Keynote Speakers

Charles Yang
Talk title: Why 72?
9am-10am, June 2

Bio: Charles is a Professor of Linguistics, Computer Science, and Psychology at the University of Pennsylvania and directs the Program in Cognitive Science. He has spent a long time to work out the tricks children use to learn languages and is now ready to try them out on machines. His most recent book, The Price of Linguistic Productivity, is the winner of the 2017 LSA Leonard Bloomfield award.

Kevin Knight
Talk title: The Moment When the Future Fell Asleep
9am-10am, June 3

Bio: Kevin is a professor of computer science at the University of Southern California and fellow of the Information Sciences Institute. He is a 2014 fellow of the ACL for foundational contributions to machine translation, to the application of automata for NLP, to decipherment of historical manuscripts, to semantics and to generation.

Dilek Hakkani-Tür
Talk title: TBD
9am-10am, June 4

Bio: Dilek is a research scientist at Google Research Dialogue Group and has previously held positions at Microsoft Research, ICSI, and AT&T Labs – Research. She is a fellow of the IEEE and of ISCA. Her research interests include conversational AI, natural language and speech processing, spoken dialogue systems, and machine learning for language processing.

Industry Track Keynote Speakers

Mari Ostendorf
Talk title: TBD
2pm-3pm, June 2

Bio: Mari is a professor of Electrical Engineering and Associate Vice Provost for Research at the University of Washington. She is a Fellow of IEEE and ISCA, and winner of the 2018 IEEE James L. Flanagan Speech and Audio Processing Award. Her recent research has emphasized social communication, and she served as a faculty advisor for the student team winning the inaugural AlexaPrize competition to build a socialbot.

Daniel Marcu
Talk title: TBD
2pm-3pm, June 3

Bio: Daniel is a Director of MT/NLP at Amazon. He is a 2014 fellow of ACL for significant contributions to discourse parsing, summarization and machine translation and for kick starting the statistical machine translation industry.