I am a computational linguist working at the Research Institute in Information and Language Processing (RIILP) and Research Group in Computational Linguistics (RGCL) at the University of Wolverhampton (UK).

Before coming to Wolverhampton, I spent seven years in Germany at the University of Cologne, at Saarland University, and at the German Research Center for Articial Intelligence (DFKI). I received my PhD from Saarland University with a thesis on computational methods applied to varieties of pluricentric languages.

My research interests include language and dialect variation, low-resource languages, second language acquisition and educational NLP applications, author profiling, text categorization, and translation technology. Here is a complete list of my publications and the language resources I've developed.

I am one of the organizers of the series of workshops on NLP for Similar Languages, Varieties and Dialects (VarDial). The next edition is VarDial 2019 at NAACL in Minneapolis, USA. I am co-editing with Preslav Nakov a book for the series Studies in Natural Language Processing and a special issue of the journal Natural Language Engineering on the same topic. Both publications by Cambridge University Press.

I am currently organizing the SemEval 2019 Task 6 - OffensEval: Identifying and Categorizing Offensive Language in Social Media. Previously, I co-organized the second Complex Word Identification (CWI) shared task at the BEA workshop, the shared task on Aggression Identification in Social Media, the TRAC workshop, and the Automatic Post Editing (APE) task at WMT. I co-edited a volume on Non-standard Data Sources in Corpus-based Research.

I am a program committee member of several workshops and conferences. A full list is available here.

I am member of the Association for Computational Linguistics (ACL) and the INDUS Network funded by the German Research Foundation.


01/10/18 - I received an ERAS fellowship with a project on offensive language indentification in social media.
12/09/18 - The call for participation for the SemEval 2019 Task 6 - OffensEval is online.
29/07/18 - I gave a talk at the University of Bristol invited by Lucas Nunes Vieira.
25/06/18 - I was an invited speaker at RAAI in Bucharest, Romania.
04/06/18 - The call for papers for the NLE special issue on NLP for Similar Languages, Varieties and Dialects is out.
15/05/18 - The deadline for paper submission to the VarDial workshop is extended to May 25.