Computer Science Events

Sep 25

CS Tea Time

Blake Howald (a Senior Research Scientist in the R&D group at Thomson Reuters), will be giving a talk. Click above for more information.

Thursday, September 25th, 2014
4:00 – 5:00 pm / CMC 209

Title:  Domain Adaptable Natural Language Generation

Abstract:  In this talk, I will describe a Domain Adaptable Natural Language Generation (NLG) system that automatically generates financial reports, biographies and weather alerts from numerical data. This system is a hybrid of statistical and template-based approaches to NLG that relies on natural language processing, machine learning and linguistic theories of discourse structure. In evaluating the system's performance via crowdsourced and expert evaluations, we not only gain objective measures of success and failure, but also additional insights into the very nature and complexity of NLG and other artificial intelligence tasks in general. For students in computer science and related fields, this presentation will illustrate some of the exciting cross-disciplinary research opportunities that currently exist in the Information Technology and Services industry.  


Blake Howald is a Senior Research Scientist in the R&D group at Thomson Reuters where he works on a number of projects including natural language generation, automatic summarization, social network analysis and big data analytics. His research interests include computational semantics, pragmatics and the analysis of discourse structure from a combination of annotation, statistical machine learning and deep learning methods. Blake received a BA from the University of Pittsburgh, a JD from the University of Detroit Mercy and a MS and PhD from Georgetown University.

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