About

I am assistant professor at the Center for Mind/Brain Sciences, University of Trento (Italy). My research is situated at the junction of computational semantics, cognitive science and AI. I lead the Computational Approaches to Language and Meaning (CALM) group, focusing on investigating the link between language and worlds (the real world and others). 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. I have also worked on language and vision models of quantification. You can check out my publication list here.

Community service

2020 - Area chair for ACL 2020.
2018-2019 Co-organiser of SemEval 2019 and 2020.
2019 - Area chair for CLIC-It 2019.
2019 - Student Research Workshop Faculty Advisor for ACL 2019.
2018 - Area chair for COLING 2018.
2017 - Program co-chair for *SEM 2017.
2015 - Area chair for ‘Formal and linguistic semantics’ for *SEM 2015.
2015 - Co-chair for Language and Computation at ESSLLI 2015.
2013 - Instigator and co-chair of the workshop Towards a formal distributional semantics, co-located with IWCS 2013.

Short bio

It took me a little while to come to computational linguistics, having first worked in a toy shop, in a bookstore, as a mortgage adviser and as a research funding administrator before realising that my real vocation was 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 Center for Mind/Brain Sciences in Trento. I briefly moved to the Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona as a Marie Skłodowska-Curie fellow and I am now back in Trento as a researcher and faculty member.

My favourite part-of-speech is the determiner.