The conference is part of the multi-institutional research programme Creative Multilingualism (www.creativeml.ox.ac.uk), funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council. Our research group is a large cross-disciplinary team of academics working on the nexus between linguistic diversity and creativity. 

We look forward to welcoming you in Pittsburgh! 

PROGRAMME

Please note – this programme will be updated with the names of additional speakers as they are confirmed. There may be further minor changes.

Artificial Intelligence in the World of Languages

 

Programme

Please note – this programme will be updated with the names of additional speakers and there may be further minor changes.

9:30 Welcome Panel 
Chaired by Karen E. Park, Assistant Professor, Department of Linguistics, University of Pittsburgh

9:45 Introducing AI in the World of Languages 
William P. Rivers, Ph.D. Executive Director Joint National Committee for Languages – National Council for Languages and International Studies

10.05 The ‘Threat’ of Artificial Intelligence as ‘Opportunity’ for Language
Richard D Brecht, Founding Executive Director of the University of Maryland Center for Advanced Study of Language, and Co-Director of the American Councils Research Centre

10:45 The Role of AI in Strengthening Linguistic Diversity  

Daniel Bögre Udell, Co-Founder of Wikitongues

11:10 COFFEE

 

11:30 Roundtable: The Role of AI in Strengthening Linguistic Diversity  
Chaired by Karen E. Park, Assistant Professor, Department of Linguistics, University of Pittsburgh; Panelists include Daniel Bögre Udell, Craig Cornelius, and Burr Settles.

12:15 Duolingo: Improving Language Learning and Assessment with Artificial Intelligence
Burr Settles, Research Director, Duolingo 

 

13:00 LUNCH

 

14:00 Roundtable: How can AI Support Language Learning? Views from the Classroom  

Chaired by Suzanne Graham, Professor of Language and Education, University of Reading; Panelists include Mina Levenson, Yalan King, and Chris Grosse

        
14:45 TrueNorth: Scalable, Affordable, Speaking Assessment through AI and Cognitive Science

Jacob Burdis, Cofounder and Chief Product Officer and Brett Laquercia, Vice President, Business Development; Emmersion Learning 

15:15 Roundtable: AI Powered Assessment

16:00 TEA

16:20 Simultaneous Machine Translation: Challenges and Opportunities

Colin Cherry, Research Scientist, Google Translate

16:50 Do languages translate into AI careers? 
 Noriyasu Li, Language Engineer, Amazon

 

17:15 Roundtable: Do languages translate into AI careers?
Chaired by Bill Rivers, William P. Rivers, Ph.D. Executive Director Joint National Committee for Languages – National Council for Languages and International Studies; Panelists include Mike Maxwell,  Anton Rytting, and Nori Li

 

18:00 Closing Remarks
 

18:05 DRINKS RECEPTION   

Thursday September 5 : University of Pittsburgh