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Dr Aline Villavicencio

Lecturer
School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering (CSEE)
Dr Aline Villavicencio
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    +44 (0) 1206 874414

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    5A.536, Colchester Campus

  • Academic support hours

    Wednesdays from 4 to 5 Thursdays from 2 to 3

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Biography

Aline Villavicencio is a Lecturer at the School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering, University of Essex (UK). During her career she has been a Reader at the Institute of Informatics, Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (Brazil), 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 2014, an Erasmus-Mundus Visting Scholar at Saarland University (Germany) in 2012/2013 and a Visiting Scholar at the Computer Science Department, University of Bath (UK) from 2006-2009. Prior to these she worked as a Senior Researcher in the Department of Language and Linguistics of the University of Essex (2004-2005) and in the Computer Laboratory of the University of Cambridge (2001-2004). She is a member of the Language and Computation Group at Essex. and of the Neurocomputational and Language Processing Laboratory at UFRGS and received a CNPq Fellowship from 2009. Her PhD is in Computer Science from the University of Cambridge (Computer Laboratory, Hughes Hall) in 2003 with a thesis entitled The Acquisition of a Unification-Based Generalised Categorial Grammar, supervised by Ted Briscoe. Her research interests are in lexical semantics, multilinguality, and cognitively motivated NLP. This work includes techniques for Multiword Expression treatment using statistical methods and distributional semantic models, and applications like Text Simplification and Question Answering, for languages like English and Portuguese.

Qualifications

  • PhD University of Cambridge (2001)

  • MPhil University of Cambridge (1997)

  • MSc Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (1995)

  • BSc Pontifical Catholic University of Rio Grande do Sul (1992)

Appointments

University of Essex

  • Lecturer, School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering University of Essex ( 1/9/2017 - present )

Teaching and supervision

  • Natural Language Engineering (CE314)

  • Natural Language Engineering (CE887)

Publications

Journal articles (7)

Zortea, M., Menegola, B., Villavicencio, A. and Salles, JFD., (2014). Graph analysis of semantic word association among children, adults, and the elderly. Psicologia: Reflexão e Crítica. 27 (1), 90-99

Ramisch, C., Villavicencio, A. and Kordoni, V., (2013). Introduction to the special issue on multiword expressions. ACM Transactions on Speech and Language Processing. 10 (2), 1-10

De Almeida, L., Idiart, M., Villavicencio, A. and Lisman, J., (2012). Alternating predictive and short-term memory modes of entorhinal grid cells. Hippocampus. 22 (8), 1647-1651

de Caseli, HM., Ramisch, C., das Graças Volpe Nunes, M. and Villavicencio, A., (2010). Alignment-based extraction of multiword expressions. Language Resources and Evaluation. 44 (1-2), 59-77

Baldwin, T., Kordoni, V. and Villavicencio, A., (2009). Prepositions in Applications: A Survey and Introduction to the Special Issue. Computational Linguistics. 35 (2), 119-149

Villavicencio, A., (2005). The availability of verb–particle constructions in lexical resources: How much is enough?. Computer Speech & Language. 19 (4), 415-432

Villavicencio, A., Bond, F., Korhonen, A. and McCarthy, D., (2005). Introduction to the special issue on multiword expressions: Having a crack at a hard nut. Computer Speech & Language. 19 (4), 365-377

Books (3)

Poibeau, T. and Villavicencio, A., (2017). Language, Cognition, and Computational Models. Cambridge University Press. 110716222X. 9781107162228

Villavicencio, A., Poibeau, T., Korhonen, A. and Alishahi, A., (2013). Cognitive Aspects of Computational Language Acquisition. Springer Science & Business Media. 3642318630. 9783642318634

Caseli, HDM., Villavicencio, A., Teixeira, A. and Perdigão, F., (2012). Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics): Preface. 9783642288845

Book chapters (3)

