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Dr Mehrnoosh Sadrzadeh

Mehrnoosh

Senior Lecturer and EPSRC Career Acceleration Fellow

Email: mehrnoosh.sadrzadeh@qmul.ac.uk
Telephone: +44 20 7882 5213
Room Number: Peter Landin, CS 433

Teaching

Natural Language Processing (Postgraduate/Undergraduate)

Natural Language Processing (aka Computational Linguistics) has become an important and growing field in the last decade. Many of the most important applications for computing now involve the processing and understanding of spoken or written language: machine translation, question answering, news summarisation, text and opinion mining, and spoken dialogue systems like the iPhone's Siri. This module will introduce the core techniques in language processing, including statistical and rule-based approaches, and show how to apply them to the main application areas.

Research

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.
 
Groups: 
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.
- University of Ottawa Excellence 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-Augu st, 2017, 
Language and Computation co-chair of ESSLLI, 2017, 
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
Projects
  • 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 Fellow ship: (AlCoSeK) Alegbraic and Coalgebraic Semantics for Knowledge.
Media 
Key Invited Talks
Recent Papers (for more please see my google scholar page)
  1. A Generalised Quantifier Theory of Natural Language in Categorical Compositional Distributional Semantics with Bialgebras, Jules Hedges and Mehrnoosh Sadrzadeh, to appear in Mathematical Structures in Computer Science, 2017, arXiv[1602.01635].
  2. Sentence Entailment in Compositional Distributional Semantics, Esma Balkir, Dimitri Kartsaklis and Mehrnoosh Sadrzadeh, to appear in Annals of Maths and AI, 2017. 
  3. Linguistic Matrix Theory, Dimitri Kartsaklis, Sanjaye Ramgoolam, Mehrnoosh Sadrzadeh, to appear in Annals of Institute Henri Poincare, https://arxiv.org/abs/1703.10252 .
  4. Experimental Results on Exploiting Predicate-Argument Structure for Verb Similarity in Distributional Semantics, Benjamin Blundell, Mehrnoosh Sadrzadeh, Elisabetta Jezek, Proceedings of the Conference on Logic and Machine Learning, CLASP Papers in Computational Linguistics, Vol. 1, pp. 101-108, Dobnik and Lappin (eds.), University of Gothenburg, URI: http://hdl.handle.net/2077/54911, June 2017. 
  5. Non-commutative Logi c 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.
  6. Quantization, Frobenius and Bialgebras from the Categorical Framework of Quantum Mechanics to Natural Language Semantics, Front. Phys., https://doi.org/10.3389/fphy.2017.00018, Special Issue on Application of Quantum Mechanical Techniques to Areas Outside of Quantum Mechanics. Haven and Khrennikov (eds.), 04 July 2017.
  7. Distributional Inclusion Hypothesis for Tensor-based Composition, Dimitri Kartsaklis and Mehrnoosh Sadrzadeh, 26th International Conference on Computational Linguistics, Osaka, Japan, December 2016.
  8. 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.
  9. Many Valued Generalised Quantifiers for Natural Language in the DisCoCat Model, Matej Dostal and Mehrnoosh Sadrzadeh, QMUL Technical Report, October 2016.
  10. 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.
  11. Context Update for Lambdas and Vectors, Mehrnoosh Sadrzadeh and Reinhard Muskens, NASSLLI workshop on Statistical and Logical Models of Meaning (SaLMoM), Rutgers, NJ, 2016.
  12. Lambdas and Vectors, Mehrnoosh Sadrzadeh and Reinhard Muskens, ESSLLI workshop on Distributional Semantics and Linguis tics Theory (DSALT), Bolzano, 2016.
  13. Distributional Sentence Entailment Using Density Matrices, Esma Balkir, Mehrnoosh Sadrzadeh, Bob Co ecke, LNCS-FTP proceedings of TTCS, editors: MT Hajiaghayi MT, MR Mousavi, volume, 9541, pp 1-22. 2015. 
  14. 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 G refenstette (graduated, Oxford, with Profs Coecke and Pulman)
  • Pere Pardo (graduated, Barcelona, with Prof Godo)
Teaching
  • Natural Language Processing, ECS763P, 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 ECS613U, 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.

