Welcome to the NLP Hightlights Podcast

Hosts: Matt Gardner, Waleed Ammar

In this episode we briefly say what we're up to with the podcast. No technical content, just a description of what each episode will look like, and why we're doing this.

Matt Gardner
00:00

Hey Waleed, do you want to start a podcast?

Waleed Ammar
00:02

Sure, but what should we talk about?

Matt Gardner
00:05

Well I find myself listening to a whole lot of audio every day, but very little of it is related to my work. There just isn’t a lot of technical content available about natural language processing and computer science research. So why don’t we talk about that?

Waleed Ammar
00:19

Sounds like a good idea. So how about we pick a paper that we wanted to read anyway and then discuss it in the podcast?

Matt Gardner
00:28

Yeah, I think that’s a good idea. I have so many papers on my backlog that I should have already read and I haven’t read. So this seems like a pretty good forcing function to actually get us to talk about things.

Waleed Ammar
00:37

Yeah. And you know what’s also cool, we can invite the authors in some of the podcast episodes to talk about their paper.

Matt Gardner
00:43

Yeah, that’s a really good idea. We can have nice, interesting conversations about things people are working on.

Waleed Ammar
00:49

Okay. Looking forward to it.

Matt Gardner
00:52

Okay. So here’s what we’re going to do. We’re going to start this podcast called the NLP Highlights Podcast. And every day or close to every day as often as we can actually manage to record this. We’ll see how well we do with this. We’ll pick a paper, we’ll read it and talk about what’s interesting about this paper. Maybe sometimes it’ll be a general topic instead of a particular paper, but we will talk about recent happenings in the world of natural language processing.

Waleed Ammar
01:23

And sometimes we’d be inviting the authors of the paper to discuss the paper in more detail. So these episodes maybe a little longer than the other ones.

Matt Gardner
01:32

And our intent is to keep these episodes generally pretty short each one, when we’re talking about a paper, it’ll probably be 10 or so minutes per episode. Maybe if we’re having an interesting conversation with the guests, it could be a little bit longer than that, but typically about 10 minutes per day or episode, however frequent the episodes turn out to be. And that’s about it. We’re going to give this a go and see how well we can make this work. It’s going to be a little rough at the beginning. We both are pretty new to this and figuring out good ways to describe things succinctly and clearly is hard. So sorry if this is hard to listen to at the beginning we’re doing this mostly for us and if you enjoy it then great. And we hope we will get better as this goes on. And as we said, we’re planning on inviting people to be, to participate in this podcast with us if you are interested in this, please let us know.

Matt Gardner
02:24

You can find our contact information online pretty easily, I am Matt Gardner and this is Waleed Ammar and we’re at the Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence and simple web searches should find us easily enough. Also, feel free to drop us a line. If you have any feedback about the content on here, if you think there are things that you would like to see us do or encouragement, letting us know that you actually are listening and enjoy what we’re doing. So we should keep going. And with that, we’ll call it a wrap on this entire episode. Next one, we’ll actually dive into interesting content looking forward to see you then.