Wilkens, R., Dalla Vecchia, A., Boito, MZ., Padró, M. and Villavicencio, A., (2014). Size does not matter. Frequency does. A study of features for measuring lexical complexity. 129- 140. 978-3-319-12026-3

Parente, M., Villavicencio, A., Siqueira, M., Ping, C. and Tonietto, L., (2013). The Lexical Bootstrapping Hypothesis and conventionality: a crosslinguistic study on verb acquisition by Chinese Mandarin- and Brazilian Portuguese-speaking children.. In: Lexical Bootstrapping The Role of Lexis and Semantics in Child Language Development. Walter de Gruyter. 311030869X. 9783110308693

Villavicencio, A., (2011). Language Acquisition with Feature-Based Grammars. In: Non-Transformational Syntax: Formal and Explicit Models of Grammar. 404- 442. 9780631209652

Conferences (59)

Wilkens, R., Zilio, L., Cordeiro, SR., Paula, F., Ramisch, C., Idiart, M. and Villavicencio, A., (2017). LexSubNC: A Dataset of Lexical Substitution for Nominal Compounds

Cordeiro, S., Ramisch, C., Idiart, M. and Villavicencio, A., (2016). Predicting the Compositionality of Nominal Compounds: Giving Word Embeddings a Hard Time

Salle, A., Villavicencio, A. and Idiart, M., (2016). Matrix Factorization using Window Sampling and Negative Sampling for Improved Word Representations

Cordeiro, S., Ramisch, C. and Villavicencio, A., (2016). UFRGS&LIF at SemEval-2016 Task 10: Rule-Based MWE Identification and Predominant-Supersense Tagging

Ramisch, C., Cordeiro, S. and Villavicencio, A., (2016). Filtering and Measuring the Intrinsic Quality of Human Compositionality Judgments

Wagner Filho, JA., Wilkens, R. and Villavicencio, A., (2016). Automatic Construction of Large Readability Corpora

Ramisch, C., Cordeiro, S., Zilio, L., Idiart, M. and Villavicencio, A., (2016). How Naked is the Naked Truth? A Multilingual Lexicon of Nominal Compound Compositionality

Wagner Filho, JA., Wilkens, R., Zilio, L., Idiart, M. and Villavicencio, A., (2016). Crawling by Readability level

Zilio, L., Wilkens, R., Möllmann, L., Wehrli, E., Cordeiro, S. and Villavicencio, A., (2016). Joining forces for Multiword expression identification

Wilkens, R., Zilio, L., Ferreira, E. and Villavicencio, A., (2016). The portuguese B2SG: A semantic test for distributional thesaurus

Cordeiro, S., Ramisch, C. and Villavicencio, A., (2016). Mwetoolkit+sem: Integrating word embeddings in the mwetoolkit for semantic MWE processing

Zilio, L., Finatto, MJB. and Villavicencio, A., (2016). Verblexpor: A lexical resource with semantic roles for Portuguese

Wilkens, R., Idiart, M. and Villavicencio, A., (2016). Multiword expressions in child language

Wilkens, R., Zilio, L., Ferreira, E. and Villavicencio, A., (2016). B2SG: A toefl-like task for Portuguese

Zilio, L., Finatto, MJB. and Villavicencio, A., (2015). VerbLexPor: um recurso léxico com anotaç ao de papéis semânticos para o português (VerbLexPor: a lexical resource annotated with semantic roles for Portuguese)

Wilkens, R., Zilio, L., Ferreira, E., Gonçalves, G. and Villavicencio, A., (2015). Distributional Thesauri for Portuguese: methodology evaluation

Padró, M., Idiart, M., Villavicencio, A. and Ramisch, C., (2014). Nothing like Good Old Frequency: Studying Context Filters for Distributional Thesauri

Boos, R., Prestes, K. and Villavicencio, A., (2014). Identification of Multiword Expressions in the brWaC

Padró, M., Idiart, M., Villavicencio, A. and Ramisch, C., (2014). Comparing Similarity Measures for Distributional Thesauri

