School of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science

Professor Massimo Poesio


Professor of Computational Linguistics

Telephone: +44 20 7882 5773
Room Number: Peter Landin, CS 404


Neural Networks and NLP (Postgraduate)

Natural Language Processing (NLP) has become one of the most important technologies in Artificial Intelligence. Automatic methods for processing natural language now find application in almost every aspect of our communication in person or online, in particular through social media. The increased use of Neural Networks has played an important role in the most recent progress of NLP, as NN techniques have delivered improved performance in applications ranging from language modelling (next word prediction) to speech to machine translation to sentiment analysis. The proposed module provides a thorough introduction to this cutting-edge approach to developing NLP systems.


Research Interests:

Computational linguistics/natural language processing, and in particular anaphora resolution/coreference, using games to create resources for NLP, deception detection; using brain data for NLP; distributional semantics. Interaction and dialogue, and in particular the role of attention in interpretation and incremental interpretation in dialogue. Formal semantics.


  • Madge C, Chamberlain J, Kruschwitz U et al. (2017). Experiment-driven development of a GWAP for marking segments in text. nameOfConference
  • POESIO M, ANDERSON A, Clark S et al. (2017). Visually grounded and textual semantic models differentially decode brain activity associated with concrete and abstract nouns. nameOfConference
  • Ginzburg J, Poesio M (2016). Grammar Is a System That Characterizes Talk in Interaction.. nameOfConference
  • Rieser H, Poesio M (2016). Pandora's Box Opened. nameOfConference
  • (2016). ARRAU: Linguistically-motivated annotation of anaphoric descriptions. nameOfConference
  • Fox C, Kruschwitz U (2016). Exploiting social media to address fundamental human rights issues. nameOfConference
  • (2016). Phrase detectives corpus 1.0 crowdsourced anaphoric coreference. nameOfConference
  • Kabadjov M, Kruschwitz U, Poesio M et al. (2016). The OnForumS corpus from the shared task on Online Forum Summarisation at MultiLing 2015. nameOfConference
  • (2016). The SENSEI project: Making sense of human conversations. nameOfConference
  • (2016). Towards a corpus of violence acts in Arabic social media. nameOfConference
  • Kabadjov M, Steinberger J, Barker E et al. (2015). OnForumS: The shared task on online forum summarisation at MultiLing'15. nameOfConference
  • Anderson AJ, Bruni E, Lopopolo A et al. (2015). Reading visually embodied meaning from the brain: Visually grounded computational models decode visual-object mental imagery induced by written text.. nameOfConference
  • (2015). Differential evolution-based feature selection technique for anaphora resolution. nameOfConference
  • Conroy JM, Kabadjov M, Kruschwitz U et al. (2015). MultiLing 2015: Multilingual summarization of single and multi-documents, on-line fora, and call-center conversations. nameOfConference
  • (2015). Phrase detectives: Utilizing collective intelligence for internet-scale language resource creation. nameOfConference
  • (2015). Signal: Advanced real-time information filtering. nameOfConference
  • Anderson AJ, Murphy B, Poesio M (2014). Discriminating taxonomic categories and domains in mental simulations of concepts of varying concreteness.. nameOfConference
  • (2014). AraNLP: A Java-based library for the processing of Arabic text. nameOfConference
  • Fornaciari T, Poesio M (2014). Identifying fake Amazon reviews as learning from crowds. nameOfConference
  • Cavicchio F, Melcher D, Poesio M (2014). The effect of linguistic and visual salience in visual world studies.. nameOfConference
  • Althobaiti M, Kruschwitz U, Poesio M (2013). A semi-supervised learning approach to arabic named entity recognition. nameOfConference
  • (2013). Evalita 2011: Anaphora resolution task. nameOfConference
  • (2013). The effect of personality type on deceptive communication style. nameOfConference
  • (2013). Automatic deception detection in Italian court cases. nameOfConference
  • (2013). Anaphora resolution for bengali: An experiment with domain adaptation. nameOfConference
