Professor Lucia Specia

Department of Computer Science

Professor of Language Engineering

Member of the Natural Language Processing research group

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l.specia@sheffield.ac.uk
+44 114 222 1831

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

Lucia Specia is a Professor of Language Engineering. She has a PhD degree from the University of São Paulo, Brazil, in 2007, where she was supervised by Maria das Graças Volpe Nunes from the Núcleo Interinstitucional de Linguística Computacional (NILC), USP - Brazil, and Mark Stevenson from the Natural Language Processing Group, Sheffield University - UK.

The topic of her PhD was Word Sense Disambiguation applied to Machine Translation. After graduating she worked worked as senior lecturer at the University of Wolverhampton (2009-2011), where she was a member of the Computational Linguistics research group.

She also worked as research engineer for the Machine Learning for Document Access and Translation group, at the Xerox Research Centre Europe, in France (2008-2009).

Research interests

Professor Specia's research covers a range of Natural Language Processing topics, mainly Machine Translation and Text Adaptation.

Publications

Books

Journal articles

Chapters

  • Specia L & Shah K (2018) Machine Translation Quality Estimation: Applications and Future Perspectives, Machine Translation: Technologies and Applications (pp. 201-235). Springer International Publishing RIS download Bibtex download
  • Specia L (2013) Statistical Machine Translation In Bandyopadhyay S, Naskar SK & Ekbal A (Ed.), Emerging Applications of Natural Language Processing: Concepts and New Research (pp. 74-109). IGI Global RIS download Bibtex download
  • Specia L, Nunes MGV & Stevenson M (2007) Exploiting Parallel Texts to Produce a Multilingual Sense Tagged Corpus for Word Sense Disambiguation In Nicolov N, Bontcheva K, Angelova G & Mitkov R (Ed.), Recent Advances in Natural Language Processing IV: Selected papers from RANLP 2005 (pp. 277-286). John Benjamins RIS download Bibtex download
  • Specia L () Statistical Machine Translation, Computational Linguistics (pp. 897-931). IGI Global RIS download Bibtex download

