CL Seminar Series March 3: Dr. Sravana Reddy

Obfuscating Gender in Social Media Writing
Sravana Reddy
Researcher, Wellesley College
Friday March 3, 3:15 in Volen 101
The vast availability of textual data on social media has led to an interest in algorithms to automatically predict demographic attributes based on the user’s writing. These methods are valuable for social science research as well as targeted advertising and profiling, but also compromise the privacy of users who may not realize that their personal idiolects can give away their identities. Can we automatically modify a text so that the author is classified as a certain target gender, under limited knowledge of the classifier, while preserving the text’s fluency and meaning? In this talk, I present a model to modify a text, show empirical results with Twitter and Yelp data, and outline future directions.
Bio:
Sravana Reddy is a researcher at Wellesley College working on natural language processing and its intersections with privacy, the digital humanities, and sociolinguistics. She graduated with a PhD from the University of Chicago, and a bachelors’ from Brandeis University.

Brandeis CL spring “Meet’n’Greet” Industry Reception

The Brandeis Computational Linguistics program held its spring Industry Reception networking event.  Technical representatives from twelve companies attended and spent two hours talking with students about what they do in their companies and collected resumes from students looking for internships and jobs.  Alumni were among the representatives from Amazon, BBN, Basis, Burning Glass, and Callminer.  Other companies attending included Fidelity, Cobalt, ISI, SAP, Optum, SIFT, and Spotify.  Many of those companies also have interns or alumni from the program.

Check out descriptions of these and other companies that have attended our receptions in the past in the Industry Catalog.  The reception is held every semester, with generally 12-15 companies attending each time.

Information Sciences Institute

The Information Sciences Institute (ISI) is a world leader in research and development of advanced information processing, computer and communications technologies. A unit of
the University of Southern California’s highly ranked Viterbi School of Engineering, ISI is one of the nation’s largest, most successful university- affiliated computer research institutes. Our work ranges from theoretical basic research, such as core engineering and computer science discovery, to applied research and development, such as design and modeling of innovative prototypes and devices. ISI’s focus areas include natural language, machine translation and information integration. ISI is based in Marina del Rey, California, and maintains offices in Arlington, Virginia and Waltham, Massachusetts.

Spotify

Spotify is changing the way the world listens to music. In Boston (Davis Square) we do this by making Spotify more relevant, personal, and natural through applying machine learning, natural language processing, conversational systems, and much more to the world’s largest and richest collection of music-related data. This good work is nurtured in an amazing culture based on what we value most: passion, innovation, sincerity, collaboration and playfulness.

Welcome

The industry catalog is a resource for our students to know what companies do work related to computational linguistics. “Brandeis connections” lists students who work or have worked as interns or employees at the company. If you’d like to add your company, send a short description to mmeteer at brandeis dot com along with the categories you’d like to be listed under.

SAP

As market leader in enterprise application software, SAP helps companies of all sizes and industries innovate through simplification. From the back office to the boardroom, warehouse to storefront, on premise to cloud, desktop to mobile device – SAP empowers people and organizations to work together more efficiently and use business insight more effectively to stay ahead of the competition. SAP applications and services enable customers to operate profitably, adapt continuously, and grow sustainably.
The SAP HANA text analysis team – located in Boston, MA – combines the talents of computational linguists and skilled software engineers to deliver best-of-breed text analysis capabilities in all major languages. The team’s strategic focus is the development of natural-language processing functionality for the SAP Foundation for Health, the HANA–based central component of our newly formed product unit for healthcare. By combining structured and unstructured data for comprehensive analytical processes, the platform functions as an integration point for many diverse health–related applications and forms the foundation of SAP’s solutions for personalized medicine.
Brandeis connections: Russel Entrikin, Annie Thorburn

MITRE

The MITRE Corporation is a not-for-profit organization that operates research and development centers sponsored by the federal government. Our centers support our sponsors with scientific research and analysis, development and acquisition, and systems engineering and integration. We also have an independent research program that explores new and expanded uses of technologies to meet our sponsors’ needs. Our principal locations are in Bedford, Mass., and McLean, Va.
Brandeis Connections: David Tresner-Kirsch

Philips Research North America

At Philips, we are driven by our mission to improve the lives of 3 billion people per year by 2025, and every day we move closer to achieving our goal by creating cutting-edge solutions that lead to confident diagnosis, improved care, and increased quality of life for patients. Named one of the Top 50 Happiest Companies in America in 2013 and a 2014 Top Place to Work by the Boston Globe, we enable our employees to create a legacy in life through their work and support their development through people-centric learning, total rewards and personalized development planning programs.
Our research and business provides unique opportunities to develop cutting edge clinical solutions and deliver meaningful solutions in the healthcare space. Specifically, our ongoing efforts in healthcare research for real time diagnostic and therapeutic decision support applications leverage expertise in automated question answering, semantic reasoning, social media data analysis, predictive modeling and knowledge discovery driven by the state-of-the-art methodologies in computational linguistics, natural language processing, artificial intelligence, and machine learning with deep architecture. We maintain collaborative relationships with various universities, scientific institutions, academic organizations and governmental resources.

Interactions, LLC

For your customers, checking an order or fixing a problem can sometimes be complicated. But it doesn’t have to be. Interactions virtual assistant solutions turn frustrating experiences into productive conversations. Unlike other automated applications, Interactions solutions are built with our patented Adaptive-UnderstandingTM technology that delivers unprecedented comprehension. So your customers can speak in their own words – and accomplish more in less time. Each month, Interactions helps millions of our clients’ customers get things done. Why make things complicated when the right choice is simple?