Welcome to my website!
I am a Research Scientist at the International Computer Science Institute, University of California, Berkeley. Previously I was a postdoc at the International Computer Science Institute and the Institute for Cognitive and Brain Sciences, working with Srini Narayanan and George Lakoff.
My research focuses on computational modeling of human creativity and metaphor. I am looking at this problem from three different perspectives: that of linguistics, i.e. how creative thought is expressed in natural languages; that of computer science, i.e. how the computational mechanisms of creative thought can be simulated; and that of cognitive science, i.e. to what extent this simulation replicates the computation process employed by the human brain.
I now lead the new Metaphor Extraction research team at ICSI. Our goal is to create robust and accurate tools that identify metaphorical expressions in unrestricted text using statistical methods.
I am also working on YossarianLives, a new metaphorical search engine that helps the user discover, create and innovate. YossarianLives is funded by the Technology Strategy Board in the UK and it has been recently featured in the New Scientist, the Guardian and the Wired magazine. You can try out the latest version of our image search here.
I have recently been awarded a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship and a Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship at the University of Cambridge.
Book on Computational Modelling of Metaphor (with Tony Veale and Beata Beigman Klebanov, Morgan & Claypool, USA). Coming soon!
Before coming to Berkeley I was a Research Associate at RCEAL and the Computer Laboratory, University of Cambridge, funded by the EU PANACEA project and working with Anna Korhonen on computational lexical semantics.
I received my PhD from the University of Cambridge Computer Laboratory in 2011. My research supervisors were Simone Teufel and Anna Korhonen. My studies were funded by the ORS award, Cambridge Trusts and Google and I am a member of Pembroke College.
Associate Editor, Cognitive Processing (2013 -- 2017).
Co-organiser, SemEval 2015 Task 11 Sentiment Analysis of Figurative Language in Twitter.
Delivering a Tutorial on Computational Modelling of Metaphor at EACL 2014 (with Tony Veale).
Co-chair of The Second Workshop on Metaphor in NLP, co-located with ACL 2014 (with Beata Beigman Klebanov and Patricia Lichtenstein).
Co-chair of The First Workshop on Metaphor in NLP, co-located with NAACL-HLT 2013 (with Beata Beigman Klebanov, Joel Tetrault and Zornitsa Kozareva).
Reviewing for Computational Linguistics, ACM Transactions on Speech and Language Processing, Computer Speech and Language, Language Resources and Evaluation and Cognitive Processing journals.
Reviewing (annually) for ACL, EMNLP, COLING, CogSci, IJCAI, *SEM and other conferences, as well as a number of workshops.
Contact me at
katia @ icsi.berkeley.edu
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