Conference proceedings papers

  • Caglayan O, Madhyastha P, Specia L & Barrault L (2019) Probing the Need for Visual Context in Multimodal Machine Translation. Proceedings of the 2019 Conference of the North American Chapter of the Association for Computational Linguistics: Human Language Technologies, Volume 1 (Long and Short Papers) (pp 4159-4170). Minneapolis, Minnesota, 2 June 2019 - 7 June 2019. View this article in WRRO RIS download Bibtex download
  • Lala C, Madhyastha P & Specia L (2019) Grounded Word Sense Translation. Proceedings of the Second Workshop on Shortcomings in Vision and Language, June 2019 - June 2019. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Chow J, Specia L & Madhyastha P (2019) WMDO: Fluency-based Word Mover’s Distance for Machine Translation Evaluation. Proceedings of the Fourth Conference on Machine Translation (Volume 2: Shared Task Papers, Day 1), August 2019 - August 2019. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Wang Z, Ive J, Velupillai S & Specia L (2019) Is artificial data useful for biomedical Natural Language Processing algorithms?. Proceedings of the 18th BioNLP Workshop and Shared Task, August 2019 - August 2019. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Lala C & Specia L (2019) Multimodal lexical translation. LREC 2018 - 11th International Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation (pp 3810-3817) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Ive J, Madhyastha P & Specia L (2019) Distilling Translations with Visual Awareness. Proceedings of the 57th Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics, July 2019 - July 2019. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Madhyastha P, Wang J & Specia L (2019) VIFIDEL: Evaluating the Visual Fidelity of Image Descriptions. Proceedings of the 57th Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics, July 2019 - July 2019. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Scarton C, Henrique Paetzold G & Specia L (2019) Simpa: A sentence-level simplification corpus for the public administration domain. LREC 2018 - 11th International Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation (pp 4333-4338) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Scarton C, Paetzold GH & Specia L (2019) Text simplification from professionally produced corpora. LREC 2018 - 11th International Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation (pp 3504-3510) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Alva-Manchego F, Martin L, Scarton C & Specia L (2019) EASSE: Easier Automatic Sentence Simplification Evaluation. Proceedings of the 2019 Conference on Empirical Methods in Natural Language Processing and the 9th International Joint Conference on Natural Language Processing (EMNLP-IJCNLP): System Demonstrations, November 2019 - November 2019. View this article in WRRO RIS download Bibtex download
  • Forcada ML, Scarton C, Specia L, Haddow B & Birch A (2018) Exploring Gap Filling as a Cheaper Alternative to Reading Comprehension Questionnaires when Evaluating Machine Translation for Gisting. Proceedings of the Third Conference on Machine Translation, Vol. 1 (pp 192-203), 31 October 2018 - 1 November 2018. View this article in WRRO RIS download Bibtex download
  • Madhyastha P, Wang JK & Specia L (2018) End-to-end image captioning exploits multimodal distributional similarity. 29th British Machine Vision Conference. Newcastle, UK, 3 September 2018 - 6 September 2018. View this article in WRRO RIS download Bibtex download
  • Ive J, Blain F & Specia L (2018) deepQuest: A Framework for Neural-based Quality Estimation.. COLING (pp 3146-3157) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Wang J, Madhyastha PS & Specia L (2018) Object Counts! Bringing Explicit Detections Back into Image Captioning. Proceedings of the 2018 Conference of the North American Chapter of the Association for Computational Linguistics: Human Language Technologies, Volume 1 (Long Papers), June 2018 - June 2018. View this article in WRRO RIS download Bibtex download
  • Madhyastha PS, Wang J & Specia L (2018) Defoiling Foiled Image Captions. Proceedings of the 2018 Conference of the North American Chapter of the Association for Computational Linguistics: Human Language Technologies, Volume 2 (Short Papers), June 2018 - June 2018. View this article in WRRO RIS download Bibtex download
  • Scarton C & Specia L (2018) Learning Simplifications for Specific Target Audiences. Proceedings of the 56th Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics (Volume 2: Short Papers), July 2018 - July 2018. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Madhyastha PS, Wang J & Specia L (2017) Sheffield MultiMT: Using Object Posterior Predictions for Multimodal Machine Translation. Proceedings of the Second Conference on Machine Translation, September 2017 - September 2017. View this article in WRRO RIS download Bibtex download
  • Specia L, Harris K, Blain F, Burchardt A, Macketanz V, Skadipa I, Negri M & Turchi M (2017) Translation Quality and Productivity: A Study on Rich Morphology Languages. Proceedings of the Machine Translation Summit XVI RIS download Bibtex download
  • Chatterjee R, Negri M, Turchi M, Federico M, Specia L & Blain F (2017) Guiding Neural Machine Translation Decoding with External Knowledge. Proceedings of the Second Conference on Machine Translation RIS download Bibtex download