Laranjeira, B., Moreira, V., Villavicencio, A., Ramisch, C. and Finatto, MJ., (2014). Comparing the Quality of Focused Crawlers and of the Translation Resources Obtained from them

Boos, R., Prestes, K., Villavicencio, A. and Padró, M., (2014). brWaC: A WaCky corpus for Brazilian Portuguese

Villavicencio, A., Idiart, M., Berwick, R. and Malioutov, I., (2013). Language Acquisition and Probabilistic Models: keeping it simple

Wilkens, R. and Villavicencio, A., (2012). I say have you say tem: profiling verbs in children data in English and Portuguese

Villavicencio, A., Yankama, B., Idiart, M. and Berwick, R., (2012). A large scale annotated child language construction database

Ramisch, C., De Araujo, V. and Villavicencio, A., (2012). A Broad Evaluation of Techniques for Automatic Acquisition of Multiword Expressions

Villavicencio, A., Yankama, B., Wilkens, R., Idiart, M. and Berwick, R., (2012). An annotated English child language database

Villavicencio, A., Idiart, M., Ramisch, C., Araújo, V., Yankama, B. and Berwick, R., (2012). Get out but don’t fall down: verb-particle constructions in child language

Granada, R., Lopes, L., Ramisch, C., Trojahn, C., Vieira, R. and Villavicencio, A., (2012). A Comparable Corpus Based on Aligned Multilingual Ontologies

Acosta, O., Villavicencio, A. and Moreira, V., (2011). Identification and Treatment of Multiword Expressions Applied to Information Retrieval

De Araujo, V., Ramisch, C. and Villavicencio, A., (2011). Fast and Flexible MWE Candidate Generation with the mwetoolkit

Schreiner, P., Villavicencio, A., Zilio, L. and Caseli, HM., (2011). Improving Lexical Alignment Using Hybrid Discriminative and Post-Processing Techniques

Sanches Duran, M., Ramisch, C., Aluìsio, SM. and Villavicencio, A., (2011). Identifying and Analyzing Brazilian Portuguese Complex Predicates

Prestes, K., Wilkens, R., Zillio, L. and Villavicencio, A., (2011). Extraction and validation of ontologies from digital resources

Gonçalves, G., Wilkens, R. and Villavicencio, A., (2011). Semi-automatic acquisition system of ontologies

Ramisch, C., Villavicencio, A. and Boitet, C., (2010). Web-based and combined language models: a case study on noun compound identification

Ramisch, C., Villavicencio, A. and Boitet, C., (2010). Multiword Expressions in the wild? The mwetoolkit comes in handy

Ramisch, C., Villavicencio, A. and Boitet, C., (2010). mwetoolkit: a Framework for Multiword Expression Identification

Germann, D., Villavicencio, A. and Siqueira, M., (2010). An Investigation on Polysemy and Lexical Organization of Verbs

German, D., Villavicencio, A. and Siqueira, M., (2010). An Investigation on the Influence of Frequency on the Lexical Organization of Verbs

Wilkens, R., Villavicencio, A., Muller, D., Wives, L., Silva, F. and Loh, S., (2010). COMUNICA - A Question Answering System for Brazilian Portuguese

Villavicencio, A. and Saggion, H., (2010). Preface to the 7th Brazilian symposium in information and human language technology

Villavicencio, A., Caseli, HDM. and Machado, A., (2010). Identification of multiword expressions in technical domains: Investigating statistical and alignment-based approaches

Ramisch, C., De Medeiros Caseli, H., Villavicencio, A., Machado, A. and Finatto, MJ., (2010). A hybrid approach for multiword expression identification

Wilkens, R. and Villavicencio, A., (2010). Question answering for Portuguese: How much is needed?

