Prof. Antti Arppe, MSc, PhD, University of Alberta

Finding Words that Aren't There: Using Word Embeddings to Improve Dictionary Search for Low-resource Languages

Machine learning for language technology requires an amount of training data that simply does not exist for many languages. Can we exploit existing models for …


Prof. Dr. (i.V.) Steffen Eger, Bielefeld University

Text Generation for the Humanities

Can computers learn to write poetry in particular styles, or to summarize historical documents using more modern language? These and other subjects will be discussed …


Prof. Dr. Katrien Beuls, MSc, MA, University of Namur, Belgium

Unravelling the Computational Mechanisms Underlying the Emergence of Human-like Communication Systems in Populations of Autonomous Agents

Advances in AI have led to tremendous progress in many domains, but the communication systems used by artificial agents are still far removed from exhibiting …


Dr.-Ing. Tristan Miller, BSc Hons, MSc, OFAI

What's in a Pun? Assessing the Relationship Between Phonological and Semantic Distance and Perceived Funniness of Punning Jokes

What makes a pun funny? This talk by Tristan Miller, entitled "What's in a Pun?", investigates the semantic and phonological factors underlying punning humour. The …


Mag. Dr. Brigitte Krenn, OFAI

Robots as Social Agents: Between Construct and Reality

As soon as humans encounter other agents, we cannot help but act socially and interpret our vis-à-vis as a social agent too. This OFAI 2022 …


Pamela Breda, University of Applied Arts Vienna

Feeling for Nonexistent Beings

Pamela Breda, artist and researcher at the University of Applied Arts Vienna, will speak about "The Unexpected", an artistic research project exploring the impact of …


Scott Patterson, M.A.I.S., McGill University, Canada

Domesticating Wealth Inequality: Hybrid Discourse Analysis of UN General Assembly Speeches, 1971–2018

The rise of wealth inequality is well-documented, yet robust calls for redistribution have yet to emerge from within the UN system. How can this be …

Lecture series

OFAI 2022 Lecture Series

OFAI is delighted to announce its 2022 Lecture Series, featuring an eclectic lineup of internal and external speakers.

The talks are intended to familiarize attendees …


Prof. Liana Ermakova, University of Western Brittany, France

JOKER: Towards Automation of Wordplay Translation

Laughter is a non-verbal social signal which is omnipresent in our everyday interactions. Nevertheless, current spoken dialogue systems are not equipped to understand and express …


Dipl. Vladislav Maraev, M.A., University of Gothenburg, Sweden

What does laughter mean for a dialogue system?

Vladislav Maraev of the University of Gothenburg will present a research talk at OFAI entitled, "What does laughter mean for a dialogue system?" Members of …