  • Blain F, Scarton C & Specia L (2017) Bilexical Embeddings for Quality Estimation. Proceedings of the Second Conference on Machine Translation, September 2017 - September 2017. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Blain F, Specia L & Madhyastha P (2017) Exploring Hypotheses Spaces in Neural Machine Translation. Proceedings of the Machine Translation Summit XVI RIS download Bibtex download
  • Deena S, Ng RWM, Madhyastha P, Specia L & Hain T (2017) Exploring the use of acoustic embeddings in neural machine translation. 2017 IEEE Automatic Speech Recognition and Understanding Workshop (ASRU), 16 December 2017 - 20 December 2017. View this article in WRRO RIS download Bibtex download
  • Salil Deena , Raymond W.M. Ng , Pranava Madhyashta , Lucia Specia & Thomas Hain (2017) Semi-supervised Adaptation of RNNLMs by Fine-tuning with Domain-specific Auxiliary Features. Proceedings of the Annual Conference of the International Speech Communication Association, INTERSPEECH (pp 2715-2719) View this article in WRRO RIS download Bibtex download
  • Lala C, Madhyastha P, Wang J & Specia L (2017) Unraveling the Contribution of Image Captioning and Neural Machine Translation for Multimodal Machine Translation. The Prague Bulletin of Mathematical Linguistics, Vol. 108(1) (pp 197-208) View this article in WRRO RIS download Bibtex download
  • Bojar O, Chatterjee R, Federmann C, Graham Y, Haddow B, Huang S, Huck M, Koehn P, Liu Q, Logacheva V , Monz C et al (2017) Findings of the 2017 Conference on Machine Translation (WMT17). Proceedings of the Second Conference on Machine Translation, September 2017 - September 2017. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Rabinovich E, Mirkin S, Patel RN, Specia L & Wintner S (2017) Personalized machine translation: Preserving original author traits. 15th Conference of the European Chapter of the Association for Computational Linguistics, EACL 2017 - Proceedings of Conference, Vol. 1 (pp 1074-1084) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Paetzold G, Alva-Manchego FE & Specia L (2017) MASSAlign: Alignment and Annotation of Comparable Documents.. IJCNLP (System Demonstrations) (pp 1-4) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Scarton C, Aprosio AP, Tonelli S, Martín-Wanton T & Specia L (2017) MUSST: A Multilingual Syntactic Simplification Tool.. IJCNLP (System Demonstrations) (pp 25-28) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Alva-Manchego FE, Bingel J, Paetzold G, Scarton C & Specia L (2017) Learning How to Simplify From Explicit Labeling of Complex-Simplified Text Pairs.. IJCNLP(1) (pp 295-305) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Paetzold GH & Specia L (2017) Lexical simplification with neural ranking. 15th Conference of the European Chapter of the Association for Computational Linguistics, EACL 2017 - Proceedings of Conference, Vol. 2 (pp 34-40) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Shah K, Wang JK & Specia L (2016) SHEF-Multimodal: Grounding Machine Translation on Images. Proceedings of the First Conference on Machine Translation, Vol. 2 (pp 657-662), 11 August 2016 - 12 August 2016. View this article in WRRO RIS download Bibtex download
  • Ng RWM, Shah K, Specia L & Hain T (2016) Groupwise learning for ASR k-best list reranking in spoken language translation. ICASSP, IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech and Signal Processing - Proceedings, Vol. 2016-May (pp 6120-6124) View this article in WRRO RIS download Bibtex download
  • Fomicheva M, Bel N, Specia L, da Cunha I & Malinovskiy A (2016) CobaltF: A Fluent Metric for MT Evaluation. Proceedings of the First Conference on Machine Translation: Volume 2, Shared Task Papers, August 2016 - August 2016. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Paetzold GH & Specia L (2016) Collecting and exploring everyday language for predicting psycholinguistic properties of words. COLING 2016 - 26th International Conference on Computational Linguistics, Proceedings of COLING 2016: Technical Papers (pp 1669-1679) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Paetzold GH & Specia L (2016) Understanding the lexical simplification needs of non-native speakers of English. COLING 2016 - 26th International Conference on Computational Linguistics, Proceedings of COLING 2016: Technical Papers (pp 717-727) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Paetzold GH & Specia L (2016) Anita: An intelligent text adaptation tool. COLING 2016 - 26th International Conference on Computational Linguistics, Proceedings of COLING 2016: System Demonstrations (pp 79-83) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Bojar O, Chatterjee R, Federmann C, Graham Y, Haddow B, Huck M, Jimeno Yepes A, Koehn P, Logacheva V, Monz C , Negri M et al (2016) Findings of the 2016 Conference on Machine Translation. Proceedings of the First Conference on Machine Translation: Volume 2, Shared Task Papers, August 2016 - August 2016. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Scarton C, Paetzold GH & Specia L (2016) Quality estimation for language output applications. COLING 2016 - 26th International Conference on Computational Linguistics, Proceedings of COLING 2016: Tutorial Abstracts (pp 14-17) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Scarton C, Beck D, Shah K, Sim Smith K & Specia L (2016) Word embeddings and discourse information for Quality Estimation. Proceedings of the First Conference on Machine Translation: Volume 2, Shared Task Papers, August 2016 - August 2016. