CSE 843: Language and Interaction,  Spring 2018

Time:

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

Location: 

A301 Wells Hall  

Instructor: 

Joyce Chai 

Office Hours: 

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

Email: 

jchai@cse.msu.edu

Phone: 

517-432-9239

 

 

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: 


Grading

The final grade is determined based on the following: 


Tentative Schedule of Topics

 

Topics

Jan. 8, 10 

HMM and EM


Jan 17

Acoustic Modeling

 

Jan 22, 24

Language Modeling

 

Jan 29, 31

Automatic Speech Recognition


Feb 5, 7

Grammar and Parsing

 

Feb 12, 14

Semantic Processing

 

Feb 19, 21

Dialogue Modeling

 

Feb 26, 28

Dialogue Discourse Processing

 

Mar 5, 7

(Spring Break)

 

Mar 12, 14

Markov Decision Process


Mar 19, 21

Reinforcement Learning and Dialogue Management 


Mar 26, 28

Deep Learning for Speech and Language Processing

 

Apr 2, 4

Factorial Design for Experiments and Evaluation


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.