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October Meetup: Back in the Saddle

Our first regularly-scheduled monthly meetup was held at Stetsons Famous Bar & Grill in Adams Morgan a few weeks ago, and we had such a blast that we decided to do it again in October. Please join us for a captivating set of presentations, stimulating conversation, and refreshing libations.

This month, we'll hear three 20-minute talks on various NLP topics:

• Mihai Lintean recently received his doctoral degree in Computer Science from the University of Memphis and is currently working as a Research Scientist at Carney Labs. He'll describe his dissertation research in short-text semantic similarity assessment

• Liz Merkhofer recently completed a Master's degree in Linguistics at Georgetown University, and is now a Data Scientist at Berico Technologies. This presentation will cover her current work in rapid, large-scale text analytics based on a combination of NLP and OLAP.

Tommy Jones is a statistician at the Science and Technology Policy Institute. He has an MS in mathematics and statistics from Georgetown University. Tommy has expertise in regression analyses, time series modeling, data mining, and other quantitative techniques. His talk will discuss methodologies for document clustering.

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.

    Slides for the presentations given at this meetup are now available on the Files page.

    October 14, 2013

  • Christopher P.

    The 20 minute conference-style preso format seemed ill fitted to the scene. I liked the idea of short, "open mic" style chats. That could work very well, with a lot more people involved.

    1 · October 12, 2013

    • Charlie G.

      Thanks, Christopher. We'll definitely try one of the "open mic night" formats in the future.

      October 12, 2013

  • Mihai L.

    I also want to thank the organizers for the opportunity to talk and to Tommy and Liz for sharing their research work with us.

    Even though there was not enough time to conclude my talk, I hope I gave enough stimulating material to those of you who are interested in the topic of my presentation. The material that I presented was adapted from the original slides of my dissertation defense, which are freely available on my site,, in the Publications section. Until we meet again, keep the research flowing.

    1 · October 10, 2013

  • Tommy J.

    Thanks to Liz and Mihai for great presentations. Thanks to everyone that came. Hope to see you all next month!

    1 · October 10, 2013

  • Tony O.

    Had a great time listening to the speakers and meeting new people. For those interested in Data Community DC's R Workshops that were mentioned during the intro, they are on October 19th. You can get more details and RSVP at For those interested in SageBourse, the tutoring marketplace for data science and programming I started, please check it out at Look forward to seeing everyone next time!

    October 10, 2013

  • Elizabeth M.

    Thanks for the opportunity to talk - it was great to get some of our ideas and work out there! Also always great to meet who's working on NLP.

    October 10, 2013

  • Jeff

    Stimulating presentations and conversations!

    October 10, 2013

  • Carla J.

    Great meetup! The presentations sure caused great discussion!

    October 9, 2013

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