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Paetzold GH & Specia L (2016) Benchmarking Lexical Simplification systems. Proceedings of the 10th International Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation, LREC 2016 (pp 3074-3080) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Blain F, Logacheva V & Specia L (2016) Phrase-level segmentation and labelling of machine translation errors. Proceedings of the 10th International Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation, LREC 2016 (pp 2240-2245) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Logacheva V, Hokamp C & Specia L (2016) MARMOT: A toolkit for translation quality estimation at the word level. Proceedings of the 10th International Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation, LREC 2016 (pp 3671-3674) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Scarton C & Specia L (2016) A reading comprehension corpus for machine translation evaluation. Proceedings of the 10th International Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation, LREC 2016 (pp 3652-3658) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Tan L, Scarton C, Specia L & van Genabith J (2016) SAARSHEFF at SemEval-2016 Task 1: Semantic Textual Similarity with Machine Translation Evaluation Metrics and (eXtreme) Boosted Tree Ensembles. Proceedings of the 10th International Workshop on Semantic Evaluation (SemEval-2016), June 2016 - June 2016. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Smith KS, Aziz W & Specia L (2016) Cohere: A toolkit for local coherence. Proceedings of the 10th International Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation, LREC 2016 (pp 4111-4114) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Paetzold GH & Specia L (2016) SV000gg at SemEval-2016 task 11: Heavy gauge complex word identification with system voting. SemEval 2016 - 10th International Workshop on Semantic Evaluation, Proceedings (pp 969-974) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Paetzold GH & Specia L (2016) SemEval 2016 task 11: Complex word identification. SemEval 2016 - 10th International Workshop on Semantic Evaluation, Proceedings (pp 560-569) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Logacheva V, Lukasik M & Specia L (2016) Metrics for Evaluation of Word-level Machine Translation Quality Estimation. Proceedings of the 54th Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics (Volume 2: Short Papers), August 2016 - August 2016. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Fomicheva M & Specia L (2016) Reference Bias in Monolingual Machine Translation Evaluation. Proceedings of the 54th Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics (Volume 2: Short Papers), 7 August 2016 - 12 August 2016. View this article in WRRO RIS download Bibtex download
  • Steele D & Specia L (2016) Predicting and using implicit discourse elements in Chinese-English translation. Proceedings of the 19th Annual Conference of the European Association for Machine Translation, EAMT 2016 (pp 305-317) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Sim Smith K, Aziz W & Specia L (2016) The trouble with machine translation coherence. Proceedings of the 19th Annual Conference of the European Association for Machine Translation, EAMT 2016 (pp 178-189) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Béchara H, Parra Escartín C, Orǎsan C & Specia L (2016) Semantic textual similarity in quality estimation. Proceedings of the 19th Annual Conference of the European Association for Machine Translation, EAMT 2016 (pp 256-268) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Paetzold GH & Specia L (2016) Inferring psycholinguistic properties of words. 2016 Conference of the North American Chapter of the Association for Computational Linguistics: Human Language Technologies, NAACL HLT 2016 - Proceedings of the Conference (pp 435-440) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Shah K & Specia L (2016) Large-scale multitask learning for machine translation quality estimation. 2016 Conference of the North American Chapter of the Association for Computational Linguistics: Human Language Technologies, NAACL HLT 2016 - Proceedings of the Conference (pp 558-567) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Blain F, Song X & Specia L (2016) Sheffield Systems for the English-Romanian WMT Translation Task. Proceedings of the First Conference on Machine Translation RIS download Bibtex download
  • Paetzold GH & Specia L (2016) Unsupervised lexical simplification for non-native speakers. 30th AAAI Conference on Artificial Intelligence, AAAI 2016 (pp 3761-3767) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Logacheva V, Blain F & Specia L (2016) USFD’s Phrase-level Quality Estimation Systems. Proceedings of the First Conference on Machine Translation: Volume 2, Shared Task Papers, August 2016 - August 2016. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Logacheva V, Hokamp C & Specia L (2015) Data enhancement and selection strategies for the word-level Quality Estimation. Proceedings of the Tenth Workshop on Statistical Machine Translation, September 2015 - September 2015. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Steele D & Specia L (2015) WA-continuum: Visualising word alignments across multiple parallel sentences simultaneously. ACL-IJCNLP 2015 - 53rd Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics and the 7th International Joint Conference on Natural Language Processing, Proceedings of System Demonstrations (pp 121-126) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Paetzold GH & Specia L (2015) LEXenstein: A framework for lexical simplification. ACL-IJCNLP 2015 - 53rd Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics and the 7th International Joint Conference on Natural Language Processing, Proceedings of System Demonstrations (pp 85-90) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Ng RWM, Shah K, Aziz W, Specia L, Hain T & IEEE (2015) QUALITY ESTIMATION FOR ASR K-BEST LIST RESCORING IN SPOKEN LANGUAGE TRANSLATION. 