Welcome to my home page! I am a computational linguist doing research at the border between semantics and AI at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona. I am particularly interested in models of semantics that bridge across formal and distributional representations of meaning. Generally speaking, I have a predilection for phenomena which still resist simple formalisation, and have therefore always been attracted to genericity and odd quantificational phenomena. Recently, I have worked a lot on language and vision models of quantification. In my spare time, I am also very involved in an open source project called PeARS, which aims at building a distributed and linguistically-informed search engine. You can check out my publication list here.
I had a somewhat interesting journey to get where I am now. I first worked in a toy shop, in a bookstore, as a mortgage adviser and then a research funding administrator before realising that my real vocation was computational semantics. I then obtained a PhD in Natural Language Processing from the University of Cambridge. Subsequently, I was an Alexander von Humboldt Fellow in Potsdam, and a postdoc in Cambridge, Stuttgart, and the Centre for Mind/Brain Sciences in Trento. I am now at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona as a Marie Skłodowska-Curie fellow.
My favourite part-of-speech is the determiner.