Programme – ALTA 2022

Papers can be found in the papers section

14th December (Wednesday) Tutorial/Mentoring Day (all times ACDT)

The doctoral/mentoring/tutorial sessions will be held at Flinders University at Victoria Square, Room No 2.01-02.

  • 09:00 Registration - Room No. 2.03
  • 09:30 Doctoral Symposium

    • Improving Care in Clinical Dentistry with Natural Language Processing of Electronic Dental Records
      Hanna Pethani
    • Misinformation Detection via Transfer Learning
      Lin Tian
    • A Discourse-Analytic Approach to the Study of Information Disorders: How Online Communities Legitimate Social Bonds When Communing Around Misinformation and Disinformation
      Olivia Inwood
    • Learning to Adapt Neural Models with Limited Human Supervision in Natural Language Processing
      Thuy-Trang Vu
  • 11:00 Morning Tea
  • 11:30 Mentoring Session
  • 12:30 Lunch + Mentoring Session
  • 14:00 Tutorial (Part 1: Misinformation and Human Perception) – Xiuzhen (Jenny) Zhang
  • 14:30 Tutorial (Part 2: Misinformation and Detection) – Jey Han Lau
  • 15:30 Afternoon Tea
  • 16:00 Tutorial (Part 3: Misinformation Mitigation) – Xiuzhen (Jenny) Zhang
  • 17:00 Informal Meet-n-Greet

15th December (Thursday) Day 1 (all times ACDT)

ALTA and joint ALTA/ADCS sessions will be held at Flinders University at Tonsley, Theatre 1, T1 Building.

Morning/Lunch/Afternoon Tea - Room No. 1.01-1.03

  • 08:30 Registration - Tonsley Theatre 1, T1 Building
  • 09:00 ALTA/ADCS Opening
  • 09:30 ALTA/ADCS Keynote #1 - Ed Hovy, On the complementarity of neural and symbolic approaches, and on how to transfer between them.
  • 10:30 Morning Tea
  • 11:00 Oral Presentations (Session A) - Session Chair: Jonathan Kummerfeld

    • Using public domain resources and off-the-shelf tools to produce high-quality multimedia texts]
      Manny Rayner, Belinda Chiera and Cathy Chua
    • TCG-Event: Effective Task Conditioning for Generation-based Event Extraction
      Fatemeh Shiri, Tongtong Wu, Yuanfang Li and Gholamreza Haffari
    • Complex Reading Comprehension Through Question Decomposition
      Xiao-Yu Guo, Yuan-Fang Li and Gholamreza Haffari
    • Using Aspect-Based Sentiment Analysis to Classify Attitude-bearing Words
      Pradeesh Parameswaran, Andrew Trotman, Veronica Liesaputra and David Eyers
  • 12:30 Lunch
  • 13:30 ALTA/ADCS Joint Session

    • Investigating Language Use by Polarised Groups on Twitter: A Case Study of the Bushfires
      Mehwish Nasim, Naeha Sharif, Pranav Bhandari, Derek Weber, Martin Wood, Lucia Falzon, and Yoshihisa Kashima
    • Robustness of Neural Rankers to Typos: A Comparative Study
      Shengyao Zhuang, Xinyu Mao, and Guido Zuccon
    • Automatic Explanation Generation For Climate Science Claims
      Rui Xing, Shraey Bhatia, Timothy Baldwin and Jey Han Lau
    • Improving Text-based Early Prediction by Distillation from Privileged Time-Series Text
      Jinghui Liu, Daniel Capurro, Anthony Nguyen and Karin Verspoor
  • 14:30 Poster Session - Room No. 1.01-1.03
  • 15:30 Afternoon Tea
  • 16:00 Oral Presentations (Session B) - Session Chair: Jonathan Kummerfeld

    • Fine-tuning a Subtle Parsing Distinction Using a Probabilistic Decision Tree: the Case of Postnominal "that" in Noun Complement Clauses vs. Relative Clauses
      Zineddine Tighidet and Nicolas Ballier
    • Robustness of Hybrid Models in Cross-domain Readability Assessment
      Ho Hung Lim, Tianyuan Cai, John S. Y. Lee and Meichun Liu
  • 17:00 ALTA Keynote #2 - Stephane Dufau, How a reading brain works: insights from experimental studies and modelling.
  • 17:30 Poster Session
  • 18:30 ALTA/ADCS Dinner @ Tonsley Hotel Restaurant

16th December (Friday) Day 2 (all times ACDT)

ALTA will be held at Flinders University at Tonsley, Theatre 1, T1 Building.

Morning/Lunch/Afternoon Tea - Room No. 1.01-1.03

  • 09:00 ALTA Keynote #3 - Thora Tenbrink, Beyond physical robots: How to achieve joint spatial reference with a smart environment
  • 10:00 ALTA Keynote #4 - Barbara Tversky, Mind in Motion: How Action Shapes Thought
  • 10:30 Rolling Discussion
  • 11:00 Morning Tea
  • 11:30 ALTA Shared Task Session Session Chair: Diego Molla

    • Overview of the 2022 ALTA Shared task: PIBOSO sentence classification, 10 years later
      Diego Molla
    • Context-Aware Sentence Classification in Evidence-Based Medicine
      Biaoyan Fang and Fajri Koto
    • Enhancing the DeBERTa Transformers Model for Classifying Sentences from Biomedical Abstracts
      Abdul Aziz, Md. Akram Hossain, and Abu Nowshed Chy
    • Automatic Classification of Evidence Based Medicine Using Transformers
      Necva Bolucu, Pinar Uskaner Hepsag
  • 12:15 ALTA AGM
  • 12:30 Lunch
  • 13:30 Oral Presentations (Session C) Session Chair: Gabriela Ferraro

    • Verifying Urarina Language Phonemes With TensorFlow
      Michael Dorin and Judith Dorin
    • A Multi-Faceted Reward for Adversarial Attacks on Text Classifiers
      Tom Roth, Inigo Jauregi Unanue, Alsharif Abuadbba and Massimo Piccardi
    • Probing of Quantitative Values in Abstractive Summarization Models
      Nathan White
    • Zero-shot Slot Filling with Slot-Prefix Prompting and Attention Relationship Descriptor
      Qiaoyang Luo and Lingqiao Liu
    • Writing Progress in Australian Schools: An Experimental Proof-of-concept Application
      Charbel El-Khaissi
  • 15:30 Afternoon Tea
  • 16:00 Oral Presentations (Session D) Session Chair: David Powers

    • The Corpus of Australian and New Zealand Spoken English: A new resource of naturalistic speech transcripts
      Steven Coats
    • The Role of Context in Vaccine Stance Prediction for Twitter Users
      Aleney Khoo, Maciej Rybinski, Sarvnaz Karimi and Adam Dunn.
  • 16:50 Best Paper Award/Shared Task Award/Closing