Google at ACL 2017

Posted by Christian Howard, Editor-in-Chief, Research Communications

This week, Vancouver, Canada hosts the 2017 Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics (ACL 2017), the premier conference in the field of natural language understanding, covering a broad spectrum of diverse research areas that are concerned with computational approaches to natural language.

As a leader in natural language processing & understanding and a Platinum sponsor of ACL 2017, Google will be on hand to showcase research interests that include syntax, semantics, discourse, conversation, multilingual modeling, sentiment analysis, question answering, summarization, and generally building better systems using labeled and unlabeled data, state-of-the-art modeling and learning from indirect supervision.

If you’re attending ACL 2017, we hope that you’ll stop by the Google booth to check out some demos, meet our researchers and discuss projects and opportunities at Google that go into solving interesting problems for billions of people. Learn more about the Google research being presented at ACL 2017 below (Googlers highlighted in blue).

Organizing Committee
Area Chairs include: Sujith Ravi (Machine Learning), Thang Luong (Machine Translation)
Publication Chairs include: Margaret Mitchell (Advisory)

Accepted Papers
A Polynomial-Time Dynamic Programming Algorithm for Phrase-Based Decoding with a Fixed Distortion Limit
Yin-Wen Chang, Michael Collins

Cross-Sentence N-ary Relation Extraction with Graph LSTMs
Nanyun Peng, Hoifung Poon, Chris Quirk, Kristina Toutanova, Wen-Tau Yih

Neural Symbolic Machines: Learning Semantic Parsers on Freebase with Weak Supervision
Chen Liang, Jonathan Berant, Quoc Le, Kenneth D. Forbus, Ni Lao

Coarse-to-Fine Question Answering for Long Documents
Eunsol Choi, Daniel Hewlett, Jakob Uszkoreit, Illia Polosukhin, Alexandre Lacoste, Jonathan Berant

Automatic Compositor Attribution in the First Folio of Shakespeare
Maria Ryskina, Hannah Alpert-Abrams, Dan Garrette, Taylor Berg-Kirkpatrick

A Nested Attention Neural Hybrid Model for Grammatical Error Correction
Jianshu Ji, Qinlong Wang, Kristina Toutanova, Yongen Gong, Steven Truong, Jianfeng Gao

Get To The Point: Summarization with Pointer-Generator Networks
Abigail See, Peter J. Liu, Christopher D. Manning

Identifying 1950s American Jazz Composers: Fine-Grained IsA Extraction via Modifier Composition
Ellie Pavlick*, Marius Pasca

Learning to Skim Text
Adams Wei Yu, Hongrae Lee, Quoc Le

2017 ACL Student Research Workshop
Program Committee includes: Emily Pitler, Brian Roark, Richard Sproat

WiNLP: Women and Underrepresented Minorities in Natural Language Processing
Organizers include: Margaret Mitchell
Gold Sponsor

BUCC: 10th Workshop on Building and Using Comparable Corpora
Scientific Committee includes: Richard Sproat

CLPsych: Computational Linguistics and Clinical Psychology – From Linguistic Signal to Clinical
Program Committee includes: Brian Roark, Richard Sproat

Repl4NLP: 2nd Workshop on Representation Learning for NLP
Program Committee includes: Ankur Parikh, John Platt

RoboNLP: Language Grounding for Robotics
Program Committee includes: Ankur Parikh, Tom Kwiatkowski

CoNLL 2017 Shared Task: Multilingual Parsing from Raw Text to Universal Dependencies
Management Group includes: Slav Petrov

CoNLL-SIGMORPHON-2017 Shared Task: Universal Morphological Reinflection
Organizing Committee includes: Manaal Faruqui
Invited Speaker: Chris Dyer

SemEval: 11th International Workshop on Semantic Evaluation
Organizers include: Daniel Cer

ALW1: 1st Workshop on Abusive Language Online
Panelists include: Margaret Mitchell

EventStory: Events and Stories in the News
Program Committee includes: Silvia Pareti

NMT: 1st Workshop on Neural Machine Translation
Organizing Committee includes: Thang Luong
Program Committee includes: Hieu Pham, Taro Watanabe
Invited Speaker: Quoc Le

Natural Language Processing for Precision Medicine
Hoifung Poon, Chris Quirk, Kristina Toutanova, Wen-tau Yih

Deep Learning for Dialogue Systems
Yun-Nung Chen, Asli Celikyilmaz, Dilek Hakkani-Tur

* Contributed during an internship at Google.

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The Confidence Index

We’ve got a new entrant into the world of forecasting the construction industry and this one in its initial report provided some very interesting insight.  The USG & US Chamber of Commerce Commercial Construction Index provided by Dodge Data made its debut and it’s a quarterly index of commercial construction through the eyes of the contractor world.  The report featured a “Confidence Index” that pegged in at 76, which meant it was squarely in the “healthy market” zone and included a ton of survey detail on everything from hiring to green building practices.  The eye-catching thing for me was the green aspect and what I would consider a surprising lack of enthusiasm or usage on such products.  The survey showed that only 26% of respondents see requests for energy efficient products and only 30% seek them out in a major way.  68% either seek them out a little or not at all.  The majority of people requesting or working with energy products are from larger firms (100 million and over) where 48% request and use green related products vs. small ones (under 10 million) who checked in at 7%.  There are a few things here though that jump out at me… is it possible that the respondents don’t realize they are seeking out energy efficient products?  After all so many products have gained performance over the years.  Do you consider a double silver low e an “energy efficient” product?  Or does it have to be triple silver?  Or with BIPV?   Not knowing how someone one defines energy efficiency is a major question for me.  Still it is scary that so many in a major position of power admit they only sparingly look for products that could make an energy difference.   I would assume a lot more on this will be coming out over the next days/weeks/months and I look forward to the 3rd Quarter report to see what else is involved and how the “Confidence Index” is doing.  I’ll obviously keep you appraised on here…


–  Its been a while since I have given props on a new or updated website… so time to shine the spotlight again and this one goes to WAWilson for their awesome refresh.  Yes, my brother Steve is an owner there but even if he wasn’t I would absolutely point out the fresh and very effective approach that they took.  So congrats to my brother, Bobby Hartong and everyone at WA Wilson who made this happen.
–   Really interesting read here on the trees being planted at Apple’s new campus HQ and the difference they will actually make with regards to the carbon footprint. 
–  GlassBuild America note… when you registered did you sign up to come to see Cam Marston at the opening session?  Remember the opening session is open to all… so if you are going to be there and ready for the show, I strongly recommend adding this to your schedule.  Those who have seen Cam speak previously raved about the insight he brought so I don’t think you will want to miss it.  A note in an e-mail from GlassBuild summed it up:

   Build your workforce. Key to addressing the industries’ workforce challenge is recruiting young people. GlassBuild America attendees will have the opportunity to hear generational expert Cam Marston address this subject during the GlassBuild America Opening Session—OPEN TO ALL. He will share how understanding the differences of each generation, from Baby Boomers to Millennials, can help attract and retain a new generation of employees. Attendees will walk away with actionable ideas to help them effectively manage across the generations.

–  Last this week… can you believe football season is about to start?  NFL preseason kicks off this coming week.  College (which I love) is a month out.  My goodness.  Time is flying at warp speed.


The Pacific NW has had a brutal run with their highways… last week eels… this week dough.  Lots of dough…
Our schools are a mess.  This story is a part of that.

Tom Dixon is an up and coming country artist and one that has his heart in the right place.  He does tons of charity and his latest is the song “Alive Day” that supports the Coalition to Salute America’s Heroes charity that I have noted from time to time.  The official music video is strong….

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