We were lucky enough to have an opportunity to sponsor, and attend, NAACL 2022, the North American Chapter of the Association for Computational Linguistics conference this year, held from July 10th to 15th in Seattle Washington. The aiXplain team had a wonderful time and learned A LOT, given that this was our second time exhibiting at an event (the first being at ACL 2022).
We had the opportunity to discuss the aiXplain platform, a unique tool allowing users to construct, diagnose, and improve AI systems and datasets. It’s also your go-to resource for benchmarking models and building AI-powered projects with no code! But enough about us… What was NAACL like?
The North American Chapter of the Association for Computational Linguistics (NAACL) is one of the top conferences in computational linguistics, and this year’s edition did not disappoint. The conference was packed with exciting research, great discussion, plenty of fun, and maybe even a sighting, or two, of the legendary “doughnut wall”!
It was also the first time that some of our team members met in person!
During this week in Washington we also engaged in some team-building activities, such as exploring the city of Seattle, Trying out the local food (dim sum, anyone?), and Hiking in the nearby mountains. But of course, the conference itself was the highlight of our trip.
While in the convention hall we were delighted to see that so many individuals were interested in aiXplain’s services and solutions. We sincerely thank everyone who stopped by our booth; it was wonderful to engage in conversations with you, and we look forward to seeing you all online, or again in the near future.
Why aiXplain attended NAACL 2022
aiXplain offers a no-code solution for a variety of tasks in AI and natural language processing, including model benchmarking, diagnosing, and improving your AI system and datasets, and pipeline building!
The NAACL 2022 conference was an excellent chance for us to network with other academics and learn about the newest developments in computational linguistics. We were also able to show our goods and services to potential clients, which is always beneficial.
The best things we saw at the NAACL conference
1. The talks, of course! There was a great range of topics covered, and it was fascinating to learn about the latest developments in the field.
2. The people! We had some fantastic conversations with so many talented individuals from all over the world.
We even visited the Seattle Museum of Pop Culture for a social mixer event, where we were treated to tasty food and complimentary drinks. And chatted around with attendees.
3. The city of Seattle itself – what a beautiful place! We were lucky to have some downtime to explore and enjoy everything it has to offer.
Our Take on NAACL 2022
We came away from the conference feeling inspired by all the innovative work that is being done in the field of computational linguistics. There were too many great talks and poster sessions to list them all here, but some of the poster highlights included:
- The feasibility of using a single model to generate both (FitB) and perform _both_ FitB and continuation.
- Open-domain Chatbot Mimicking Fictional Characters
- SentSpace is an open-source tool that uses diverse features to characterize text.
- Show, Don’t Tell: Demonstrations Outperform Descriptions for Schema-Guided Task-Oriented Dialogue
Overall, the conference gave us some great ideas to take back to our own work, and we’re already looking forward to next year’s edition.
If you happen to have missed us at the NAACL 2022 conference or would simply like to learn more about what occurred, check out our social media sites for highlights from the event.
Thank you again to everyone who made it such a special event!
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The aiXplain Team