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Diarmuid Ó Séaghdha

Diarmuid Ó Séaghdha

Contact Details

University of Cambridge Computer Laboratory
15 JJ Thomson Avenue
Cambridge CB3 0FD

Email: Consists of the strings "Diarmuid", "O'Seaghdha@cl", "cam", "ac" and "uk", all joined together by dots
Telephone: (+44)(0) 1223 763582
At the Computer Lab: You can usually find me in GS02

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Short Bio

I'm a member of the Natural Language and Information Processing Group at the Computer Laboratory in Cambridge. My interests revolve around the application of machine learning techniques to semantic processing tasks, especially tasks at the interface between lexical knowledge (what individual words mean) and relational knowledge (what combinations of words mean). I'm currently working as a postdoc on an IARPA-funded project "Foresight and Understanding from Scientific Exposition" (FUSE) with Simone Teufel in Cambridge and in collaboration with researchers at Columbia University, University of Maryland, University of Michigan and University of Texas.

In 2003 I graduated with a BA (Mod) in Computer Science, Linguistics and German from Trinity College Dublin. I subsequently spent a year studying Indian linguistic theory at the Faculty of Oriental Studies (now the Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies) in Cambridge under Dr. Eivind Kahrs. I then moved to the Computer Lab to do my PhD on Learning Noun Compound Semantics, which was supervised by Ann Copestake. I subsequently spent some time working with Anna Korhonen on an EPSRC-funded project "Lexical Acquisition for the Biomedical Domain".

In my spare time I do a lot of running. I also enjoy travelling, and taking photographs of whatever catches my eye. I maintain a Flickr site here.

About my name (by popular request!)

My name is Irish in origin (like me). "Ó Séaghdha" is my surname; it is pronounced the same as "O'Shea", which is its anglicised form. Despite what my email address suggests, there is no apostrophe. A rough IPA transcription (based on the Wikipedia guidelines) of my full name is /dʲiərmˠʊɪdʲ oː ʃeː/. In BibTeX you need to write Diarmuid {\'O S\'eaghdha} or \'O S\'eaghdha, Diarmuid in the author field; otherwise BibTeX will assume incorrectly that the "Ó" is a middle initial and "Séaghdha" is my surname.

Compound noun bibliography

I have compiled a bibliography of computational and linguistic literature relating to compound nouns; it's a bit out of date but maybe someone will find it useful. There's also a Bibsonomy version which may be updated more frequently and has extras like indexible tags and abstracts.

Current and recent activities

  • Our paper Emoticons and Phrases: Status Symbols in Social Media (with Simo Tchokni and Daniele Quercia) has been accepted at ICWSM 2014.
  • My MPhil project proposals for 2013-14 are up. If you're interested in any of them, send me an email.
  • My paper Probabilistic Distributional Semantics with Latent Variable Models (with Anna Korhonen) has been accepted to appear in Computational Linguistics.
  • I (and some others) wrote a book! It's called Semantic Relations Between Nominals and it's about semantic relations between nominals.