Natural Language Processing Workshop 2016
May 17th 2016


Location: 
1-13 St Giles High St, London WC2H 8AG, United Kingdom (between Earnshaw St and Shaftesbury Ave)

What: 
A small, intimate workshop, with ample opportunity for discussion. Our goals are to build stronger ties between Google and the academic research community, build a roadmap for possible future collaborations, and bring together top researchers to discuss some of the next big challenges for Natural Language Processing. A major theme of the workshop is to explore opportunities and challenges in grounding NLP in the physical and social world through action, perception, answers and conversations.

Emergency contact #: 
Melanie Saldana
1-415-867-0019

Schedule (subject to change)

Natural Language Processing Workshop

May 16, 2016
        6:30 pm:        Welcome Social at Google St Giles Office
        7:00 pm:        Check-in cut off. Please check in for the welcome social before 7:00 pm. If late please call (phone number tbd)

May 17, 2016
        7:30 am:        Registration and coffee
        8:00 am:        Intro, Srini Narayanan (Google)
        8:05 am:        Fernando Pereira (Google)
       8:35 am:       NLU program recap, Massi (Google) & Faculty
        9:10 am:        Ryan McDonald (Google)
9:40 am - 12:00 pm: Off-site at the London Eye and light lunch
        12:00 pm:      Slav Petrov (Google)
        12:30 pm: Dataset Panel Discussion, all participants
1:15 pm - 1:40 pm: Break + afternoon snack
1:40 pm - 6:00 pm: Workshop on Grounding
        1:40 pm:        Intro, Srini Narayanan (Google)
        1:50 pm:        Google Talks (Answers, Commonsense, Elysium, ZRH NL research)
        3:00 pm:        External faculty lightning talks
4:30 pm - 4:45 pm: Break
        4:45 pm:        Breakout sessions
        5:30 pm:        Report back, conclude

Breakouts

Breakout 1: Language and Knowledge: Speakeasy

Alessandro Moschitti
Andrew McCallum
Christian Buck
Daniel Keysers
Dipanjan Das
Feiyu Xu
Hans Uzkoreit
Hinrich Schutze
Ivan Titov
Jason Narad
Josef van Genabith
Keith Hall
Kuzman Ganchev
Massi Ciaramita
Mausam
Michael Collins
Mirella LapataNeil Houlsby
Paolo Ferragina
Partha Pratim Talukdar
Roberto Navigli
Ryan McDonald
Sebastian Riedel
Stéphane Laidebeure
Thomas Hofmann
Tom Kwiatkowski
Tom Kwaitkowsky
William CohenYehuda Koren

Breakout 2: Situated Language, Room: Globeflower

Angelo Cangelosi
Chris Manning
David Talbot

Emmanuel Mogenet
Enrique Alfonseca
Eran Ofek
Eric Altendorf
Fernando Pereira
Hadar Shemtov
Jannis Bulian
Jerome Feldman
Justine Casell
Lev Finkelstein
Luc Steels
Luke Zettlemoyer
Mark Steedman
Massimo PoesioMichael Ringgaard
Percy Liang
Ray Mooney
Slav Petrov
Srini Narayanan
Steven Baker
Thomas Muller
Yiannis Aloimonos

Yossi Matias

Academic Researchers
Alessandro Moschitti, University of Trento & QCRI - Hamad Bin Khalifa University |
Andrew McCallum, UMass
Angelo Cangelossi, Plymouth
Chris Manning, Stanford
Feiyu Xu, DFKI
Hans Uzkoreit, DFKI
Heinrich Schutze, U. Munich
Ivan Titov, U. Amsterdam
Jerome Feldman, Berkeley
Josef van Genabith, DFKI
Justine Casell, CMU
Luc Steels, U. Barcelona
Luke Zettlemoyer, University of Washington
Mark Johnson, Macquarie University
Mark Steedman, University of Edinburgh
Massimo Poesio, Essex
Mausam, Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi
Mirella Lapata, University of Edinburgh
Paolo Ferragina, University of Pisa
Partha Pratim Talukdar, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore
Percy Liang, Stanford
Regina Barzilay, MIT EECS
Roberto Navigli, Sapienza University of Rome
Ray Mooney, UT Austin
Sebastian Riedel, UCL
Thomas Hofmann, ETH Zurich
William Cohen, CMU
Yiannis Aloimonos, University of Maryland

Googlers
Alexandra Prince
Amarnag Sumramanya
Christian Buck
Beate List
Dipanjan Das
Emmanuel Mogenet
Enrique Alfonseca
Eric Altendorf
Fernando Periera
Hadar Shemtov
Jannis Bulian
Keith Hall
Kuzman Ganchev
Massi Ciaramita
Melanie Saldana
Michael Collins
Michael Ringgaard
Michel Bernard
Neil Houlsby
Ryan McDonald
Slav Petrov
Srini Narayanan
Steven Baker
Thomas Muller
Tom Kwaitkowsky
Yehuda Koren
Yossi Matias



Transportation to/from the Airport
If you are a Googler, please refer to the FAQ under the FAQ for Googlers section. 

