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Laura Rimell

Short Biography

I am a Senior Research Associate in the Natural Language and Information Processing Group at the Computer Laboratory at the University of Cambridge, working with Stephen Clark on the the ERC project Distributional Compositional Semantics for Text Processing (DisCoTex). I am also a College Research Associate at Wolfson College.

Previously, I worked on the EPSRC project A Unified Model of Compositional and Distributional Semantics; the EU project Platform for Automatic, Normalized Annotation and Cost-Effective Acquisition of Language Resources for Human Language Technologies' (PANACEA); and the EPSRC project Accurate and Efficient Parsing of Biomedical Text.

I hold a PhD in Linguistics from New York University, where my supervisors were Anna Szabolcsi and Alec Marantz.


I am Workshops Co-Chair for EACL 2017. The list of accepted workshops is online!

The RELPRON relative clause data set is now available (see below for the article).

I recently helped pupils program a simple version of Lunar Lander in Scratch at the Bellbird Primary School as part of Computer Science Education Week.

Research Interests

Distributional semantics, compositional distributional semantics, multi-modal semantics, lexical entailment, lexical relations, natural language parsing, parser evaluation, subcategorization frame acquisition, generic and habitual sentences, conversion and zero-derivation



Laura Rimell, Jean Maillard, Tamara Polajnar and Stephen Clark. RELPRON: A Relative Clause Composition Data Set for Compositional Distributional Semantics. Computational Linguistics 42(4), Special Issue on Formal Distributional Semantics.
(RELPRON Data Set.)

Max Kisselew, Laura Rimell, Alexis Palmer and Sebastian Padó. Predicting the Direction of Derivation in English Conversion. Proceedings of the 14th SIGMORPHON Workshop on Computational Research in Phonetics, Phonology, and Morphology, Berlin, Germany.

Ekaterina Vylomova, Laura Rimell, Trevor Cohn and Timothy Baldwin. Take and Took, Gaggle and Goose, Book and Read: Evaluating the Utility of Vector Differences for Lexical Relation Learning. Proceedings of the 54th Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics (ACL-16), Berlin, Germany.

Laura Rimell and Eva Maria Vecchi. SLEDDED: A Proposed Dataset of Event Descriptions for Evaluating Phrase Representations. Proceedings of The First Workshop on Evaluating Vector Space Representations for NLP (RepEval), Berlin, Germany.

Stephen Clark, Laura Rimell, Tamara Polajnar and Jean Maillard. The Categorial Framework for Compositional Distributional Semantics. Technical Report, University of Cambridge Computer Laboratory.


Tamara Polajnar, Laura Rimell and Stephen Clark. 2015. An Exploration of Discourse-Based Sentence Spaces for Compositional Distributional Semantics. Proceedings of the Workshop on Linking Models of Lexical, Sentential and Discourse-level Semantics (LSDSem), Lisbon, Portugal.

Douwe Kiela, Laura Rimell, Ivan Vulić and Stephen Clark. 2015. Exploiting Image Generality for Lexical Entailment Detection. Proceedings of the 53rd Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics (ACL-15), Beijing, China.


Tamara Polajnar, Laura Rimell and Stephen Clark. 2014. Using Sentence Plausibility to Learn the Semantics of Transitive Verbs. NIPS workshop on Learning Semantics, Montreal, Canada.

Tamara Polajnar, Laura Rimell and Stephen Clark. 2014. Evaluation of Simple Distributional Compositional Operations on Longer Texts. Proceedings of the 9th Language Resources and Evaluation Conference (LREC-14), Reykjavik, Iceland.

Laura Rimell. 2014. Distributional Lexical Entailment by Topic Coherence. Proceedings of the 14th Conference of the European Chapter of the Association for Computational Linguistics (EACL-14), Gothenburg, Sweden.

Sandro Bauer, Stephen Clark, Laura Rimell, and Thore Graepel. 2014. Learning a Theory of Marriage (and other relations) from a Web Corpus. Proceedings of the European Conference on Information Retrieval (ECIR-14), Amsterdam, The Netherlands.


