This is the webpage for a colloquium speaker series on natural language processing, computer vision, and robotics (generally, on machine/deep learning, and AI) at UNC’s Computer Science department. It features some of the top researchers (from both universities and industry) on these topics. Please contact the corresponding host if you would like to meet the speaker. Also, please contact Mohit Bansal or one of the relevant faculty below if you are interested in visiting and giving a talk!


NLP and Vision:
Mohit Bansal
Alex Berg
Tamara Berg
Jan-Michael Frahm
Robotics and AI:
Ron Alterovitz
Dinesh Manocha


Date Speaker Talk Title Notes
Mar 22, 2017 Claire Cardie (Cornell) NLP Topic (TBA) Host: Mohit Bansal
Feb 21, 2017 Lillian Lee (Cornell) “Big data pragmatics!”, or, “Putting computational linguistics in computational social science”, or, if you think these title alternatives could turn people on,
turn people off, or otherwise have an effect, this talk might be for you.
Host: Mohit Bansal
Feb 20, 2017 Jon Kleinberg (Cornell) Human Decisions and Machine Predictions TCSDLS at Duke (Host: Pankaj Agarwal)
Feb 09, 2017 Schuyler Cullen (Samsung) Introduction to the Samsung Smart Machines Autonomy Platform Host: Ron Alterovitz
Jan 23, 2017 Michael Ernst (UWash) Natural Language is a Programming Language TCSDLS at NCSU (Host: Kathryn Stolee)
Dec 14, 2016 Noah Smith (UWash) Continuous State Machines and Grammars for Linguistic Structure Prediction Host: Mohit Bansal
Dec 06, 2016 Torsten Sattler (ETH Zurich) Image-Based Localization at Large and on Small Devices Host: Jan-Michael Frahm
Dec 05, 2016 Ramesh Jain (UCI) Computing Personal Lifestyle for Building Health Models TCSDLS at NCSU (Host: Muninder Singh)
Nov 17, 2016 Sanja Fidler (UToronto) (Postponed) Host: Tamara Berg
Nov 07, 2016 Amit Pandey (SoftBank Robotics) Socially Intelligent Robots and Human Robot Interaction Host: Dinesh Manocha
Oct 26, 2016 Dipanjan Das (Google Research) Two Case Studies in Semantic Inference Host: Mohit Bansal
Oct 17, 2016 Ray Mooney (UT Austin) Generating Natural-Language Video Descriptions using LSTM Recurrent Neural Networks TCSDLS at UNC (Host: Mohit Bansal)
Oct 05, 2016 Tianfu Wu, NCSU From Statistical Visual Modeling and Computing to Communicative Learning Host: Tamara Berg