CV

Publications

  • Sadrzadeh M, Kartsaklis D, Balkir E (2018). Sentence entailment in compositional distributional semantics. nameOfConference
  • Kartsaklis D, SADRZADEH M (2017). A Compositional Distributional Inclusion Hypothesis. Logical Aspects of Computational Linguistics
  • Kartsaklis D, Ramgoolam S, Sadrzadeh M (2017). Linguistic Matrix Theory.. nameOfConference
  • SADRZADEH M (2016). Quantifier Scope in Categorical Compositional Distributional Semantics. Workshop on Semantic Spaces at the Intersection of NLP, Physics and Cognitive Science
  • Sadrzadeh M, Clark S, Coecke B (2016). The Frobenius anatomy of word meanings II: possessive relative pronouns*. nameOfConference
  • Hedges J, Sadrzadeh M (2016). A Generalised Quantifier Theory of Natural Language in Categorical Compositional Distributional Semantics with Bialgebras.. nameOfConference
  • Muskens R, Sadrzadeh M (2016). Context Update for Lambdas and Vectors. nameOfConference
  • Kartsaklis D, Sadrzadeh M (2016). Distributional Inclusion Hypothesis for Tensor-based Composition.. nameOfConference
  • Milajevs D, Sadrzadeh M, Purver M (2016). Robust co-occurrence quantification for lexical distributional semantics. nameOfConference
  • Sadrzadeh M, Clark S, Coecke B (2016). The Frobenius anatomy of word meanings II: possessive relative pronouns.. nameOfConference
  • Piedeleu R, Kartsaklis D, Coecke B et al. (2015). Open system categorical quantum semantics in natural language processing. nameOfConference
  • Milajevs D, Sadrzadeh M, Roelleke T (2015). IR meets NLP: On the semantic similarity between subject-verb-object phrases. nameOfConference
  • Grefenstette E, Sadrzadeh M (2015). Concrete Models and Empirical Evaluations for the Categorical Compositional Distributional Model of Meaning. nameOfConference
  • Kartsaklis D, Sadrzadeh M (2015). A Frobenius Model of Information Structure in Categorical Compositional Distributional Semantics.. nameOfConference
  • Balkir E, Sadrzadeh M, Coecke B (2015). Distributional Sentence Entailment Using Density Matrices.. nameOfConference
  • Purver M, Sadrzadeh M, Stone M (2015). Introduction. nameOfConference
  • Piedeleu R, Kartsaklis D, Coecke B et al. (2015). Open System Categorical Quantum Semantics in Natural Language Processing.. nameOfConference
  • Milajevs D, Kartsaklis D, Sadrzadeh M et al. (2014). Evaluating Neural Word Representations in Tensor-Based Compositional Settings. nameOfConference
  • KARTSAKLIS D, SADRZADEH, M (2014). A Study of Entanglement in a Categorical Framework of Natural Language. nameOfConference
  • Ma M, Palmigiano A, Sadrzadeh M (2014). Algebraic semantics and model completeness for Intuitionistic Public Announcement Logic. nameOfConference
  • Kartsaklis D, Sadrzadeh M (2014). A study of entanglement in a categorical framework of natural language. nameOfConference
  • Milajevs D, Kartsaklis D, Sadrzadeh M et al. (2014). Evaluating Neural Word Representations in Tensor-Based Compositional Settings.. nameOfConference
  • Kartsaklis D, Sadrzadeh M, Pulman S et al. (2014). Reasoning about Meaning in Natural Language with Compact Closed Categories and Frobenius Algebras.. nameOfConference
  • Kartsaklis D, Kalchbrenner N, Sadrzadeh M (2014). Resolving Lexical Ambiguity in Tensor Regression Models of Meaning.. nameOfConference
  • Kartsaklis D, Kalchbrenner N, Sadrzadeh M (2014). Resolving lexical ambiguity in tensor regression models of meaning. nameOfConference
