Dr Aline Villavicencio

Dr Aline Villavicencio

Dr Aline Villavicencio is affiliated to the Institute of Informatics, Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (Brazil) and the School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering, University of Essex (UK). Since 2007 she has held a CNPq Research Fellowship. She received a PhD from the University of Cambridge (UK) in 2001, and held postdoc positions at the University of Cambridge and University of Essex (UK). She was also a Visiting Scholar at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (USA) in the Department of Linguistics and Philosophy in 2014/2015 and in the Laboratory of Information and Decision Systems in 2011/2012, a Visiting Scholar at the Labo­ra­toire LaTTiCe at the École Normale Supé­rieure (France), in 2012/2013 an Erasmus-Mundus Visiting Scholar at Saarland University (Germany) and from 2006-2009 at the Computer Science Department, University of Bath. She published over 100 papers and her research interests are in lexical semantics, multilinguality, and cognitively motivated NLP. This work includes techniques for Idiomaticity and Multiword Expression treatment using statistical methods and distributional semantic models, and applications like Text Simplification and Question Answering, for languages like English and Portuguese.