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NeuralGen 2019

Methods for Optimizing and Evaluating Neural Language Generation

Workshop will be on June 6, 2019, co-located with NAACL 2019 in Minneapolis!

Email: neuralgen2019@gmail.com — Twitter: @NeuralGen & #NeuralGen2019


The goal of this workshop is to discuss new methods for language generation that address some of the recurring problems in existing language generation techniques (eg. bland, repetitive language) as well as novel techniques for robustly evaluating and interpreting model output.

We are accepting papers in the following areas:

  • Novel architectures and new approaches to training models: beyond maximum likelihood training (eg: risk loss, reinforcement learning objectives, variational approaches, adversarial training, pretrained discriminators, other novel loss functions), unsupervised, weakly supervised, and semi-supervised language generation, editing models, mixing neural and template-based generation, human-in-the-loop learning, beyond teacher-forcing (beam search during training, non-autoregressive generation).
  • Evaluation: new automatic metrics for evaluating different characteristics of coherent language, evaluation using pretrained models, proposing better human evaluation strategies.
  • Generalization: transfer learning (unsupervised pre-training for generation, low-resource generation, domain adaptation), multi-task learning, model distillation.
  • Analysis: model analysis, interpretability and/or visualizations, error analysis of machine-generated language, analysis of evaluation metrics, benefits/drawbacks of different loss functions.



Yejin Choi University of Washington, Allen Institute for AI
Hal Daumé III University of Maryland, Microsoft Research
Tatsunori Hashimoto Stanford University
He He New York University, Amazon Web Services
Graham Neubig Carnegie Mellon University
Alexander Rush Harvard University

Schedule (tentative)

8:55 - 9:00Organizer Comments
9:00 - 9:30Speaker 1
9:30 - 10:00Speaker 2
10:00 - 10:30Speaker 3
10:30 - 10:45Coffee Break
10:45 - 11:15Speaker 4
11:15 - 11:45Speaker 5
11:45 - 1:15Lunch
1:15 - 1:45Speaker 6
1:45 - 2:15Speaker 7
2:15 - 3:45Poster Session & Coffee Break
4:45 - 4:15Speaker 8
4:15 - 5:30Panel


Steering Committee

Yejin Choi University of Washington
Dilek Hakkani-Tür Amazon Research
Dan JurafskyStanford University
Alexander Rush Harvard University

Organizing Committee

Antoine Bosselut University of Washington
Marjan GhazvininejadFacebook AI Research
Srinivasan IyerUniversity of Washington
Urvashi Khandelwal Stanford University
Hannah RashkinUniversity of Washington
Asli CelikyilmazMicrosoft Research
Thomas WolfHuggingFace