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.

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.

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

Genesys

Genesys is the market leader in omnichannel customer experience (Voice, IVR, Web, Chat, E-Mail) and in contact center solutions, both in our Cloud offering and on Customer premises. We help brands of all sizes, from Microsoft, Nike, and Fidelity to Fred’s Pizza Shop, make great Customer Experience great business.
The Genesys Customer Experience platform powers optimal end-customer journeys across all touchpoints, channels and interactions to turn customers into brand advocates.
Genesys is trusted by over 4,500 Customers in 80 countries to orchestrate more than 100 million digital and voice interactions each day.

CL Seminar on the LAPPS Natural Language Grid, Feb 1

The Language Application Grid as a Platform for NLP Research
Keith Suderman
Vassar College

Wednesday, February 1 at 3pm
Volen 101
Brandeis University

The LAPPS Grid project (Vassar, Brandeis, CMU, LDC), which has developed a platform providing access to a vast array of language processing tools and resources for the purposes of research and development in natural language processing (NLP), has recently expanded to enhance its usability by non-technical users such as those in the Digital Humanities community. We provide a live demonstration of LAPPS Grid use, ranging from “from scratch” construction of a workflow using atomic tools to a pre-configured docker image that can be run off-the-shelf on a laptop or in the cloud, for several tasks of relevance to the NLP and DH communities.

Keith Suderman is a Research Assistant with the Department of Computer Science at Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, New York. Keith works full time on the development of the LAPPS Grid API, architecture, and tool integrations.

UFA

UFA is a leading, privately-held software engineering firm specializing in Air Traffic Control simulation technologies. UFA, Inc provide simulation products to civil aviation, military, and university customers worldwide. A key element of the product is speech recognition modeling Air Traffic Control commands.
Brandeis connections: Cynthia Goodman, Travis Hasley

Partners Healthcare

Partners HealthCare is a not-for-profit health care system that is committed to patient care, research, teaching, and service to the community locally and globally. Collaboration among our institutions and health care professionals is central to our efforts to advance our mission. Founded in 1994 by Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital, Partners HealthCare includes community and specialty hospitals, a managed care organization, a physician network, community health centers, home care and other health-related entities. Several of our hospitals are teaching affiliates of Harvard Medical School, and Partners is a national leader in biomedical research.
Brandeis connections: Ken Lai, Suzanne Blakeley, Jessica Huynh, Clay Riley

Nuance

Nuance Communications is reinventing the relationship between people and technology. We believe in the power of intelligent systems, and quite specifically what the power can do for you. Our innovations in voice, natural language understanding, reasoning and systems integration come together to create more human technology.
We are pioneers in making technology fluent in all things human: from understanding spoken words and extracting their meaning to adaptively and seamlessly interpreting the swipe of a fingertip. Every interaction can finally be understood to deliver exactly what a person needs. And we continuously evolve the ability to perceive the nuance of words, actions and meaning — to fit seamlessly into your life, your business and your world.
Nuance is headquartered in Burlington, Massachusetts, with more than 35 offices around the world, and approximately 14,000 employees worldwide. We have a significant portfolio of intellectual property, with more than 4,500 global issued and pending patents. Every day, millions of users and thousands of businesses experience our proven applications, including more than two-thirds of the Fortune 100 use our solutions.