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All at the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, Chalmers University of Technology and the University of Gothenburg, Sweden.
In conjunction with John's PhD defence, a workshop was organised where members of the defence grading committee and other guests from industry presented current research and work in the are of computational contracts and law.
John defended his PhD thesis Contracts and Computation — Formal modelling and analysis for normative natural language. The opponent was Giovanni Sartor from the University of Bologna and European University Institute of Florence.
Aarne Ranta gave a talk at Google Zurich entitled "Grammatical Framework: Formalizing the Grammar of the World". The talk is available at Youtube.
The second annual retreat was held for the REMU group, where we discussed the plans for the final year and began work on a flagship for the project. Minutes of the meeting can be found here.
Krasimir and Inari are teaching in the first Summer School in Rule-Based Machine Translation, featuring 4 free/open-source machine translation systems: Apertium, GF, Matxin and TectoMT. More information about the summer school can be found on the webpage.
Grégoire defended his PhD thesis Methods and Tools for Automating Language Engineering. The opponent was Måns Huldén from the University of Colorado.
John presented his licentiate thesis today, entitled Analysing normative contracts — On the semantic gap between natural and formal languages. The discussion leader for the seminar was Adam Zachary Wyner from the University of Aberdeen.
Four papers were presented at the workshop on Grammar Engineering Across Frameworks (GEAF):
The fourth edition of the Grammatical Framework (GF) Summer School was held in Marsalforn on the island of Gozo, Malta. Details about the talks and presentations can be found at the Summer School webpage.
The first annual retreat was held for the REMU group, where everyone presented their current work. Abstracts from the talks can be found here.
John presented the current state of his research at the Nordic Workshop on Programming Theory (NWPT 2014) in Halmstad, Sweden, in a presentation entitled A toolkit for the analysis of normative texts.
A number of us were present at the 4th Workshop on Controlled Natural Language (CNL 2014) in Galway, Ireland. This included three published papers:
Aarne Ranta has been invited to talk at the 21st Workshop on Logic, Language, Information, and Computation in Valparaiso, Chile.
Aarne Ranta has been invited to talk at the joint NLCS/NLSR workshop at Vienna Summer of Logic, a cluster of logic-related conferences in Vienna, Austria.
At the 9th Language Resources and Evaluation Conference (LREC), the major event on language resources and evaluation for human language technologies, three REMU papers were presented at the main conference: Sharing Resources Between Free/Open-Source Rule-based Machine Translation Systems: Grammatical Framework and Apertium, Bootstrapping Open-Source English-Bulgarian Computational Dictionary and Extracting a bilingual semantic grammar from FrameNet-annotated corpora. One paper was presented at a satellite workshop: Computational Estonian Grammar in Grammatical Framework.
John gave a talk at the Norwegian Research Center for Computers and Law (NRCCL) at the University of Oslo, about past and current research in computational models for contracts. Talk details are available here, and slides are here.
REMU team was heavily involved in the organization of the 14th Conference of the European Chapter of the Association for Computational Linguistics in Gothenburg, with Aarne Ranta as a local co-chair and other team members in various organization tasks. EACL is one of the top conferences in computational linguistics, and gathered this time over 500 participants. The REMU team had a system demo Speech-Enabled Hybrid Multilingual Translation for Mobile Devices and an invited workshop talk, Types and Records for Predication. Krasimir Angelov and Peter Ljunglöf, working closely with REMU, had a main conference paper Fast Statistical Parsing with Parallel Multiple Context-Free Grammars.