Computer Laboratory

Olesya Razuvayevskaya

I am a second year PhD student in the Natural Language and Information Processing (NLIP) group at Computer Laboratory, University of Cambridge, and a member of Robinson College. My advisor is Dr Simone Teufel.

The main focus of my research lies at the intersection of argumentation theory, natural language processing and formal logic. I currently work on argument mining for enthymemes, i.e., arguments with one or more logical chains missing, in naturally occurring texts. The ultimate goal is to develop natural language generation techniques for enthymeme reconstruction given a pre-defined argumentation scheme.

Keywords: artificial intelligence; machine learning; argumentation; natural language processing; natural language generation; argument mining; enthymemes; sequence-to-sequence neural networks.

I am grateful to the Ministry of Education of Azerbaijan Republic for funding my studies in the scope of the State Program for Education Abroad.


I am originally from Baku, Azerbaijan. Before joining Computer Lab, I spent two years in industry, working as a full-time software engineer in financial sector.

  • 2012  University of Edinburgh - MSc in Computer Science (Distinction). Concentration in Theoretical Computer Science. My MSc thesis was on the development of tools for researchers working on Autism Spectrum Condition, in the scope of which I was working with Prof Helen Pain. It can be accessed through the Edinburgh Research Archive.
  • 2011  Azerbaijan State University of Oil and Industry - BSc in Informatics and Computing Techniques (1st Class Honors, graduating first in my university in my year). Concentration in Software Engineering.


Lent 2017 - I am demonstrating and ticking for Machine Learning and Real-world Data, A Part IA CST course at Computer Laboratory, University of Cambridge

Other professional involvement

The progressing gender imbalance in both industrial and academic sectors of technology is something that concerns me. At Computer Laboratory, I volunteer as a Social Events Chair for Women@CL - an initiative that provides local, national and international activities for women engaged in computing research and academic leadership. Our goal is to aspire women to leadership positions in both academia and in industry and to support them in their careers through mentoring, tech talks, social events, summer schools, conferences and outreach activities. For a possibility of collaborating and organizing forthcoming activities with us, please contact either me or Marwa Mahmoud, 2016-2017 Women@CL Chair.

I am also a part of Cambridge Innovation Consulting group which aims to build the link between academia and industry.


  • Recognising enthymemes in real-world texts:a feasibility study
    Olesya Razuvayevskaya and Simone Teufel (2016)
    Proceedings of the workshop on Foundations of the Language of Argumentation of the 6th International Conference on Computational Models of Argument, pp. 56-64, Potsdam, Germany
  • Finding enthymemes in real-world texts: a feasibility study
    Olesya Razuvayevskaya and Simone Teufel (2017)
    Journal for Argument & Computation

When not doing research

...I can often be found learning new languages, sketching landscapes, horse riding, running, or cooking Caucasian food. I am deeply interested in fine arts, animation, art-house cinematography, music, and architecture. I have been playing piano and drawing since early childhood. I also play guitar a little bit, like photographing (at a very dilettante level) and experimenting with 3D modelling and animation (primarily, using Blender and Python).

Photo of Olesya Razuvayevskaya


University of Cambridge Computer Laboratory
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My first name is pronounced as [ˌa.'lʲeˑ.sia] (a rough transcription in International Phonec Alphabet), with the stress on the second syllable and [lʲ] denoting soft [l], like in "leaf".

enthymeme diagram

  • © 2016 Olesya Razuvayevskaya