2015 IEEE INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON ACOUSTICS, SPEECH, AND SIGNAL PROCESSING (ICASSP) (pp 5226-5230) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Scarton C, Zampieri M, Vela M, van Genabith J & Specia L (2015) Searching for context: A study on document-level labels for translation quality estimation. EAMT 2015 - Proceedings of the 18th Annual Conference of the European Association for Machine Translation (pp 121-128) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Scarton C, Tan L & Specia L (2015) USHEF and USAAR-USHEF participation in the WMT15 QE shared task. Proceedings of the Tenth Workshop on Statistical Machine Translation, September 2015 - September 2015. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Tan L, Scarton C, Specia L & van Genabith J (2015) USAAR-SHEFFIELD: Semantic Textual Similarity with Deep Regression and Machine Translation Evaluation Metrics. Proceedings of the 9th International Workshop on Semantic Evaluation (SemEval 2015), June 2015 - June 2015. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Qin Y, Jiang J & Specia L (2015) Learner translation quality assessment based on machine learning. Proceedings of the European Conference on Data Mining 2015, ECDM 2015 and International Conferences on Intelligent Systems and Agents 2015, ISA 2015 and Theory and Practice in Modern Computing 2015, TPMC 2015 - Part of the Multi Conference on Computer Science and Information Systems 2015 (pp 117-124) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Shah K, Ng RWM, Bougares F & Specia L (2015) Investigating continuous space language models for machine translation quality estimation. Conference Proceedings - EMNLP 2015: Conference on Empirical Methods in Natural Language Processing (pp 1073-1078) View this article in WRRO RIS download Bibtex download
  • Ng RWM, Shah K, Specia L & Hain T (2015) A study on the stability and effectiveness of features in quality estimation for spoken language translation. Proceedings of the Annual Conference of the International Speech Communication Association, INTERSPEECH, Vol. 2015-January (pp 2257-2261) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Qin Y & Specia L (2015) Insight into Multiple References in an MT Evaluation Metric (pp 131-140) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Specia L, Paetzold G & Scarton C (2015) Multi-level Translation Quality Prediction with QuEst++. Proceedings of ACL-IJCNLP 2015 System Demonstrations, July 2015 - July 2015. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Ng RWM, Shah K, Aziz W, Specia L & Hain T (2015) Quality estimation for asr k-best list rescoring in spoken language translation. 2015 IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech and Signal Processing (ICASSP), 19 April 2015 - 24 April 2015. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Shah K, Logacheva V, Paetzold G, Blain F, Beck D, Bougares F & Specia L (2015) SHEF-NN: Translation Quality Estimation with Neural Networks. Proceedings of the Tenth Workshop on Statistical Machine Translation, September 2015 - September 2015. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Aziz W, Dymetman M & Specia L (2014) Exact decoding for phrase-based statistical machine translation. Proceedings of the 2014 Conference on Empirical Methods in Natural Language Processing (EMNLP) (pp 1237-1249), 25 October 2014 - 29 October 2014. View this article in WRRO RIS download Bibtex download
  • Logacheva V & Specia L (2014) Confidence-based Active Learning Methods for Machine Translation. Proceedings of the EACL 2014 Workshop on Humans and Computer-assisted Translation, April 2014 - April 2014. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Scarton C & Specia L (2014) Exploring Consensus in Machine Translation for Quality Estimation. Proceedings of the Ninth Workshop on Statistical Machine Translation, June 2014 - June 2014. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Scarton C & Specia L (2014) Document-level translation quality estimation: Exploring discourse and pseudo-references. Proceedings of the 17th Annual Conference of the European Association for Machine Translation, EAMT 2014 (pp 101-108) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Song X, Specia L & Cohn T (2014) Data selection for discriminative training in statistical machine translation. Proceedings of the 17th Annual Conference of the European Association for Machine Translation, EAMT 2014 (pp 45-52) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Beck D, Cohn T & Specia L (2014) Joint emotion analysis via multi-task gaussian processes. EMNLP 2014 - 2014 Conference on Empirical Methods in Natural Language Processing, Proceedings of the Conference (pp 1798-1803) View this article in WRRO RIS download Bibtex download
