Rory Duthie wins Best Paper at COMMA

Posted by chris on September 16, 2016
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We are delighted to report that Rory Duthie has been awarded Best Student Paper Prize at the 6th International Conference on Computational Models of Argument (COMMA 2016) in Potsdam. Rory has just started the second year of his PhD under the supervision of Katarzyna Budzynska, and was awarded the prize for his paper, Mining Ethos in Political Debate.

Argumentation and ARG-tech in New Scientist

Posted by chris on September 15, 2016
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In a great bit of profile-raising for the research areas of computational models of argument and argument mining, the British popular science magazine, New Scientist, has a feature on the topic in its current issue. The article includes some description of our work with IBM and with the BBC Moral Maze data. In addition, the feature is further highlighted by a leader article.

ARG-tech at COMMA

Posted by chris on September 12, 2016
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The Centre for Argument Technology is delighted to again have a strong showing at the Conference on Computational Models of Argument. This is the 6th edition of the biennial COMMA and is being hosted in Potsdam this week.

 

Members of the Centre have contributed to a total of four papers at the conference:

  • Duthie, R., Budynska, K & Reed, C.A. (2016) “Mining Ethos in Political Debate”
  • Janier, M., Snaith, M., Budzynska, K., Lawrence, J. & Reed, C.A. (2016) “A System for Dispute Mediation: The Mediation Dialogue Game”
  • Lawrence, J. & Reed, C.A. (2016) “Argment Mining using Argumentation Scheme Structures”
  • Lawrence, J., Duthie, R. Budzysnka, K. & Reed, C.A. (2016) “Argument Analytics”

In addition we have two further papers in the COMMA workshop on Foundations of the Language of Argumentation:

  • Koszowy, M. & Budzynska, K. (2016) “Towards a Model for Ethotic Structures in Dialogical Context”
  • Konat, B., Budzynska, K. & Saint-Dizier, P. (2016) “Rephrase in Argument Structure”

Finally, Kasia Budzynska is also delivering a keynote at the COMMA Summer School on Argumentation:

  • Budzynska, K. “Arguments and Ethos in Dialogical Context”

We look forward to seeing you there.

Chrysanne Di Marco visiting this week

Posted by chris on August 29, 2016
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We are delighted to welcome Prof. Chrysanne Di Marco from the University of Waterloo in Canada who is visiting us for the week. In addition to various meetings to explore links between ARG-tech and the Computational Rhetoric group at Waterloo, Chrysanne will also be giving a talk in the ARG lab this Thursday (1 September) afternoon, 2pm-4pm.

Prakash Poudyal visiting this week

Posted by chris on August 15, 2016
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We are delighted to welcome Prakash Poudyal who is visiting us for the week to learn more about techniques for argument mining. Prakash comes to us from the University of Evora in Portugal, where he is an ERASMUS Mundus student.

PhD Studentship Available in Argument Mining

Posted by chris on July 7, 2016
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RCUK Stipend (£14,296 tax-free per annum in 2016/17).

Fixed Term 42 months.

Applications are invited for a PhD student to work in the interdisciplinary area lying between computational linguistics and argumentation. The studentship aims to explore techniques in computational linguistics, text mining and deep learning to exploit theories of argument structure and classical rhetoric in order to automatically identify human reasoning in unconstrained natural language texts. Because of the team’s current research with IBM, the research conducted as a part of this PhD studentship will also be able to make use of Bluemix and Watson components.

Argument Mining – automatically extracting the structure of reasoning from text – is an exciting and rapidly expanding area of computational linguistics and text analytics. In 2013, there were only a handful of papers in the area; since then, there have been a range of specialised international events, including a new annual workshop series, hundreds of papers, and dozens of research groups around the world gearing up to tackle the problem. The Centre for Argument Technology is playing a significant role in this field, providing not only theoretical advances but also some of the most widely used software tools and datasets.

The PhD student will be able to explore theories of argument structure from linguistic and computational perspectives with a view to automatically extracting such structure. The work will involve working in one or more application domains, and could involve working with  commercial partners.

A basic understanding of linguistics or computational linguistics would be a significant advantage, whilst exposure to theories of reasoning, argument or critical thinking would be a benefit. Candidates would typically be expected to have, or be on track for, a first class honours degree or equivalent, or a distinction at Masters level.

The post will be held in the Centre for Argument Technology in the School of Science & Engineering at the University of Dundee. At the most recent REF, research in the discipline of Computer Science was rated third in Scotland, with 79% of its research rated world-leading or internationally excellent (4* or 3*). Dundee has been ranked amongst the top places in the world for scientists to work (The Scientist), and has one of the lowest costs of living in the UK.

Though candidates of any nationality may apply, the post only includes fees at Home/EU level, so fees would be levied by the University on students who do not meet the definition of Home/EU students.

The starting date for the 42-month PhD studentship is negotiable.

More information is available from the research group web site at http://arg.tech, and applicants should apply by sending a CV and covering letter to Prof. Chris Reed. Closing date for applications is 31 August 2016.

 

Jacky Visser joins ARG-tech

Posted by chris on July 4, 2016
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We are delighted today to welcome Jacky Visser to the ARG-tech team. Jacky joins us from the University of Amsterdam and will be working as a postdoc on the EPSRC-funded Argument Mining project.

Martín Pereira Fariña joins ARG-tech

Posted by chris on June 29, 2016
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Photo_MartinPereira We are delighted today to welcome back Martín Pereira Fariña, who visited the group from September to December, 2015. He has recently won funding and this time joins us for two years until June 2018. Martin will be working on overlaps between fuzzy logic and argumentation.

Maria Boritchev visiting

Posted by chris on June 6, 2016
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We are delighted to welcome Maria Boritchev from ENS Lyon who will be visiting the group from the beginning of June until the middle of August. Maria will be working on techniques for argument mining.

Elaine McIntyre joins ARG-tech

Posted by chris on February 2, 2016
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We are delighted to welcome Elaine McIntyre to the group as secretary and PA. Elaine will be supporting much of the day-to-day smooth running of the group, and will also be contributing to looking after relationships with our commercial partners, collaborators and users.