The 2016 lecture was held on 21 November 2016 at the Royal Society, Carlton House Terrace, London SW1Y 5AG. Dr Sharon Goldwater delivered her lecture, "Language learning in humans and machines", to an audience of 120 people.
Dr Sharon Goldwater
'Language learning in humans and machines: making connections to make progress'.
About this year's speaker
Sharon Goldwater is a Reader in the Institute for Language, Cognition and Computation at the University of Edinburgh's School of Informatics. She received her PhD from Brown University, supervised by Mark Johnson, and spent two years as a postdoctoral researcher at Stanford University before moving to Edinburgh. Her research interests include probabilistic machine learning approaches to natural language processing (especially unsupervised approaches), computer modelling of language acquisition in children, and computational studies of language use. Dr Goldwater holds a Scholar Award from the James S McDonnell Foundation for her work on "Understanding synergies in language acquisition through computational modelling". Outside of research, Dr Goldwater enjoys DIY, sewing, baking, and Argentine tango.
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