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current events

  • Program Committee Co-chair of TALN 2021
  • Program Committee member of: NAACL

past events

  • Area Chair/Senior PC:
    • Area Chair for ACL 2020 (Multidisciplinary track)
    • Area Chair for ACL 2015 (Discourse, Coreference, Pragmatics)
    • Area Chair for TALN 2020
    • Senior PC for IJCAI 2018 (Natural Language Processing). Distinguished Senior PC Award.
    • Senior PC for IJCAI 2016 (Natural Language Processing).
  • Program Committee member:
    • ACL: 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2009, 2007
    • AAAI: 2012
    • COLING: 2020, 2014, 2012, 2010
    • EACL: 2017, 2014, 2013, 2012
    • EMNLP: 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2011, 2010, 2009
    • IJCAI: 2018, 2016, 2015
    • IJCNLP: 2011
    • IWCS: 2017
    • NAACL:2018, 2016, 2015
    • NeurIPS: 2018, 2017
    • *SEM: 2013
    • TALN: 2020, 2012, 2011
    • Misc: CODI 2020; CRAC 2018; CAp 2018, 2016, 2015; NAACL CRAC workshop 2018; EACL CORBON Workshop 2017; CICLING 2008; CID 2011; IEEE-ICSC 2009; LSRL 2005; SuB 2008 TLS 2008; TAL Special Issue on Processing of Temporal and Spatial Information in Language; ATALA 2010 Workshop on CRFs; ATALA 2010 Workshop on Corpus Annotation; NAACL/HLT 2009 Workshop on ILP for NLP; ...
  • Organizing Committee member:
    • CID 2011
    • Tempeval-2: Evaluating Events, Time Expressions, and Temporal Relations; TLS 2004

research projects

Below is a list of some of the research projects that I am, or have been, involved with.


  • GRASP: Graph-based Machine Learning for Linguistic Structure Prediction, French National Research Agency (ANR), Jeunes Chercheuses/Jeunes Chercheurs (JCJC) Scheme, 2016-2021. Role: Principal Investigator.
  • IMPRESS: Improving Embeddings with Semantic Knowledge, Inria-DFKI bilateral project, 2020-2023. Role: Principal Investigator (Co-PI: Ivana Kruijff-Korbayova, DFKI).
  • SLANT: Spin and Bias in Language Analyzed in News and Texts, French National Research Agency (ANR) International Collaboration Grant (PRCI), 2020-2023. Role: Local coordinator.
  • LEGO: LEarning GOod representations for natural language processing, Inria Lille-USC Associated Team, 2016-2021. Role: Member.
  • REM: Re-thinking English Modal Constructions: From feature-based paradigms to usage-based probabilistic representations, French National Research Agency (ANR) International Collaboration Grant (PRCI), 2017-2021. Role: Member.


  • STAC: Strategic Conversation, ERC Advance Grant, 2011-2016. PI: Nicholas Asher, CNRS Toulouse. Role: Project Member.
  • TextLink: Structuring Discourse in Multilingual Europe, EU COST Action, 2014-2018. PIs: Liesbeth Degand, UCL and Bonnie Weber, University of Edinburgh. Role: Member of Tools Working Group.
  • Labex Empirical Foundations of Linguistics (EFL), 2011-2016. Role: Associate Member.
  • EDyLex: Dynamically Enriching Lexical resources in multilingual and multimodal applications. ANR, 2010-2012. PI: Benoît Sagot, INRIA Paris. Role: Project Member.
  • SEQUOIA: Large coverage probabilistic syntactic parsing of French. ANR, 2009-2011. PI: Alexis Nasr, University of Marseille. Role: Project Member.
  • SCRIBO: Semi-automatic and Collaborative Retrieval of Information Based on Ontologies, System@tic Paris-Region, 2008-2010. PI: Eric de la Clergerie, INRIA Paris. Role: Project Member.
  • DiSCoR: Extracting and Using Discourse Structure to Resolve Anaphoric Dependencies: Combining Logico-Semantics and Statistical Approaches. NSF, 2006-2008. PIs: Nicholas Asher and Jason Baldridge, University of Texas at Austin. Role: Research Assistant.



  • PhD students
    • Mariana Vargas-Vieyra (2017-, co-supervised with A. Bellet), Adaptive Graph Learning with Applications to Natural Language Processing
    • Onkar Pandit (2017-, co-supervised with L. Ralaivola), Graph-based Semi-supervised Linguistic Structured Prediction
    • Priyansh Trivedi (2020-, co-supervised with Ph. de Groote), Improving Linguistic Embeddings with Semantic Knowledge (working title)
    • Gaurav Maheshwari (2020-, co-supervised with A. Bellet), Learning Trustworthy Representations for Natural Language Processing (working title)


  • PhD students
    • Mathieu Dehouck (PhD, 2019, University of Lille, co-supervised with M. Tommasi), Prix de la thèse ATALA 2020, now post-doc at Fastparse Lab, University A Coruña, Spain.
    • David Chatel (PhD, 2018, University of Lille, co-supervised with M. Tommasi), now engineer at Carfit, Lille, France.
    • Chloé Braud (PhD, 2015, Univesity Paris-Diderot, co-supervised with L. Danlos), Prix de la thèse ATALA 2016, now tenured researcher at at CNRS, France
    • Emmanuel Lassalle (PhD, 2015, Univesity Paris-Diderot, co-supervised with L. Danlos), now engineer at GSI LLP, London, UK
    • André Bittar (PhD, 2011, Univesity Paris-Diderot, co-supervised with P. Amsili and L. Danlos), now research associate at King's College, London, UK
  • Master students
    • Imad Aouali, (Master, 2020, Ecole Centrale de Lille)
    • Thibault Liétard (Master, 2016, ENS Rennes)
    • Mathieu Dehouck (Master, 2015, Univesity of Lille 1)
    • Chloé Braud (Master, 2011, Univesity Paris-Diderot)
    • Emmanuel Lassalle (Master, 2010, Univesity Paris-Diderot)
  • Interns
    • Altaf Rahman (Summer intern, 2011), now at Google
    • Alexis Vanacker (Summer intern, 2009), now at now at Exalead R&D.

open-source software and resources

I have contributed to a number of open source software and resources that are freely available to the NLP community.

  • Mangoes: Toolbox for constructing and evaluating word vector representations.
  • CoRTex: Python suite implementing various state-of-the-art coreference resolution systems. LGPL.
  • FreDist: Distributional thesauri for French.
  • MElt: high-precision MEMM POS tagger for French. LGPL. Available from INRIA Forge
  • StatGram: state-of-the-art dependency parsers for French. LGPL.