Invited Talks

The following keynote lectures have been confirmed so far:

Björn W. Schuller

NLP in Tomorrow’s Profiling - Words May Fail You

Full Professor & Head of the Chair of Complex and Intelligent Systems, University of Passau, Germany, Reader (Associate Professor) in Machine Learning, Department of Computing, Imperial College London, London/U.K, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Co-Founder, audEERING GmbH, Gilching/Germany, Visiting Professor, School of Computer Science and Technology, Harbin Institute of Technology, Harbin/P.R. China.

NG Hwee Tou

Grammatical Error Correction: Past, Present, and Future

Grammatical error correction is the task of correcting errors in texts including spelling, grammar, collocation, and word choice errors. Software that can automatically correct errors in English texts has far-reaching impact, since it is estimated that more than one billion people worldwide are learning English as a second language and they will benefit greatly from such software. In this talk, I will give an overview of past and present research on grammatical error correction, and suggest future research directions.

Professor Hwee Tou NG is Provost's Chair Professor of Computer Science at the National University of Singapore (NUS) and a Senior Faculty Member at the NUS Graduate School for Integrative Sciences and Engineering. He received a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Texas at Austin, USA. His research focuses on natural language processing and information retrieval. He is a Fellow of the Association for Computational Linguistics (ACL). 
He has published papers in premier journals and conferences, including Computational Linguistics, Journal of Artificial Intelligence Research (JAIR), ACM Transactions on Information Systems (TOIS), ACL, NAACL, EMNLP, SIGIR, AAAI, and IJCAI. His papers received the Best Paper Award at EMNLP 2011 and SIGIR 1997. He is the book review editor of Computational Linguistics, an action editor of the Transactions of the Association for Computational Linguistics (TACL), an editorial board member of Natural Language Engineering, and a steering committee member of ACL SIGNLL. He has also served as the Editor-in-Chief of ACM Transactions on Asian Language Information Processing (TALIP) (May 2007 − May 2013) and an editorial board member of Computational Linguistics (2004 − 2006) and Journal of Artificial Intelligence Research (JAIR) (Sep 2008 − Aug 2011). He was an elected member of the ACL executive committee (2008 − 2010) and a former secretary of ACL SIGNLL. He was program co-chair of EMNLP 2008, ACL 2005, and CoNLL 2004 conferences, and has served as area chair of ACL, NAACL, EACL, EMNLP, SIGIR, AAAI, and IJCAI conferences and as session chair and program committee member of many past conferences including ACL, EMNLP, SIGIR, AAAI, and IJCAI. At NUS, he currently serves as Deputy Director of Temasek Defence Systems Institute (TDSI), and he was formerly Program Co-Chair of the Singapore-MIT Alliance (SMA) Computer Science Program, and Curriculum Chair and Vice Dean (Research) of the School of Computing.

Vasudeva Varma

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Professor and the Dean (Research & Development) at IIIT Hyderabad, India. His research Interests are in the broad areas of Information Retrieval, Extraction and Access. More specifically: social media analysis, cross language information access, summarization and semantic search. He also works in the areas of Cloud Computing and Reuse in Software Engineering. He is also the CEO of IIIT Hyderabad Foundation, which runs one of the largest technology incubators in India. The Foundation manages IIIT-H’s IP and technology transfers. He co-founded SETU Software Systems Pvt Ltd. SETU’s product, Veooz, is Social signal based content discovery platform with social media search and analysis capabilities