Dr. Lidong Bing (Alibaba DAMO Academy) – Applications of NLP techniques at Alibaba Group and Recent Progress on Text Generation

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The speaker will first introduce a few applications of NLP techniques at Alibaba Group, including dialogue technique empowered Ticket Machine at Shanghai Subway and Coffee-Order Machine at COSTA, real-time speech translation and its application at conferences, real-time instance message translation to enable the cross-border transactions, etc. In the second part, the speaker will introduce the most recent works on a specific research topic, namely text generation. Owing to the development of deep learning techniques, particularly encoder-decoder models, researchers have achieved tremendous progress on different text generation tasks in the last few years. Dr. Bing will review some works that attract much attention in the research community, and introduce some of his recent works with more details: abstractive text summarization, question generation, text style transfer, knowledge-based text generation.

Speaker Profile

Dr. Lidong Bing is a Research Scientist at R&D Center Singapore, Alibaba DAMO Academy, where he leads the NLP team. His research interests include Sentiment Analysis, Text Generation/Summarization, Information Extraction, Knowledge Base, Machine Translation, etc. Dr. Bing has published about 60 papers in the last few years at top-tier conferences and journals. Prior joining Alibaba, Dr. Bing was a Researcher at Tencent AI Lab. He received his Ph.D. degree from The Chinese University of Hong Kong and was a Postdoc Research Fellow at Carnegie Mellon University. For more information, refer to his homepage: http://www.cs.cmu.edu/~lbing/.

R&D Center Singapore is an international R&D team with a focus on developing cutting-edge speech and language processing technologies, including speech recognition, speech synthesis, natural language processing, and machine translation. To serve Alibaba’s globalization strategy, the R&D Center Singapore is paying special attention to the technology developments related to the areas of multilingual speech and language processing.

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