Midwest Speech and Language Days &
Midwest Computational Linguistics Colloquium 2016

Indiana University, Bloomington

Conference Location: Neal-Marshall Black Culture Center, Grand Hall (Google maps)

There is no registration fee, but please register for the conference!

Midwest Speech and Language Days (MSLD) and the Midwest Computational Linguistics Colloquium (MCLC) is a 2-day meeting held at Indiana University (Bloomington Campus) that continues and expands upon the tradition of Illinois Speech Day and the Midwest Computational Linguistics Colloquium (MCLC). Presenters and attendees come from Midwest Universities and research institutions, and from the speech and language technology private sector. The goal of the workshop is to increase awareness of speech and language research going on in the region and to foster collaboration among sites.

Please Contact the organizers for more information how to register. There is no registration fee for this conference.

Invited Speakers:

Stefan Baumann: "Interpreting Prosodic Prominence"
(Institut für Linguistik, Phonetik, Universität zu Köln)

Mark Hasegawa-Johnson: "Big Audio Data for Unwritten Languages"
(Statistical Speech Technology Group, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)

William Lewis: "Open Domain and Publicly Accessible Speech Transcription and Translation"
(Principal Technical Program Manager with the Microsoft Translator team at Microsoft Research)

College of Arts & Sciences, Indiana University
Cognitive Science Program, College of Arts & Sciences, Indiana University
Department of Linguistics, Indiana University
Germanic Studies, Indiana University
Office of International Affairs, College of Arts & Sciences, Indiana University
Russian & East European Institute, School of Global & International Studies, Indiana University
The LINGUIST List, Indiana University
The Language Conservancy

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If you (or your group) are interested in presenting at MSLD/MCLC 2016, please send an abstract (up to 500 words) to the organizers by April 10th, 2016. Since this is a regional workshop without published proceedings, abstracts describing your own previously published work and/or unfinished current work-in-progress are allowed (encouraged, even). We might decide to publish online proceedings after the workshop.

- Submission Deadline (for full consideration): April 10th, 2016
- Submission Format: LSA abstract format, up to 500 words (not counting references).
- Submission Address: email

Regstration here


Talk slots are 20 minutes and include 17 minutes for the talk and 3 for questions.

Posters can be at most 4 feet by 6 feet. Please see your poster number in the program section (day 1 and day 2 are different poster sets) and put your poster up at the corresponding number tag.

There are many parking opportunities on and around campus. For on campus parking see:
Parking permits for IU campus and transportation services
Visitors parking information

For visitors information about hotels see:
Visit Bloomington Indiana
On campus in the Indiana Memorial Union is the Biddle Hotel which will be the closest hotel to the conference site.

For students we will be able to provide limited opportunities to get a dorm or guest house room. If you would accept crash space with other IU students or colleagues, let us know please.

More information on hotels and parking


Conference location: Neal-Marshall Black Culture Center, Grand Hall (Google maps)
275 N Jordan Ave, Bloomington, IN 47405

Regstration here

Invited speakers:


Friday (05/13/2016)
9:00-10:00 Mounting posters and Bagels, snacks, coffee, and beverages
10:00 Will Lewis (Microsoft Research)
Open Domain and Publicly Accessible Speech Transcription and Translation
11:00 Torrey M. Loucks, Melanie Samuels, Deepa Suneel, Justin M. Aronoff (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)
Using vocal production to measure cochlear implant patients’ perception
11:20 John Jang, Chilin Shih (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)
Using Force Plates to Tap Into Measures of Cognition
11:40 Fatemeh Torabi Asr, Michael Jones (Indiana University)
Experimenting the keyword matching approaches to automated short answer scoring
12:00 Lunch break and Posters
2:00 Herman Kamper (U. Edinburgh), Weiran Wang (TTIC), Karen Livescu (TTIC)
Deep convolutional acoustic word embeddings using word-pair side information
2:20 Michael White (The Ohio State University)
Implementing Dynamic Continuized Combinatory Categorial Grammar
2:40 Evan Jaffe (The Ohio State University)
Syntactically trained Word Vectors
3:00 Coffee break -- Posters
3:30 Weiran Wang, Hao Tang, Karen Livescu (Toyota Technological Institute at Chicago)
Triphone State-tying via Deep Canonical Correlation Analysis
3:50 Ho-gene Choe, Rada Mihalcea (University of Michigan)
A Data-Driven Approach to Analysing Differences in Language Use based on Hand Laterality
4:10 José I. Hualde, Tatiana Luchkina, Christopher D. Eager, Sarah Little (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)
The phonologization of ‘Canadian raising’ in Chicagoland
4:30 Coffee break Posters
5:00 Stefan Baumann (Universität zu Köln)
Interpreting Prosodic Prominence
5:45 Poster session
7:00 Reception and Party, location will be announced on site (food and drinks provided)

