Talks and presentations

Map of all the places I've given a talk.

NLP and AI in languages beyond English

October 24, 2023

Talk, Saint Louis Generative AI Lab, University City, Missouri

Abstract: We all recognize the amazing success of language models in developing advanced AI/NLP technologies like ChatGPT for English. But very few other languages have access to the billions of words of text needed to train high-quality LLMs; this is what I call “the new digital divide”. I’d like to talk in broad terms about the prospects in terms of AI and NLP for the other 7000 or so languages spoken in the world today.

How does Grammarly work?

December 07, 2022

Talk, Saint Louis University Department of Computer Science, St. Louis, Missouri, USA

Colloquium talk.

Coding in Irish

March 04, 2020

Talk, TechFéile 2020, Shannon Airport, County Clare, Ireland

Coding workshop for middle school students.

The Present and Future of the Irish Language

September 06, 2018

Talk, University of California, Berkeley, Berkeley, California, USA

Panel discussion with Tom Fitzgerald, Myk Klemme, Pádraig Ó Maoilreánaigh, Caoimhe Ní Chonchoille, and Imelda White.

Chasing the Sun

September 27, 2017

Talk, SLU Math/CS Club, St. Louis, Missouri, USA

An introduction to computational lexicography for undergraduates.

Betting on Language

February 15, 2017

Talk, SLU Math/CS Club, St. Louis, Missouri, USA

An introduction to language models for undergraduates.

Seoladh Gmail

December 11, 2014

Talk, Google offices, Dublin, Ireland

Video talk at the launch of the Irish version of Gmail.

Seoladh “Fréamh an Eolais”

November 12, 2013

Talk, Book launch hosted by Science Gallery Dublin, Dublin, Ireland

Launch of the Wikipedia version of Prof. Matt Hussey’s comprehensive encyclopedia of science and technology.

Unicode for Linguists

September 04, 2013

Talk, INNET Summer School on Technological Approaches to the Documentation of Lesser-Used Languages, Gniezno, Poland


Localization at Mozilla

May 21, 2013

Talk, University of Limerick L10N summer school, Limerick, Ireland

Overview of processes and tools for localization at Mozilla, presented with Jeff Beatty.

Facebook i18n Workshop

May 21, 2013

Talk, University of Limerick L10N summer school, Limerick, Ireland

Hands-on session covering localization issues that arise for under-resourced languages.

An Ríomhlóid Abú!

November 02, 2012

Talk, Oireachtas na Samhna, Leitir Ceanainn, Dún na nGall, Éire

Panel discussion with Ciarán Ó Bréartúin agus Séamus Ó Briain.

Accentuate Us!

November 10, 2010

Talk, Saint Louis University, St. Louis, Missouri, USA

Seminar talk with Michael Schade.

Language technology from scratch

May 11, 2008

Talk, 41st Festival of the Piedmont Region, Cherasco, Italy

Video lecture at the Vox Humanitatis conference on technology for minority languages.

Metadata for Web-Crawling

September 16, 2007

Talk, 3rd Web as Corpus Workshop (WAC3), Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium

Presentation at WAC3 panel discussion.

Global Software

April 08, 2002

Talk, Ritter Hall, Saint Louis University, St. Louis, Missouri, USA

Lecture on internationalization for undergraduates at Saint Louis University.