Professor Aline Villavicencio

MPhil, PhD

Department of Computer Science

Chair in Natural Language Processing

Deputy Director of Equality Diversity and Inclusivity

Member of the Natural Language Processing research group

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a.villavicencio@sheffield.ac.uk
+44 114 222 1860

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Professor Aline Villavicencio
Department of Computer Science
Regent Court (DCS)
211 Portobello
Sheffield
S1 4DP
Profile

Aline Villavicencio received her PhD and MPhil degrees from the University of Cambridge (UK) and MSc in Computer Science from the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (Brazil).

She was 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) at the Labo­ra­toire LaTTiCe at the École Normale Supé­rieure (France) in 2014, an Erasmus-Mundus Visiting Scholar at Saarland University (Germany) in 2012/2013, and at the University of Bath in 2006-2009.

From 2007-2017 she held a Research Fellowship from the Brazilian Scientific Research Council (CNPq). She is also affiliated to the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (Brazil)

Research interests

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.

Publications

Books

  • Poibeau T & Villavicencio A (2017) Language, Cognition, and Computational Models. Cambridge University Press. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Villavicencio A, Poibeau T, Korhonen A & Alishahi A (2013) Cognitive Aspects of Computational Language Acquisition. Springer Science & Business Media. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Caseli HDM, Villavicencio A, Teixeira A & Perdigão F (2012) Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics): Preface. RIS download Bibtex download
  • (2002) Preface. Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht. RIS download Bibtex download

