Natural Language Processing (NLP)
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About this course
This course is part of the Microsoft Professional Program in Artificial Intelligence.
Natural language processing (NLP) is one of the most important technologies of the information age. Understanding complex language utterances is also a crucial part of artificial intelligence.
In this course, you will be given a thorough overview of Natural Language Processing and how to use classic machine learning methods. You will learn about Statistical Machine Translation as well as Deep Semantic Similarity Models (DSSM) and their applications.
We will also discuss deep reinforcement learning techniques applied in NLP and Vision-Language Multimodal Intelligence.
What you’ll learn
- Apply deep learning models to solve machine translation and conversation problems.
- Apply deep structured semantic models on information retrieval and natural language applications.
- Apply deep reinforcement learning models on natural language applications.
- Apply deep learning models on image captioning and visual question answering.
Estimate Time : 24-48 hours
Module 1 Introduction to NLP
- Introduction to Deep Learning
- Classic NLP
Module 2 Neural Models for Machine Translation and Conversation Generation
- Neural Machine Translation
- Neural Conversation Generation
Module 3 Deep Semantic Similarity Model and its Application
- DSSM for Information Retrieval
- DSSM for Entity Ranking
Module 4 Natural Language Understanding
- Spoken Language Understanding
- Continuous Word Representations
- Neural Knowledge Based Embedding
- KB-based Question Answering
Module 5 Deep Reinforcement Learning
- Deep Reinforcement Learning Background
- Deep Reinforcement learning for NLP
Module 6 Vision-Language Multi modal Intelligence
- Image Captioning
- Visual Question Answering
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Senior Researcher and AI School Instructor, Deep Learning Technology Center
Microsoft Research AI
Roland works as a researcher and AI School instructor in the Deep Learning Technology Center of Microsoft Research AI. His interests include reinforcement learning, autonomous multitask learning, symbolic representation, AI education, information visualization, and HCI. Before coming to the DLTC, Roland worked in the VIBE group of MSR doing visualization and HCI projects, most notably the SandDance project. Before MSR, Roland worked (at Microsoft and other companies) in the areas of Natural User Interfaces, Activity Based Computing, Advanced Prototyping, Programmer Tools, Operating Systems, and Databases.
Principal Researcher Microsoft
Xiaodong He is a Principal Researcher in the Deep Learning Technology Center of Microsoft Research AI, Redmond, WA, USA. He is also an Affiliate Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering at the University of Washington (Seattle), serves in doctoral supervisory committees. His research interests are mainly in artificial intelligence areas including deep learning, natural language processing, computer vision, speech, information retrieval (IR), and knowledge representation. He has published more than 100 papers in ACL, EMNLP, NAACL, CVPR, SIGIR, WWW, CIKM, NIPS, ICLR, ICASSP, Proc. IEEE, IEEE TASLP, IEEE SPM, and other venues. He received several awards including the Outstanding Paper Award at ACL 2015. He and colleagues invented the DSSM which is broadly applied to language, vision, IR and knowledge representation tasks. He has led the development of the MSR-NRC-SRI entry and the MSR entry that won the No. 1 Place in the 2008 NIST Machine Translation Evaluation and the 2011 IWSLT Evaluation (Chinese-to-English), respectively. He and colleagues also won the first prize, tied with Google, at the COCO Captioning Challenge 2015, and won the first prize at the Visual Question Answering (VQA) Challenge 2017. His work was reported by Communications of the ACM in January 2016. He is leading the image captioning effort now is part of Microsoft Cognitive Services, which provides the world’s first image-captioning cloud service, and enables next-generation scenarios such as CaptionBot, Seeing AI, and empowers Microsoft Word and PowerPoint to create image descriptions automatically for millions of users. The work was widely covered in media including Business Insider, TechCrunch, Forbes, The Washington Post, CNN, BBC. He has held editorial positions on several IEEE Journals, served as an area chair for NAACL-HLT 2015, and served in the organizing committee/program committee of major speech and language processing conferences. He is an elected member of the IEEE SLTC for the term of 2015-2017. He is a senior member of IEEE and a member of ACL. He was elected as the Chair of the IEEE Seattle Section in 2016.
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