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Dr Mehrnoosh Sadrzadeh

Senior Lecturer and EPSRC Career Acceleration Fellow

Research Interests

I am interested in the logical and mathematical structures governing artificial intelligence and in particular, in understanding how language works,  so we may enable computers to use it in ways similar to humans.

Joint leader of the natural language lab
Member of the theory group, 
Associate member of the cognitive science group. 

Topics of Interest
Compositional Distributional Semantics
Category Theoretical Models of Natural Language
Pregroup Grammars, Vector Space Models
Dynamic Epistemic Logic, Algebra , Coalgebra, Proof Theory

Awards and Fellowships:
- Royal Academy of Engineering Industrial Fellowship, with the BBC R&D, January 2018-2019. 
- Royal Society International Exchange  Award, with Reinhard Muskens (Tilburg), January 2017-2019. 
- EPSRC Career Acceleration Fellowship, October 2011-2016.
- EPSRC Postdoctoral, Fellowship, October 2008-2011.
- Royal Society International Conference Grant, 2008.
- Ontario Graduate Scholarship, 2001.
- Canada Female Doctorate Student Award, 2001.

PC work:
Local co-chair of 15th Biennial Conference on Mathematics of Language, July, 2017, 
Semantic area co-chair of ACL 2017, July-August, 2017, 
Language and Computation co-chair of ESSLLI2017, 
Jury Member of Federation of Logic Language Information (FoLLI)'s E.W.S. Beth Dissertation Prize, 
Workshop on String Diagrams in Computation, Logic, and Physics, Oxford, Sept 2017, 
International  Workshop on Logic Language Information and Computation (WoLLIC) 2016,2017.
International  Conference on Mathematical Foundations of Programming Semantics (MFPS) 2017,
International  Conference on Logical Aspects of Computational Linguistics (LACL) 2016, 
International  Conference on Formal Grammar 2016,  
International  Conference on Artificial Intelligence (IJCAI) 2016, 
International  Conference on Mathematics of Language (MoL) 2015, 2017,
International  Conference on Quantum Physics and Logic (QPL), 2011-16,  
International  Conference on Computability in Europe (CiE), 2014-16, 
International  Conference on Quantum Interactions (QI), 2011-15. 

Organised Events:

Edited Volumes

  • AFSOR project (with Oxford): Algorithmic and Logical Aspects when Computing Meanings.
  • Clothes Network Ltd: Compositional vector methods for request classification, with FayiMora Femi-Balogun.
  • EPSRC project:  New Foundational Structures for Engineering Verified multi-UAV's.
  • EPSRC Career Acceleration Fellowship: Foundational Structures for Compositional Meaning.
  • Done: EPSRC Postdoctoral Fellowship: (AlCoSeK) Alegbraic and Coalgebraic Semantics for Knowledge.
Key Invited Talks

Recent Papers  (for more please see  my google scholar page)
  1. Linguistic Matrix Theory, Dimitri Kartsaklis, Sanjaye Ramgoolam, Mehrnoosh Sadrzadeh,
  2. Non-commutative Logic for Compositional Distributional Semantics, Karin Cvetko Vah, Mehrnoosh Sadrzadeh, Dimitri Kartsaklis and Benjamin Blundell, 24th Workshop on Logic Language Information and Computation, UCL, July 2017.
  3. Distributional Inclusion Hypothesis for Tensor-based Composition, Dimitri Kartsaklis and Mehrnoosh Sadrzadeh,  6th International Conference on Computational Linguistics, Osaka, Japan, December 2016.
  4. A Compositional Distributional Inclusion Hypothesis, Dimitri Kartsaklis and Mehrnoosh Sadrzadeh,  the 9th edition of the Conference on Logical Aspects of Computational Linguistics, Nancy, France, December 2016.
  5. Many Valued Generalised Quantifiers for Natural Language in the DisCoCat Model, Matej Dostal and Mehrnoosh Sadrzadeh, QMUL Technical Report, October 2016.
  6. A Generalised Quantifier Theory of Natural Language in Categorical Compositional Distributional Semantics with Bialgebras, Jules Hedges and Mehrnoosh Sadrzadeh, 13th Int. Conference on Quantum Physics and Logic (QPL), Glasgow, June 2016, arXiv[1602.01635], submitted to MSCS.
  7. Quantifier Scope in Categorical Compositional Distributional Semantics, Mehrnoosh Sadrzadeh, Workshop on Semantic Spaces at the Intersection of NLP, Physics and Cognitive Science,Glasgow, June 2016, EPTCS proceedings.
  8. Context Update for Lambdas and Vectors, Mehrnoosh Sadrzadeh and Reinhard Muskens, NASSLLI workshop on Statistical and Logical Models of Meaning (SaLMoM), Rutgers, NJ, 2016.
  9. Lambdas and Vectors, Mehrnoosh Sadrzadeh and Reinhard Muskens, ESSLLI workshop on Distributional Semantics and Linguistics Theory (DSALT), Bolzano, 2016.
  10. Sentence Entailment in Compositional Distributional Semantics, Esma Balkir, Dimitri Kartsaklis and Mehrnoosh Sadrzadeh,  International Symposium on Artificial Intelligence and Mathematics (ISAIM), Florida, USA, January 2016, submitted to Annals of Maths and AI. 
  11. Distributional Sentence Entailment Using Density Matrices, Esma Balkir, Mehrnoosh Sadrzadeh, Bob Coecke, LNCS-FTP proceedings of TTCS, editors: MT Hajiaghayi MT, MR Mousavi,  volume, 9541, pp 1-22. 2015. 
  12. The Frobenius anatomy of word meanings II: possessive relative pronouns, Mehrnoosh Sadrzadeh, Stephen Clark, Bob Coecke, Journal of Logic and Computation, Essays dedicated to Roy Dyckhoff on the occasion of his retirement, S. Graham-Lengrand and D. Galmiche (eds.), Vol. 26, pp 785-815,  2016.
Ph.D. Students
  • Gijs Wijnholds (QMUL)
  • Dmitrijs Milajevs (QMUL)
  • Dimitri Kartsaklis (graduated, Oxford, with Profs Coecke and Pulman)
  • Edward Grefenstette (graduated, Oxford,  with Profs Coecke and Pulman)
  • Pere Pardo (graduated, Barcelona, with Prof Godo)
  • Natural Language Processing, ECS763 P, with Matt Purver, winter 2017, QMUL.
  • Mathematics for Electronic Engineers (II), ECS 423 U, with Bob Sturm and Rob Donnan, winter 2017, QMUL. 
  • Mathematics for Electronic Engineers (I), ECS 408 U, fall  2016, QMUL. 
  • Computability ECS 613 U, with Greta Yorsh, winter  2013-15, QMUL.
  • Reasoning about Information Update,  Hillary 2008 to 2012, Oxford.
  • Logical Computations in Multi-Agent Systems,  Sino-European Winter School on Logic Language Information (SELLC), Guanghzou, China, Dec'10.

Alternative Choir and Music Society, Oct 2009 to 2012. Wolfson College, Oxford.

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