SwissText 2017

2nd Swiss Text Analytics Conference

June 9, 2017
in Winterthur

Text Analytics is used in many companies and industrial sectors, for instance for process optimization, for decision support, or to develop new products and services. On the other hand, there are many research groups at Swiss universities who do excellent and successful research in this field. Our goal is to bring together practitioners and researchers, to give an overview of existing solutions and technologies, and to come up with ideas for new and innovative projects using automatic text understanding.

In order to achieve this goal, we invite practitioners, analysts, end users, software vendors, researchers and data scientists to join SwissText 2017, the second edition of the national conference for text analytics.

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Program

SwissText 2017 is a one-­day conference on automatic text analytics. The conference will see keynotes and presentations by distinguished international experts from research and industry, and an poster exhibition of recent research results. Last year, we had speakers from international IT giants such as Google and IBM, Swiss companies (e.g. SwissCom), startups, and several universities, and there were more than 30 posters in the exhibition.

Keynote Speakers

  • Peter Stengard Peter Stengard, Principal Data Scientist, Microsoft
    Peter Stengard was lead data scientist for BMW Oracle Racing during the team's victorious challenge of the 33rd Americas's Cup. He is now working on large-scale solutions for text analytics at Microsoft and develops industry solutions using Artificial Intelligence for Social Analytics and Text Mining.
  • Verena Rieser Verena Rieser, Professor, Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh
    Verena Rieser leads the NLP research group on Spoken Dialogue Systems and Natural Language Generation at Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh. Her research aims to create accessible, interactive natural language interfaces, and she has pioneered work in using Reinforcement Learning for multimodal dialogue systems. She currently serves as a faculty advisor for the Amazon Alexa Challenge and as an area chair for ACL 2017.
  • Margot Mieskes Margot Mieskes, Professor, University of Applied Sciences Darmstadt
    Margot Mieskes is Professor for Information Science at the University of Applied Sciences, Darmstadt. Her research aims at extracting information from natural language sources (both written and spoken) for interdisciplinary applications of NLP. She has worked on text summarization, speech recognition and speech synthesis.

Schedule

08:30 Registration + Coffee/Gipfeli
09:00 Welcome Message: Mark Cieliebak (ZHAW)
9:30 Keynote: Verena Rieser (Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh)
10:10 Break
10:40 Parallel Track 1
Business Track Technical Track 1 Technical Track 2
  • Twan Sevriens:
    Less AI is more. A couple of simple NLP experts.
  • Rudolf M. Moos, Drazenko Djordjevic:
    Predicting ICD-10 (diagnosis) Codes with a State of the Art Large Scale Machine Learning Application
  • Gerold Baudinot:
    Project Funding in Switzerland (NTN)
  • Jan Deriu:
    Deep Learning for NLP – Where do we stand?
  • Prakhar Gupta, Matteo Pagliardini, Martin Jaggi: Unsupervised Learning of Sentence Embeddings using Compositional n-Gram Features
  • Nikolaos Pappas, Andrei Popescu-Belis: Labeling news in several languages using hierarchical attention networks
  • Andrei Popescu-Belis, Xiao Pu, Lesly Miculicich Werlen, Laura Mascarell:
    Using Context to Improve the Machine Translation of Nouns and Pronouns
  • Alireza Ghasemi, Silvia Quarteroni:
    Sentiment Analysis the Swiss Way
  • Tanja Samardzic:
    Basic natural language processing for Swiss German texts
11:40 Lunch Break
13:00 Parallel Track 2
Business Track Technical Track 3 Special Session: Chatbots
  • Tim vor der Brück, Marc Pouly, Markus Unternährer:
    Targeted Marketing Using Unsupervised Natural Language Processing
  • Richard Forster, Samuel Pasquier:
    Process Automation with Semantic Text Analytics
  • Dina Vishnyakova, Raul Rodriguez-Esteban, Fabio Rinaldi:
    Author Name Disambiguation in MEDLINE Based on Domain of Research
  • Pius von Däniken, Nicole Falkner, Stefano Dolce:
    Named Entity Recognition on data sets with little annotated data
  • Hamza Harkous, Kassem Fawaz, Rémi Lebret, Florian Schaub, Kang G. Shin, Karl Aberer:
    Pribot: A Chatbot for Privacy Policies
  • Dorothee Reinhard:
    YPEA – A cognitive Watson chatbot
13:40 Break
13:55 Keynote: Peter Stengard (Microsoft)
14:35 Poster Presentation
15:05 Afternoon Break
15:35 Poster Session
16:20 Keynote: Margot Mieskes (University of Applied Sciences, Darmstadt)
17:00 Closing
17:20 Apero

Presentations/Posters

We invite experts from research and industry to present their insights and results in text analytics at the SwissText conference.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Evaluation of Social Media
  • Semantic Analysis
  • Chatbots
  • Deep Learning for Text Analysis
  • Machine Translation
  • Text Generation

Presentations types can be: Surveys; Technical Papers; Showcases; or Product/Tool Demonstrations.


