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WORLDCOMP'15 Tutorial - Dr. Julia M. Taylor

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What Should We Know About Computational Humor
Dr. Julia M. Taylor
Elected Fellow of Center for Education and Research in Information Assurance and Security (CERIAS);
Tenure-Track faculty, Computer and Information Technology,
Purdue University, Indiana, USA

Date & Time: July 27, 2015 (05:40pm - estimated duration: about 2+ hours)
Location: Copper Room


    Human-centered computing is impossible without humor. In order for it to have humor, humor must be formalized and made computable. For it to happen, there must exist a theory of humor suitable for computation. For over a quarter of a century, the humor community has thought there was a reliable formal linguistic theory: on a full comprehension of its nature, it has allowed for reasonable consensus on joke analyses and their reproducibility by human experts. With the development and availability of semantic computing, however, it has become clear to the principals that the theory is not quite adequate. The talk focuses on elevating the currently dominant formal theory of humor to a level suitable for computational use and developing a computational system capable of understanding the joke mechanism. This mechanism will enable the computer to provide a punch line to a human-generated setup (even if unintentional) and conversely, to react competently to a human-generated punch line that follows a setup that is generated by either participant. The tutorial will cover existing approaches to computational humor, both rule-based and machine learning, as well as theories that are applicable to understanding humor. Since humor is a multidisciplinary field, psychology, sociology, linguistics, as well as artificial intelligence will play a role.


    Julia M. Taylor earned her Ph.D. in Computer Science and Engineering in 2008, M.S. in Computer Science in 2004, and B.S. in Computer Science and B. A. in Mathematics in 1999 at the University of Cincinnati. After a short postdoc at the Cincinnati Children Hospital and Medical Center, she worked as Senior Research Engineer at RiverGlass, Inc. (2008-2011), improving and implementing the Ontological Semantic Technology for an analytics application. She was a Visiting Scholar at Purdue since 2008 and joined CERIAS as a Research Assistant Professor in June 2011. Since January 2012, she has been a tenure-track Assistant Professor of Computer and Information Technology as well as an elected Fellow of CERIAS. She has published over 50 peer-reviewed papers in artificial intelligence, computational humor, computational semantics, fuzzy logic, information security, and robotic communication and intelligence. She has also served on the editorial boards of HUMOR: International Journal of Humor Research and European Journal of Humour Research and co-chaired the AAAI Fall 2012 Symposium on Artificial intelligence of Humor in Arlington, VA.

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