, at 13.00. If you fail to make a wish by this deadline you will be arbitrarily assigned to a topic. We will try our best to respect everyone's wishes, but if it turns out not to be possible, we will resort to random decisions.

Deadlines

Here is a summary of all deadlines in the course.

TaskDeadlineExtra deadline
Choose your preferred topicsSeptember 6, 13:00-
Hand in take home examSeptember 20November 15
Project proposalOctober 4November 8
Present project proposalOctober 8-9By agreement
First version of project reportDecember 13January 17
Reviews on peer's project papersDecember 20January 17
Final seminarJanuary 15By agreement
Final project reportJanuary 17February 21
Note that it is important for you to finish the course on time, since it is a requirement for starting your master thesis. So try to avoid resorting to the backup deadlines!

Reading

Science and Research

Universal Dependencies

See also proceedings from the Universal Dependencies Workshops (UDW):

Multilinguality

Author Identification and Profiling