Computational Linguistics Lecture

Friday, February 3, 2023

2:00 pm — 4:00 pm

Hybrid (see description for details)

Open to the Public

Conversational AI: A New Role for CL​

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A huge amount of time is spent in the virtual worlds of gaming, social and entertainment. Artificial intelligence "improves" all of these interactions to the point that sometimes it is hard to determine which is the machine and who is the human. In the digital world, language is undergoing a change effected by the technologies available to users in order to create a special interaction between humans and machines. This interaction is part of a new linguistic grid, a grid based on dialogue involving intentions, inferences, and knowledge. Its occurrence in the virtual world is very much based on the pragmatics of the real world. Conversational AI is an area that is rapidly developing, where language processing of both text and speech enables a smart and effective conversations between users and machines. In light of recent developments in generative AI, including new engines and deep learning algorithms, we will discuss on the role of computational linguistics and how we can improve human-machine dialogue and discuss examples, challenges and opportunities.

This is a hybrid event. Participants can choose to attend in person in the Segal Theater or online via Zoom. In-person attendance is highly encouraged.

About the Computational Linguistics Lecture Series

The CUNY Computational Linguistics Lecture Series hosts talks by external experts in computational linguistics, including speech and natural language processing.


CUNY attendees must show proof of vaccination by presenting a valid CUNY Access Pass through the CLEARED4 health validation platform upon entry. Non-CUNY visitors will need to show proof of ID by presenting a valid government-issued photo document. See the full Building Entry Policy for more information.


For more information on the Computational Linguistics Lecture Series, please contact:

Kyle Gorman

Assistant Professor, Linguistics