Lysiane Bouchard will present Liu and Lane's "Attention-Based Recurrent Neural Network Models for Joint Intent Detection and Slot Filling" (https://arxiv.org/pdf/1609.01454.pdf). A corresponding implementation is https://github.com/HadoopIt/rnn-nlu. The paper itself is short but the references provide more than enough meat. I particularly encourage anyone interested in the implementation of spoken language understanding, speech recognition, or machine learning tasks in general to attend.
I apologize profusely for the delay in bringing PWLMTL back after the December break! Among other things, I got hit hard by the flu, twice, and we had a lot of venue difficulties. We would really like to find a stable, regular venue for PWLMTL, so please contact us (through meetup, or email me at [masked]) if you have a place we can host a meetup that: can fit ~40 people; doesn't require attendees to sign-in; will allow the meetup to run as late as 9 or 9:30; and can commit to availability a month or two in advance.
Thanks a lot to Evolving Web (https://evolvingweb.ca/) for hosting us, and Backtrace (https://backtrace.io/) for sponsoring the food and drinks! I've missed PWL and I hope some of you have, too, so I hope to see a lot of you there for this one!