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IGK Colloquium

Summer Semester 2010

Place: Konferenzraum 1.17, Geb. C 7.4

Time: Thursdays, 10:15-12:00




April 15

Matthew Crocker

General meeting

April 22

Matthew Crocker, Dietrich Klakow

The politics of publishing

April 29

Alexander Koller

Job hunting

May 20

Michael Wiegand

Convolution Kernels for Opinion Holder Extraction

May 27

Corinna Hahn

EU funding schemes under FR7

June 10

Alexander Koller, Caroline Sporleder

Reviewing papers

June 17

Friedrich Faubel

Matthew Crocker

Mouth Tracking with Gaussian Mixture Filters

Job hunting

June 24

July 1

July 8

July 15

July 22

Judith Koehne

Sentence Processing Mechanisms Influence Cross-Situational Word Learning

Winter Semester 07/08

Place: Konferenzraum 1.17, Geb. C 7.4

Time: Thursdays, 11 s.t.

  • first talk: 11.00 a.m.
  • second talk: 12.00 p.m.


Speakers and titles

Jan 10

Sabrina Wilske
Dialogs For Language Learning

Mark Buckley
Building an Annotation Schema for Tutorial Dialogue

Jan 17

Maria Staudte
"Gaze in spoken human-robot interaction (HRI)"

Emilia Ellsiepen
Using visual information in language comprehension: Plausible events and the accessibility of past information

Jan 21 (Sondertermin: Phonetiches Kolloquium, Geb C7.4, Konferenzraum: 14:15)

Note unusual time and place

Eva Lasarcyk
"Speech Laughs in Articulatory Synthesis"

Jan 24

Rebecca Dridan
"Improving deep parsing...and what that means"

Hagen Fürstenau
"Linguistically Informed Data Expansion for a Frame Semantic Corpus Resource"

Jan 31

Michael Wiegand
Polarity Classification using Machine Learning

Fang Xu
Combination Approach Towards Chinese Noun Phrase Chunking

Feb 7

Friedrich Faubel
(Moved to Feb 21st)

Saeedeh Momtazi
"Fuzzy Class-based Language Modeling"

Feb 14

Bart Cramer
"Shallow and Deep Methods for Grammar Induction"

Antske Fokkens
"(Starting from) Stochastic Disambiguation Models for Parsing with Deep Grammars"

Feb 19 (Sondertermin: Geb C7.2, Seminarraum 11:00)

Note unusual time

Georgiana Dinu
"Automatic Acquisition of Inference Rules"

Feb 21

Friedrich Faubel
"Speech Feature Enhancement with Sequential Monte Carlo Methods"


Feb 28

Judith Koehne
"Generating and Understanding Sentences - About Structure Priming in Language Production and the Processing of Syntactic Variation"

Juliane Steinberg
"Why the eyes move in situated spoken language comprehension"

Mar 6

Micha Jellinghaus
"A data-driven approach to deep machine translation"

Rui Wang
"How to make Textual Entailment computational?"

Winter Semester 06/07

Place: Konferenzraum 1.17, Geb. C 7.4

Time: Thursdays, 11 c.t.

  • first talk: 11.15 a.m.
  • second talk: 12.00 p.m.


Speakers and titles

Jan 11

Yi Zhang
Ambiguity packing and unpacking: Motivation, application, and implication.

Jan 18

Note unusual time: 11:30-13:00

Rebecca Dridan
Combining deep and shallow NLP methods

Eva Lasarcyk
Paralinguistic and speaker-dependent variations of speech in articulatory synthesis

Jan 25

Nuria Bertomeu
Using knowledge for the resolution of fragmentary questions in QA dialogues

Hagen Fürstenau
Automatically Expanding Lexical Semantic Data

Feb 1

Garance Paris
Gender's influence on lexical access: Another experiment and a potential model

Maria Staudte
Embodied multi-modal communication: Approaches and problems for artificial cognitive systems

Feb 8

Mark Buckley
Interfacing mathematical domain reasoning with a tutorial dialogue system

Barbara Rauch
ASR experiments with multi-channel speech data

Feb 15

Juliane Steinberg
Benefit from speech-contingent eye movements

Mira Spassova
Interacting with projected displays

Winter Semester 05/06

Place: Konferenzraum 1.17, Building C 7.4 (ZSF-Neubau)

Time: Thursdays, 11 s.t.

  • first talk: 11.00 a.m.
  • second talk: 12.00 p.m.


Speakers and titles

Nov 03

Organisational issues

Sebastian Padˇ:
Cross-lingual Projection of Role-Semantic Information

Nov 10

Marco Kuhlmann:
Mildly Context-Sensitive Dependency Languages

Nov 17

Yi Zhang:
Deep Grammar Error Detection and Automated Lexical Acquisition

Guest Talk
Vaclav Novak, Charles University, Prague:
Corrective Modeling for Non-Projective Dependency Parsing

Nov 24

Verena Rieser:
Learning Multimodal Clarification Strategies: Optimizing ISU-based Dialogue Management from a limited WoZ Data-Set

Dec 01

Ralph Debusmann:
Dependency Grammar as Multigraph Description

Barbara Rauch:
Reference Management - BibTeX and Beyond

Dec 08

Oana Postolache:
Information Structure in Written English - a Corpus Study

Dec 15

Nuria Bertomeu:
Data Collection from a Wizard of Oz Experiment, Annotation Scheme Development, and First Results

Jan 12

Ulrike Padˇ:
Modelling Human Semantic Judgements: Adjuncts and Seen Data

Jochen Leidner:
Toponym Resolution in Text: Evaluation and Applications

Jan 19

Mira Spassova:
A 3D Interface for the Fluid Beam

Michael Kruppa:
Migrating Characters - Effective user guidance in Instrumented Environments

Jan 26

Irene Cramer:
By the Way: What are Named/Funky Entities?

