CSE 843: Language and Interaction,  Spring 2018


Monday & Wednesday; 3:00-4:20pm


A301 Wells Hall  


Joyce Chai 

Office Hours: 

Tuesday 3:00-5:00, 2138 Engineering Bldg







This course provides an introduction to foundations and the state-of-the-art technology enabling natural language communication with artificial agents. Topics include speech recognition, acoustic modeling and language modeling, syntactic and semantic processing, dialogue and discourse modeling, and their applications in conversation agents and human-robot dialogue. These topics will be examined through reading, discussion, and hands-on experience with dialogue systems. This course focuses on language processing for interacting with artificial agents. Topics related to text processing such as question answering, information extraction, and machine translation are covered in CSE842: Natural Language Processing 


Text book:

There is no required textbook for this course. The following books are reserved in the Main Library for your reference: 


The final grade is determined based on the following: 

Tentative Schedule of Topics



Jan. 8, 10 

HMM and EM

Jan 17

Acoustic Modeling


Jan 22, 24

Language Modeling


Jan 29, 31

ASR, Syntactic Parsing

Feb 5, 7

Semantic Processing


Feb 12, 14

Dialogue Modeling


Feb 19, 21

Dialogue Discourse Processing


Feb 26, 28

Markov Decision Process


Mar 5, 7

(Spring Break)


Mar 12, 14

Reinforcement Learning and Dialogue Management 

Mar 19, 21

Factorial Design for Experiments and Evaluation

Mar 26, 28

Deep Learning for Speech and Language Processing

Apr 2, 4

Recent Advances: Paper Presentation

Apr 9, 11

Recent Advances: Paper Presentation


Apr 16, 18

Recent Advances: Paper Presentation


Apr 23, 25

Final Project Presentation

Academic Honesty

It is your responsibility to follow MSU's policy on academic integrity. Copying or paraphrasing someone's work (code included), or permitting your own work to be copied or paraphrased, even if only in part, is not allowed, and will result in an automatic grade of 0 for the entire assignment in which the copying or paraphrasing was done. Violation of academic integrity policy will result in a Grade F in the course. 

Alternative Testing:

Alternative testing is available to those with a documented disability affecting performance on tests. Students with documented disabilities requiring some form of accommodation receive a Verified Individualized Services and Accommodations (VISA) document which displays verified testing accommodations when appropriate. Please visit Alternative Testing Guidelines if applied. 

Notes: The instructor reserves the right to modify course policies and the course calendar according to the progress and needs of the class.