Matt Hurst has been spying out the action at AAAI. Today's post on LinguisticAgents (an Israeli company) is interesting. From a quick read, NanoSyntax is combining morphology with syntax - which makes loads and loads of sense in Hebrew, certainly, and similar methods have been effective in other languages - Klein et al have a very nice paper from CoNLL a few years back on character-level models for NER., to give one example.
I always find it amusin', though, how different industry types and academics pitch their intellectual wares. AI companies are so often based on transformational revolutionary brand-new ideas (if you believe the white papers), whereas the most of us longhair university folks are plugging away with incremental improvements to the big idea from, say, three years ago. Does that seem backwards to anyone else?