  • Rios M, Specia L, Gelbukh A & Mitkov R (2014) Statistical Relational Learning to Recognise Textual Entailment (pp 330-339) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Logacheva V & Specia L (2014) A quality-based active sample selection strategy for statistical machine translation. Proceedings of the 9th International Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation, LREC 2014 (pp 2690-2695) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Specia L & Shah K (2014) Predicting human translation quality. Proceedings of the 11th Conference of the Association for Machine Translation in the Americas, AMTA 2014, Vol. 1 (pp 288-300) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Shah K & Specia L (2014) Quality estimation for translation selection. Proceedings of the 17th Annual Conference of the European Association for Machine Translation, EAMT 2014 (pp 109-116) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Steele D & Specia L (2014) Divergences in the Usage of Discourse Markers in English and Mandarin Chinese (pp 189-200) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Shah K, Turchi M & Specia L (2014) An Efficient and User-friendly Tool for Machine Translation Quality Estimation. Proceedings of the Ninth International Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation (LREC'14), 26 May 2014 - 31 May 2014. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Shah K, Cohn T & Specia L (2013) An Investigation on the Effectiveness of Features for Translation Quality Estimation. mt-summit RIS download Bibtex download
  • Specia L, Shah K, Camargo JG & Cohn T (2013) QUEST - A TRANSLATION QUALITY ESTIMATION FRAMEWORK. ACL RIS download Bibtex download
  • Beck D, Shah K, Cohn T & Specia L (2013) SHEF-Lite: When Less is More for Translation Quality Estimation. Eighth Workshop on Statistical Machine Translation (pp 337-342). Association for Computational Linguistics RIS download Bibtex download
  • Beck D, Specia L & Cohn T (2013) Reducing Annotation Effort for Quality Estimation via Active Learning. 51st Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics: Short Papers (pp 543-548) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Cohn T & Specia L (2013) Modelling Annotator Bias with Multi-task Gaussian Processes: An Application to Machine Translation Quality Estimation. 51st Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics (pp 32-42) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Bojar O, Buck C, Callison-Burch C, Federmann C, Haddow B, Koehn P, Monz C, Post M, Soricut R & Specia L (2013) Findings of the 2013 Workshop on Statistical Machine Translation. Eighth Workshop on Statistical Machine Translation (pp 1-44) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Aziz W & Specia L (2013) Multilingual WSD-like Constraints for Paraphrase Extraction. Seventeenth Conference on Computational Natural Language Learning (pp 202-211) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Aziz W, Sousa SCMD & Specia L (2012) PET: a Tool for Post-editing and Assessing Machine Translation. Eighth International Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation (pp 3982-3987) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Aziz W & Specia L (2012) PET: A tool for post-editing and assessing machine translation. Proceedings of the 16th Annual Conference of the European Association for Machine Translation, EAMT 2012 (pp 99) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Chong M & Specia L (2012) Linguistic and Statistical Traits Characterising Plagiarism. International Conference on Computational Linguistics (pp 195-204) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Skalban Y, Ha LA, Specia L & Mitkov R (2012) Automatic Question Generation in Multimedia-Based Learning. International Conference on Computational Linguistics (pp 1151-1160) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Jauhar SK & Specia L (2012) UOW-SHEF: SimpLex – Lexical Simplicity Ranking based on Contextual and Psycholinguistic Features. First Joint Conference on Lexical and Computational Semantics (pp 477-481) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Rios M, Aziz W & Specia L (2012) UOW: Semantically Informed Text Similarity. First Joint Conference on Lexical and Computational Semantics (pp 673-678) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Felice M & Specia L (2012) Linguistic Features for Quality Estimation. Seventh Workshop on Statistical Machine Translation (pp 96-103) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Callison-Burch C, Koehn P, Monz C, Post M, Soricut R & Specia L (2012) Findings of the 2012 Workshop on Statistical Machine Translation. Seventh Workshop on Statistical Machine Translation (pp 10-51) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Specia L, Jauhar SK & Mihalcea R (2012) SemEval-2012 Task 1: English Lexical Simplification. First Joint Conference on Lexical and Computational Semantics (pp 347-355) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Turchi M, Specia L & Steinberger J (2012) Relevance Ranking for Translated Texts. 16th Annual Conference of the European Association for Machine Translation (pp 153-160) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Koponen M, Aziz W, Ramos L & Specia L (2012) Post-editing time as a measure of cognitive effort. AMTA 2012 Workshop on Post-Editing Technology and Practice (pp 11-20) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Aziz W, Sousa SCMD & Specia L (2012) Cross-lingual Sentence Compression for Subtitles. 16th Annual Conference of the European Association for Machine Translation (pp 103-110) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Aziz W, Rios M & Specia L (2011) Improving Chunk-based Semantic Role Labeling with Lexical Features. Recent Advances in Natural Language Processing Conference. Hissar, Bulgaria RIS download Bibtex download
  • Sousa SCMD, Aziz W & Specia L (2011) Assessing the post-editing effort for automatic and semi-automatic translations of DVD subtitles. Recent Advances in Natural Language Processing Conference. Hissar, Bulgaria RIS download Bibtex download
