We are delighted to report that a paper presented by DREAM Doctoral researcher Milan Gritta, “Vancouver Welcomes You!“, was judged OUTSTANDING at the top international conference, ACL 2017. ACL, or the Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics, is the premier conference of the field of computational linguistics, covering a broad spectrum of diverse research areas that are concerned with computational approaches to natural language.
Milan’s paper addressed how named entities are frequently used in a metonymic manner, noting they serve as references to related entities such as people and organisations. The paper explored how accurate identification and interpretation of metonymy can be directly beneficial to various NLP applications, such as Named Entity Recognition and Geographical Parsing. Until now, metonymy resolution (MR) methods have mainly relied on parsers, taggers, dictionaries, external word lists and other handcrafted lexical resources. the paper show how a minimalist neural approach, combined with a novel predicate window method can achieve competitive results on the SemEval 2007 task on Metonymy Resolution. Lastly, the paper contributes with a new Wikipedia-based MR dataset called RelocaR, which is tailored towards locations as well as improving previous deficiencies in annotation guidelines.