Archive for Activities

Advanced Structured Prediction Book


S. Nowozin, J. Jancsary, P. V. Gehler, C. H. Lampert (editors)

(project page)

The goal of structured prediction is to build machine learning models that predict relational information that itself has structure, such as being composed of multiple interrelated parts. These models, which reflect prior knowledge, task-specific relations, and constraints, are used in fields including computer vision, speech recognition, natural language processing, and computational biology. They can carry out such tasks as predicting a natural language sentence, or segmenting an image into meaningful components.

These models are expressive and powerful, but exact computation is often intractable. A broad research effort in recent years has aimed at designing structured prediction models and approximate inference and learning procedures that are computationally efficient. This volume offers an overview of this recent research in order to make the work accessible to a broader research community. The chapters, by leading researchers in the field, cover a range of topics, including research trends, the linear programming relaxation approach, innovations in probabilistic modeling, recent theoretical progress, and resource-aware learning.



I am lucky enough to be this year’s Program Chair of KONVENS 2012, the 11th Conference on Natural Language Processing. The history of KONVENS goes back to 1992, and it is held in a two-year rotation, organized by

  • the Austrian Society for Artificial Intelligence (ÖGAI),
  • the German Society for Language Technology and Computational Linguistic (GSCL), and
  • the German Society for Linguistics, Section Computational Linguistics (DGfS-CL).

KONVENS 2012 will be held from September 19-21, 2012 in Vienna and I strongly encourage everyone with an interest in natural language processing to visit the conference. This year, we have a very strong technical program, including

Please visit the conference website for further details. I should also add that the adjacent weekend is a great opportunity to extend your stay and get to know the city.

I am looking forward to seeing you in Vienna!