Project MALES will be hosting our 2nd plática of Fall 2021 on Monday, October 25th from 5:00 – 7:00 P.M. CDT in room 2.814 of the George I. Sánchez Building (SZB). We have the amazing honor to be joined by Dr. Jessy Li, who will be sharing her past and current research experiences.
Dr. Jessy Li is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Linguistics at UT Austin. She obtained her Ph.D. in 2017 from the Department of Computer and Information Science at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Li studies computational linguistics and natural language processing, namely, the “language” branch of Artificial Intelligence: how computers can be programmed to analyze language at scale, and to automatically generate language. More specifically, she studies discourse coherence (What makes meaningful text distinct from a bag of randomly ordered sentences?); generation (e.g., How to automatically rewrite technical text into something more readable? How can machines describe what a block of computer code does?); and language in society (e.g., How do people express emotions on social media? Why do people swear?). In this talk, she will discuss language technology from the lens of her own journey, introduce everyone to the field, talk about the role of language technology in society, and career paths.
Pláticas are held monthly during the academic year and highlight faculty and community leaders whose work centers and/or impacts boys and young men of color through research and practice.
Food will be provided from 5:00 – 5:30 P.M. CDT. We invite all UT students, faculty, staff, and community members to join us.