  • (2013). Methods for engaging and evaluating users of human computation systems. nameOfConference
  • Baroni M (2013). Of words, eyes and brains: Correlating image-based distributional semantic models with neural representations of concepts. nameOfConference
  • (2013). Phrase detectives: Utilizing collective intelligence for internet-scale language resource creation. nameOfConference
  • (2013). Preface: Programme committee co-chairs. nameOfConference
  • Bonin F, Cavulli F, Noriller A et al. (2012). Annotating archaeological texts: An example of domain-specific annotation in the humanities. nameOfConference
  • (2012). Identifying named entities on a university intranet. nameOfConference
  • (2012). Active learning technique for biomedical named entity extraction. nameOfConference
  • (2012). Detection of semantic compositionality using semantic spaces. nameOfConference
  • Cavicchio F, Poesio M (2012). (Non)cooperative dialogues: the role of emotions.. nameOfConference
  • (2012). The Rovereto Emotion and Cooperation Corpus: A new resource to investigate cooperation and emotions. nameOfConference
  • (2012). DECOUR: A corpus of DEceptive statements in Italian COURts. nameOfConference
  • Akama H, Murphy B, Na L et al. (2012). Decoding semantics across fMRI sessions with different stimulus modalities: a practical MVPA study.. nameOfConference
  • (2012). Domain-specific vs. uniform modeling for coreference resolution. nameOfConference
  • (2011). Multiobjective simulated annealing based approach for feature selection in anaphora resolution. nameOfConference
  • (2011). A cross-lingual ILP solution to zero anaphora resolution. nameOfConference
  • Giuliano C, Tymoshenko K (2011). Disambiguation and filtering methods in using web knowledge for coreference resolution. nameOfConference
  • Jettka D, Goecke D, Kruschwitz U (2011). Markup infrastructure for the anaphoric bank: Supporting web collaboration. nameOfConference
  • (2011). Italian anaphoric annotation with the phrase detectives game-with-a-purpose. nameOfConference
  • (2011). Disambiguation and filtering methods in using web knowledge for coreference resolution. nameOfConference
  • Murphy B, Poesio M, Bovolo F et al. (2011). EEG decoding of semantic category reveals distributed representations for single concepts.. nameOfConference
  • (2010). Enhancing N-gram-based summary evaluation using information content and a taxonomy. nameOfConference
  • Baroni M, Murphy B, Barbu E et al. (2010). Strudel: a corpus-based semantic model based on properties and types.. nameOfConference
  • (2010). Anaphoric annotation of wikipedia and blogs in the live memories corpus. nameOfConference
  • (2010). BART: A multilingual anaphora resolution system. nameOfConference
  • Poesio M (2010). BabyExp: Constructing a huge multimodal resource to acquire commonsense knowledge like children do. nameOfConference
  • (2010). Creating a Coreference Resolution System for Italian. nameOfConference
  • (2010). Extending BART to provide a coreference resolution system for German. nameOfConference
  • Sapena E, MartĂ­ MA, TaulĂ© M et al. (2010). SemEval-2010 task 1: Coreference resolution in multiple languages. nameOfConference
  • Cavicchio F, Poesio M (2010). The Rovereto Emotion and Cooperation Corpus. nameOfConference
  • (2009). EEG responds to conceptual stimuli and corpus semantics. nameOfConference
  • (2009). Interactive gesture in dialogue: A PTT model. nameOfConference
  • Poesio M, Day D, Mani I (2009). Janet Hitzeman Obituary. nameOfConference
  • (2009). Multimodal corpora annotation: Validation methods to assess coding scheme reliability. nameOfConference
  • (2009). Unsupervised knowledge extraction for taxonomies of concepts from Wikipedia. nameOfConference
  • (2009). A demonstration of human computation using the phrase detectives annotation game. nameOfConference
  • (2009). Evaluating centering for information ordering using corpora. nameOfConference
  • Kabadjov M, Steinberger J, Pouliquen B et al. (2009). Multilingual Statistical News Summarisation: Preliminary Experiments with English. nameOfConference
  • (2008). Coreference systems based on kernels methods. nameOfConference
  • (2008). Inter-coder agreement for computational linguistics. nameOfConference
  • (2008). Introduction to the special issue on ambiguity and semantic judgments. nameOfConference
