Wednesday 30 November 2022 - 12:44:19 am

NYUAD, MBZUAI co-host top natural language processing conference

ABU DHABI, 30th September, 2022 (WAM) -- New York University Abu Dhabi (NYUAD), in partnership with Mohamed bin Zayed University of Artificial Intelligence (MBZUAI), will host the 2022 Conference on Empirical Methods in Natural Language Processing (EMNLP) from 7th to 11th December at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC).

EMNLP, which held its first conference in 1996, will provide the option to attend in person or virtually.

EMNLP is a leading conference in the area of natural language processing and artificial intelligence. Natural language processing (NLP) is a subfield of linguistics, computer science, and artificial intelligence that considers the interactions between computers and human language. The discipline helps machines process and understand human language so that they can automatically perform repetitive tasks. Everyday examples include machine translation, automatic summarisation, and automatic spelling correction.

The local organising committee will be co-chaired by NYUAD Professor and Programme Head of Computer Science, Nizar Habash, and MBZUAI President, Professor Eric Xing.

Along with the conference of the Association for Computational Linguistics (ACL), EMNLP is one of the two primary high impact conferences for natural language processing research. EMNLP is organised by the ACL special interest group on linguistic data (SIGDAT). According to Microsoft Academic, EMNLP is the 14th most cited conference in computer science as of 2021.

EMNLP 2022 will include six tutorials and 22 workshops, including the Seventh Workshop on Arabic Natural Language Processing, the 13th International Workshop on Health Text Mining and Information Analysis, as well as the Fourth Workshop on Financial Technology and Natural Language Processing. Additionally, EMNLP 2022 will have two co-located conferences on Machine Translation and Computational Natural Language Learning.

"Arabic poses a lot of challenges to Natural Language Processing (NLP), and so it is very encouraging to see that research in the region has been on the rise in the last decade," Habash said. "This conference provides a unique opportunity for the UAE, and the Arab World, to showcase the vital work we have done in this field; motivate local youth to engage in this science as well as interact with and attract global talent, and continue to explore the endless possibilities of this technology."

"Natural language processing research is a vital part of the ecosystem here in the UAE, which will help fuel technological innovation," Xing said. "As the burgeoning epicenter of NLP research in the Middle East, we anticipate having a major impact given our capability and our depth of talent, and co-hosting an event of this caliber underscores the importance of our contribution alongside our colleagues at NYUAD."