  • Abramsky S, Sadrzadeh M (2014). Semantic Unification - A Sheaf Theoretic Approach to Natural Language.. nameOfConference
  • Abramsky S, Sadrzadeh M (2014). Semantic Unification A sheaf theoretic approach to natural language.. nameOfConference
  • Sadrzadeh M, Clark S, Coecke B (2014). The Frobenius anatomy of word meanings I: subject and object relative pronouns.. nameOfConference
  • Casadio C, Sadrzadeh M (2014). Word Order Alternation in Sanskrit via Precyclicity in Pregroup Grammars.. nameOfConference
  • Sadrzadeh M, Clark S, Coecke B (2013). The Frobenius anatomy of word meanings I: subject and object relative pronouns. nameOfConference
  • Dyckhoff R, Sadrzadeh M, Truffaut J (2013). Algebra, Proof Theory and Applications for an Intuitionistic Logic of Propositions, Actions and Adjoint Modal Operators. nameOfConference
  • Coecke B, Grefenstette E, Sadrzadeh M (2013). Lambek vs. Lambek: Functorial vector space semantics and string diagrams for Lambek calculus. nameOfConference
  • Clark S, Coecke B, Grefenstette E et al. (2013). A quantum teleportation inspired algorithm produces sentence meaning from word meaning and grammatical structure. nameOfConference
  • SADRZADEH M, Dychoff R, Truffaut J (2013). Algebra, Proof Theory and Applications for an Intuitionistic Logic of Propositions, Actions and Adjoint Modal Operators. nameOfConference
  • Coecke B, Grefenstette E, Sadrzadeh M (2013). Lambek vs. Lambek: Functorial vector space semantics and string diagrams for Lambek calculus.. nameOfConference
  • Grefenstette E, Dinu G, Zhang Y-Z et al. (2013). Multi-Step Regression Learning for Compositional Distributional Semantics. nameOfConference
  • Grefenstette E, Dinu G, Zhang Y-Z et al. (2013). Multi-Step Regression Learning for Compositional Distributional Semantics.. nameOfConference
  • Kartsaklis D, Sadrzadeh M (2013). Prior disambiguation of word tensors for constructing sentence vectors. nameOfConference
  • Kartsaklis D, Sadrzadeh M, Pulman S (2013). Separating Disambiguation from Composition in Distributional Semantics.. nameOfConference
  • Clark S, Coecke B, Sadrzadeh M (2013). The Frobenius Anatomy of Relative Pronouns.. nameOfConference
  • Kartsaklis D, Sadrzadeh M, Pulman S (2012). A Unified Sentence Space for Categorical Distributional-Compositional Semantics: Theory and Experiments.. nameOfConference
  • Dyckhoff R, Sadrzadeh M, Truffaut J (2012). Algebra, Proof Theory and Applications for a Logic of Propositions, Actions and Adjoint Modal Operators.. nameOfConference
  • Pardo P, Sadrzadeh M (2012). Backward Planning in the Logics of Communication and Change.. nameOfConference
  • Pardo P, Sadrzadeh M (2012). Planning in the logics of communication and change.. nameOfConference
  • Pardo P, Sadrzadeh M (2012). Strong Planning in the Logics of Communication and Change.. nameOfConference
  • Grefenstette E, Sadrzadeh M (2011). Experimental Support for a Categorical Compositional Distributional Model of Meaning. nameOfConference
  • Sadrzadeh M, Grefenstette E (2011). A Compositional Distributional Semantics, Two Concrete Constructions, and Some Experimental Evaluations. nameOfConference
  • Sadrzadeh M, Grefenstette E (2011). A Compositional Distributional Semantics, Two Concrete Constructions, and Some Experimental Evaluations.. nameOfConference
  • Sadrzadeh M, Palmigiano A, Ma M (2011). Algebraic Semantics and Model Completeness for Intuitionistic Public Announcement Logic.. nameOfConference
