I am a postdoctoral fellow at Mila - Quebec AI Institute / McGill University collaborating with Siva Reddy. I am expected to complete my Ph.D. in Computational Linguistics at the University of Cambridge, where I was supervised by Anna Korhonen and Ivan Vulić, in September 2020. I am also a frequent collaborator of Ryan Cotterell’s lab Rycolab at ETH Zürich.
Most of my research revolves around sample efficiency in Bayesian neural networks, with applications to resource-poor languages. How to endow models with the correct inductive bias to perform few-shot learning? How to exploit the modularity of knowledge to generalise to new domains where only few variables change? Moreover, I believe that text-based, distributional information reflects but a single facet of language. To address this, I helped create multilingual evaluation benchmarks for pure semantic knowledge, such as MultiSimLex, and for causal reasoning, such as XCOPA.
In Cambrige, I was affiliated to St John’s College. I have previously interned as an AI/ML researcher at Apple in Cupertino. I won a Google Research Faculty Award and an ERC Proof of Concept grant for projects co-written with my supervisor. I hold a bachelor’s degree in modern literature (with a thesis on the partitive case in Finnish) from the University of Pavia. During that time, I was also part of the Institute for Advanced Study (I.U.S.S) and Collegio Ghislieri.
|25/02/2021||Invited talk at the University of Cardiff, Wales|
|03/11/2020||I presented my research on modularity for generalisation and sample-efficiency at the DWS seminars of the University of Mannheim|
|15/09/2020||3 papers accepted for EMNLP 2020! Such a pity having to wait the next year to visit the Dominican Republic though|
|20/04/2020||The ERC Proof of Concept grant “Enabling Multilingual Conversational AI” co-written with my supervisor just got accepted for funding!|
|11/03/2020||The invited talk at the Apple research centre in Cambridge was cancelled due to the pandemic|
|09/03/2020||I presented my research at Mila - Quebec AI Institute in Montreal. The weather was freezing, but the hospitality was warm.|
|07/02/2020||Invited presentation at the NLIP seminar series at the University of Cambridge|
|23/01/2020||I gave a talk at the Turing Institute in London|
|02/12/2019||I visited Munich to discuss research collaborations at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität and admire surfers at the Englischer Garten|
|21/11/2019||Invited talk at the University of Sheffield NLP Seminar Series. Nikos Aletras took me to the best Turkish restaurant outside Turkey|
|03/11/2019||Presenting a tutorial and 2 talks at the EMNLP 2019 conference in Hong Kong. I even dared tasting the local delicacy, chicken feet|
|26/10/2019||I organized a conference with some friends here in Cambridge on how science can inform the democratic debate, stay tuned for the next edition|
|23/08/2019||Visited the NLP group at the University of Stanford, California. The amazing Siva Reddy took me to the top of the campus tower|
|02/08/2019||A paper I co-authored just won the best paper award at RepL4NLP 2019 in Florence! Congrats to Aishwarya and Jonas|
|01/07/2019||Started a summer internship as an AI/ML researcher at Apple in Cupertino, California. Here’s to the whole International Siri group!|
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