News: Archived COE News

Dr. David Hunter Joins the HLTCOE as a Visiting Fellow

October 22, 2020

The HLTCOE is pleased to announce that Dr. David Hunter, former chair of the Statistics Department at Pennsylvania State University, will join us this year as a visiting fellow. During his fellowship Dr. Hunter hopes to explore the statistical properties of deep learning models as they’re applied to speech and text processing problems by collaborating […]

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HLTCOE Team Takes First Place in Duolingo MT Competition

October 19, 2020

A team from JHU in May 2020 took first place in a machine translation (MT) competition sponsored by Duolingo, the world’s leading language-learning platform. Led by HLTCOE staff researcher Matt Post and JHU Ph.D. student Huda Khayrallah (CLSP), and spear-headed by COE intern Jake Bremerman (masters student at the University of Maryland, College Park), their […]

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Dr. Peter Viechnicki joins the HLTCOE as its new Director

September 15, 2020

Dr. Peter Viechnicki, a highly respected technologist with extensive experience as a research manager, has been appointed to serve as Director of the Human Language Technology Center of Excellence (HLTCOE).  Viechnicki, who joined the University on 15 September, received his PhD in Linguistics from the University of Chicago with a dissertation in phonetics. He brings […]

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Robust Word Recognition Via Semi-Character Recurrent Neural Network

February 24, 2017

The Cambridge University effect from the psycholinguistics literature has demonstrated a robust word processing mechanism in humans, where jumbled words (e.g. Cmabrigde /Cambridge) are recognized with little cost. Inspired by the findings from the Cambrigde University effect, we propose a word recognition model based on a semi-character level recursive neural network (scRNN). In our experiments, […]

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Social Media Conspiracy Theories Could Undermine Zika Efforts

February 24, 2017

Social media users who share conspiracy theories and pseudoscientific claims about the Zika virus may undermine upcoming efforts to keep the disease from spreading, according to a study published online today by the journal Vaccine. The researchers behind the study—from Johns Hopkins University, George Washington University, and the University of Georgia—say the misinformation they detected […]

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