Asli Celikyilmaz
Senior Scientist
Natural Language Understanding                                             

I am a Senior Scientist at Microsoft's Silicon Valley Campus since 2010. Previously, I was a Postdoc Researcher at the EECS Department of the UC Berkeley from 2008 until 2010. I have worked with researchers at ICSI @ Berkeley during my postdoc research study. I received my Ph.D. from University of Toronto, Canada in 2008.

In my research, I focus on learning algorithms relating to understanding natural language. My research include topics relating to natural language understanding, semantic tagging of natural user utterances of human to machine conversations, text analysis, document summarization, question answering, co-reference resolution, to name a few. In addition, i am interested in machine learning algorithms including structured prediction, semi and unsupervised learning and Bayesian inference. I am also member of the Berkeley Soft Computing lab.

 

Research Projects and Interests

    • Natural Language Understanding and Dialog
    • Natural Language Processing
    • Machine Learning
    • Spoken Dialog Systems
    • Sentiment Analysis
    • Information Extraction
    • Salient Concept Detection in Text, Multi-Document Summarization and Question Answering
 

Publications 

2014

Asli Celikyilmaz, Dilek Hakkani-Tur and Minwoo Jeong. No Evidence Left Behind: Understanding Semantics in Dialogs using Relational Evidence Based Learning. PMLC, Practice of Machine Learning Conference 2014, Microsoft Redmond Campus, October 2014.

Dilek Hakkani-Tur, Asli Celikyilmaz, Malcolm Slaney, Larry Heck. Eye gaze for spoken language understanding in multi-modal conversational interactions (Short paper) ICMI 2014, Int. Conference on Multimodal Interaction, Istanbul, Turkey, November 2014.

Asli Celikyilmaz, Zhaleh Feizollahi, Dilek Hakkani-Tur, Ruhi Sarikaya. Resolving Referring Expressions in Conversational Dialogs for Natural User InterfacesEMNLP 2014, Duha, Quatar October 2014.

Yang-feng Ji, Dilek Hakkani-Tur, Asli Celikyilmaz, Gokhan Tur, Larry HeckA Variational Bayesian Model for User Intent Detection. ICASSP 2014, IEEE Intl. Conf. on Acoustics, Speech and Signal Processing, Florence, Italy, May 4-9, 2014.

Dilek Hakkani-Tur, Asli Celikyilmaz, Larry Heck, Gokhan Tur, Geoff ZweigProbabilistic Enrichment of Knowledge Graph Entities for Relation Detection in Conversational Understanding. INTERSPEECH 2014, Singapore, September 14-18, 2014.

Ruhi Sarikaya, Asli Celikyilmaz, Anoop Deoras, Minwoo Jeong. Shrinkage Based Features for Slot Tagging with Conditional Random Fields. INTERSPEECH 2014, Singapore, September 14-18, 2014.

2013

Asli Celikyilmaz, Dilek Hakkani-Tur, Gokhan Tur, Ruhi Sarikaya. Semi-Supervised Semantic Tagging for Conversational Understanding Using Markov Topic Regression. ACL 2013, Sofia, Bulgaria, August 2013.

Mark Yatskar, Svitlana Volkova, Asli Celikyilmaz, Bill Dolan, Luke Zettlemoyer. Learning to Relate Literal and Sentimental Descriptions of Visual Properties. NAACL-HLT-2013, Atlanta, USA, June 2013.

Asli Celikyilmaz, Gokhan Tur, and Dilek Hakkani-Tur. IsNL? A Discriminative Approach to Detect Natural Language Like Queries for Conversational Understanding, Interspeech- 2013, Lyon, France, August 2013.

Dilek Hakkani-Tur, Asli Celikyilmaz, Larry Heck, Gokhan Tur. Discovering New User Intents from Search Query Logs for Spoken Language UnderstandingInterspeech- 2013, Lyon, France, August 2013.

Aditya Bhargava, Asli Celikyilmaz, Dilek Hakkani-Tur, Ruhi Sarikaya. Easy Contextual Intent Prediction and Slot Detection. ICASSP-2013, Vancouver, Canada, May 2013.

Gokhan Tur, Asli Celikyilmaz, Dilek Hakkani-Tur. Latent Semantic Modeling for Slot Filling in Conversational Understanding. ICASSP-2013, Vancouver, Canada, May 2013.

Dilek Hakkani-Tur, Asli Celikyilmaz, Gokhan Tur, Larry Heck. Weakly Supervised Approach for Building Conversational Interaction System, MSR Machine Learning Summitt-2013, Demo Track, April 22-24, 2013, Paris, France.