Tamara Polajnar, Laura Rimell, and Douwe Kiela. 2013. UCAM-CORE: Incorporating structured distributional similarity into STS. Proceedings of *SEM 2013 (shared task), Atlanta, Georgia.

Deniz Yuret, Laura Rimell, and Aydin Han. 2013. Parser Evaluation Using Textual Entailments. Language Resources and Evaluation 47(3):639-659.

Laura Rimell, Thomas Lippincott, Karin Verspoor, Helen L. Johnson, and Anna Korhonen. 2013. Acquisition and Evaluation of Verb Subcategorization Resources for Biomedicine. Journal of Biomedical Informatics 46(2):228-237.

Thomas Lippincott, Laura Rimell, Karin Verspoor, and Anna Korhonen. 2013. Approaches to Verb Subcategorization for Biomedicine. Journal of Biomedical Informatics 46(2):212-227.


Tim Van de Cruys, Laura Rimell, Thierry Poibeau, and Anna Korhonen. 2012. Multi-way Tensor Factorization for Unsupervised Lexical Acquisition. Proceedings of the 24th International Conference on Computational Linguistics (COLING-12), Mumbai, India.

Laura Rimell, Thierry Poibeau, and Anna Korhonen. 2012. Merging Lexicons for Higher Precision Subcategorization Frame Acquisition. Proceedings of the LREC 2012 Workshop on Language Resource Merging, Istanbul, Turkey.

Laura Rimell. 2012. Nominal Roots as Event Predicates in English Denominal Conversion Verbs. PhD Thesis, New York University.


Joakim Nivre, Laura Rimell, Ryan McDonald and Carlos Gómez-Rodríguez. 2010. Evaluation of Dependency Parsers on Unbounded Dependencies. Proceedings of the 23rd International Conference on Computational Linguistics (COLING-10), Beijing, China.

Yue Zhang, Byung-Gyu Ahn, Stephen Clark, Curt Van Wyk, James Curran and Laura Rimell. 2010. Chart Pruning for Fast Lexicalised-Grammar Parsing. Proceedings of the 23rd International Conference on Computational Linguistics (COLING-10), Beijing, China.

Laura Rimell and Stephen Clark. 2010. Parser Evaluation using Textual Entailment by Grammatical Relation Comparison. Proceedings of the 5th International Workshop on Semantic Evaluation (Semeval-2010), pp.268-271, Uppsala, Sweden.


Laura Rimell and Stephen Clark. 2009. Porting a Lexicalized-Grammar Parser to the Biomedical Domain. Journal of Biomedical Informatics 42(5):852-865.

Laura Rimell, Stephen Clark and Mark Steedman. 2009. Unbounded Dependency Recovery for Parser Evaluation. Proceedings of the Conference on Empirical Methods in Natural Language Processing (EMNLP-09), pp.813-821, Singapore.


Laura Rimell and Stephen Clark. 2008. Adapting a Lexicalized-Grammar Parser to Contrasting Domains. Proceedings of the Conference on Empirical Methods in Natural Language Processing (EMNLP-08), pp.475-484, Honolulu, Hawaii.

Laura Rimell and Stephen Clark. 2008. Constructing a Parser Evaluation Scheme. Proceedings of the COLING workshop on Cross-Framework and Cross-Domain Parser Evaluation, pp.44-50, Manchester, UK.


Laura Rimell. 2006. Split Antecedents in VP Ellipsis. Proceedings of the 37th Annual Meeting of the North East Linguistic Society (NELS-37), Urbana-Champaign, Illinois.

Laura Rimell. 2004. Habitual Sentences and Generic Quantification. Proceedings of the 23rd West Coast Conference on Formal Linguistics (WCCFL-23), pp.663-676, Davis, California.

Laura Rimell and Thomas Leu. 2004. VP-Preposing and Relative Scope. Proceedings of the 28th Annual Penn Linguistics Colloquium (PLC-28), University of Pennsylvania.


Last year I taught a unit on Applications of Neural Networks as part of Advanced Topics in Natural Language Processing (MPhil ACS, Part III).

I have supervised (small group tuition) Natural Language Processing and Information Retrieval at the Computer Lab. I have also lectured and supervised Li18 Computational Linguistics in the Department of Theoretical and Applied Linguistics.

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