  • Sadrzadeh M (2011). An Adventure into Hungarian Word Order with Cyclic Pregroups. nameOfConference
  • Preller A, Sadrzadeh M (2011). Bell States and Negative Sentences in the Distributed Model of Meaning.. nameOfConference
  • D'Hondt E, Sadrzadeh M (2011). Classical Knowledge for Quantum Security.. nameOfConference
  • Grefenstette E, Sadrzadeh M, Clark S et al. (2011). Concrete Sentence Spaces for Compositional Distributional Models of Meaning. nameOfConference
  • Casadio C, Sadrzadeh M (2011). Cyclic pregroups and natural language: a computational algebraic analysis.. nameOfConference
  • Grefenstette E, Sadrzadeh M (2011). Experimental Support for a Categorical Compositional Distributional Model of Meaning.. Empirical Methods in Natural Language Processing
  • Grefenstette E, Sadrzadeh M (2011). Experimenting with Transitive Verbs in a DisCoCat. nameOfConference
  • Preller A, Sadrzadeh M (2011). Semantic Vector Models and Functional Models for Pregroup Grammars.. nameOfConference
  • Ghadimi A, Sadrzadeh M, Mohammadi T (2010). Prediction of ternary gas permeation through synthesized PDMS membranes by using Principal Component Analysis (PCA) and fuzzy logic (FL). nameOfConference
  • Sadrzadeh M, Dyckhoff R (2010). POSITIVE LOGIC WITH ADJOINT MODALITIES: PROOF THEORY, SEMANTICS, AND REASONING ABOUT INFORMATION. nameOfConference
  • Coecke B, Sadrzadeh M, Clark S (2010). Mathematical Foundations for a Compositional Distributional Model of Meaning. nameOfConference
  • Panangaden P, Phillips C, Precup D et al. (2010). An Algebraic Approach to Dynamic Epistemic Logic.. nameOfConference
  • Panangaden P, Sadrzadeh M (2010). Learning in a Changing World, an Algebraic Modal Logical Approach.. nameOfConference
  • Panangaden P, Sadrzadeh M (2010). Towards a Logic for Reasoning About Learning in a Changing World.. nameOfConference
  • Sadrzadeh M (2009). Ockham's razor and reasoning about information flow. nameOfConference
  • Richards S, Sadrzadeh M (2009). Aximo: Automated Axiomatic Reasoning for Information Update.. nameOfConference
  • Casadio C, Sadrzadeh M (2009). Clitic Movement in Pregroup Grammar: A Cross-Linguistic Approach.. nameOfConference
  • Sadrzadeh M (2009). Ockham's razor and reasoning about information flow.. nameOfConference
  • Sadrzadeh M, Dyckhoff R (2009). Positive Logic with Adjoint Modalities: Proof Theory, Semantics and Reasoning about Information.. nameOfConference
  • Pucella R, Sadrzadeh M (2008). A Runs-and-Systems Semantics for Logics of Announcements.. nameOfConference
  • D'Hondt E, Sadrzadeh M (2008). Classical Knowledge for Quantum Security. nameOfConference
  • Cîrstea C, Sadrzadeh M (2008). Modular Games for Coalgebraic Fixed Point Logics.. nameOfConference
  • Baltag A, Coecke B, Sadrzadeh M (2007). Epistemic actions as resources. nameOfConference
  • Cîrstea C, Sadrzadeh M (2007). Coalgebraic Epistemic Update Without Change of Model.. nameOfConference
  • Sadrzadeh M (2007). High Level Quantum Structures in Linguistics and Multi Agent Systems.. nameOfConference
  • Baltag A, Sadrzadeh M (2006). The Algebra of Multi-Agent Dynamic Belief Revision.. nameOfConference
  • Baltag A, Coecke B, Sadrzadeh M (2005). Algebra and Sequent Calculus for Epistemic Actions.. nameOfConference
  • Marion M, Sadrzadeh M (2004). Reasoning About Knowledge In Linear Logic: Modalities and Complexity.. nameOfConference
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