2012

Asli Celikyilmaz, Dilek Hakkani-Tür. A Joint Model for Discovery of Aspects in Utterances. 49th Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics ACL-2012, Jeju, South Korea, June, 2012. (the acceptance rate: 19%)

Dilek Hakkani-Tur, Gokhan Tur, Asli Celikyilmaz. Mining Search Query Logs for Spoken Language Understanding. North American Association for Computational Linguistics NAACL-2012 : Workshop on Future Directions and Needs in the Spoken Dialog Community: Tools and Data. Montreal, Canada, 2012.

Dilek Hakkani-Tür, Gokhan Tür, Larry Heck, Ashley Fidler, Asli Celikyilmaz. A Discriminative Classification-Based Approach to Information State Updates for a Multi-Domain Dialog System. In the Proceedings of the Interspeech 2012, Annual Conference of the International Speech Communication Association, Portland, OR, September, 2012.

Asli Celikyilmaz, Dilek Hakkani-Tür, Gokhan Tür. Statistical Semantic Interpretation Modeling for Spoken Language Understanding with Enriched Semantic Features, IEEE SLT-2012 - IEEE Workshop on Spoken Language Technologies, Miami, FL, 2012. 

Asli Celikyilmaz. An Overview of Speech and Related Papers @ ACL 2012In the Proc. of IEEE SLT Newsletter, 2012.

Asli Celikyilmaz. Natural Languge Understanding, Invited talk at the Machine Learning Summer School (MLSC 2012) at University of California, Santa Cruz - July 9-20, 2012.

2011

Asli Celikyilmaz, and Dilek Hakkani-Tür. Discovery of Topically Coherent Sentences for Extractive Summarization. ACL 2011 - The 49th Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics. Portland, Oregon. June 2011. (the acceptance rate: 26%)

Asli Celikyilmaz, Dilek Hakkani-Tür, and Gokhan Tur.  Leveraging Web Query Logs to Learn User Intent Via Bayesian Latent Variable Model. ICML 2011 - Workshop on Combining Learning Strategies to Reduce Label Cost. Bellevue, Washington. July, 2011.

Asli Celikyilmaz, Dilek Hakkani-Tür, Gokhan Tur, Ashley Fidler, Dustin Hillard. Exploiting Distance Based Similarity in Topic Models for User Intent DetectionASRU-2011 - 12th biannual IEEE workshop on Automatic Speech Recognition and Understanding, Waikoloa, HI, December, 2011.

Dilek Hakkani-Tür, Gokhan Tur, Larry Heck, Asli Celikyilmaz, Ashley Fidler, Dustin Hillard, Rukmini Iyer, S. Parthasarathy.  Employing Web Search Query Click Logs for Multi-Domain Spoken Language Understanding. ASRU-2011 - 12th biannual IEEE workshop on Automatic Speech Recognition and Understanding, Waikoloa, HI, December, 2011.

Asli Celikyilmaz, Dilek Hakkani-Tür, and Gokhan Tur. Multi-Domain Spoken Language Understanding with Approximate InferenceInterspeech'11 - Annual Conference of the International Speech Communication Association , Florence, Italy, August, 2011.

Dustin Hillard, Asli Celikyilmaz, Dilek Hakkani-Tür, and Gokhan Tur. Learning Weighted Entity Lists from Web Click Logs for Spoken Language Understanding. Annual Conference of the International Speech Communication Association Interspeech'11, Florence, Italy, August, 2011.

Gokhan Tur, Dilek Hakkani-Tür, Dustin Hillard, and Asli Celikyilmaz. Towards Unsupervised Spoken Language Understanding: Exploiting Query Click Logs for Slot Filling. Annual Conference of the International Speech Communication Association Interspeech'11, Florence, Italy, August, 2011.

Asli Celikyilmaz and Dilek Hakkani-Tür. Concept-based classification for multi-document summarization. ICASSP 2011 - IEEE Intl. Conf. on Acoustics, Speech and Signal Processing, Prague, Czech Republic, May 2011.

2010

Asli Celikyilmaz, Dilek Hakkani-Tur, Hua He, Grzegorz Kondrak, Denilson Barbosa. The Actor-Topic Model for Extracting Social Networks in Literary Narrative, Neural Information Processing Systems NIPS 2010 in Machine Learning for Social Computing Workshop, Vancouver & Whistler, Canada.

Asli Celikyilmaz and Dilek Hakkani-Tür. A Hybrid Hierarchical Model for Multi-Document Summarization. ACL 2010 - The 48th Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics, Uppsala, Sweden, July, 2010. (the acceptance rate: 25%)

Asli Celikyilmaz, Dilek Hakkani-Tür, and Gokhan Tur.  LDA Based Similarity Modeling for Question Answering. NAACL-HLT 2010. Workshop on Semantic Search, Los Angeles, CA, June 2010.