Edited books

Journal articles

Chapters

Conference proceedings papers

  • Garcia M, Kramer Vieira T, Scarton C, Idiart M & Villavicencio A (2021) Assessing the Representations of Idiomaticity in Vector Models with a Noun Compound Dataset Labeled at Type and Token Levels. Proceedings of the 59th Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics and the 11th International Joint Conference on Natural Language Processing (Volume 1: Long Papers), August 2021 - August 2021. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Villavicencio A (2021) What if the whole is greater than the sum of the parts? Modelling Complex (Multiword) Expressions. CEUR Workshop Proceedings, Vol. 2944 (pp 1-10) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Gamallo P, Garcia M, Martín-Rodilla P, Pereira-Fariña M, Real L, Tonelli S, Quaresma P, Vieira R, Dias G, Oostdijk N , Villavicencio A et al (2020) Preface. CEUR Workshop Proceedings, Vol. 2693 RIS download Bibtex download
  • Villavicencio A (2019) When the whole is greater than the sum of its parts : multiword expressions and idiomaticity. Proceedings of the Joint Workshop on Multiword Expressions and WordNet (MWE-WN 2019). Florence, Italy, 2 August 2019 - 2 August 2019. View this article in WRRO RIS download Bibtex download
  • Villavicencio A & Bansal M (2019) Introduction. CoNLL 2019 - 23rd Conference on Computational Natural Language Learning, Proceedings of the Conference (pp iii-iv) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Wagner Filho JA, Wilkens R, Idiart M & Villavicencio A (2019) The BRWAC corpus: A new open resource for Brazilian Portuguese. LREC 2018 - 11th International Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation (pp 4339-4344) View this article in WRRO RIS download Bibtex download
  • Godard P, Boito MZ, Ondel L, Berard A, Yvon F, Villavicencio A & Besacier L (2018) Unsupervised Word Segmentation from Speech with Attention. Proceedings of Interspeech 2018 (pp 2678-2682), 2 September 2018 - 6 September 2018. View this article in WRRO RIS download Bibtex download
  • Ramisch C, Ramisch R, Zilio L, Villavicencio A & Cordeiro S (2018) A corpus study of verbal multiword expressions in Brazilian Portuguese. Computational Processing of the Portuguese Language (pp 24-34). Canela, Brazil, 24 September 2018 - 26 September 2018. View this article in WRRO RIS download Bibtex download
  • Salle A & Villavicencio A (2018) Restricted recurrent neural tensor networks: Exploiting word frequency and compositionality. ACL 2018 - 56th Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics, Proceedings of the Conference, Vol. 2 (pp 8-13) View this article in WRRO RIS download Bibtex download
  • Paula F, Wilkens R, Idiart M & Villavicencio A (2018) Similarity Measures for the Detection of Clinical Conditions with Verbal Fluency Tasks. Proceedings of the 2018 Conference of the North American Chapter of the Association for Computational Linguistics: Human Language Technologies, Volume 2 (Short Papers), 1 June 2018 - 6 June 2018. View this article in WRRO RIS download Bibtex download
  • Boito MZ, Berard A, Villavicencio A & Besacier L (2017) Unwritten languages demand attention too! Word discovery with encoder-decoder models. 2017 IEEE Automatic Speech Recognition and Understanding Workshop (ASRU), 16 December 2017 - 20 December 2017. View this article in WRRO RIS download Bibtex download
  • Wilkens R, Zilio L, Cordeiro S, Paula FSF, Ramisch C, Idiart M & Villavicencio A (2017) LexSubNC: A dataset of lexical substitution for nominal compounds. 12th International Conference on Computational Semantics, IWCS 2017 - Short Papers RIS download Bibtex download
  • Cordeiro S, Ramisch C, Idiart M & Villavicencio A (2016) Predicting the Compositionality of Nominal Compounds: Giving Word Embeddings a Hard Time. Proceedings of the 54th Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics (Volume 1: Long Papers) (pp 1986-1997). Berlin, Germany, 7 August 2016 - 12 August 2016. View this article in WRRO RIS download Bibtex download
  • Salle A, Villavicencio A & Idiart M (2016) Matrix Factorization using Window Sampling and Negative Sampling for Improved Word Representations. Proceedings of the 54th Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics (Volume 2: Short Papers) (pp 419-424), 7 August 2016 - 12 August 2016. View this article in WRRO RIS download Bibtex download
  • Wilkens R, Idiart M & Villavicencio A (2016) Multiword expressions in child language. Proceedings of the 10th International Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation, LREC 2016 (pp 2307-2311) View this article in WRRO RIS download Bibtex download
  • Zilio L, Finatto MJB & Villavicencio A (2016) Verblexpor: A lexical resource with semantic roles for Portuguese. Proceedings of the 10th International Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation, LREC 2016 (pp 2656-2661) View this article in WRRO RIS download Bibtex download
  • Ramisch C, Cordeiro S, Zilio L, Idiart M & Villavicencio A (2016) How Naked is the Naked Truth? A Multilingual Lexicon of Nominal Compound Compositionality. Proceedings of the 54th Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics (Volume 2: Short Papers), August 2016 - August 2016. View this article in WRRO RIS download Bibtex download
  • Ramisch C, Cordeiro S & Villavicencio A (2016) Filtering and Measuring the Intrinsic Quality of Human Compositionality Judgments. Proceedings of the 12th Workshop on Multiword Expressions, August 2016 - August 2016. View this article in WRRO RIS download Bibtex download
  • Wilkens R, Zilio L, Ferreira E & Villavicencio A (2016) The Portuguese B $$^2$$ 2 SG: A Semantic Test for Distributional Thesaurus (pp 333-339) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Cordeiro S, Ramisch C & Villavicencio A (2016) UFRGSandLIF at SemEval-2016 Task 10: Rule-Based MWE Identification and Predominant-Supersense Tagging. Proceedings of the 10th International Workshop on Semantic Evaluation (SemEval-2016), June 2016 - June 2016. View this article in WRRO RIS download Bibtex download
