The organizer has traditionally been ABBYY, a leading global developer in the field of intelligent information processing and business process analysis. The Dialogue’s main partner for the first time was the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology (MIPT). For four days, researchers presented about a hundred reports in 14 thematic sections. More than 600 participants registered at the conference events – linguists, data analysis specialists, development engineers and students. Dialog remains the largest conference in its field in Russia.
In addition to the reports in the sections, the conference hosted round tables and panel discussions on the most pressing issues in the field of natural language processing. Experts discussed new technological barriers in this area, the creation of competitive open research resources for the analysis of the Russian language, the reliability of research conducted on large Internet data. In particular, at one of the round tables, they presented and discussed a new open platform for collecting resources and methods of intellectual analysis of the Russian language RuSuperGlue, as well as the recently published open machine learning library NeoML from company ABBYY.
Dialogue is a mirror of what is happening in NLP
(Natural Language Processing), one of the fastest growing areas of artificial intelligence. Topics for discussion each year naturally arise in a rapid stream of events in which thousands of scientists and engineers around the world participate– comments Vladimir Selegey, Chairman of the Dialogue Program Committee, Director of Advanced Research at ABBYY. – Our conference provides an opportunity to slow down and look around, compare plans with colleagues, analyze trends, not forgetting what has always been a feature of Dialogue: an interdisciplinary approach and a special interest in analyzing the Russian language. ”
The invited speakers of the Dialogue have always been world-famous scientists associated with the hottest research topics. This year, Manfred Stöde from the University of Potsdam was particularly interested. The scientist is known for his research in the field of automatic text logic analysis (Argumentation Mining). At the “Dialogue”, Städe described how modern research on the argumentative structure of texts is linked to the practical tasks of automatically extracting information.
The annual Dialogue Evaluation forum has become a traditionally important part of the Dialogue, in the framework of which the results of technological competitions of developers of automatic text analysis systems in Russian were summed up. Three competitions were held: to automatically determine the meanings of new terms in context, parsing, extracting from texts and evaluating goals and plans of economic activity. The result of Dialogue Evaluation are new quality standards for solving problems with which researchers can compare their achievements. The competition once again demonstrated the “rejuvenation” of computer linguistics: almost all winners are students or recent university graduates. In particular, MIPT graduates won two of the three competitions this year.