Program


    Presentations

  • Unsupervised Learning of Sentence Embeddings using Compositional n-Gram Features
    Prakhar Gupta, Matteo Pagliardini, Prof. Martin Jaggi
    Iprova SA, Switzerland, EPFL
  • Deep Learning for NLP - Where do we stand?
    Jan Deriu
    ZHAW
  • Using Context to Improve the Machine Translation of Nouns and Pronouns
    Andrei Popescu-Belis, Xiao Pu, Lesly Miculicich Werlen, Laura Mascarell
    Idiap Research Institute, University of Zurich
  • Pribot: A Chatbot for Privacy Policies
    Hamza Harkous, Kassem Fawaz, Rémi Lebret, Florian Schaub, Kang G. Shin, Karl Aberer
    EPFL, University of Michigan
  • Process Automation with Semantic Text Analytics
    Richard Forster, Samuel Pasquier
    Wabion AG
  • Less AI is more. A couple of simple NLP experts.
    Twan Sevriens
    UBS Switzerland AG
  • Author Name Disambiguation in MEDLINE Based on Domain of Research
    Dina Vishnyakova, Raul Rodriguez-Esteban, Fabio Rinaldi
    F. Hoffmann-La Roche Ltd
  • Named Entity Recognition on data sets with little annotated data
    Pius von Däniken, Nicole Falkner, Stefano Dolce
    SpinningBytes, ZHAW
  • YPEA - A cognitive Watson chatbot
    Dorothee Reinhard
    IBM Switzerland
  • Predicting ICD-10 (diagnosis) Codes with a State of the Art Large Scale Machine Learning Application
    Dr. Rudolf M. Moos, Drazenko Djordjevic
    University Hospital of Zurich, Hewlett Packard Enterprise Switzerland
  • Basic natural language processing for Swiss German texts
    Tanja Samardzic
    University of Zurich
  • Sentiment Analysis the Swiss Way
    Alireza Ghasemi, Silvia Quarteroni
    ELCA Informatique SA
  • Labeling news in several languages using hierarchical attention networks
    Nikolaos Pappas, Andrei Popescu-Belis
    Idiap Research Institute
  • Targeted Marketing Using Unsupervised Natural Language Processing
    Tim vor der Brück, Marc Pouly, Markus Unternährer
    Jaywalker Digital AG, Hochschule Luzern


