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Group Meeting - Conceptual Foundations Group (CFG) Meeting:  Special guest Halil Kilicoglu on "Advances in Deep Semantic Representation and Parsing"

Thursday, November 10, 2016
10am - 11:30am

313 IS (CIRSS conference room)

Event Details

Session leaders: Dr. Halil Kilicoglu, staff scientist at the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health

The Conceptual Foundations Group (CFG) is pleased to announce that we will be hosting a talk by Dr. Halil Kilicoglu on "Advances in Deep Semantic Representation and Parsing."

Abstract:  Automatic discourse understanding has arguably been the ultimate goal in computational linguistics/natural language processing (CL/NLP) since its early days. To this end, several formalisms have been proposed to represent the meaning of sentences and the larger discourse and some systems that adopted these formalisms as the basis for semantic parsing have been developed. However, attaining discourse understanding in a general sense has remained elusive, with most semantics-related
research  focusing on either shallow semantic parsing or specific subtasks, such as word sense disambiguation and semantic role labeling.  In recent years, there has been renewed interest in deeper, broad-coverage semantic representation and parsing, partly due to increasing availability of annotated corpora. In this talk, I will review these recent advances, provide some comparison to earlier efforts, and discuss implications for the future.

Bio: Dr. Halil Kilicoglu is a staff scientist at the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health. He earned his PhD in Computer Science from Concordia University, his MS in Computer Science from George Washington University, and his BS in Computer Engineering from Istanbul Technical University. Dr. Kilicoglu has expertise in biomedical natural language processing and text mining; more specifically, his research focuses on semantic interpretation of biomedical text, question answering, and literature-based knowledge discovery.


About the CFG:

The Conceptual Foundations Group (CFG) is a student-organized discussion group that meets biweekly to discuss the conceptual foundations of information and information objects. Among the topics considered are the semantics of conceptual models, metadata standards, ontologies, and semantic web vocabularies. We also discuss document and data modeling problems.

CFG is open to all who are interested in attending and in the past has hosted presentations from members of other departments and schools at the University. We maintain a public mailing list at

The current organizer of CFG is iSchool PhD candidate Jacob Jett (see: ; contact at:

Past organizers include:
- Karen Wickett, now an assistant professor at the University of Texas at Austin (see:
- Richard Urban, now an assistant professor at Florida State University (see:

Among the group's past and present regular attendees are:
- Dean Allen Renear (see:
- Research Associate Professor David Dubin (see:
- Professor Bertram Ludäscher (see:
- Assistant Professor Jodi Schneider (see:
- Professor and Math Librarian Timothy W. Cole (see:
- Associate Professor Daniel Korman (see:
- Computing Consultant Alan Bilansky (see: