ARG-tech at Westminster

Posted by chris on June 16, 2019
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On Monday 17th June, Chris is addressing the Parliamentary & Scientific Committee at Westminster at its monthly meeting which this month is dedicated to the theme of Fake News. He’ll be talking on what fake news isn’t as well as what it is — and the consequences for what can be done.

ACL2019 tutorial on Advances in Argument Mining

Posted by chris on May 17, 2019
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Following our work delivering tutorials at IJCAI2016, ACL2016 and ESSLLI2017, Chris Reed and Katarzyna Budzynska are this year delivering a tutorial at ACL2019 in Florence on Sunday, 28 July.

We will be focusing on argument mining, and given that it is such a fast moving area, the way in which the field has been shaped by advances over the past three years.

The tutorial has its own dedicated website at arg.tech/acl2019tut

If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact the tutors — and we hope to see you in Florence in August.

Henrique Lopes Cardoso visiting

Posted by chris on May 1, 2019
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Henrique Lopes Cardoso is visiting us this week from the University of Porto Dept of Informatics Engineering to develop our collaboration around argument mining. He today gave us a short introduction to the exciting work at Porto on argument mining and related themes and will be working over the coming ten days with IAT and our infrastructure, and meeting with members of the team.

ARG-tech secures new DSTL funding

Posted by chris on March 1, 2019
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We’re excited to announce that we’ve been successful in a recent Defence and Security Accelerator programme run by the Defence Science & Technology Laboratory.

The way that an individual engages in dialogue is as unique to them as their fingerprint. So can we automatically identify individuals from their discourse behaviour? This is the idea now being implemented in our Dialogical Fingerprinting work with DSTL. Work starts today and preliminary results will be available for public release towards the end of the year.

Bonnie Webber visiting

Posted by chris on January 7, 2019
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We’re delighted to welcome Bonnie Webber here today: she’ll be talking to us about her work on discourse annotation and the new PDTB amongst other things, and we’ll then be looking at connections between PDTB and IAT. If you’d like to join the discussion in East lab, just fire an email to info@arg.tech.

Video interview with ContactEngine

Posted by chris on June 20, 2018
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London AI company ContactEngine recently invited Chris Reed to give an interview on AI and argument mining. They work on introducing AI into the conversations that corporates have with their customers, and have a series of interviews exploring new horizons. The interview has just been published, and is accompanied by a blog article from Mark Smith, their CEO.

Reaction to IBM Debater

Posted by chris on June 19, 2018
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Chris Reed is in San Francisco today to provide reaction to the launch (or ‘sneak preview’) of IBM’s Project Debater. You can find out more in a blog post by the head of IBM Research, Arvind Krishna, and in articles reporting the event in (amongst others) The Guardian, The Financial Times, BBC NewsWired magazine, The New York TimesVenturebeat, CNET, on radio with NPR and on the TV with CBS in the US and on BBC Breakfast in the UK.

Argument Mining deployed in BBC app

Posted by chris on May 3, 2018
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As the latest result from a decade-long collaboration between ARG-tech and the BBC, our Evidence Toolkit app is today releasing new functionality allowing users to select articles of their choice helping distinguish fake news from true. A key part of this release is a new ‘Reason Checker’ which represents the first large scale deployment of argument mining technology in the wild. The full Evidence Toolkit app is now available on the BBC Taster platform.