  • Wilkens R, Zilio L, Ferreira E & Villavicencio A (2016) B2SG: A toefl-like task for Portuguese. Proceedings of the 10th International Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation, LREC 2016 (pp 3659-3662) View this article in WRRO RIS download Bibtex download
  • Zilio L, Wilkens R, Möllmann L, Wehrli E, Cordeiro S & Villavicencio A (2016) Joining Forces for Multiword Expression Identification (pp 233-238) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Cordeiro S, Ramisch C & Villavicencio A (2016) Mwetoolkit+sem: Integrating word embeddings in the mwetoolkit for semantic MWE processing. Proceedings of the 10th International Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation, LREC 2016 (pp 1221-1225) View this article in WRRO RIS download Bibtex download
  • Filho JAW, Wilkens R, Zilio L, Idiart M & Villavicencio A (2016) Crawling by Readability Level (pp 306-318) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Boos RAS, Prestes KV & Villavicencio A (2014) Identification of multiword expressions in the brWaC. Proceedings of the 9th International Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation, LREC 2014 (pp 728-735) View this article in WRRO RIS download Bibtex download
  • Padró M, Idiart M, Villavicencio A & Ramisch C (2014) Nothing like Good Old Frequency: Studying Context Filters for Distributional Thesauri. Proceedings of the 2014 Conference on Empirical Methods in Natural Language Processing (EMNLP), October 2014 - October 2014. View this article in WRRO RIS download Bibtex download
  • Laranjeira BR, Moreira VP, Villavicencio A, Ramisch C & Finatto MJ (2014) Comparing the quality of focused crawlers and of the translation resources obtained from them. Proceedings of the 9th International Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation, LREC 2014 (pp 3572-3578) View this article in WRRO RIS download Bibtex download
  • Padró M, Idiart M, Villavicencio A & Ramisch C (2014) Comparing similarity measures for distributional thesauri. Proceedings of the 9th International Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation, LREC 2014 (pp 2964-2971) View this article in WRRO RIS download Bibtex download
  • (2014) Computational Processing of the Portuguese Language RIS download Bibtex download
  • Villavicencio A, Idiart M, Berwick R & Malioutov I (2013) Language acquisition and probabilistic models: Keeping it simple. ACL 2013 - 51st Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics, Proceedings of the Conference, Vol. 1 (pp 1321-1330) View this article in WRRO RIS download Bibtex download
  • Villavicencio A, Yankama B, Idiart MAP & Berwick R (2012) A large scale annotated child language construction database. Proceedings of the 8th International Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation, LREC 2012 (pp 2370-2374) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Gonçalves G, Wilkens R & Villavicencio A (2011) Semi-automatic acquisition system of ontologies. CEUR Workshop Proceedings, Vol. 776 (pp 189-194) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Prestes K, Wilkens R, Zillio L & Villavicencio A (2011) Extraction and validation of ontologies from digital resources. CEUR Workshop Proceedings, Vol. 776 (pp 183-188) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Ramisch C, de Medeiros Caseli H, Villavicencio A, Machado A & Finatto MJ (2010) A Hybrid Approach for Multiword Expression Identification (pp 65-74) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Wilkens R & Villavicencio A (2010) Question Answering for Portuguese: How Much Is Needed? (pp 173-182) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Ramisch C, Villavicencio A & Boitet C (2010) Web-based and combined language models: A case study on noun compound identification. Coling 2010 - 23rd International Conference on Computational Linguistics, Proceedings of the Conference, Vol. 2 (pp 1041-1049) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Ramisch C, Villavicencio A & Boitet C (2010) Multiword expressions in the wild? the mwetoolkit comes in handy. Coling 2010 - 23rd International Conference on Computational Linguistics, Proceedings of the Conference, Vol. 2 (pp 57-60) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Wilkens R, Villavicencio A, Muller D, Wives L, De Silva F & Loh S (2010) COMUNICA - A question answering system for brazilian portuguese. Coling 2010 - 23rd International Conference on Computational Linguistics, Proceedings of the Conference, Vol. 2 (pp 21-24) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Germann DC, Villavicencio A & Siqueira M (2010) An investigation on the influence of frequency on the lexical organization of verbs. ACL 2010 - TextGraphs 2010: 2010 Workshop on Graph-Based Methods for Natural Language Processing, Proceedings of the Workshop (pp 19-23) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Ramisch C, Villavicencio A & Boitet C (2010) Mwetoolkit: A framework for multiword expression identification. Proceedings of the 7th International Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation, LREC 2010 (pp 662-669) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Villavicencio A, Caseli HDM & Machado A (2009) Identification of Multiword Expressions in Technical Domains: Investigating Statistical and Alignment-Based Approaches. 2009 Seventh Brazilian Symposium in Information and Human Language Technology, 8 September 2009 - 11 September 2009. RIS download Bibtex download