  • Specia L, Hajlaoui N, Hallett C & Aziz W (2011) Predicting Machine Translation Adequacy. Machine Translation Summit XIII RIS download Bibtex download
  • Aziz W, Rios M & Specia L (2011) Shallow Semantic Trees for SMT. Proceedings of the Sixth Workshop on Statistical Machine Translation (pp 316-322). Edinburgh, Scotland RIS download Bibtex download
  • Rios M, Aziz W & Specia L (2011) TINE: A Metric to Assess MT Adequacy. Proceedings of the Sixth Workshop on Statistical Machine Translation (pp 116-122). Edinburgh, Scotland RIS download Bibtex download
  • Candido Jr A, Copestake A, Specia L & Aluísio SM (2011) Towards an on-demand Simple Portuguese Wikipedia. Second Workshop on Speech and Language Processing for Assistive Technologies (pp 137-147) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Specia L (2011) Exploiting Objective Annotations for Measuring Translation Post-editing Effort. 15th Conference of the European Association for Machine Translation (pp 73-80). Leuven, Belgium RIS download Bibtex download
  • Chong M & Specia L (2011) Lexical Generalisation for Word-level Matching in Plagiarism Detection.. RANLP’11 (pp 704-709-704-709) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Aluísio S, Specia L, Gasperin C & Scarton C (2010) Readability assessment for text simplification. NAACL HLT 2010 Fifth Workshop on Innovative Use of NLP for Building Educational Applications (pp 1-9) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Aziz W & Specia L (2010) USPwlv and WLVusp: Combining dictionaries and contextual information for cross-lingual lexical substitution. 5th International Workshop on Semantic Evaluation (pp 117-122) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Aziz W, Dymetman M, Mirkin S, Specia L, Cancedda N & Dagan I (2010) Learning an Expert from Human Annotations in Statistical Machine Translation: the Case of Out-of-Vocabulary Words. 14th Annual Conference of the European Association for Machine Translation (pp 28-35) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Specia L & Farzindar A (2010) Estimating Machine Translation Post-Editing Effort with HTER. AMTA-2010 Workshop Bringing MT to the User: MT Research and the Translation Industry RIS download Bibtex download
  • Specia L (2010) Translating from Complex to Simplified Sentences.. PROPOR, Vol. 6001 (pp 30-39) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Specia L, Cancedda N & Dymetman M (2010) A Dataset for Assessing Machine Translation Evaluation Metrics.. LREC RIS download Bibtex download
  • Chong M, Specia L & Mitkov R (2010) Using Natural Language Processing for Automatic Detection of Plagiarism. 4th International Plagiarism Conference RIS download Bibtex download
  • Specia L & Giménez J (2010) Combining Confidence Estimation and Reference-based Metrics for Segment-level MT Evaluation. Ninth Conference of the Association for Machine Translation in the Americas RIS download Bibtex download
  • Specia L, Turchi M, Wang Z, Shawe-Taylor J & Saunders C (2009) Improving the Confidence of Machine Translation Quality Estimates. Machine Translation Summit XII RIS download Bibtex download
  • Specia L, Turchi M, Cancedda N, Dymetman M & Cristianini N (2009) Estimating the Sentence-Level Quality of Machine Translation Systems. 13th Annual Conference of the European Association for Machine Translation (pp 28-37) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Candido A, Maziero E, Gasperin C, Pardo TAS, Specia L & Aluísio SM (2009) Supporting the Adaptation of Texts for Poor Literacy Readers: a Text Simplification Editor for Brazilian Portuguese. Fourth Workshop on Innovative Use of NLP for Building Educational Applications (pp 34-42) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Mirkin S, Specia L, Cancedda N, Dagan I, Dymetman M & Szpektor I (2009) Source-Language Entailment Modeling for Translating Unknown Terms.. ACL/IJCNLP (pp 791-799) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Caseli HM, Pereira TF, Specia L, Pardo TAS, Gasperin C & Aluísio SM (2009) Building a Brazilian Portuguese parallel corpus of original and simplified texts. Advances in Computational Linguistics, Research in Computer Science, Vol. 41 (pp 59-70) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Gasperin C, Specia L, Pereira TF & Aluísio SM (2009) Learning When to Simplify Sentences for Natural Text Simplification. Encontro Nacional de Inteligência Artificial (pp 809-818) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Gasperin C, Maziero EG, Specia L, Pardo TAS & Aluísio SM (2009) Natural language processing for social inclusion: a text simplification architecture for different literacy levels. XXXVI Seminário Integrado de Software e Hardware (pp 387-401) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Aluísio SM, Specia L, Pardo TAS, Maziero EG, Caseli HDM & Fortes RPDM (2008) A corpus analysis of simple account texts and the proposal of simplification strategies: first steps towards text simplification systems.. SIGDOC (pp 15-22) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Specia L, Sankaran B & Nunes MDGV (2008) n-Best Reranking for the Efficient Integration of Word Sense Disambiguation and Statistical Machine Translation.. CICLing, Vol. 4919 (pp 399-410) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Aluísio SM, Specia L, Pardo TAS, Maziero EG & Fortes RPDM (2008) Towards Brazilian Portuguese automatic text simplification systems.. ACM Symposium on Document Engineering (pp 240-248) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Specia L & Motta E (2007) q Integrating folksonomies with the semantic web. SEMANTIC WEB: RESEARCH AND APPLICATIONS, PROCEEDINGS, Vol. 4519 (pp 624-+) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Angeletou S, Sabou M, Specia L & Motta E (2007) Bridging the Gap Between Folksonomies and the Semantic Web: An Experience Report. European Semantic Web Conference Workshop Bridging the Gap between Semantic Web and Web 2.0 RIS download Bibtex download
