Workshop / Overview

This Natural Language Processing (NLP) workshop is focused on text summarization and allows you to automatically generate news headlines powered by Reuters News. Moreover, you’ll get a glimpse into the emerging field of Explainable AI.

NLP is one of the fastest-growing fields within AI. A wide variety of tasks can be tackled with NLP such as text classification, question-answering (e.g. chatbots), translation, topic modeling, sentiment analysis, summarization, and so on. In this workshop, we focus on text summarization, as it is not commonly showcased in tutorials despite being a powerful and challenging application of NLP.

We see a trend towards pre-training Deep Learning models on a large text corpus and fine-tuning them for a specific downstream task (also known as transfer learning). In this hands-on workshop, you’ll get the opportunity to apply a state-of-the-art summarization model to generate news headlines. We fine tuned this model on Reuters news data, which is professionally produced by journalists and strictly follows rules of integrity, independence and freedom from bias.

The move towards more complex models for NLP tasks makes the need for AI explainability more apparent. How can we increase trust in what the model generated? With this workshop, we’ll bring you a step closer to answering this question.

Workshop sneak peek here.

Workshop / Outcome

The introduced NLP topics around text summarization and explainable AI are strengthened through guided hands-on exercises, supervised by mentors with several years of industry experience. At the end of this session, you will walk away with an interactive notebook to get a head start in applying the learned concepts to your own challenges. 

Workshop / Difficulty

Intermediate level

Workshop / Prerequisites

  • Google account (to access the Google Colab notebook)
  • Prior knowledge of Natural Language Processing – beginner
  • Understanding of Deep Learning – intermediate
  • Coding skills in Python – intermediate

Please note that participants with no prior knowledge of Natural Language Processing should consider this workshop as intermediate to advanced 

Track / Co-organizers

Nadja Herger

Data Scientist, Thomson Reuters

Nina Hristozova

Data Scientist, Thomson Reuters

Andreea Iuga

Software Engineer, Thomson Reuters

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