by Bryan Burtner | Tuesday, June 6, 2017

For the third year in a row, students from the Language Technologies Institute were honored as among the best in the BioASQ Biomedical Semantic Question Answering Challenge (BioASQ 2017).

Khyathi Chandu, Aakanksha Naik, and Aditya Chandrasekar, all Master of Language Technology students enrolled in the Question Answering course during the spring semester, picked up on the work of previous LTI teams to compete in the competition, extending the codebase with the goal of improving performance on “ideal answer” (summarization) questions.

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by Bryan Burtner | Wednesday, April 5, 2017

A student in the LTI’s Master of Language Technologes program was recently honored with the Outstanding Paper Award at the 2017 Conference of the European Chapter of the Association for Computational Linguistics (EACL 2017). Adhiguna Kuncoro’s paper “What Do Recurrent Neural Network Grammars Learn About Syntax?” was one of just three out of the 119 accepted long papers to receive the honor at EACL 2017, one of the most prestigious conferences on natural language processing worldwide.

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by Bryan Burtner | Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Six papers from LTI faculty and students will be featured at the 2017 conference of the European Chapter of the Association for Computational Linguistics (EACL 2017). The conference, one of the most important in the field of Natural Language Processing and Computational Linguistics, will bring together scholars from around the world to present and discuss research on all aspects of automated natural language processing. The following papers from LTI researchers were selected for the conference:

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Friday, February 3, 2017

The 2017 Annual Jelinek Memorial Workshop on Speech and Language Technology will be held at Carnegie Mellon University Language Technologies Institute in Pittsburgh, PA.

A continuation of the Johns Hopkins University CLSP summer workshop series from 1995-2016, JSALT brings notable researchers and students together to collaborate on selected research topics for six weeks, following a special two-week undergraduate education session. The Workshop is named after the late ... Read More

by AISHA RASHID AND SUSIE CRIBBS | Thursday, December 15, 2016

When Facebook launched its Live video service last year, the social media giant's 1.5 billion global users began living their lives as if they had TV cameras in their back pockets. A team of Carnegie Mellon University students and alumni recently harnessed the power of the Live system to take first place in the 2016 Facebook Global Hackathon.... Read More

Is Artificial Intelligence Superior to Wisdom of Crowds?
by Byron Spice | Monday, December 12, 2016

Computer scientists and statisticians at Carnegie Mellon University are using both artificial intelligence and the wisdom of crowds to guide their efforts in forecasting 2016-2017 flu activity. Past experience suggests it remains an open question as to which is better at predicting the disease's spread week by... Read More

by Susie Cribbs | Friday, December 2, 2016

LTI Associate Professor Bhiksha Raj has been named to the 2017 class of IEEE fellows for his "contributions to speech recognition," according to IEEE.

Established more than a hundred years ago, the IEEE fellow grade is a distinction reserved for select IEEE members whose extraordinary accomplishments in any of the organization's fields of interest are deemed fitting of... Read More

by Bryan Burtner | Tuesday, November 22, 2016

For the second consecutive year, Carnegie Mellon came out on top in the LiveQA evaluation – an exercise that requires question-answering (QA) software to respond to real-time questions received by the Yahoo! Answers website – at the Text Retrieval Conference (TREC 2016).

A system designed by Di Wang, a Language Technologies Institute Ph.D. student and member of Prof. Eric Nyberg’s Open Advancement of Question Answering... Read More

by Susie Cribbs | Thursday, November 10, 2016

A team of students from the Language Technologies Institute recently earned top honors for their performance in the BioASQ 2016 Biomedical Semantic Question Answering challenge.

Held annually, BioASQ pushes for a solution to the information access problem biomedical experts face by posing challenges on both biomedical semantic indexing and question answering. The CMU team, comprising Zi Yang, a student in the LTI's Ph.D. program; Yue Zhou, a student in the... Read More

by Susie Cribbs | Friday, October 14, 2016

Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) have great potential to change where and how people learn. But MOOCs have a typical completion rate in the single digits. One reason for such dismal results? Possibly the lack of social interaction experienced in online learning.

Carolyn Rosé, an associate professor in the LTI, hopes to change that with her latest research on MOOCs and online learning. A recent article by edSurge... Read More