Asli Celikyilmaz and Dilek Hakkani-Tür. A Graph-Based Semi-Supervised Learning for Question Semantic LabelingNAACL-HLT 2010, Workshop on Semantic Search, Los Angeles, CA, June 2010.

Asli Celikyilmaz Semantic Question Answering System with Topic ModelsNIPS 2010 - Workshop on Applications of Topic Models : Text and Beyond.

Asli Celikyilmaz and Dilek Hakkani-Tür.  Extractive Summarization using A Latent Variable Model. Interspech 2010 - The Annual Conference of the International Speech Communication Association, Makuhari, Japan, September, 2010.

Asli Celikyilmaz, Dilek Hakkani-Tür, and Junlan Feng. Probabilistic Model-Based Sentiment Analysis of Twitter Messages  SLT-2010 - IEEE Workshop on Spoken Language Technologies, Berkeley, CA, December 2010.

Asli Celikyilmaz & I. Burhan Turksen Information Extraction From Text - Dealing With Imprecise Data Fuzzy Systems by INTECH 2010 - Book Chapter

Asli Celikyilmaz and I. Burhan Turksen. Learning Semantic Similarity with Soft Computing. Information Sciences 2010

Asli Celikyilmaz and I. Burhan Turksen.  Decision Making With Imprecise Parameters. International Journal of Approximate Reasoning (IJAR) Invited Paper, 2010.

2009

Asli Celikyilmaz and Marcus Thint and Zhiheng Huang A Graph-based Semi-Supervised Learning for Question-Answering  ACL 2009 - Association for Computational Linguistics. (the acceptance rate: 21%)

Asli Celikyilmaz Soft-Link Spectral Clustering for Information Extraction  IEEE-ICSC 2009 - Third IEEE Int. Conf. on Semantic Computing. Winner of Best Paper Award.

Zhiheng Huang and Marcus Thint and Asli Celikyilmaz Investigation of Question Classifier in Question Answering  EMNLP 2009 - Conference on Empirical Methods in Natural Language Processing. (the acceptance rate: 34%)

Zhiheng Huang and Guangping Zeng, W. Xu and Asli Celikyilmaz  Accurate Semantic Class Classifier for Coreference Resolution. EMNLP 2009 - Conference on Empirical Methods in Natural Language Processing. (the acceptance rate: 34%)

Asli Celikyilmaz  Graph-Based Semi-Supervised Learning for Learning Semantic Relations from Text WIML 2009 @ NIPS 2009 - Woman in Machine Learning Workshop.

Asli Celikyilmaz and I. Burhan Turksen Spectral Learning with Type-2 Fuzzy Numbers for Question/Answering System  IFSA 2009- World Congress EUSFLAT Conference 2009

Asli Celikyilmaz and I. Burhan Turksen Kernel Based Hybrid Fuzzy Clustering for Non-Linear Fuzzy Classifiers NAFIPS 2009 - Int. Conf. of North American Fuzzy Information Processing Society.

Asli Celikyilmaz and I. Burhan Turksen Modeling Uncertainty with Fuzzy Logic: With Recent Theory and Applications. Springer Book 2009.

Asli Celikyilmaz A Soft Link Spectral Model for Link Prediction. International Journal of Semantic Computing 3:4 2009.

Asli Celikyilmaz and I. Burhan Turksen. Increasing Accuracy of Two Class Pattern Recognition with Improved Fuzzy Functions. Expert Systems with Applications, 36, 2009.

Asli Celikyilmaz and I. Burhan Turksen. Genetic Fuzzy System Based on Improved Fuzzy Functions. Journal of Computers 4:2 2009.

2008

Asli Celikyilmaz and I. Burhan. Semantic Approach to Textual Entailment for Question Answering  TurksenICCI 2008 - IEEE International Conference on Cognitive Informatics.

Asli Celikyilmaz and I. Burhan. Analysis of Interim Fuzzy FunctionsIMS2008 - 6th Int. Symposium of Intelligent and Manufacturing Systems.

Asli Celikyilmaz and I. Burhan  Type-2 Fuzzy Classifier Ensembles for Text Entailment Asli Celikyilmaz and I.Burhan Turksen JCIS 2008 - Joint Conference on Information Sciences.

Asli Celikyilmaz and I. Burhan  Uncertainty Bounds of Fuzzy C-Regression Method Asli Celikyilmaz and I. Burhan Turksen WCCI 2008 - IEEE Int. Conference on Fuzzy Systems-World Congress on Computational Intelligence.

