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Olesya Razuvayevskaya

I am a PhD student conducting my research in the Natural Language and Information Processing (NLIP) group at the Department of Computer Science and Technology (previously known as Computer Laboratory), University of Cambridge, and a member of Robinson College. My advisor is Professor 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.

My research is fully funded by the academic performance-based scholarship from the The Ministry of Education of Azerbaijan Republic .
I am a recipient of departmental Wiseman award 2018.


I am originally from Baku, Azerbaijan. Before starting my PhD, I spent three years in industry, working as a full-time software engineer in financial sector.


Lent 2017, 2018, 2019 - Demonstrating for Machine Learning and Real-world Data, A Part IA and Part IB course at Computer Laboratory, University of Cambridge

Lent 2017, 2018, 2019 - Ticking for Machine Learning and Real-world Data, A Part IA CST and Part IB course at Computer Laboratory, University of Cambridge

Lent 2018 - Supervising for Information Retrieval, A Part II course at Computer Laboratory, University of Cambridge

Other professional involvement and updates

Since October 2019 I am a Postdoctoral Fellow (in Natural Language Processing) in Open Targets research group at European Bioinformatics Institute (part of EMBL). My work will focus on developing NLP and graph approaches for identifying novel relationships in Open Access literature, as well as building a knowledge graph combining literature relationships with other evidence from the Open Targets Platform.

2019 - Reviewer/program committee for ACL's (Accosiation for Computational Linguistics) 6th International Workshop on Argument Mining (Florence, Italy)

2016-2018 - I was a part of Cambridge Innovation Consulting team which aims to build the link between academia and industry.

At Computer Laboratory, I volunteered, in different roles, 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.

2018-2019 - Women@CL Mentoring Chair

2017-2018 - Oxbridge Women in Computer Science conference Chair (for more details, please visit the conference website or our event page).

2016-2017 - Women@CL Social Events Chair

2017-2018 - Women's Welfare Officer and an MCR Committee member at Robinson College.


  • 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 urban and countryside landscapes, experimenting with 3D modelling, hiking, rowing, or horse riding. I am a member of the Cambridge University Hillwalking Club and the Cambridge University Irish Dance Society (practicing soft shoe dance styles), and I row for Robinson College. My more generic across-the-board interests include music (I play piano and guitar), amateur photography, martial arts (boxing), and cinematography.

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My first name is pronounced as [ˌa.'lʲeˑ.sia] (a rough transcription in International Phonec Alphabet).

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