What we're about
Bay Area NLP is the world's largest community of natural language processing (NLP), speech technology, and information retrieval (IR) professionals. If you are currently involved in language technology or just interested in the field, you are welcome to join us!
Our community includes researchers, software developers, product managers, and other people interested in the language technology industry. We host regular events with speakers from the Bay Area or visiting. We are always looking for people willing to speak at or host events, so please message us if you are interested! We prefer to mix it up and have events in San Francisco, the Peninsula, or the East Bay, in order to make it as convenient as possible for everyone in the Bay Area to take part in the community!
See the group Discussion Board for occasional updates and follow us on Twitter at @BayAreaNLP
We welcome talks from people at companies of any size and researchers from universities and research labs. We welcome talks that promote NLP solutions that are free and open source and also talks about for-profit solutions. Talks that are trying to sell products to our audience are unlikely to be accepted, but we do welcome talks that provide object comparisons of NLP solutions in practical situations.
Bay Area NLP prohibits talks about technologies or datasets that encode or predict the protected classes of people without their explicit informed consent. We used the California definition of protected classes (https://www.senate.ca.gov/content/protected-classes)..) This includes but is not limited to: Race, Color, Religion, Gender Identity, Sexual Orientation, Medical Condition, National Origin, Ancestry, Disability, and Age. We adopt the full list of protect classes from the State of California, plus any future changes and additions, unless explicitly stated otherwise. We also prohibit predicting or encoding criminality, political membership, and union membership.
People funded by or working with the Qatar Computing Research Institute (QCRI) are not permitted to participate in Bay Area NLP because of threats made to Bay Area NLP members and repeated human rights violations from their technologies.
Note: This group has nothing to do with Neuro-Linguistic Programming (the other "NLP)", which for some reason Meetup automatically classifies us under. You'll be confused if that's why you joined us!