Raquel Fernández


I am Associate Professor (UHD) at the Institute for Logic, Language & Computation (ILLC), University of Amsterdam, where I lead the Dialogue Modelling Group. My research is concerned with computational semantics and pragmatics, specifically language use in interaction, dialogue models, and visually grounded language. I am funded by the European Research Council (ERC Consolidator) and the Dutch Research Council (VIDI and Aspasia).

  • Marco Del Tredici successfully defended his PhD thesis Linguistic Variation in Online Communities: A Computational Perspective on the 6th of November. Congratulations, Marco!
  • Paper accepted at CLiC-it 2021, in collaboration with colleagues at CIMeC in Trento.
  • Paper accepted at COLING 2020 on representing speakers in social media for fake news detection.
  • Two papers on visually grounded language generation accepted an EMNLP 2020: one on using human gaze patterns incrementaly to describe images and another one on generating referring utterances taking into account previous mentions in common ground.
  • I'm a board and faculty member of the Amsterdam Unit of ELLIS, the European Lab on Learning and Intelligent Systems.
  • Keynote speaker at the Swedish Language Technology Conference (SLTC 2020) in November.
  • New project funded by Human(e)AI with Sandro Pezzelle and Margot van der Goot on Exploring Adaptation of Conversational Systems to Different Age Groups.
  • Our abstract Asking questions with a big impact: Adapting to other interpretations of gradable adjectives will be presented at CogSci2020.
  • Paper accepted at ACL 2020 on analysing lexical semantic change with contextualised word representations.
  • Tal Linzen and I are orgnising CoNLL-2020 with a renewed focus on "theoretically, cognitively and scientifically motivated approaches to computational linguistics"!
  • Invited talk at GeCKo symposium in Barcelona on 18 May 2020.

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