In Montreal in 2012. Prescience about my current project! (Photo by Jason Utt.)
CIMeC (Università di Trento)
C.so Bettini 31
With funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Sklodowska-Curie grant agreement No 655577.
I work as a post-doc (Marie Curie fellow) at the CLIC group of CIMeC (University of Trento).
My main research area is Computational Linguistics (aka Natural Language Processing). I am interested in semantics, or how meaning works in natural languages. I work with computational models (distributional semantics, neural networks) that are able to induce very rich and flexible semantic representations directly from examples of how people use language. I am currently working on reference, or how we use language to talk about the world: I just need to utter a series of words, for instance "the smart woman we met the other day at the meeting", and my interlocutor will be able to identify the person I mean. I am building computational models that are able to do this, like humans do.
For more, please check my publications, projects, resources, and Google Scholar profile.
lexical semantics; compositional semantics; reference; computational, quantitative and data-intensive approaches to language.
- July 2016: Invited speaker at NASSLLI 2016 Workshop on Statistical and Logical Models of Meaning (SaLMoM) workshop, New Jersey, US (slides).
- June 2016: Tenure-track research position awarded in the competitive Ramón y Cajal programme, Spain.
- June 2016: Long paper, oral presentation accepted at ACL 2016: The LAMBADA dataset: Word prediction requiring a broad discourse context, with a bunch of people from my group.
- March 2016: Invited speaker at CREST workshop, Sendai, Japan (slides).
- February 2016: Invited talk at ILCC/HCRC seminar series, Edinburgh, UK.
- January 2016: Article for Springer volume in press: Conceptual vs. Referential Affordance in Concept Composition, with L. McNally.
- Area Co-chair for Semantics, ACL 2016, Berlin, Germany.
- Co-organizer, ESSLLI 2016 workshop DSALT: Distributional Semantics and Linguistic Theory (Bolzano, Italy, 15-19 August 2016).
- September 2015: Long paper, oral presentation at EMNLP 2015: Paper Distributional vectors encode referential attributes, with Abhijeet Gupta, Marco Baroni and Sebastian Padó.
- September 2015: Keynote speaker, IWES workshop at SEPLN 2015 (updated slides).
- July 2015: Paper published in PLoS ONE: Zipf's Law for Word Frequencies: Word Forms versus Lemmas in Long Texts, with Álvaro Corral and Ramon Ferrer-i-Cancho.
- Local co-chair, ESSLLI 2015, Barcelona, Spain, August 3-14.