Learning to Emphasize: Dataset and Shared Task Models for Selecting Emphasis in Presentation Slides

AAAI 2021 Workshop on Content Authoring and Design (CAD21)

Published February 8, 2021

Amirreza Shirani, Giai Tran, Hieu Trinh, Franck Dernoncourt, Nedim Lipka, Paul Asente, Jose Echevarria, Thamar Solorio

Presentation slides have become a common addition to the teaching material. Emphasizing strong leading words in presentation slides can allow the audience to direct the eye to certain focal points instead of reading the entire slide, retaining the attention to the speaker during the presentation. Despite a large volume of studies on automatic slide generation, few studies have addressed the automation of design assistance during the creation process. Motivated by this demand, we study the problem of Emphasis Selection (ES) in presentation slides, i.e., choosing candidates for emphasis, by introducing a new dataset containing presentation slides with a wide variety of topics, each is annotated with emphasis words in a crowdsourced setting. We evaluate a range of state-of-the-art models on this novel dataset by organizing a shared task and inviting multiple researchers to model emphasis in this new domain. We present the main findings and compare the results of these models, and by examining the challenges of the dataset, we provide different analysis components.

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