Speech and
Language Days
May 2-3, 2014
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
May 2: 405 N. Mathews, Urbana, IL 61801, Room 5602
May 3: 919 W. Illinois St., Urbana, IL 61801
Midwest Speech and Language Days (MSLD) is an annual 2-day workshop, started in 2013 at TTI-Chicago that merges the traditions of the Illinois Speech Day and the Midwest Computational Linguistics Colloquium. Presenters and attendees come from Midwest universities and research institutions. The goal of the workshop is to increase awareness of speech and language research going on in the region and to foster collaboration among sites.

Workshop Schedule:

Friday, May 2

9:00-10:00    Breakfast provided, Beckman Atrium
10:00-11:15:    Oral Session: Phonetics and Psychoacoustics, Beckman 5602
  • 10:00-10:25: High-Resolution, Full-Vocal-Tract 4D Realtime Speech Imaging
    Maojing Fu, Bo Zhao, Christopher Carignan, Ryan K. Shosted, Jamie L. Perry, David P. Kuehn, Zhi-Pei Liang, and Bradley P. Sutton
  • 10:25-10:50: Computational modeling of tone in Iu Mien: An inductive approach for field linguists
    Ryan Shosted, Di Wu, and Marissa Goldrich
  • 10:50-11:15: Unsupervised learning of multiple phonetic cues in speech
    Joseph C. Toscano
11:15-12:30    Oral Session: Statistical Approaches to the Lexicon Beckman 5602
  • 11:15-11:40: Tailoring Continuous Word Representations for Syntactic Dependency Parsing
    Mohit Bansal, Kevin Gimpel and Karen Livescu
  • 11:40-12:05: Reconciling Inconsistency in Encoded Morphological Distinctions in an Artificial Language
    R. Alexander Schumacher, Janet Pierrehumbert, and Patrick LaShell
  • 12:05-12:30: Revisiting Word Neighborhoods for ASR
    Preethi Jyothi and Karen Livescu
12:30-1:30    Lunch provided, Beckman 5602
1:30-3:00    Poster session Beckman 5269 (Tower Room)

Posters should be landscape format, up to 4 feet tall by 5 feet wide.

  • Extracting Embedded Causality Using Structural Information
    Chen Li and Roxana Girju
  • Sparsifying HMMs with a Renyi Entropy Prior
    Sujeeth Bharadwaj and Mark Hasegawa-Johnson
  • Supervised Learning of Epistemic Modality
    Rania Al-Sabbagh, Roxana Girju and Jana Diesner
  • Learning Morphological Categories
    Samantha Heidenreich and Janet Pierrehumbert
  • Optimizing Reliability of Crowdsourced Data
    Amelia Kimball
  • Modeling Brazilian Portugese Truncation
    Mike Pham, Jackson Lee, and Bruna da Costa Moreira
  • Child-directed Mental State Verbs
    Paul Sandels, Marie-Catherine de Marneffe and Micha Elsner
  • Spectral Differences in alveolar fricatives in Levantine Arabic
    Zainab Hermes and Ryan Shosted
  • Learning Turkish from English: Transfer Learning for Cross-Lingual Speech Recognition
    Amit Das and Mark Hasegawa-Johnson
  • Intensity, Duration, F0, and the Perception of Focal Prominence
    Tim Mahrt and Jennifer Cole
  • Neural network features for speech recognition via deep canonical correlation analysis
    Weiran Wang, Raman Arora, Bahador Nooraei, and Karen Livescu
3:00-3:30    Coffee Break, Beckman 5602
3:30-4:45    Oral session: Translation and Dialog, Beckman 5602
  • 3:30-3:55: Generating and Using Diverse Translations
    Kevin Gimpel
  • 3:55-4:20: Machine Translation and Monolingual Postediting
    Lane Schwartz
  • 4:20-4:45: Tracking Beliefs and Intentions in Argumentative Dialogues
    Codruta Girlea, Eyal Amir and Roxana Girju
4:45-6:00    Oral session: Grounded Language Acquisition, Beckman 5602
  • 4:45-5:10: A Denotational and Distributional Approach to Semantics
    Alice Lai and Julia Hockenmaier
  • 5:10-5:35: The Role of Neural Oscillations in Speech Motor Learning
    Ranit Sengupta and Sazzad M. Nasir
  • 5:35-6:00: The Roles of Reductionism, Emergence and Functional Equivalence in Speech Comprehension
    Stephen E. Levinson

Saturday, May 3

9:00-5:00    Symposium on Bilingualism, held at the Levis Faculty Center, a twenty-minute walk from the Beckman Institute.