Saturday (05/14/2016)
9:00-9:30 Bagels, coffe and snacks
9:30-10:15 Mark Hasegawa-Johnson (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)
Big Audio Data for Unwritten Languages
10:15 Coffee break
10:30 Codruta Liliana Girlea, Roxana Girju, Eyal Amir (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)
Psycholinguistic Features for Deceptive Role Detection in Werewolf
10:50 Chien-Jer Charles Lin (Indiana University)
Knowing what you hear: The influence of phonetic orthography on perceiving Standard Chinese syllables
11:10 Mary Pietrowicz, Mark Hasegawa-Johnson, Karrie Karahalios (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)
Acoustic correlates for perceived effort levels in male and female acted voices
11:30 Poster session
12:00 Lunch break and Posters
2:00 Hao Tang, Weiran Wang, Kevin Gimpel, Karen Livescu (Toyota Technological Institute at Chicago)
Efficient Segmental Cascades for Speech Recognition
2:20 Xiang Li, Aynaz Taheri, Lifu Tu, Kevin Gimpel (Toyota Technological Institute at Chicago)
Learning Representations of Commonsense Knowledge
2:40 Kristen Johnson, Dan Goldwasser (Purdue University)
Weakly Supervised Models for Extracting Politicians' Stances from Twitter
3:00 Coffee break and Posters
3:20 Lifu Tu, Kevin Gimpel, Karen Livescu (Toyota Technological Institute at Chicago)
Learning to Embed Words in Context
3:40 Steven R. Wilson (UofMichigan), Rada Mihalcea (UofMichigan), Ryan L. Boyd (UT Austin), James W. Pennebaker (UT Austin)
Cultural Influences on the Measurement of Personal Values Through Words
4:00 Khaled Elghamry (Ain Shams University, Cairo, Egypt)
Fine-Grained Sentiment Analysis of Arabic Social Media Using Distant Supervision
4:20 Coffee break and Posters
4:50 Chilin Shih (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)
Language Technologies for the Documentation of a Singing Culture
5:10 Jason Hyun Duk Cho, Marina Shah, Roxana Girju (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)
More than a Feeling: Investigating Multi-Word Expressions about Body Parts and Emotions
6:30 Reserved space in restaurant - TBA

Poster presentations:
All posters will/can stay mounted the entire time of the conference. There will be enough space for all posters and poster presenters are encouraged to use multiple time-slots (see schedule above) to present their posters.

Lunch breaks
We will not be able to serve lunch at the conference. There are places on campus for lunch:

  • Hoosier Café: Wells Library (lower level)
    Friday only: 8am-3:00pm
    Saturday: closed
  • Union Street (corner of Union and 10th Street)
    Friday: 7am-7:00pm
    Saturday: 9am-7:00pm
  • Indiana Memorial Union
    Friday: Burger King 10:30am-3:00pm, Charleston Market 11:00am-2:00pm, Cyclone 11:00am-2:00pm, Pizza Hut 10:30am-9:30pm, Sakura Asian 11:00am-2:00pm, Circle Café 6:30am-2:00pm, Tudor Room Buffet 11:30am-1:30pm
    Saturday: Pizza Hut 10:30am-9:30pm, Sakura Asian 11:00am-2:00pm, Circle Café 11:00am-2:00pm

The Visit Bloomington magazine that will be in the registration folders and distributed with name badges, has a restaurant guide that attendees can reference for off campus eateries.

In walking distance from the conference site are restaurants on 3rd St. (walking south on Jordan), or on 10th St. (walking north on Jordan and then a little bit east on 10th St.). The closest restaurants are on 3rd St.


Contact the organizers (Damir Cavar, Malgorzata E. Cavar, Markus Dickinson, Sandra Kuebler)

Submit an abstract

Departent of Linguistics (Google map)
Indiana University
Memorial Hall 322
1021 E 3rd St.
Bloomington, IN 47405-7005

phone: +1 812 855-4617

Previous MSLD and MCLC events