Caseli, H., Villavicencio, A., Machado, A. and Finatto, MJ., (2009). Statistically-Driven Alignment-Based Multiword Expression Identification for Technical Domains

Ramisch, C., Villavicencio, A., Moura, L. and Idiart, M., (2008). Picking them up and Figuring them out: Verb-Particle Constructions, Noise and Idiomaticity

Acosta, OC., Geraldo, AP., Orengo, VM. and Villavicencio, A., (2008). UFRGS@CLEF2008: Indexing Multiword Expressions for Information Retrieval

Villavicencio, A., Kordoni, V., Zhang, Y., Idiart, M. and Ramisch, C., (2007). Validation and Evaluation of Automatically Acquired Multiword Expressions for Grammar Engineering

Zhang, Y., Kordoni, V., Villavicencio, A. and Idiart, M., (2006). Automated Multiword Expression Prediction for Grammar Engineering

Villavicencio, A., Baldwin, T. and Waldron, B., (2004). A Multilingual Database of Idioms

Villavicencio, A., Copestake, A., Waldron, B. and Lambeau, F., (2004). Lexical Encoding of MWEs

Villavicencio, A., (2003). Verb-Particle Constructions and Lexical Resources

Villavicencio, A., (2002). Learning to Distinguish PP Arguments from Adjuncts

Baldwin, T. and Villavicencio, A., (2002). Extracting the Unextractable: A Case Study on Verb-particles

Copestake, A., Lambeau, F., Villavicencio, A., Bond, F., Baldwin, T., Sag, IA. and Flickinger, D., (2002). Multiword expressions: linguistic precision and reusability.

Villavicencio, A., (2000). The Acquisition of Word Order by a Computational Learning System

Villavicencio, A., (1999). Representing a System of Lexical Types Using Default Unification

McFetridge, P. and Villavicencio, A., (1995). Hierarchical description of the portuguese verb

Villavicencio, A., Marques, NMC., P Lopes, JG. and Villavicencio, F., (1995). Part-of-speech tagging for portuguese texts

Scholarly Editions (11)

Korhonen, A., Lenci, A., Murphy, B., Poibeau, T. and Villavicencio, A., (2016). Proceedings of the 7th Workshop on Cognitive Aspects of Computational Language Learning

Berwick, R., Korhonen, A., Lenci, A., Poibeau, T. and Villavicencio, A., (2015). Proceedings of the Sixth Workshop on Cognitive Aspects of Computational Language Learning

Lenci, A., Padró, M., Poibeau, T. and Villavicencio, A., (2014). Proceedings of the 5th Workshop on Cognitive Aspects of Computational Language Learning (CogACLL)

Kordoni, V., Ramisch, C. and Villavicencio, A., (2013). Proceedings of the 9th Workshop on Multiword Expressions

Berwick, R., Korhonen, A., Poibeau, T. and Villavicencio, A., (2012). Proceedings of the Workshop on Computational Models of Language Acquisition and Loss

Kordoni, V., Ramisch, C. and Villavicencio, A., (2011). Proceedings of the Workshop on Multiword Expressions: from Parsing and Generation to the Real World

Laporte, É., Nakov, P., Ramisch, C. and Villavicencio, A., (2010). Proceedings of the 2010 Workshop on Multiword Expressions: from Theory to Applications

Alishahi, A., Poibeau, T. and Villavicencio, A., (2009). Proceedings of the EACL 2009 Workshop on Cognitive Aspects of Computational Language Acquisition

Buttery, P., Villavicencio, A. and Korhonen, A., (2007). Proceedings of the Workshop on Cognitive Aspects of Computational Language Acquisition

Moirón, BNV., Villavicencio, A., McCarthy, D., Evert, S. and Stevenson, S., (2006). Proceedings of the Workshop on Multiword Expressions: Identifying and Exploiting Underlying Properties

Baldwin, T., Korhonen, A. and Villavicencio, A., (2005). Proceedings of the ACL-SIGLEX Workshop on Deep Lexical Acquisition

Contact

avill@essex.ac.uk
+44 (0) 1206 874414

Location:

5A.536, Colchester Campus

Academic support hours:

Wednesdays from 4 to 5 Thursdays from 2 to 3

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