Natural Language Understanding Workshop
May 16th 2016


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

What: 
The main purpose of this workshop is to report on, and learn from, projects funded under two Natural Language Understanding (NLU) Programs. These are: the global program on "Knowledge Graphs and Compositionality in Web-scale NLU" and the "Language Understanding and Knowledge Discovery" Program (for projects funded in India). The workshop will bring together the principal investigators, the project sponsors from Google, and other Googlers working in natural language understanding. The workshop will conclude with a session on lessons learned during the program, and possible next steps.

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

Schedule (subject to change)

Natural Language Understanding Workshop

May 15th, 2016

       7:00 pm:        Welcome social at Hilton DoubleTree - Tower of London, SkyLounge (a short subway or taxi ride from The Grange Hotel)

May 16th, 2016
        9:00 am:        Registration and Coffee
        9:30 am:        Welcome, Massi Ciaramita (Google)
        9:40 am:        Feiyu Xu, Hans Uszkoreit (DFKI), Roberto Navigli (La Sapienza)
        10:20 am:      Ivan Titov (University of Amsterdam)
        
11:00 am - 11:20 am: Break and transition to Speakeasy
        11:20 am:      Mausam (Indian Institute of Technology)
        12:00 pm: Partha Pratim Talukdar (Indian Institute of Science)
        12:40 pm:      Luke Zettlemoyer (University of Washington)
1:15 pm - 2:45 pm: Lunch in Google Cafe
        2:45 pm:        Percy Liang (Stanford) and Chris Manning (Stanford)
        3:25 pm:        Sebastian Riedel (UCL), Andrew McCallum (UMass)
        4:10 pm:        Plenary: lessons learned, next steps, David Harper (Google)
5:00 pm: Leave Google office
5:00 pm - 6:30 pm: Break (Grange Holborn Hotel)
6:30 pm - 9:30 pm: Drinks and Buffet at Google London Office
  • 7:00 pm: cut-off to return to Google office. If late please call (phone number tbd)


Academic Researchers
Andrew McCallum, UMass
Chris Manning, Stanford
Feiyu Xu, DFKI
Hans Uzkoreit, DFKI
Ivan Titov, U. Amsterdam
Luke Zettlemoyer, University of Washington
Mark Johnson, Macquarie University
Mausam, Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi
Partha Pratim Talukdar, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore
Percy Liang, Stanford
Roberto Navigli, Sapienza University of Rome
Sebastian Riedel, UCL
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


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

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 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, 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 an welcome social on Sunday evening, May 15th at 6:00 pm. The reception will be held at the Westview SkyLounge in The Doubletree by Hilton Hotel London - Tower of London (3 miles from the Google 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 9:00 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 previously arranged with us and you received confirmation, you do not have a room booked for you by our team. You will need to book your own 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 Office. Alternatively, 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.