Hello! I currently pursue a PhD at the University of Edinburgh, where I’m advised by Dr. Rico Sennrich and Dr. Ivan Titov. My research aims to explore and improve the extent of language understanding in neural machine translation.
Our work has demonstrated that NMT models rely on shallow heuristics when inferring the right sense of ambiguous words, and improved the ability of transformer models to represent lexical and contextual information. Related phenomena, such as co-reference resolution, discourse processing, and translation of figurative language are also among my varied research interests.
Recently, I completed an internship with the MOSAIC group at the Allen Institute of Artificial Intelligence, where I investigated commonsense reasoning abilities of state-of-the-art models of language.
In my spare time, I enjoy climbing, learning new things, and caring for my future orchard.
PhD Informatics, 2021
University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom
MSc Language Science & Technology, 2017
Saarland University, Germany
BA German Studies (Linguistics Focus)
University of Tübingen, Germany
|Dec 2020||Published ‘Moral Stories: Situated Reasoning about Norms, Intents, Actions, and their Consequences’. Many thanks to my wonderful collaborators!|
|Nov 2020||Presented ‘Detecting Word Sense Disambiguation Biases in Machine Translation for Model-Agnostic Adversarial Attacks’ at EMNPLP 2020|
|Sep 2020||‘Detecting Word Sense Disambiguation Biases in Machine Translation for Model-Agnostic Adversarial Attacks’ has been accepted as a long paper to EMNLP 2020!|
|Jun 2020||I started an internship with the MOSAIC group at AI2, advised by Ronan Le Bras and Yejin Choi! Working on goal-directed, commonsense reasoning.|
|Sep 2019||I attended WeCNLP2019 in Menlo Park, USA! Impressions: High industry representation, excellent speakers, engaging panel discussion. Definitely worth attending.|
|Jul 2019||I attended ACL 2019 and presented ‘Widening the Representation Bottleneck in Neural Machine Translation with Lexical Shortcuts’ at the Fourth Conference on Machine Translation (WMT19)!|
|Jul 2019||I started an internship at the Information Sciences Institute (ISI), advised by Dr. Jonathan May! Working on translation of figurative language and commonsense resoning for NMT.|
|Sep 2018||I attended the 13th Machine Translation Marathon, hosted at Charles University, Czech Republic! Participated in lectures and workshops on recent developments in MT and implemented a hierarchical character-to-word decoder as part of the week-long hackathon.|
|Jul 2018||I attended the Microsoft Research AI Summer School 2018, hosted at Microsoft Research Cambridge, UK. Attended lectures and workshops at MSR Cambridge as one of 100 invited PhD students.|
|Mar 2018||I started my PhD at the University of Edinburgh, ILCC!|
Explored social commonsense reasoning capabilities of contemporary natural language understanding and generation models.
Developed methods for improved translation of figurative language.
Assisted in preparing and teaching undergraduate courses on machine translation and natural language understanding.