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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, Vision, ML:
Mohit Bansal
Alex Berg
Tamara Berg
Snigdha Chaturvedi
Jan-Michael Frahm
Junier Oliva
Shashank Srivastava
Robotics and AI:
Ron Alterovitz
Ming Lin
Dinesh Manocha


Date Speaker Talk Title Notes
Feb 03, 2020 Kathleen McKeown (Columbia) TBA Host: Mohit Bansal (TCSDLS)
Nov 21, 2019 Amanda Stent (Bloomberg Research) Subtle Indicators of Decision Making in Finance-Relevant Text Host: GWiCS Speaker Series
Oct 25, 2019 Cecilia R. Aragon (UWash) The Hearts and Minds of Data Science Host: GWiCS Speaker Series
Oct 23, 2019 Dirk Hovy (Bocconi University, Italy) Hidden Biases: Ethical Issues in NLP, and What to Do about Them Host: Mohit Bansal
Sept 13, 2019 Michael White (OSU/Facebook AI) Constrained Decoding for Neural NLG from Compositional Representations in Task-Oriented Dialogue Host: Mohit Bansal
May 9, 2019 Regina Barzilay (MIT) AI for Healthcare: Recent Advances Host: UNC Medical School
Mar 9, 2019 Ves Stoyanov (Facebook) Cross Lingual Understanding (XLU): Scaling NLP Across Languages Host: Mohit Bansal
Oct 24, 2018 Meg Mitchell (Google) (Un)fairness in vision and language for Artificial Intelligence Host: GWiCS Speaker Series
Oct 22, 2018 Missy Cummings (Duke) A Machine Learning Approach to Modeling Human Interaction with Autonomous Systems Host: Ron Alterovitz
Sep 18, 2018 Hoifung Poon (MSR) Knowledge-Rich Deep Learning for Precision Medicine Host: Mohit Bansal
Apr 23, 2018 Jeannette Wing (Columbia) Data for Good: Data Science at Columbia University TCSDLS at UNC (Host: Ketan Mayer-Patel)
Feb 15, 2018 Jason O’Kane (Univ of South Carolina) Toward a Theory of Automated Design of Minimal Robots Host: Ron Alterovitz
Apr 16, 2018 Christopher Manning (Stanford) Building Neural Network Models That Can Reason TCSDLS at UNC (Host: Mohit Bansal)
Apr 09, 2018 Polina Golland (MIT CSAIL) Image Imputation TCSDLS at UNC (Host: Marc Niethammer)
Mar 26, 2018 Richard Szeliski (Facebook Research) Visual Reconstruction and Image-Based Rendering TCSDLS at Duke (Host: Xiaobai Sun)
Jan 29, 2018 Avrim Blum (TTI-Chicago) Learning about Agents and Mechanisms from Opaque Transactions TCSDLS at Duke (Host: Kamesh Munagala)
Jan 22, 2018 Moshe Vardi (Rice University) Humans, Machines, and Work: The Future is Now TCSDLS at Duke (Host: Sudeepa Roy)
Nov 01, 2017 Animesh Garg (Stanford) Towards Generalizable Imitation in Robotics Host: Ron Alterovitz
Oct 04, 2017 Claire Cardie (Cornell) From Sentiment to Argument Host: Mohit Bansal
Apr 24, 2017 Ruzena Bajcsy (UC Berkeley) Framework for Individualized Dynamical Modeling of Human Motion Host: Ming Lin
Apr 20, 2017 Paramveer Dhillon (MIT) Linear Methods for Big Data Host: Mohit Bansal
Apr 19, 2017 Carlo Sequin (UC Berkeley) Connecting Art and Mathematics Host: Ming Lin
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