  • (2008). Annotation of emotion in dialogue: The emotion in cooperation project. nameOfConference
  • (2008). Linguistic Claims Formulated in Terms of Centering Linguistic Claims Formulated in Terms of Centering A Re-Examination Using Parametric CB-Tracking Techniques. nameOfConference
  • (2008). A corpus for cross-document Co-reference. nameOfConference
  • (2008). ANAWIKI: Creating anaphorically annotated resources through Web cooperation. nameOfConference
  • (2008). Anaphoric annotation in the ARRAU corpus. nameOfConference
  • (2008). BART: A modular toolkit for coreference resolution. nameOfConference
  • (2008). Extracting concept descriptions from the web: The importance of attributes and values. nameOfConference
  • (2007). Identifying novel information using latent semantic analysis in the WiQA task at CLEF 2006. nameOfConference
  • Raymond C, Wisniewska J (2007). Standoff coordination for multi-tool annotation in a dialogue corpus. nameOfConference
  • (2007). Two uses of anaphora resolution in summarization. nameOfConference
  • Sanchez-Graillet O, Poesio M (2007). Negation of protein-protein interactions: analysis and extraction.. nameOfConference
  • (2007). A comparison of feature norms and WordNet. nameOfConference
  • (2007). Discovering contradicting protein-protein interactions in text. nameOfConference
  • (2006). Extending the single words-based document model: A comparison of bigrams and 2-itemsets. nameOfConference
  • (2006). MSDA: Wordsense discrimination using context vectors and attributes. nameOfConference
  • (2006). Discourse structure and anaphora in tutorial dialogues: An empirical analysis of two theories of the global focus. nameOfConference
  • (2006). Underspecification and anaphora: Theoretical issues and preliminary evidence. nameOfConference
  • (2006). An anaphora resolution-based anonymization module. nameOfConference
  • (2006). Identifying novel information using Latent Semantic Analysis in the WiQA task at CLEF 2006. nameOfConference
  • (2005). Improving LSA-based summarization with anaphora resolution. nameOfConference
  • (2005). Domain modelling and NLP: Formal ontologies? Lexica? Or a bit of both?. nameOfConference
  • Karamanis N, Mellish C, Oberlander J et al. (2004). A corpus-based methodology for evaluating metrics of coherence for text structuring. nameOfConference
  • (2004). Broken plural detection for Arabic information retrieval. nameOfConference
  • Poesio M, Di Eugenio B, Stevenson R et al. (2004). Centering: A parametric theory and its instantiations. nameOfConference
  • (2004). A general-purpose, off-the-shelf anaphora resolution module: Implementation and preliminary evaluation. nameOfConference
  • (2004). Acquiring Bayesian networks from text. nameOfConference
  • Poesio M, Modjeska NN (2004). Focus, activation, and this-noun phrases: An empirical study. nameOfConference
  • Garrod S, Poesio M (2002). Plumbing semantic depths in Amsterdam.. nameOfConference
  • (2002). Acquiring lexical knowledge for anaphora resolution. nameOfConference
  • (2002). Automatically predicting dialogue structure using prosodic features. nameOfConference
  • Cheng H, Poesio M, Henschel R et al. (2001). Corpus-based NP modifier generation. nameOfConference
  • (2000). An empirically based system for processing definite descriptions. nameOfConference
  • (2000). Annotating a corpus to develop and evaluate discourse entity realization algorithms: Issues and preliminary results. nameOfConference
  • Matheson C, Poesio M, Traum D et al. (2000). Modelling grounding and discourse obligations using update rules. nameOfConference
  • Poesio M, Cheng H, Henschel R et al. (2000). Specifying the parameters of centering theory: a corpus-based evaluation using text from application-oriented domains. nameOfConference
  • (1998). A Corpus-based Investigation of Definite Description Use. nameOfConference
  • (1997). Conversational actions and discourse situations. nameOfConference
  • Light M (1996). Knowledge representation in the TRAINS-93 conversation system. nameOfConference
  • Poesio M (1996). Logic and lexicon - Pinkal,M. nameOfConference
  • Kato T, Light M, Martin N et al. (1995). The TRAINS project: A case study in building a conversational planning agent. nameOfConference
  • POESIO M, ZUCCHI A (1992). ON TELESCOPING. nameOfConference
  • POESIO M (1990). DIALOG-ORIENTED ABOXING. nameOfConference