  • Specia L, Nunes MGV, Srinivasan A & Ramakrishnan G (2007) USP-IBM-1 and USP-IBM-2: the ILP-based systems for lexical sample WSD in SemEval-2007. 4th International Workshop on Semantic Evaluations (pp 442-445) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Specia L & Motta E (2007) Integrating Folksonomies with the Semantic Web.. ESWC, Vol. 4519 (pp 624-639) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Specia L, Stevenson M & Nunes MGV (2007) Learning Expressive Models for Word Sense Disambiguation. 45th Annual Meeting of the Association of Computational Linguistics (pp 41-48) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Specia L & Motta E (2006) A hybrid approach for extracting semantic relations from texts. Second Workshop on Ontology Learning and Population: Bridging the Gap between Text and Knowledge (pp 57-64) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Specia L, Nunes MGV, Srinivasan A & Ramakrishnan G (2006) Word Sense Disambiguation using ILP. 16th International Conference on Inductive Logic Programming (pp 191-193) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Specia L & Nunes MDGV (2006) Exploiting the Translation Context for Multilingual WSD.. TSD, Vol. 4188 (pp 269-276) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Specia L & Motta E (2006) A Hybrid Approach for Relation Extraction Aimed at the Semantic Web.. FQAS, Vol. 4027 (pp 564-576) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Specia L, Srinivasan A, Ramakrishnan G & Nunes MDGV (2006) Word Sense Disambiguation Using Inductive Logic Programming.. ILP, Vol. 4455 (pp 409-423) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Specia L (2006) A Hybrid Relational Approach for WSD - First Results.. ACL RIS download Bibtex download
  • Specia L, Nunes M & Stevenson M (2006) Translation Context Sensitive WSD. Proceedings of the European Association for Machine Transaltion 11th Annual Conference (EAMT-2006) (pp 227-232-227-232). Oslo, Norway RIS download Bibtex download
  • Specia L, Nunes M, Stevenson M & Ribeiro G (2006) Multilingual versus Monolingual WSD. Proceedings of the workshop "Making Sense of Sense" held in conjunction with the Eleventh Conference of the European Chapter of the Association for Computational Lingusitics (pp 33-40-33-40). Trento, Italy RIS download Bibtex download
  • Specia L, Ribeiro GCB, Nunes MDV & Stevenson M (2006) The need for application-dependent WSD strategies: A case study in NIT. COMPUTATIONAL PROCESSING OF THE PORTUGUESE LANGUAGE, PROCEEDINGS, Vol. 3960 (pp 233-237) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Specia L (2005) Knowledge sources for disambiguating highly ambiguous verbs in machine translation. 17th European Summer School in Logic, Language and Information RIS download Bibtex download
  • Specia L, Neto S, Nunes M & Stevenson M (2005) An Automatic Approach to Creating a Sense Tagged Corpus for Word Sense Disambiguation in Machine Translation. Second Workshop Organised by the MEANING project (MEANING-2005) (pp 31-36). Trento, Italy RIS download Bibtex download
  • Specia L, Nunes M & Stevenson M (2005) Mining Rules for Word Sense Disambiguation. III TIL - Workshop em Tecnologia da Informacao e da Linguagem Humana, XXV Congresso da SBC. Sao Leopoldo, Brasil RIS download Bibtex download
  • Specia L, Nunes MGV & Stevenson M (2005) Exploiting Parallel Texts to Produce a Multilingual Sense Tagged Corpus for Word Sense Disambiguation. Recent Advances in Natural Language Processing (pp 525-531) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Specia L & Rino LHM (2003) ConPor: um modelo de geraç ao conceitual para o português. Encontro Nacional de Inteligência Artificial RIS download Bibtex download
  • Specia L & Rino LHM (2003) An intrinsic approach to the evaluation of a conceptual generator. Latin American Conference on Informatics RIS download Bibtex download
  • Elliott D, Frank S, Barrault L, Bougares F & Specia L () Findings of the Second Shared Task on Multimodal Machine Translation and Multilingual Image Description. Proceedings of the Second Conference on Machine Translation, 2017, pp. 215--233 RIS download Bibtex download
  • Specia L () A Review of Machine Translation Tools from a Post-Editing Perspective. rd Joint EM+/CNGL Workshop Bringing MT to the User: Research Meets Translators (JEC 2011). Luxembourg, 2011. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Specia L () Estimating Machine Translation Post-Editing Effort with HTER. AMTA-2010 Workshop Bringing MT to the User: MT Research and the Translation Industry. Denver, Colorado, 2010. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Aziz W & Specia L () Fully Automatic Compilation of a Portuguese-English Parallel Corpus for Statistical Machine Translation. STIL 2011. Cuiabá, MT RIS download Bibtex download
  • Specia L () A Review of Machine Translation Tools from a Post-Editing Perspective. 3rd Joint EM+/CNGL Workshop Bringing MT to the User: Research Meets Translators (JEC 2011). Luxembourg, 2011. RIS download Bibtex download

Working papers

  • Paetzold GH & Specia L () Vicinity-Driven Paragraph and Sentence Alignment for Comparable Corpora. RIS download Bibtex download

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