Last November 20-22, Pacific Asia Conference on Language, Information and Computation (PACLIC) held its 22nd conference on Cebu City, Philippines. PACLIC is an international conference in the area of Machine Learning and AI and has been ranked 49th out of 650 (or among the top 7.5%) Computer Science conferences of the same area. Before the conference, research papers were submitted to PACLIC for evaluation. The author/s of the submitted research papers who passed the double-blind review become/s the speaker/s in the conference.
Since our submitted research paper passed the evaluation, my thesismate and I were tasked to talk in the conference. The conference was filled with local and foreign researchers from different countries (China, Japan, Korea, France, and Texas to name a few) specializing in various fields of linguistics. My thesismate and I were very nervous since it was our first time to talk in front of foreigners, not to mention most of them were in their masteral or doctoral degrees or have finished it. Nevertheless, we pushed through. Our paper is entitled, Natural Language Generation (NLG) of Museum Objects based on User Model. We discussed how the user model can modify the generation of object descriptions using NLG. After our presentation, we didn’t really expect our audience to grasp what we were saying, but surprisingly, some of them even showed interest in our research through their questions. After answering audiences’ questions, we went back to our seats.
The opportunity of being able to speak in front of big names in the field of Computer Science is probably a rare experience for me. It was nerve-wracking but we did it. My professor told us that we should be proud of ourselves and… I am!