  • (2009) Preface. 2009 Seventh Brazilian Symposium in Information and Human Language Technology, 8 September 2009 - 11 September 2009. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Caseli HDM, Villavicencio A, Machado A & Finatto MJ (2009) Statistically-driven alignment-based multiword expression identification for technical domains. Proceedings of the Workshop on Multiword Expressions Identification, Interpretation, Disambiguation and Applications - MWE '09, 6 August 2009 - 6 August 2009. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Ramisch C, Villavicencio A, Moura L & Idiart M (2008) Picking them up and figuring them out: Verb-particle constructions, noise and idiomaticity. CoNLL 2008 - Proceedings of the Twelfth Conference on Computational Natural Language Learning (pp 49-56) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Ramisch C, Villavicencio A, Moura L & Idiart M (2008) Picking them up and figuring them out. Proceedings of the Twelfth Conference on Computational Natural Language Learning - CoNLL '08, 16 August 2008 - 17 August 2008. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Acosta OC, Geraldo AP, Orengo VM & Villavicencio A (2008) UFRGS@CLEF2008: Indexing Multiword Expressions for Information Retrieval. CEUR Workshop Proceedings, Vol. 1174 RIS download Bibtex download
  • Villavicencio A, Kordoni V, Zhang Y, Idiart M & Ramisch C (2007) Validation and evaluation of automatically acquired multiword expressions for grammar engineering. EMNLP-CoNLL 2007 - Proceedings of the 2007 Joint Conference on Empirical Methods in Natural Language Processing and Computational Natural Language Learning (pp 1034-1043) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Zhang Y, Kordoni V, Villavicencio A & Idiart M (2006) Automated multiword expression prediction for grammar engineering. Proceedings of the Workshop on Multiword Expressions Identifying and Exploiting Underlying Properties - MWE '06, 23 July 2006 - 23 July 2006. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Villavicencio A, Baldwin T & Waldron B (2004) A multilingual database of idioms. Proceedings of the 4th International Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation, LREC 2004 (pp 1127-1130) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Copestake A, Lambeau F, Villavicencio A, Bond F, Baldwin T, Sag IA & Flickinger D (2002) Multiword expressions: Linguistic precision and reusability. Proceedings of the 3rd International Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation, LREC 2002 (pp 1941-1947) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Villavicencio A (2000) The acquisition of word order by a computational learning system. Proceedings of the 4th Conference on Computational Natural Language Learning, CoNLL 2000 and of the 2nd Learning Language in Logic Workshop, LLL 2000 - Held in cooperation with ICGI 2000 (pp 209-218) RIS download Bibtex download
  • McFetridge P & Villavicencio A (1995) A hierarchical description of the Portuguese verb (pp 302-311) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Villavicencio A, Lopes JGP, Marques NMC & Villavicencio F (1995) Part-of-speech tagging for portuguese texts (pp 323-332) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Boito MZ, Villavicencio A & Besacier L () Empirical Evaluation of Sequence-to-Sequence Models for Word Discovery in Low-Resource Settings. Interspeech 2019 View this article in WRRO RIS download Bibtex download
  • Zanon Boito M, Anastasopoulos A, Villavicencio A, Besacier L & Lekakou M () A Small Griko-Italian Speech Translation Corpus. The 6th Intl. Workshop on Spoken Language Technologies for Under-Resourced Languages View this article in WRRO RIS download Bibtex download
  • Garcia M, Vieira TK, Scarton C, Idiart M & Villavicencio A () Probing for idiomaticity in vector space models. Proceedings of the 16th conference of the European Chapter of the Association for Computational Linguistics RIS download Bibtex download
  • Boito MZ, Villavicencio A & Besacier L () Investigating Language Impact in Bilingual Approaches for Computational Language Documentation. 1st Joint Workshop of Spoken Language Technologies for Under-resourced languages and Collaboration and Computing for Under-Resourced Languages (SLTU-CCURL 2020) View this article in WRRO RIS download Bibtex download
  • Villavicencio A, Garcia M, Idiart M, Kramer Vieira T & Scarton C () Assessing Idiomaticity Representations in Vector Models with a Noun Compound Dataset Labeled at Type and Token Levels. Proceedings of the Joint Conference of the 59th Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics and the 11th International Joint Conference on Natural Language Processing (ACL-IJCNLP 2021) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Vickers P, Wainwright R, Tayyar Madabushi H & Villavicencio A () CogNLP-Sheffield at CMCL 2021 Shared Task: Blending Cognitively Inspired Features with Transformer-based Language Models for Predicting Eye Tracking Patterns. Proceedings of the Workshop on Cognitive Modeling and Computational Linguistics (CMCL 2021) RIS download Bibtex download
Grants

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Professional activities

Some of her recent activities include being the PC co-chair of the Conference on Computational Natural Language Learning (CoNLL-2019), Area Chair for events like ACL-2019, NAACL-2018COLING 2018, and General co-chair for the 13th International Conference on Computational Processing of Portuguese (PROPOR 2018).

She is a member of the advisory board of WiNLP, of the editorial board of TACL, JNLE, Journal of Language Modelling and Linguamatica, and a reviewer for various conferences, in addition to having co-chaired numerous *ACL workshops on Cognitive Aspects of Computational Language Acquisition and on Multiword Expressions. She has also co-edited special issues and books dedicated to these topics.

She is a member of the Natural Language Processing group at the University of Sheffield and of the Neurocomputational and Language Processing Laboratory of the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (Brazil).