Session Proposals

Doing a NLP-related PhD in the context of Digital Humanities

Digital Humanities (DH) is a relatively new field in which traditional questions of the humanities are attempted to be answered with computational methods. Doing a "NLP PhD" in this context can be challenging for different reasons: 1. There might be collaborations with researchers from the humanities for which a common language and/or goals need to be found first ("What are they talking about?", "Why do they not get what I am talking about?"), 2. the domain of the texts/material is very particular and standard NLP methods often do not work as well or need to be altered heavily, 3. or the question how much a dissertation should focus on NLP/CL or DH research questions (and what does that mean for my later career?)

I am doing a PhD in this field and would like to talk with you about your experiences, questions or ideas regarding anything that has to with doing a NLP-related PhD in the realm of DH.

The session is aimed at anyone doing such a PhD themselves, is thinking about doing one or shifting their current PhD more into this direction, or anyone simply interested in this topic. Depending on interest and attendees, we could also talk about doing a PhD in a generally interdisciplinary setting (regardless of the "other" discipline being from the humanities or not)

Are we computer scientists or linguists?

Of course, as computational linguists, we are both, somehow. But depending on your study background, you may rather feel like the one or the other. It can also happen that at some point, as in my case, you're switching from a rather linguistics-related background to a position that is closer to computer science (or vice versa). In this session, I would like to exchange thoughts about this "life between the disciplines". For example: Have you experienced differences between "Linguistics-NLP" and "Computer-Science-NLP" or do you feel it is the same? What do linguists know that computer scientists don't and vice versa? What would you like to learn (more) from the other discipline? This session is aimed at (PhD) students at any stage who would like to discuss where they see themselves in the spectrum of computational linguistics.

How to make the most out of (virtual) conferences

Attending a conference can be a lot of work, and it can sometimes be a bit scary, if you're going by yourself and you don't know anyone there. In this session, I will share my experiences from attending numerous IRL and virtual conferences, and give you tips on how to make the most out of your time at this type of event.

This session is aimed at conference first-timers as well as those who have attended conferences before, but are unsatisfied with how much they got out of those conferences for themselves. You are also invited to share your own tips and best practices with everyone.

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