Monica Lestari Paramita

Research Associate

BSc (Indonesia), MSc (Sheffield)


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I obtained my Bachelor Degree in Computer Science from the University of Indonesia in 2006. After working as a research intern in the Information Retrieval Group in the University of Indonesia for a year, I moved to Sheffield in 2007 to pursue a Master Degree in Information Management at the University of Sheffield. My Master dissertation investigated the use of spatial information to diversify results in an image retrieval system. After finishing my degree, I worked as a research intern in the Information Retrieval Group at the University in Sheffield, specifically in investigating the need of diversity in search results. Since 2010, I have worked as a research associate for various EU-funded projects related to Information Retrieval and Natural Language Processing, including ACCURAT (Analysis and evaluation of Comparable Corpora for Under Resourced Areas of machine Translation), TaaS (Terminology as a Service) and SENSEI (Making Sense of Human-Human Conversation). As part of these projects, I developed methods for building comparable corpora for under-resourced languages, carried out a bilingual term extraction from these corpora, and also created tools and framework to evaluate the new technologies developed in the projects.

I am currently working as a Research Associate for the Europeana project. The aim of this project is to connect the online collections of Europe's cultural heritage institutions. My task is to create a framework to evaluate the Europeana search portal and its components, specifically in supporting search and exploratory tasks carried out by the users. I am currently pursuing a part-time PhD in which I investigate the use of language-independent methods to measure cross-lingual similarity within Wikipedia.