The event will present the needs analysis that led to the planification and design of the didactic material and an overview of the contents and games created by UPSKILLS consortium. The event will revolve around several social moments to favor informal exchanges between guests from the industry world and the academic community.
The application is free of charge and is now available here. Kindly note that there are limited places for on-site participation and, therefore, a selection might need to be done among the applicants.
21 April 2023
13:00 – 14:00 Registration (University of Geneva, building TBA)
14:00 – 15:15 Welcome session
Presentation of the Upskills Project and of the program of the event, by Genoveva Puskas and Margherita Pallottino, University of Geneva.
Presentation of the needs analysis: language, technology and the future of linguistic professions, by Tanja Samardžić, University of Zurich.
15:15 – 15:45 Coffee break
15:45 – 17:15 Serious Games: talks and activities
The DSI gaming at the University of Zurich, by Hiloko Kato.
An UPSKILLS re-adaptation of 'Lives in Transit', by Lela Feiner.
Be serious, let’s play! A hands-on didactic activity, by Margherita Pallottino, Marie Berthouzoz and Tanja Smardžić.
17:15 – 17:30 Coffee break
17:30 – 18:30 Talk 'Breaking into industry with a non-STEM degree', by Caterina Bonan.
19:00 Social dinner (the venue will be announced at the meeting)
22 April 2023
08:30 – 09:00 Introduction to the UPSKILLS learning material and how to use it, by Genoveva Puskas, University of Geneva.
09:00 – 10:00 Presentation of the learning blocks 1/2
'Start programming with Python in 10 steps', by Marie Berthouzoz, University of Zurich.
'Collecting data from human participants', by Marko Simonovich, University of Graz.
10:00 – 10:30 Coffee break
10:30 – 11:30 Presentation of the learning blocks 2/2
'The essence of machine learning for linguists in tech', by Marie Berthouzoz, University of Zurich.
'Upskilling your Introduction to Language variation course', by Margherita Pallottino, University of Geneva.
11:30 – 12:30 CLARIN @UPSKILLS, by Cristina Grisot from CLARIN-CH and Iulianna Van der Lek from CLARIN-EU.
12:30 – 13:30 Lunch break
13:30 – 14:30 Talk 'From theoretical linguistics to ML engineering', by Aleksandra Vercauteren, Head of , METAMAZE.
14:30 – 15:30 Round table: What does it take to work in tech today?
Participants: Effi Georgala, Manager II NLP Research at Nuance Communications; Janine Aeberhard, Linguistic Director, TextShuttle; Lonneke Van der Plas, Group Leader at IDIAP, Associate Professor at UM.
Moderator: Caterina Bonan
15:30 – 16:00 Chats and goodbyes