Asli Celikyilmaz and I. Burhan. Genetic Type-2 Fuzzy Classifier Functions Asli Celikyilmaz and I. Burhan Turksen NAFIPS 2008 - Int. Conf. of North American Fuzzy Information Processing Society.

Asli Celikyilmaz and I. Burhan. A Type-2 Fuzzy C-regression Method Asli Celikyilmaz and I. Burhan Turksen IPMU 2008 - Int. Conf. on Inform. Process. and Management of Uncertainty in Knowledge-Based Systems.

Asli Celikyilmaz and I. Burhan. Uncertainty modeling with evolutionary improved fuzzy functions approach Uncertainty Modeling with Evolutionary Improved Fuzzy Functions Approach Asli Celikyilmaz and I. Burhan Turksen IEEE Systems, Man, and Cybernetics- Part B 38:4 2008.

Asli Celikyilmaz and I. Burhan.  Enhanced Fuzzy System Models with Improved Fuzzy Clustering Algorithm Asli Celikyilmaz and I. Burhan Turksen IEEE Transactions on Fuzzy Systems 16:3 2008.

Asli Celikyilmaz and I. Burhan. Validation Criteria for Enhanced Fuzzy Clustering Asli Celikyilmaz and I. Burhan Turksen Pattern Recognition Letters 29 2008.

2007

Asli Celikyilmaz and I. Burhan  A New Classifier Design with Fuzzy Functions Asli Celikyilmaz and I. Burhan Turksen RSKT 2007 - International Conference on Rough Sets and Knowledge Technology.

Asli Celikyilmaz and I. Burhan  Evolution of Fuzzy System Models: An Overview and New Directions Asli Celikyilmaz and I. Burhan Turksen RSKT 2007 - International Conference on Rough Sets and Knowledge Technology.

Asli Celikyilmaz and I. Burhan. Type 2 Fuzzy System Models with Improved Fuzzy Functions. NAFIPS 2007 - Int. Conf. of North American Fuzzy Information Processing Society. Winner of Best Student Paper Award.

Asli Celikyilmaz and I. Burhan  Evolutionary Fuzzy System Models with Improved Fuzzy Functions and Its Application to Industrial Process IEEE-SMC 2007 - IEEE International Conference on Systems, Man, Cybernetics.

Asli Celikyilmaz and I. Burhan  Improved Interval Valued Fuzzy Reasoning with Evolutionary Computing JCIS 2007 - International Conference on Fuzzy Theory & Technology.

Asli Celikyilmaz and I. Burhan  A New Cluster Validity Index with Fuzzy Functions. IFSA 2007- World Congress EUSFLAT Conference.

Asli Celikyilmaz and I. Burhan  Fuzzy Functions with Support Vector Machines. Information Sciences 177 2007

2006

Asli Celikyilmaz and I. Burhan. Comparison of Fuzzy Functions with Fuzzy Rule Bases, International Journal of Fuzzy Systems 8:3 2006.

Professional Societies

  • IEEE, The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Member.
  • ISCA, International Speech Communication Association, Member.
  • ACL, The Association for Computational Linguistics, Member.

 

Professional Activities

  • Area Chair for Dialog and Interactive Systems at ACL 2014
  • Co-Chair for the NAFIPS Soft Computing Conference in Berkeley, CA, 2012
  • Program Committee member for:
    - Association of Computational Linguistics (ACL) 2012-2014
    - Special Interest Group on Discourse and Dialog (SIGDIAL) 2014
    - International Conference on Computational Linguistics (COLING) 2014
    - Association of Computational Linguistics Student Research Workshop (ACL-SRW) 2013-2014
    - Neural Information Processing Systems (NIPS) 2012-2013
    - Annual Conf. of the Int. Speech Communication Association (InterSpeech) 2010-2013
    - IEEE Int. Conf. on Acoustics, Speech and Signal Processing (ICASSP) 2012-2013
    - IEEE Workshop on Spoken Language Technology, 2010-2014
    - International Conference on Semantic Computing (ISCS) 2010-2013

Microsoft, Mountain View, CA, 94041

asli@ieee.org / asliceliky@gmail.com

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Professional Services

    • NEW! Serving as a member of the  ACL Conferences International Sponsorship Committee, North America Correspondant.
    • Program committees (past 12 months): ACL'14, ACL Student Workshop, EMNLP'14, COLING'14, SIGDIAL'14, INTERSPEECH'14, ICASSP'14, NIPS'14
    • Journal Reviewing: IEEE Transactions Signal Processing, Information Sciences, ...