We are delighted to announce the talk “The Search for Emotions, Creativity, and Fairness in Language” by Dr. Saif M. Mohammad.
When & where:
December 14, 15:00-16:00 (sharp), Alfred-Hessel-Saal in the SUB’s historic building (Campus Map | Google Maps)
About the speaker:
Dr. Saif M. Mohammad is a Senior Research Scientist at the National Research Council Canada (NRC). He has published over 100 high-impact articles. He has also served in various capacities at prominent journals and conferences, including as chair of the Canada-UK symposium on Ethics in AI, co-chair of SemEval (the largest platform for semantic evaluations), co-organizer of WASSA (a sentiment analysis workshop), and area chair for ACL, NAACL, and EMNLP (in the areas of sentiment analysis and fairness in NLP).
About the talk:
Emotions are central to human experience, creativity, and behavior. They are crucial for organizing meaning and reasoning about the world we live in. They are ubiquitous and everyday, yet complex and nuanced. In this talk, I will describe our work on the search for emotions in language—by humans (through data annotation projects) and machines (in automatic emotion and sentiment analysis systems). I will outline ways in which emotions can be represented, challenges in obtaining reliable annotations, and approaches that lead to high-quality annotations and useful sentiment analysis systems. I will discuss wide-ranging applications of emotion detection in natural language processing, psychology, social sciences, digital humanities, and computational creativity. Finally, I will discuss various ethical considerations involved in emotion recognition and sentiment analysis—the often unsaid assumptions and implications of our choices.