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= Confirmed Participants =
= Confirmed Participants =
| Ramon Fernandez Astudillo, Unbabel and ''Instituto de Engenharia de Sistemas e Computadores''
| Isabelle Augenstein, University of Copenhagen
| Johannes Bjerva, University of Copenhagen
| Murhaf Fares, University of Oslo
| Mareike Hartmann, University of Copenhagen
| Taraka Rama Kasicheyanula, University of Oslo
| Andrei Kutuzov, University of Oslo
| Miryam de Lhoneux, Uppsala University
| Bjørn Lindi, Nordic e-Infrastructure Collaboration
| Andre Martins, Unbabel and Instituto Superior Técnico
| Farhad Nooralahzadeh, University of Oslo
| Stephan Oepen, University of Oslo
| Barbara Plank, IT University of Copenhagen
| Yves Scherrer, University of Helsinki
| Natalie Schluter, IT University of Copenhagen
| Yan Shao, Uppsala University
| Aaron Smith, Uppsala University
| Jörg Tiedemann, University of Helsinki
| Aleksi Vesanto, University of Turku
| Maria Barrett, University of Copenhagen
| Manex Zabaleta, University of Copenhagen
| Senka Droba, University of Helsinki
| Mika Hämäläinen, University of Helsinki
|Yova Kementchedjhieva, University of Copenhagen

Revision as of 17:12, 12 September 2018



A desirable side-effect of the NLPL cooperation is community formation, i.e. strengthening interaction and collaboration among Nordic research teams in NLP and advancing a shared level of knowledge and experience in using national e-Infrastructures for large-scale NLP research. Towards these goals, the project will organize some training and outreach events.

For early 2018, NLPL will hold a winter school in conjunction with the NeIC All-Hands Meeting (AHM), which some NLPL team members will attend. The NeIC meeting will be held from January 29 to February 1, 2018, in the Norwegian mountain resort at Skeikampen.

Starting already after lunch on Monday, January 29, NLPL will kick off its winter school in E-Infrastructure and Scientific Computing for Nordic Natural Language Processing Research. The winter school will have a duration of two days, i.e. end with lunch on Wednesday, January 31. We anticipate participation of around 20–25 people, where the majority will come from the NLPL partner sites.

NLPL team members, associates at partner sites (e.g. doctoral and post-doctoral fellows, possibly also some MSc students), and other prospective users of the infrastructure will be invited to attend; NLPL partners(=project team members) can have their cost of participation covered by the project.

Logistics and Registration

The bus to Skeikampen will leave at 09:30 (CET). We will be informed about which pier on Monday morning. This is due to the traffic conditions at OSL. Please meet at the OSL Arrival area Meeting Point at 09:00. Complete Map of OSL

NLPL will provide bus transfer from and to Oslo Aiport Gardermoen (OSL), leaving at 9:30 on Monday morning and returning to OSL around 16:30 on Wedensday. The transfer and accomidation at Skeikampen will be directly covered by NeIC. Travel expenses to and from Oslo Airport will need to be submitted to NeIC for reimbursement after completion of the winter school. Note that reimbursement for the travel to OSL is for NLPL Project Team members only.

Please record your intent to participate in the winter school through the on-line registration form. A limited number of hotel rooms and travel stipends are available. For reasons of fairness, we will want to make sure that all NLPL partner sites can send some participants (three per site, on average). We will post confirmed registrations on this page by Monday, December 18; please make your own travel arrangements once your participation has been confirmed.

Software Environment

The deep learning sessions will include hands-on laboratory sessions following the LxMLS tutorial, although switching over to PyTorch (instead Theano). Stephan Oepen has prepared a Python virtual environment will all LxLMS dependencies installed, including PyTorch with GPU support:

module use -a /projects/nlpl/software/modulefiles/
module add nlpl-lxmls

There is a one-time preparaptory step to obtain the ‘student’ starting package from LXMLS:

git clone
cd lxmls-toolkit
git checkout student

Just now at least, there is a minor incompatibility with the standard version of SciPy installed on Abel and a newer version that the LXMLS toolkit assumes. To accomodate for this mismatch, all occurence of scipy.special must be changed to scipy.misc, including in the LXMLS library file lxmls/deep_learning/numpy_models/

Finally, the LXMLS code assumes that its top-level directory is visible for Python import commands; when inside the lxmls-toolkit directory, the following shell command should have the right effect:


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