Faculty Notes

Prof. Vern Walker Helps Organize 1st ACL Workshop on Argumentation Mining

Vern R. Walker, Professor of Law and Director of the Research Laboratory for Law, Logic and Technology

Professor Vern R. Walker is a member of the Organizing Committee for the First Workshop on Argumentation Mining, to be part of the 52nd Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics (ACL), to be held in Baltimore, Maryland, on June 26, 2014. The entire Annual Meeting meets June 22-27.

Computational linguistics is the scientific study of language from a computational perspective, attempting to provide computational models of various kinds of linguistic phenomena.

The work of computational linguists is incorporated into many working systems today, including speech recognition systems, text-to-speech synthesizers, automated voice-response systems, Web search engines, text editors, and language instruction materials, to name just a few.

Argumentation mining is the application area in which systems are designed to identify argument-related sentences in documents, to extract argument structures from such sentences, to use these data to discover patterns of successful and unsuccessful arguments, and to assist users in formulating new arguments.

View the ACL2014 conference website.