How do I get to the hotel?
For guests traveling by air: You have the option of taking taking a ~50 minute train ride from Heathrow Airport to the Holborn Station. Once you arrive at Holborn Station is a 4-minute walk to the Grange Holborn Hotel. Alternatively, you can take a ~45-85 minute taxi ride from the airport to the hotel.
For guests traveling by train: You have the option of taking the train from your arriving station to Holborn Station. Once you arrive at Holborn Station is a 4-minute walk to the Grange Holborn Hotel. Alternatively, you can take a taxi from your arriving station to the hotel. 

How do I get to the airport from the hotel?
Upon arrival at the workshop we will provide you with a pre-loaded Oyster card that will cover bus and tram rides for the duration of the workshop, including your trip back to the airport.


Hotel
If you are a Googler, please refer to the FAQ under the FAQ for Googlers section. 

What hotel will I be staying at?
For external guests traveling long distances, we made arrangements for you to stay at the Grange Holborn Hotel, which is a 9-minute walk to the Google London Office. Please note that rooms are non-smoking. 

What if I want to stay additional nights?
You are welcome to stay in the hotel longer but it'll be at your own expense. Google will cover accommodation for the nights of May 15th (if traveling long distance and previously agreed to), May 16th, and May 17th. You'll be responsible for any nights outside of the program dates.

What time is check-in and check-out?
Check-in time is at 2:00 pm and check-out is at 11:00 pm. Rooms may not be available on the day of arrival prior to the Hotel's stated check-in time; however, every effort will be made to accommodate early arrivals.

Is internet available in the guest rooms?
Free wifi is available in all bedrooms and public space throughout the hotel. To obtain the wifi password, please go to the hotel reception desk upon arrival.

Is there parking available at the hotel?
Unfortunately, the Grange Holborn hotel does not provide parking, but the nearest car park is National Car Park located on Bloomsbury Square.


Upon Arrival To The Workshop
If you are a Googler, please refer to the FAQ under the FAQ for Googlers section. 

What do I do when once I arrive at the hotel?
Upon arrival, please check-in and feel free to get settled in your room or venture out into the city and explore.

When is our first activity?
Our first activity begins with a social on Monday evening, May 16th at 6:30 pm at Google’s St Giles Office.

What if I can't make it to the social?
If you cannot make the social, the workshop begins with breakfast at 7:30 am at Google’s St Giles Office. When you enter the building, we’ll be waiting at the ground level lobby to check you in and direct you to the room.


Travel Expenses
If you are a Googler, please refer to the FAQ under the FAQ for Googlers section. 

Will I need any money for the hotel?
Yes, when you check in at the hotel, your credit card will be required as a room deposit and for hotel incidentals (room service, mini bar, telephone calls, etc.). At check-out you'll have the opportunity to change the method of payment, either by presenting a different credit card or cash. The hotel doesn't accept personal checks. Google will cover the cost of the room & taxes only.

Will I need money for anything else?
Google will cover the cost of airfare or train, hotel accommodation for those traveling long distances for the nights of May 15th, May 16th, and May 17th**, ground transportation through the duration of the workshop, and meals at specific times in the program. You'll be responsible for all other expenses.





What travel is University Relations covering?
Unless previously arranged, we are not covering travel for Google employees. You'll need to get approval from your manager to expense the trip under your cost center. This includes hotel room. Unless you snagged an empty room with us and received confirmation, you will not have a room booked for you by our team. Please book your hotel room and expense it using your cost center. 


Getting To/From The Workshop

How do I get to the workshop?
For Googlers traveling by train: You have the option of taking the train from your arriving station to Google’s St Giles OfficeAlternatively, you can take a taxi from your arriving station to the office.

Is there parking available at the Google London office?
Unfortunately, the Google London office does not provide parking, but the nearest car park is Quick Parking Limited located on Great Russell Street between A400 and Bloomsbury Street.

Upon Arrival

What do I do when I get to the Google office?
When you enter the building, we’ll be waiting at the ground level lobby to check you in and direct you to the room.


Travel Expenses

What will be covered by the workshop?
We'll provide food at the following times:
  • Sun, May 15th (evening social): drinks only

  • Mon, May 16th: light breakfast, lunch, dinner & drinks

  • Tues, May 17th: light breakfast, lunch


**All other food costs, accommodations, travel, and incidentals should come out of your cost center.