This page collects some recent talks (videos & slides) given by members of the group. (At the moment, mostly by David Schlangen.)

2021: All Interaction is Situated, All Language is Grounded

Invited talk at the German conference on speech and signal processing, ESSV 2021. I used this opportunity to put some of our work on incremental processing and language & vision into context, making the claim that interactive systems are always situated (if only in a joint notion of time), and language is always grounded. I used the latter to diagnose a bit some of what’s problematic with using language models as chat agents.

  • (no video, unfortunately)
  • slides

2021: What Should / Could Computational Linguistics be About?

A short (well, 1 hour) meditation on what Computational Linguistics is, what it could be, and how we could get from the former to the latter. I used the opportunity of having been invited to address a conference of German students of linguistics to introduce my version of comp ling. It’s sort of a continuation of the ideas from (Schlangen 2019) and (Schlangen 2020), where I tried to formulate some dissatistfaction with the focus on instances of language use that can be framed as one-shot mappings from input to output.

2020: A Model of Situated Discourse Processing

This is the 2020 version of a longer-term project of mine (DS) on constructing a model of situated discourse processing that is both useful as an analytical tool, clarifying thoughts about how discourse processing works, as well as implementable. This talk was presented as semdial 2020. It is a cleaned up version of the long and rambling series of talks I inflicted on the audience when I was “international chair” at LabEx Universite de Paris in 2019. (Although in those talks, I presented many more experiments, which are still waiting to be written up properly.) The website of the project is here, where you can also find a link to all 8 hours of those lectures…

  • Schlangen, David. 2020. “An Outline of a Model of Situated Discourse Representation and Processing.” In Proceedings of Semdial 2020 (WatchDial). Brandeis University / Internet. (Schlangen 2020)
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