September Meetup: A New Start

We're back!

Building on the tremendous success of our inaugural meetup in April (cross-listed with our friends at Data Science DC), we're ready to strike out on our own and start holding regular monthly meetups. We've recently made arrangements with the great folks at Stetsons Famous Bar & Grill in Adams Morgan to host our meetups in their upstairs bar on the second Wednesday of each month. We're truly excited to see you all again and will kick things off with a great set of presentations.

In September, we'll hear three 20-minute talks on various NLP topics:

• Many of our new members are just getting started in natural language processing and have indicated an interest in learning some of the basics. Charlie Greenbacker, Principal Data Scientist at Berico Technologies, will provide a "crash course" in NLP techniques and applications.

• Ben Johnson is a co-founder of – a set of standards and implementations of knowledge-based and stochastic semantic text analyzers. Ben will briefly describe the OpenWIMs system and give a demo of the latest OpenWIMs build.

• Valerie Coffman is the founder of, a search engine for recipes from food blogs, and currently a developer and data scientist working with Synapsify. She will present the unique text analytics methods used by Synapsify to measure quality and themes in writing.

We'll meet at 6:30pm in the upstairs bar at Stetsons near the intersection of 16th and U Streets NW in Adams Morgan. Introductions & announcements will start around 7:00pm, and presentations will begin at 7:30pm. Afterwards, there'll be plenty of time for follow-up questions, networking, and drinks.

Please note: Stetsons is a 21 and over venue.

DC NLP meets on the second Wednesday of each month to network, socialize, and learn about the interesting work folks are doing in natural language processing, computational linguistics, text analytics, and more.

Do you have something you'd like to share with the group? Let us know! We're always looking for speakers to give talks at future meetups, and don't forget to follow @DCNLP on Twitter!

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  • Charlie G.

    Sorry for the delay, everybody. The slides from our September meetup are now available here:

    September 26, 2013

  • Faisal M.

    Thanks to Charlie, Ben, and Valerie for your great presentations. openwims looks really interesting, but, ontology construction is a huge task, It would be interesting to see if openwins can utilize some existing ontologies, like ResearchCyc, (, they have spent a ton of Research Assistant hours to build it. Here is a lecture if any body is interested

    September 13, 2013

  • Tommy J.

    All the presentations were great and thought provoking. I would really like to see more of Valerie's work in a longer presentation where we could get into the weeds with a lot of the methodology.

    1 · September 12, 2013

    • Abhijit

      Val and I are discussing doing a SPDC event about that methodology

      3 · September 12, 2013

    • Peter

      Do you have any academic references about the information content of phonemes? I'd be interested to read up on it.

      September 13, 2013

  • Masoud

    I would love to have been there, but couldn't make it out there in time. If there are slides or other material for the presentations, please post them. (It's not as good as the actual presentations, but it's a good second choice!)

    September 12, 2013

    • Charlie G.

      Slides will be posted soon -- thanks!

      September 12, 2013

  • Abhijit

    Will the presentations be available,

    September 12, 2013

  • Tommy J.

    A serendipitous comic was posted yesterday:

    1 · September 12, 2013

  • Tony O.

    Excellent! Thanks to Charlie, Ben, and Valerie for your great presentations. I had a awesome time meeting new folks and catching up with ones I already knew. If anyone is interested in learning more about the tutoring marketplace for data science and programming I mentioned during intros, please check out Thanks again, and look forward to the next one!

    1 · September 12, 2013

  • Janeen

    Interesting topics, fast paced

    1 · September 12, 2013

  • Ben J.

    Thanks for the great talks and awesome questions! If anyone wasn't able to chat with me, you can contact us via our website at

    1 · September 12, 2013

  • David P.

    Very useful introduction to the NLP world.

    1 · September 11, 2013

  • Greg T.

    Looks like some great topics tonight. Unfortunately I can't get there in time. Hopefully next time.

    September 11, 2013

  • Mohamed N.

    Looking forward to my first DC NLP meet up

    September 11, 2013

  • RMKD

    bummed to miss it. heading up early to data gotham!

    September 11, 2013

  • Jon C.

    Will be traveling that week unfortunately.

    August 19, 2013

  • Giri

    Hi All,

    Anyone have any information regarding paid (or) free parking near to this place?

    August 16, 2013

    • Charlie G.

      Hi Giri,

      Street parking is available in the surrounding area, and there's also a parking lot on 14th and T Street as well as at The Reeve Center on 14th and U Street.

      - Charlie

      August 16, 2013

    • Giri

      Thanks Valerie & Charlie. I need to come from Vienna (Orange line). Will figure out switching. Thank you.

      August 17, 2013

  • Dimitri D.

    Front-end Developer intetested in learning about NLP.

    August 16, 2013

  • Mark S.

    Healthcare hacker, startup cofounder

    August 15, 2013

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