Dan Shen:
A Framework-based Online Question Answering System

Feb 09

Juliane Steinberg:
Verb-related Eye Movements

Ciprian Gerstenberger:
Why Mereology for the Linearisation Task in Natural Language Generation?

Feb 16

Barbara Rauch:
Maximum Likelihood Beamforming for Robust Automatic Speech Recognition

Garance Paris:
Do German-French L2 Listeners use German (L1) Gender when Listening to French (L2)? - The Case of Non-Cognate Nouns

Winter Semester 04/05

Thursdays, 11:15, CoLi seminar room


Speakers and titles

Nov 04

Organisational issues

Kristina Striegnitz

Nov 11

Gemma Boleda
Acquisition of Semantic Classes for Adjectives

Nov 17

Note unusual date and place:
Conference room (2.11)

Ingmar Steiner
A Refined Acoustic Analysis of Speech Rhythm

Garance Paris
Lexical Gender in Non-Native Spoken-Word Recognition

Nov 25

Verena Rieser:
How to Improve Clarification Strategies in Spoken Dialogue Systems?

Mira Spassova
Fluid Beam – A Steerable Projector and Camera Unit

Dec 02

Matt Crocker
Discussion of the Begehung on February 16, 2005

Yi Zhang
Deep Processing for Restricted Domain Question Answering

Dec 09

Dan Shen
A Maximum Entropy-based Model for Answer Extraction

Irene Cramer
Suggestions to Improve the Flexibility and Adaptivity
of Information Extraction

Dec 16

Sebastian Padˇ
Cross-Lingual Projection of Semantics

Ralph Debusmann
The XDG Development Kit

Jan 13

Stefan Thater
Evaluating the Net-Hypothesis: A Deeper Look into the Grammar

Ciprian Gerstenberger
Developing a German Grammar for Analysis and Generation Using OpenCCG

Jan 20

Oana Postolache
Learning Information Structure in Prague Treebank

Jan 27

Marco Kuhlmann
About Well-Nested Drawings

Feb 03

Ulrike Padˇ
Modelling Human Thematic Fit Judgements

N˙ria Bertomeu
Towards a Model of Reference and Ellipsis Resolution for Question Answering

Feb 10

Dry-runs for the Begehung

Summer Semester 04




Schulte im Walde
Experiments on the Automatic Induction of German Semantic Verb Classes

Oana Postolache
Anaphora, Discourse and Information Structure

Ulrike Baldewein
(Beginning to) Model Semantic Aspects of Human Language Processing

Kerstin Hadelich
Effects of Visual and Verbal Manipulations in Dialogue

Amit Dubey
Nothing Works in German

Malte Gabsdil

Automatic Classification of Speech Recognition Hypotheses Using Acoustic and Pragmatic Features

Olga Ourioupina
Linguistically Motivated Sample Selection for Coreference Resolution

Ralph Debusmann

Linguistics Unfolded

Irene Cramer
The Question-And-Answer Game -
A Statistical Approach to Question Analysis for Question Answering

Yi Zhang
Deep Grammar Development for Mandarin Chinese

Dan Shen

Multi-Criteria-based Active Learning for Named Entity Recognition

Michael Kruppa
Automatically Generated Presentations Spanning Several Devices

Dominika Oliver
Modelling Prosody for Speech Synthesis: Examples from Polish

Summer Semester 02



11 (9:30)


17 (13:15)
Note unusual date/time
Dominik Heckmann
Ubiquitous User Modeling for Situated Interaction

2 (9:30)

16 (9:00)

Pia Knoferle
Is information everything?

23 (9:00)

Tiina Karsikas

Dominika Oliver
Modeling Polish Intonation

6 (9:00)

Kerstin Hadelich
Did you see what you said first?
Amit Dubey
Quantitative Methods in Syntax

13 (9:00)

Kristina Striegnitz
Constructing (In)visible Bridges

20 (9:00)

Bettina Braun
Contrast and Implicature (ppt)
Ralph Debusmann
Towards a competitive dependency grammar formalism

27 (9:00)

Viktor Tron

4 (9:00)

Olga Ourioupina
Acquiring Knowledge for Co-Reference Resolution
Alexander Koller
Computing Weakest Readings: Failures and Perspectives

Winter Semester 01/02





Alexander Koller
Generation is NP-complete
Amit Dubey
Smoothing and the bias/variance tradeoff


Peter Dienes
Parsing Discontinuous Constituents
Bettina Braun
Evoking and Assessing Cooperation in Dialogue (Systems)


Malte Gabsdil
Miscommunication and Clarification Requests
Kristina Streignitz
Towards Generating "also"


Viktor Tron

Pia Knoferle
Processing Sentences in Context


Tiina Karsikas

Kerstin Hadelich
I can see what you say