Tuesday, June 05, 2007

Summer Happenings

A bunch of stuff has been happening since Summer started. First, some good news on the research side - four of my research papers have been accepted to be published this year. I already presented the first one in Rochester at the Document Understanding Conference. The second one is at the biennial European workshop on Natural Language Generation to be held at the prestigious computer science research center at Schloss Dagstuhl in Germany. The third one is at the annual meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics in Prague. So, the upshot is that I will be visiting Germany and the Czech Republic for a couple of weeks starting June 16th. Pretty excited about that ! Did some research on what I could do during the downtime after the conference ends each day at 5. Found that the National Theater in Prague will be hosting Milos Forman's new play Dobře placená procházka while I am there. That definitely sounds like something worth checking out.

Finally the last paper was something that I had been wanting to write for a long time now. It's an introduction to Natural Language Processing for computer scientists published by the peer-reviewed ACM student journal Crossroads. I use the excellent Python-based Natural Language Toolkit for most of the article and it turned out to be pretty nice, from what I have been hearing. I am also planning to use NLTK extensively in the Introduction to Computational Linguistics class that I will be co-teaching with my adviser in the fall. One more thing I am really looking forward to !

More updates as the summer progresses.

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