Shruti Rijhwani honored for her work in Natural Language Processing for endangered languages
by Bryan Burtner | Wednesday, December 1, 2021

LTI PhD student Shruti Rijhwani is one of the young humans who will "define the next decade" and "remake our world" in the field of science, according to the 2022 edition of Forbes' highly influential "30 Under 30" list.

Rijhwani, a 4th-year PhD student advised by LTI Associate Professor Graham Neubig, was noted for her research in utilizing Natural Language Processing techniques to... Read More

LTI researchers contribute invaluable perspective to Washington Post coverage
by David Mortensen | Wednesday, December 1, 2021

Alex Hauptmann’s lab in the LTI has developed a reputation for sophisticated analysis of video recordings of crowds, particularly when the crowds turn newsworthy. In an ongoing partnership with the Washington Post, they have already provided a crucial analysis of the January 6th incident at the US Capitol. This latest installment demonstrates how robust, nimble, and adaptable the technologies developed by Hauptmann’s group are. The analysis demonstrates, in vivid detail, that most of the Astroworld victims were packed into a single space, contrary to the recommendations of safety... Read More

by LTI Webmaster | Wednesday, October 13, 2021

Note: The application period is now closed. Thank you for your interest, and please contact us with any questions.

The Language Technologies Institute in Carnegie Mellon University's School of Computer Science is recruiting interns for Summer 2022. The topic of the internship will be “Language Technology For All,” where you will focus on performing research on cutting-edge language systems to make them more accurate, efficient, or inclusive.

Specific topics... Read More

Kayo Yin among many LTI researchers featured at prestigious conference
by Bryan Burtner | Tuesday, August 3, 2021

Kayo Yin, a student in the LTI's Master of Language Technologies program, was honored with the Best Theme Paper designation at this year's Joint Conference of the 59th Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics and the 11th Joint Conference on Natural Language Processing (ACL-IJCNLP 2021). Yin is the lead author of the paper Including Signed Languages in Natural Language Processing, which seeks to expand the usage of powerful tools and techniques from the field of Natural Language Processing into the realm of signed... Read More

by Aaron Aupperlee | Monday, July 12, 2021

A machine translation company co-founded by Alex Waibel, a professor in the Language Technologies Institute, has been acquired by Zoom to bolster the platform's real-time translation.

Kites, founded in 2015 by Waibel and Sebastian Stüker, originated from research by the pair at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology in Germany... Read More

LTI Professor Is CMU's First Finalist for $250,000 prize
by Aaron Aupperlee | Thursday, June 17, 2021

Voice-controlled virtual assistants, like Alexa and Siri, work great in English. And they work pretty well in other languages, like Japanese. But they don't understand speakers of most of the world's 7,000 languages.

Graham Neubig, an associate professor in the Language Technologies Institute at Carnegie Mellon University, wants to change that by making natural language processing — the technology underpinning virtual assistants, instant translation tools and autocomplete... Read More

19 Papers Accepted from LTI Authors
by Bryan Burtner | Tuesday, June 8, 2021

LTI faculty and students are once again featured prominently at this year's conference of the North American chapter of the Association for Computational Linguistics: Human Language Technologies (NAACL HLT 2021). The conference includes 19 papers with at least one LTI author, with 23 members of the LTI community represented in total.

NAACL HLT, now in its 19th year, is one of the world’s premier conferences in the fields of computation linguistics and natural language processing. The conference takes place remotely from June 6-11.

Papers and presentations including LTI... Read More

by Aaron Aupperlee | Monday, April 12, 2021

Speech processing research is at a high right now, with virtual assistants like Alexa, Siri, Google and others always listening and willing to help.

But without a keen eye — or ear — for who this technology aims to assist, interest could wane, said Maxine Eskenazi, a Carnegie Mellon University researcher in the School of Computer Science who has worked on speech processing and spoken dialogue systems for decades.

"We need to stop focusing on the agent and start focusing on the user," Eskenazi said. "It's only a... Read More

by Bryan Burtner | Friday, February 19, 2021

The Association for Computing Machinery's Special Interest Group on Information Retrieval (ACM SIGIR) announced recently that Language Technologies Institute Interim Director and Professor Jamie Callan is one of the inaugural inductees into its new ACM SIGIR Academy.  The ACM SIGIR Academy honors and recognizes individuals who have made significant, cumulative contributions to the development of the field of information retrieval (IR).  Inductees to the SIGIR Academy are the principal leaders in IR, whose efforts have shaped the... Read More

References to Chess Piece Colors Can Trigger Alarm
by Byron Spice | Thursday, February 18, 2021

"The Queen's Gambit," the recent TV mini-series about a chess master, may have stirred increased interest in chess, but a word to the wise: social media talk about game-piece colors could lead to misunderstandings, at least for hate-speech detection software.

That's what a pair of Carnegie Mellon University researchers suspect happened to Antonio Radić, or "agadmator," a Croatian chess player who hosts a popular YouTube channel. Last June, his account was blocked for "harmful and dangerous" content.

YouTube never provided an explanation and reinstated the channel within 24... Read More