Dr. Ralph Weischedel to present March 2

Language Technologies Seminar Series

What can be Accomplished with the State of the Art in Information Extraction?

Ralph Weischedel, Senior Scientist
Information Sciences Institute

Friday, March 2 at 3:30
GZang. 124

We present three deployed applications where information extraction is being used, and note the common features of those applications that have already led to success. Thus, the state of the art is proving valuable for some applications. We also identify key research challenges whose solution seems essential for further successes. Since a few practical deployments already exist and since breakthroughs on particular challenges would greatly broaden the technology’s deployment, further research will yield even greater value.

Dr. Ralph Weischedel, a Senior Supervising Computer Scientist and Research Team Lead at the University of Southern California’s Information Sciences Institute, has diverse experience in Natural Language Processing and its application to Government needs. For over 30 years, he has led text understanding research, focusing on statistical learning algorithms. He has more than 120 papers, three patents, and a best paper award from the Association for Computational Linguistics (ACL) in Machine Translation. He is a Fellow of the ACL, a distinction held by barely more than 1% of ACL members. He has served as principal investigator on diverse efforts.

NOTE:  Dr. Weishedel is from ISI’s Waltham Office, where they are looking for both CL and CS interns and new grads.  ISI will also be at the Industry Reception on the 28th.

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