  • Posters

  • Machine Translation of Film and TV Subtitles
    Manuela Weibel, Samuel Läubli, Martin Volk
    TextShuttle GmbH
  • Aspect-based sentiment analysis to extract organoleptic wine profile
    Hatem Ghorbel, Fabrizio Albertetti, William Droz
    Haute École Arc Ingénierie - University of applied Sciences of Western Switzerland (HES-SO)
  • Assessing Keyness by Permutation Tests
    Thoralf Mildenberger
    ZHAW
  • Hierarchical Classification for Economic News Articles
    Fernando Benites, Mark Cieliebak
    SpinningBytes
  • Weighted word overlap and word embeddings: A practical ensemble approach to Question Matching in a Dialogue Simulator
    Don Tuggener
    Institute of Computational Linguistics, UZH
  • Concept Molecules as Basis for Text Analytics and Its Comparison to Corpus Based Methods
    Michael Owsijewitsch, Jörg Niggemann, Hans Rudolf Straub
    Semfinder, a 3M Company
  • We have answered this before: A study of the characteristics and solutions of the question retrieval and equivalence detection problem
    Alireza Ghasemi, Silvia Quarteroni
    ELCA Informatique SA
  • Improving Product Development and Customer Journey through Text Analytics
    Christian Rohrdantz, Andreas Stoffel, Franz Wanner, Fabian Fischer
    Vidatics GmbH
  • Making chatbots for the Swiss industry: Lessons learned
    Lancelot Caron, Silvia Quarteroni
    ELCA Informatique SA
  • BBDia: Diachronic Visualisation of Semantically Related N-grams Using Word Embeddings
    Parijat Ghoshal, Janis Goldzycher, Dr. Simon Clematide
    University of Zurich
  • A Twitter Corpus and Benchmark Resources for German Sentiment Analysis
    Jan Deriu, Mark Cieliebak, Dominic Egger, Fatih Uzdilli
    SpinningBytes, ZHAW
  • Designing Cognitive Computing Architectures for Domain-Specific Decision Support Systems
    Johannes Forster, Nora Hollenstein
    IBM
  • Taxonomy Induction using Hypernym Subsequences
    Amit Gupta, Remi Lebret, Hamza Harkous, Karl Aberer
    EPFL
  • An end-to-end pipeline for detecting and categorising customer complaints
    Thomas Bögel, Henrik Matzen
    IBM
  • Exploiting Inheritance Based Lexicons for Sentiment Analysis
    F.Sharmila Satthar
    University of Brighton
  • Privacy in the Time of Bots: Answering Free-form Questions about Privacy Policies with Deep Learning
    Hamza Harkous, Kassem Fawaz, Rémi Lebret, Florian Schaub, Kang G. Shin, Karl Aberer
    EPFL, University of Michigan
  • KuBu - a chatbot for Swiss public transport information
    Jonas Frehner, Andreas Gassmann
    FHNW, gotomo GmbH
  • Four different ways to build a chatbot about movies
    Fernando Benites, Pius von Däniken, Xhoxhaj Erland, Koc Yusuf, Von Gruenigen Dirk, Weilenmann Martin, Panighetti Sandro, Togni Matteo, Zürrer Daniel, Graf Hans Daniel, Deriu Jan Milan, Neureiter Nico, Cieliebak Mark
    SpinningBytes, ZHAW
  • Improving the tourism marketing strategies by predicting the behavior of travelers using social media networks
    Jérôme Treboux, Aristotelis Agianniotis, Dominique Genoud
    HES-SO // Valais

Please see the Call for Presentations/Posters (closed) for more details.

Venue

SwissText will be held on the 9th of June 2017 in the ZHAW Eulachpassage in Winterthur (same location as last year, but more space!).
The venue is located in the historic heart of the city, a 5 minutes’ walk from Winterthur main railway station and has a directly attached parking deck.

Address: Building TN at ZHAW Campus Winterthur, Technikumstrasse 71

Directions: Google Maps, ZHAW Location map

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Registration

Registration deadline (extended) May 15, 2017
May 31, 2017
Early Bird Participation Fee, until 15.4.2017 CHF 110.–
Participation Fee CHF 130.–

Discount for students on request. Send email to info@swisstext.org

Conference Registration includes:

  • Admission to all sessions
  • Coffee and refreshment breaks
  • Lunch
  • Conference apero

Organization

Conference Chair: Mark Cieliebak

Organizers: Floris Staub, Marcin Cherek, Fernando Benites

Programm Committee:

  • Gerold Baudinot, Swiss Alliance for Data-Intensive Services
  • Ivo Blohm, University of St. Gallen
  • Mark Cieliebak, Zurich University of Applied Sciences (ZHAW)
  • Dominique Genoud, University of Applied Sciences and Arts Western Switzerland (HES-SO)
  • Hatem Ghorbel, University of Applied Sciences and Arts Western Switzerland (HES-SO)
  • Martin Jaggi, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL)
  • Aurelien Lucchi, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich (ETH Zurich)
  • Roberto Mastropietro, University of Applied Sciences and Arts of Southern Switzerland (SUPSI)
  • Andrei Popescu-Belis, Idiap Research Institute
  • Fabio Rinaldi, University of Zurich
  • Jürgen Spielberger, Zurich University of Applied Sciences (ZHAW)
  • Manfred Vogel, University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland (FHNW)
  • Jürgen Vogel, Bern University of Applied Sciences (BFH)
  • Tim vor der Brück, Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts (HSLU)

The conference is organized by Datalab, the Data Science Laboratory of ZHAW.

Sponsors

Commission for Technology and Innovation (CTI)

We offer several attractive sponsoring packages. Please consult the following Call for Sponsors for details.

Partners

Zurich University of Applied Sciences

Data Analytics Lab

Machine Learning and Optimization Laboratory

Institute of Computational Linguistics

School of Engineering

University of Applied Sciences and Arts Western Switzerland

University of Applied Sciences and Arts of Southern Switzerland

Idiap Research Institute

Additional partners are always welcome. Please contact us at info@swisstext.org

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