BAULT – Final Symposium
- Dates: 1-2 December
- Place: University of Helsinki, Yliopistonkatu 3 – Suomen Laki -sali (PIV, 117)
- Registration: use this form
The Symposium is free of charge but space-limits may apply. This is especially true for the dinner reservations. Please, register, as soon as possible but before November 16 if you want to participate in the dinner. Late registrations are possible but preference will be given to people presenting at the symposium and otherwise we will apply a first-come-first-serve principle until our limits are met. Don’t forget to specify dietary requirements in the form in case you need to follow a special diet or if you have certain preferences. Thanks
BAULT (Building and Using Language Technology) is a multidisciplinary research community (RC) at the University of Helsinki. BAULT participated in the evaluation of research in 2005-2010 at the University of Helsinki and it was among those RCs which got special funding for years 2013-2016 as a result of this evaluation. The domain of the BAULT is the building and using language technology and digital language materials. Within this domain, the goal of the BAULT is to improve the quality and visibility of research by advancing the cooperation between researchers in different disciplines and by improving the connections to international top researchers and groups. For more information about BAULT, see the application as submitted in February 2012.
For more information about BAULT activities: See the BAULT Calendar
BAULT is coming to an end but before that we would like to get people together that have been involved in the research community during a 2-day symposium in December. We will invite researchers and guests to Helsinki to present research in related to our community and we welcome discussions about future work and collaborations.
Day 1 (December 1, 2016)
- 9:30 Coffee
- 10:00 – 10:10 Welcome
- 10:10 – 10:25 Goals and achievements of BAULT (Kimmo Koskenniemi)
- 10:30 – 10:45 short break with fruit
- 10:45 – 11:30 keynote: Michael Dunn: “A phylogenetic perspective on semantic typology“
- 11:30 – 12:30 session I – language diversity and LT (chair: Fred Karlsson)
- Harald Hammarström: “Experiments in Cashibo-Cacataibo Computational Morphology”
- Arvi Hurskainen: “Machine translation between structurally different languages.“
- Jörg Tiedemann: “Languages are Dialects with a Treebank and a Dependency Parser — Cross-Lingual Parsing for Low-Resource Languages“
Lunch (Hotel Arthur)
- 14:00 – 15:30 session II – speech processing (chair: Mathias Creutz)
- 16:00 – 16:45 keynote: Ted Gibson: “Information processing and cross-linguistic universals” [slides]
- 16:45 – 18:00 session III – posters / demos
- Maija Hirvonen, University of Helsinki: Translation of Images into Words
- Mikko Kurimo, Aalto University: ASR at Aalto
- Yves Scherrer, University of Geneva: ArchiMob – A corpus of Swiss German
- Francis Tyers, Sjur Nørstebø Moshagen (University of Tromsø) and Jack Rueter (University of Helsinki): Giellatekno
- Anssi Yli-Jyrä, University of Helsinki
- Aarne Ranta, University of Gothenburg: GF and UD
- Jouna Pyysalo, University of Helsinki: The Proto-Indo-European Lexicon
- Filip Ginter and Jenna Kanerva, University of Turku: TurkuNLP
- Jörg Tiedemann, University of Helsinki: Tagging Ingush
- Helena Ahonen-Myka, University of Helsinki
- Kun Ji and Lauri Carlson, University of Helsinki
- 19:00 dinner at the Restaurant Savu
Day 2 (December 2, 2016)
- 9:30 Coffee
- 10:00 – 10:45 keynote: Beata Megyesi: “Automatic Decoding of Historical Manuscripts”
- 10:45 – 12:15 session IV – LT for digital humanities (chair: Timo Honkela)
Lunch (Hotel Arthur)
- 14:00 – 15:30 session V – Various topics (chair: Roman Yangarber)
- 15:30 – 16:45 coffee with demos and posters
- Krister Lindén and Mietta Lennes, FIN-CLARIN, University of Helsinki
- Mikhail Kopotev and Lidia Pivovarova, University of Helsinki: CoCoCo: Collocations, Colligations, and Corpora [slides]
- Mari Siiroinen, University of Helsinki: Korp for linguists
- Terttu Nevalainen, Turo Vartiainen and Tanja Sälly, University of Helsinki: STRATAS and VARIENG and the Language Change Database
- Emily Öhman, University of Helsinki
- Austin Matthews, Carnegie Mellon University: Syntax-Based RNN-LM
- Jörg Tiedemann, University of Helsinki: OPUS
- Eetu Mäkelä, Aalto University
- Turo Hiltunen, University of Helsinki: Late Modern English Medical Texts
- Harald Hammarström, Kevin Verbeek, Thom Castermans, Michel Westenberg: GlottoVis: Visualizing Language Endangerment and Documentation
- Roman Yangarber, University of Helsinki: FinUgRevita
- 16:45 – 17:30 keynote: Elke Teich: “Exploring and analyzing linguistic variation“
- 17:30 closing session, sparkling wine and snacks, P219 – Lehtisali
The venue is organised at the central campus of the University Campus (Porthania, Yliopistonkatu 3 – Suomen Laki -sali PIV, 117). The following map shows the location of the venue (Porthania – in the middle of the map) and the directions to the central railway station, Hotel Arthur (which we will also use for lunch) and the place of the dinner on Thursday (Restaurant Savu). Note that the indicated distance and walking time includes all three destinations.
- Hotel Arthur is located right across the street from the department.
- Hotel Cumulus Kaisaniemi is nearly as close.
- Omena Hotels have two somewhat cheaper hotels in central Helsinki, though a bit further away than the options above.
- Eurohostel offer even cheaper accomodation, also within walking distance of the venue.
- More options are available at the Visit Helsinki accomodation page.
Arriving by air
The Helsinki-Vantaa Airport is located some 17 km from Helsinki city centre. The airport is of moderate size and quite efficiently run, but do allow 1-2 hours before departure for check-in and security. On arrival, you can expect to be out of the airport in 20 minutes after landing.
The easiest connection to the city center of Helsinki is by train. You can also look at other options of public transportation (search for the route from Lentoasema, Vantaa to Unioninkatu 40 if you want to go to the University City Campus; the trip should take about half an hour and cost €5.50) or by taxi which takes a similar amount of time and costs about €50. More airport transportation options can be found on the Finnair website. The schedule for the Finnair city bus is available here.
You can use the journey planner of HSL to find your way along the public transportation system of Helsinki. The department’s central location also allows walking to many destinations in the city.
All public transportation in the Helsinki metropolitan area use the same ticket system. Single tickets can be purchased from the driver or from ticket machines found on some of the stops. All of Helsinki belongs to a single zone, so there is no need to announce where you are going. Single tickets cost 2,50 € when bought from a ticket machine and 3 € when bought from the driver in a tram or bus or from a conductor on a train. The ticket is valid for one hour from purchase and you can transfer freely from one line to another for that time. If you plan on using the public transport extensively, there are also day tickets available for periods of 1–7 days.