Vabljeni na predavanje prof. Ruslana Mitkova z Univerze v Wolverhamptonu, ki bo predaval o anaforah in razreševanju koreferenc. Dogodek bo 17. aprila 2018 ob 16.15 uri v predavalnici P21 na Fakulteti za računalništvo Univerze v Ljubljani.
Predavanje bo v angleščini. Kratek povzetek predavanja in predavateljev življenjepis (v angleškem jeziku) najdete spodaj.
Anaphora and coreference resolution: still a hard nut to crack?
How far has it gone, what is its impact on NLP and what are the ways forward?
Ruslan Mitkov, University of Wolverhampton
Anaphora and coreference resolution are arguably among the most challenging Natural Language Processing (NLP) tasks. Research in anaphora resolution and coreference resolution has focused almost exclusively on the development and intrinsic evaluation of various algorithms. While publications report positive results, the speaker will show that the replication of some of the best-known algorithms reveals reasons for concern in that the performance is far from ideal and the evaluation is far from transparent.
Anaphora and coreference resolution as tasks are crucial for the operation of NLP systems and should not be regarded in isolation but only in the wider picture of NLP applications. The extrinsic evaluation or the impact of an anaphora or coreference resolution module on a larger NLP system of which they are part, is an under-researched topic and several studies conducted by the speaker, seek to fill in this gap. More specifically, the speaker will discuss whether anaphora and coreference resolution can improve (and if they can, to what extent?) or not the performance of four NLP applications: text summarisation, term extraction, text categorisation and textual entailment.
The presentation will finish with suggested ways forward as to how anaphora and coreference resolution can do better and will outline the latest related research of the author.
Prof. Dr Ruslan Mitkov has been working in Natural Language Processing (NLP), Computational Linguistics, Corpus Linguistics, Machine Translation, Translation Technology and related areas since the early 1980s. Whereas Prof. Mitkov is best known for his seminal contributions to the areas of anaphora resolution and automatic generation of multiple-choice tests, his extensively cited research (more than 250 publications including 15 books, 35 journal articles and 36 book chapters) also covers topics such as machine translation, translation memory and translation technology in general, bilingual term extraction, automatic identification of cognates and false friends, natural language generation, automatic summarisation, computer-aided language processing, centering, evaluation, corpus annotation, NLP-driven corpus-based study of translation universals, text simplification, NLP for people with language disabilities and computational phraseology. Mitkov is author of the monograph Anaphora resolution (Longman) and Editor of the most successful Oxford University Press Handbook - The Oxford Handbook of Computational Linguistics. Current prestigious projects include his role as Executive Editor of the Journal of Natural Language Engineering published by Cambridge University Press and Editor-in-Chief of the Natural Language Processing book series of John Benjamins publishers. Dr. Mitkov is also working on the forthcoming Oxford Dictionary of Computational Linguistics (Oxford University Press, co-authored with Patrick Hanks) and the forthcoming second, substantially revised edition of the Oxford Handbook of Computational Linguistics. Prof. Mitkov has been invited as a keynote speaker at a number of international conferences including conferences on translation and translation technology. He has acted as Programme Chair of various international conferences on Natural Language Processing (NLP), Machine Translation, Translation Technology, Translation Studies, Corpus Linguistics and Anaphora Resolution. He is asked on a regular basis to review for leading international funding bodies and organisations and to act as a referee for applications for Professorships both in North America and Europe. Ruslan Mitkov is regularly asked to review for leading journals, publishers and conferences and serve as a member of Programme Committees or Editorial Boards. Prof. Mitkov has been an external examiner of many doctoral theses and curricula in the UK and abroad, including Master’s programmes related to NLP, Translation and Translation Technology. Dr. Mitkov has considerable external funding to his credit (more than є 20,000,000) and is currently acting as Principal Investigator of several large projects, some of which are funded by UK research councils, by the EC as well as by companies and users from the UK and USA. Ruslan Mitkov received his MSc from the Humboldt University in Berlin, his PhD from the Technical University in Dresden and worked as a Research Professor at the Institute of Mathematics, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Sofia. Mitkov is Professor of Computational Linguistics and Language Engineering at the University of Wolverhampton which he joined in 1995 and where he set up the Research Group in Computational Linguistics. His Research Group has emerged as an internationally leading unit in applied Natural Language Processing and members of the group have won awards in different NLP/shared-task competitions. In addition to being Head of the Research Group in Computational Linguistics, Prof. Mitkov is also Director of the Research Institute in Information and Language Processing. The Research Institute consists of the Research Group in Computational Linguistics and the Research Group in Statistical Cybermetrics, which is another top performer internationally. Ruslan Mitkov is Vice President of ASLING, an international Association for promoting Language Technology. Dr. Mitkov is a Fellow of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, Germany and was invited as Distinguished Visiting Professor at the University of Franche-Comté in Besançon, France; he also serves as Vice-Chair for the prestigious EC funding programme ‘Future and Emerging Technologies’. In recognition of his outstanding professional/research achievements, Prof. Mitkov was awarded the title of Doctor Honoris Causa at Plovdiv University in November 2011. At the end of October 2014 Dr. Mitkov was also conferred Professor Honoris Causa at Veliko Tarnovo University.