This page describes seminars, talks, and other events relevant to NLP research.

The Natural Language and Speech Processing Colloquium

The Natural Language and Speech Processing (NLaSP) Colloquium series is designed to promote the exchange of ideas and results among researchers in the field of language processing at Stanford University and throughout the Bay Area.


Talks are held from 12:30 to 1:30pm in the Gates Computer Science Building, Room 104.

Driving to Stanford

For directions to Stanford, as well as maps, check campus maps. Visitors may park anywhere on campus after 4pm. Between 8am and 4pm, Stanford requires permits for most of its on-campus lots. During these hours, visitors should only park in metered spaces designated with a "P" sign (the fare is $1.50 per hour). Such designated spaces are displayed on this map. Green "P" signs indicate coin-metered spaces (make sure you bring enough coins if planning to use such spaces). Yellow "P" signs indicate pay stations, where visitors may use credit cards or cash. Coin-metered spaces close to the Gates building include Parking Structure 1 (our recommendation would be to park here, since there is always plenty of space), the Old Chemistry Building, and the east side of the Oval. There are a few coin-metered spaces in front of the Gates building, but these spaces are often all taken. More information regarding parking at Stanford is available here.

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Previous Talks — Summer 2011

June 29
Mark Johnson
Macquarie University
Bayesian models of language acquisition or Where do the rules come from? [abstract]

Previous Talks — Winter 2010

January 20
Micha Elsner
Brown University
The Same-head heuristic for coreference [abstract]

Previous Talks — Autumn 2010

December 7
Doug Oard
University of Maryland, College Park
Who ‘Dat? Identity resolution in large email collections [abstract]

Previous Talks — Summer 2009

September 8
Philipp Koehn
University of Edinburgh
Linguistic Problems for Statistical Machine Translation [abstract]

Previous talks — Spring 2009

May 22
Steve Young
University of Cambridge
Partially Observable Markov Decision Processes for Spoken Dialogue Systems [abstract]

Previous talks — Autumn 2006

October 4
Yi Zhang
University of California, Santa Cruz
Beyond Search: Proactive Document Recommendation With Bayesian Graphical Models [abstract]
October 18
Stuart Shieber
Harvard University
Developments in Synchronous Grammars [abstract]
November 20
Dan Bohus
Carnegie Mellon University
Belief Updating in Spoken Language Interfaces [abstract]

Previous talks — Spring 2006

April 19
Matthew Purver
Computational Semantics Lab, CSLI, Stanford University
Getting a Piece of the Action (Items) [abstract]
April 26
Joe Frankel
Centre for Speech Technology Research, University of Edinburgh
Articulatory feature recognition using dynamic Bayesian networks [abstract]
May 3
Michaela Poß and Ton van der Wouden
Leiden University Center for Linguistics
Dutch as a Construction Language [abstract]
June 7
Sebastian Varges
Computational Semantics Lab, CSLI, Stanford University
Instance-based Natural Language Generation [abstract]

Previous talks — Winter 2005-2006

February 8
Dick Crouch (for Ron Kaplan)
PARC Natural Language Theory and Technology Group
Linguistic Analysis for Question Answering [abstract]

Previous talks — Autumn 2005

October 5
Jason D. Williams
Machine Intelligence Lab, University of Cambridge
Using Partially Observable Markov Decision Processes for Dialog Management in Spoken Dialog Systems [abstract]
Room 200-234
December 8
Norbert E. Fuchs
Department of Informatics & Institute of Computational Linguistics , University of Zurich
Attempto Controlled English [abstract]
Room 200-030

Previous talks — Spring 2005

April 13
Robert Dale
Macquarie University
Where's the Natural in Natural Language Processing? [abstract]
April 20
Paul Taylor
Machine Intelligence Lab, University of Cambridge
Text analysis as a noisy source/channel decoding problem [abstract]
May 4
Beth Ann Hockey, UC Santa Cruz
Manny Rayner, ICSI
Spoken Language Processing in a Voice-Enabled Procedure Navigator for the International Space Station [abstract]
May 18
Jerome Bellegarda
Apple Computer
Latent Semantic Mapping: Dimensionality Reduction via Globally Optimal Continuous Parameter Modeling [abstract]
[co-sponsored by the
Seminar on Computational Learning and Adaptation ]

Previous talks — Winter 2005

Jan. 19
Chris Manning
Stanford University
Focusing on Linguistic Representations [abstract]
Feb. 2
Martin Kay
Stanford University
Translation Alignment using Suffix Trees [abstract]
Feb. 24
Fred Jelinek
Johns Hopkins University
Random Forests for Language Modeling [abstract]
This talk will be held jointly as a
Symbolic Systems Forum talk. Note special time/date (4:15pm, Thurs) and location (380-380C).
Mar. 9
Dekang Lin
Google Inc.
Knowledge Acquisition from Text [abstract]

Previous talks — Autumn 2004

Oct. 13
Günther Görz
Friedrich-Alexander University (FAU) at Erlangen-Nuremberg
CONALD: A Configurable Plan-Based Dialogue System [Abstract]
Oct. 20
Alexander Koller
Universität des Saarlandes
Towards a Grand Unified Theory of Underspecification [Abstract]
Oct. 27
Marti Hearst, UC Berkeley
Towards Semi-Supervised Algorithms for Semantic Relation Detection in BioScience Text [Abstract]
Nov. 10
Srini Narayanan, UC Berkeley
Simulation Semantics: A Computational Framework Linking Language, Cognition and Action [Abstract].
Dec. 1
Elizabeth Shriberg, SRI & ICSI
Adventures in Prosody Modeling for Speech Processing [Abstract]


Directions and maps:

  • Directions to Stanford
  • Other seminar series which may be of interest:

  • Stanford Broad Area Colloquium
  • SRI AI Center seminars
  • UC Berkeley ICSI seminars