ATILA 2019

Posted on Oct. 14, 2019

Last week Atila '19 took place in Antwerp. New this year was the focus on Conversational Agents, on day one a tutorial was given on this subject by Georgios Spithourakis from PolyAI and on day two Sander Wubben, co-founder of, gave a keynote on "NLP applications in a practical conversational AI setting".

Three LT3 members also presented their work:

  • Claudia talked about the "Benefits of Data Augmentation for NMT-Based Text Normalization of User-Generated Content".
  • Arda presented his ACL-paper on "Neural Fuzzy Repair: Integrating Fuzzy Matches into Nueral Machine Translation".
  • Nina discussed "Challenges Remaining in Hate Speech Detection: Insights from Error Analysis and Methodological Questions".

ATILA took place at the wonderful Hendrik Conscience Heritage Library. The Heritage Library is a place of study and quiet in the heart of Antwerp. It has been collecting and maintaining works crucial to Flemish cultural heritage for more than five centuries.