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Year Author Paper Title
2001 Eugene Charniak Immediate-head parsing for language modeling
2001 Ulrich Germann, Michael Jahr, Kevin Knight, Daniel Marcu, and Kenji Yamada Fast Decoding and Optimal Decoding for Machine Translation
2002 Franz Och and Hermann Ney Discriminative Training and Maximum Entropy Models for Statistical Machine Translation
2003 Dan Klein and Chris Manning Accurate Unlexicalized Parsing
2003 Yukiko Nakano, Gabe Reinstein, Tom Stocky, and Justine Cassell Towards a Model of Face-to-Face Grounding
2004 Diana McCarthy, Rob Koeling, Julie Weeds, and John Carroll Finding Predominant Word Senses in Untagged Text
2005 David Chiang A hierarchical phrase-based model for statistical machine translation
2006 Rion Snow, Dan Jurafsky, and Andrew Y. Ng Semantic taxonomy induction from heterogenous evidence
2007 Y. W. Wong and R. J. Mooney Learning synchronous grammars for semantic parsing with lambda calculus
2008 Liang Huang Forest Reranking: Discriminative Parsing with Non-Local Features
2008 Libin Shen, Jinxi Xu and Ralph Weischedel A New String-to-Dependency Machine Translation Algorithm with a Target Dependency Language Model
2009 Andre Martins, Noah Smith and Eric Xing Concise Integer Linear Programming Formulations for Dependency Parsing
2009 S.R.K. Branavan, Harr Chen, Luke Zettlemoyer and Regina Barzilay Reinforcement Learning for Mapping Instructions to Actions
2009 Adam Pauls and Dan Klein K-Best A* Parsing
2010 (Long) Matthew Gerber and Joyce Chai Beyond NomBank: A Study of Implicit Arguments for Nominal Predicates
2010 (Short) Michael Lamar, Yariv Maron, Mark Johnson and Elie Bienenstock SVD and Clustering for Unsupervised POS Tagging
2010 (Student) David Elson, Nicholas Dames and Kathleen McKeown Extracting Social Networks from Literary Fiction
2011 Dipanjan Das and Slav Petrov Unsupervised Part-of-Speech Tagging with Bilingual Graph-Based Projections
2012 (Long) Hiroyuki Shindo, Yusuke Miyao, Akinori Fujino and Masaaki Nagata Bayesian Symbol-Refined Tree Substitution Grammars for Syntactic Parsing
2012 (Student) Fan Bu, Hang Li and Xiaoyan Zhu String Re-writing Kernel
2013 Haonan Yu and Jeffrey Mark Siskind Grounded Language Learning from Video Described with Sentences
2013 (Student) Abdellah Fourtassi and Emmanuel Dupoux A corpus-based evaluation method for Distributional Semantic Models
2014 Jacob Devlin, Rabih Zbib, Zhongqiang Huang, Thomas Lamar, Richard Schwartz and John Makhoul Fast and Robust Neural Network Joint Models for Statistical Machine Translation
2014 (Student) Tao Lei, Yu Xin, Yuan Zhang, Regina Barzilay and Tommi Jaakkola Low-Rank Tensors for Scoring Dependency Structures


Year Author Paper Title
2004 Regina Barzilay, MIT, and Lillian Lee, Cornell Catching the Drift: Probabilistic Content Models, with Applications to Generation and Summarization
2006 Mehryar Mohri and Brian Roark Probabilistic Context-Free Grammar Induction Based on Structural Zeros
2006 Aria Haghighi and Dan Klein Prototype-Driven Learning for Sequence Models
2007 Antti-Veikko Rosti, Bing Xiang, Spyros Matsoukas, Richard Schwartz, Necip Fazil Ayan and Bonnie Dorr Combining Outputs from Multiple Machine Translation Systems
2009 Hoifung Poon, Colin Cherry and Kristina Toutanova Unsupervised Morphological Segmentation with Log-Linear Models
2009 David Chiang, Kevin Knight and Wei Wang 11,001 New Features for Statistical Machine Translation
2010 (long) Aria Haghighi and Dan Klein Coreference Resolution in a Modular, Entity-Centered Model
2010 (short) Jennifer Foster “cba to check the spelling”: Investigating Parser Performance on Discussion Forum Posts
2012 (full) Alexander Rush and Slav Petrov Vine Pruning for Efficient Multi-Pass Dependency Parsing
2012 (short) Jacob Devlin and Spyros Matsoukas Trait-Based Hypothesis Selection for Machine Translation
2012 (student) Oscar Taeckstroem, Ryan McDonald and Jakob Uszkoreit Cross-lingual Word Clusters for Direct Transfer of Linguistic Structure
2013 (full) no award given
2013 (short) Marta Recasens, Marie-Catherine de Marneffe and Christopher Potts The Life and Death of Discourse Entities: Identifying Singleton Mentions
2013 (student) Bradley Hauer and Greg Kondrak Automatic Generation of English Respellings


Year Author Paper Title
2002 Michael Collins Discriminative Training Methods for Hidden Markov Models: Theory and Experiments with Perceptron Algorithms
2002 Frank Keller, Maria Lapata, and Olga Ourioupina Using the Web to Overcome Data Sparseness
2003 Peng Xu, Ahmad Emami and Frederick Jelinek Training Connectionist Models for the Structured Language Model
2004 Ben Taskar, Dan Klein, Michael Collins, Daphne Koller, and Christopher Manning Max-Margin Parsing
2005 (best student paper) Ryan McDonald, Fernando Pereira, Kiril Ribarov and Jan Hajic Non-Projective Dependency Parsing using Spanning Tree Algorithms
2006 no award given
2007 James Clarke and Maria Lapata Modelling Compression with Discourse Constraints
2008 no award given
2009 Hoifung Poon and Pedro Domingos Unsupervised semantic parsing
2010 Terry Koo, Alexander M. Rush, Michael Collins, Tommi Jaakkola, and David Sontag Dual Decomposition for Parsing with Non-Projective Head Automata
2011 Wei Lu and Hwee Tou Ng A Probabilistic Forest-to-String Model for Language Generation from Typed Lambda Calculus Expressions
2012 Annie Louis and Ani Nenkova A Coherence Model Based on Syntactic Patterns
2013 Valentin Spitkovsky, Hiyan Alshawi and Daniel Jurafsky Breaking Out of Local Optima with Count Transforms and Model Recombination: A Study in Grammar Induction


Year Author Paper Title
2009 Andre Martins, Noah Smith and Eric Xing Concise Integer Linear Programming Formulations for Dependency Parsing
2009 S.R.K. Branavan, Harr Chen, Luke Zettlemoyer and Regina Barzilay Reinforcement Learning for Mapping Instructions to Actions
2009 Adam Pauls and Dan Klein K-Best A* Parsing
2011 Caecilia Zirn, Mathias Niepert, Heiner Stuckenschmidt, and Michael Strube Fine-Grained Sentiment Analysis with Structural Features
2011 Siva Reddy, Ioannis Klapaftis, Diana McCarthy and Suresh Manandhar Dynamic and Static Prototype Vectors for Semantic Composition
2013 Houda Bouamor, Behrang Mohit and Kemal Oflazer SuMT: A Framework of Summarization and MT