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LIN 389C: Research in Computational Linguistics

This is a research course for students who work in computational linguistics. In the course, we discuss current research by course participants, review foundational knowledge that is relevant to participants' research, and talk about big-picture issues and current research in field.

General information about the course

  • LIN 389C Research in Computational Linguistics. Unique number: 41045
  • Spring 2017
  • Meeting: Tuesday/Thursday 11-12:30, Compling Lab, CLA 4.422, near the skybridge to SAC
  • Course organizer: Erk. Office hours Tuesday/Thursday 1-1:45, Friday 12:30-2
  • Course schedule

Course Purpose

To teach about, encourage, and give students time for research. Also to establish vertical cohorts among students interested in the same subfield.

Course Organization

There are six constituencies who will not be treated exactly equally in the course because their needs are different:

  • first-year students: need general context and help on first research projects and first-year papers
  • second-year students: need feedback on the research they have done, prepare for further research, and write second-year papers
  • third-year students: need to write their QPs, write grant proposals
  • post-candidacy pre-proposal students: need to write and present their dissertation proposals
  • post-candidacy dissertation students: need to write dissertations, get feedback
  • students from other departments: needs will vary

Course Components

On Tuesdays we will typically do a research seminar. On Thursdays we will do presentations.

  • Research seminar: This semester we focus on deep learning. Topics and readings will be given on the schedule page.
  • Presentations:
    • Round-table: short presentations by all participants about their current research
    • On-going research: longer presentations (30 minutes or an hour including discussion), students, faculty, auditors if they wish
    • Dissertation proposal presentations
    • Dissertation progress talks
    • Practice talks for conference presentations


  • First-year students: Attend all classes/activities, prepare first-year paper (topic and reader first semester, paper second semester) – may be on research or preparatory for research, give short talk on research if they have done some.
  • Second-year students: prepare second-year paper on research (topic, reader, outline in first semester, write paper second semester). Give presentation on research.
  • Third-year students: Attend all presentations/activities, need not attend fundamentals meetings unless they wish to. Give brief progress reports on QP during second semester. Work with supervising faculty on grant proposals.
  • Post-candidacy, pre-proposal students: Present dissertation proposals fairly early in first semester. Attend all presentations, need not attend other meetings.
  • Dissertation-writing students: Attend all presentations, give at least one presentation during year on doctoral research (possibly give one each semester).
  • Students from other departments: a course project, with 3 documents: project proposal (1-2 pages), intermediate report (2-3 pages), final report (8 pages)