[Humanist] 24.564 events: written & spoken language skills

Humanist Discussion Group willard.mccarty at mccarty.org.uk
Tue Dec 7 09:41:47 CET 2010

                 Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 24, No. 564.
         Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London
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        Date: Mon, 6 Dec 2010 12:00:17 -0500
        From: "John Ford" <johnf at us.net>
        Subject: IAN Presentation: Automated Assessment of Written and Spoken LanguageSkills

You are invited to a special meeting of the Interagency Assessment Network
(IAN).  On Tuesday, December 14th from 10 AM to 12 noon Dr. Peter Foltz will
deliver a presentation on Automated Assessment of Written and Spoken
Language Skills.  

The meeting will take place in the Great Hall of the Charles Sumner School
and Museum at 1201 17th St., NW. The Sumner School is adjacent to the
headquarters of the U.S. Merit Systems Protection Board. (See location
information attached at the end of this email.)

This meeting is also open to interested parties who are not members of the
IAN.  If you plan to attend, please RSVP to John Ford (john.ford at mspb.gov john.ford at mspb.gov, 202-653-6772 x1104) by CoB
on Monday, December 13th.  There is no charge to attend this meeting.  All
are welcome.


Open-ended questions permit assessment of complex cognitive and language
skills in tasks that are more realistic to actual job contexts.  As such,
they can provide effective approaches to assessing performance for
employment testing and selection.   However, scoring of open-ended responses
can be time consuming, subjective, and inconsistent.   New technologies for
automated assessment of written and spoken language are becoming more widely
used and provide the promise of more efficient testing while maintaining
high levels of accuracy.   This talk will discuss technology for analyzing
written and spoken language in order to measure the quality of oral and
written expression as well as the degree of domain knowledge and performance
skills.  The talk will cover how the technology works, how it is applied to
assessing skills such as business communication, writing, foreign language,
translations, and team performance and some of the implications for talent
assessment and large scale testing.

Speaker Bio

Dr. Peter Foltz is Vice President for Product Development at Pearson's
Knowledge Technology group.   He is a founder of Knowledge Analysis
Technologies, which was acquired by Pearson in 2004.   His work has focused
on research and development of technologies for automated assessment
including artificial intelligence, knowledge assessment, and natural
language processing.   He holds a patent for technology for automated
assessment of written language  which has resulted in software that has
scored millions of essays for people ranging from military officers in
scenario-based assessment training systems to third graders learning to
write. Dr Foltz has worked previously for Bell Communications Research, has
held a tenured Professor of Psychology position at New Mexico State
University and currently holds a Senior Research Associate Position at the
University of Colorado Institute for Cognitive Science.  He can be reached
pfoltz at pearson.com pfoltz at pearson.com. 


The Sumner School is located at 17th and M St, NW, directly across from
National Geographic Society.  The entrance is on 17th Street.  This is about
10 minutes walking distance from two Metro stops:  Farragut North (Red line)
and Farragut West (Blue/Orange lines).

The map below is from   http://www.mapquest.com/  http://www.mapquest.com/

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