CSE590A - Machine Reading

Autumn Quarter 2009

Day / Time: Wed. 4:30-5:20
Location: CSE 203

Machine Reading

This Fall, 590a will be on "Machine Reading" - the process of extracting high-level knowledge from natural language text, for example from Web pages. Most people know about the work on machine reading which is happening here at UW CSE (e.g. KnowItAll, TextRunner, Kylin, and the work based on Markov Logic Networks), but the area is also heating up dramatically at other Universities and research labs. We'll spend the quarter reading the latest papers on the topic and brainstorming about new directions. Participants may be asked to help lead class discussion of papers or to talk about their ongoing research on the topic.

Mailing List

We will not use the cse590a mailing list. Instead, announcements about the seminar will go to uw-ai. If you do not already subscribe to uw-ai, then join by sending mail to uw-ai-request@cs.washington.edu, with the line "subscribe listname" in the body of the message. You are welcome to discuss the presentations on the mailing list.


  Speaker Paper
Sep. 30th Cancelled  
Oct. 7th Stef Schoenmackers Jointly Identifying Temporal Relations with Markov Logic, Katsumasa Yoshikawa, Sebastian Riedel, Masayuki Asahara and Yuji Matsumoto, ACL 2009, 2009
Oct. 14th Alan Ritter Benjamin Van Durme and Lenhart K. Schubert. Open knowledge extraction using compositional language processing, Symposium on Semantics in Systems for Text Processing (STEP 2008)
Oct. 21st Patrick Pantel Guest Talk. Ensemble Semantics: A General Information Extraction Framework. Time: 4pm-5pm. Location: CSE303
Oct. 28th Xiao Ling Nathanael Chambers and Dan Jurafsky. Unsupervised Learning of Narrative Schemas and their Participants. In ACL 2009.
Nov. 4th Hoifung Poon Unsupervised Semantic Parsing.
Nov. 11th Veteran Day. Cancelled.  
Nov. 18th Andrey Kolobov Reinforcement Learning for Mapping Instructions to Actions
Nov. 25th Thanksgiving. Class cancelled.  
Dec. 2nd Chloe Kiddon Bill MacCartney and Christopher D. Manning. 2008. Modeling semantic containment and exclusion in natural language inference. The 22nd International Conference on Computational Linguistics (Coling 2008), Manchester, UK, August 2008. [Received Springer Best Paper Award.]
Bill MacCartney and Christopher D. Manning. 2009. An extended model of natural logic. In Proceedings of the Eighth International Conference on Computational Semantics (IWCS-8).
Dec. 9th Kristina Toutanova Guest Talk: Tutorial on Automatic Semantic Role Labeling

A (Partial) List of papers

Please email the papers you are interested in to weld at cs or xiaoling at cs.