Computer Laboratory

Youmna Farag

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I am a final year PhD student in the Natural Language and Information Processing Group, at the University of Cambridge Computer Laboratory, supervised by Prof Ted Briscoe. I am also a member of Murray Edwards College and a recipient of the EPSRC and Cambridge Trust scholarships. I obtained my BSc in Computer Science from the American University in Cairo. Before starting my PhD, I finished the MPhil in Advanced Computer Science at the Computer Laboratory in Cambridge. In between my BSc and MPhil degrees I worked as a Software Engineer at Emerge Technology (now Pixelogic Media), Cairo, Egypt.

My research interest is machine learning and natural language processing. Currently, I focus on modeling discourse coherence using deep learning, specifically multi-task learning, applying my models in the pedagogical domain and developing frameworks to evaluate and further interpret coherence models.

Apart from my research, I love racket sports, walking/hiking and reading.


  • Multi-Task Learning for Coherence Modeling. Youmna Farag and Helen Yannakoudakis. Proceedings of the 57th Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics (ACL 2019). [pdf]
  • Neural Automated Essay Scoring and Coherence Modeling for Adversarially Crafted Input. Youmna Farag, Helen Yannakoudakis and Ted Briscoe. Proceedings of the 16th Conference of the North American Chapter of the Association for Computational Linguistics (NAACL 2018). [pdf]
  • An error-oriented approach to word embedding pre-training. Youmna Farag, Marek Rei and Ted Briscoe. Proceedings of the 12th Workshop on Innovative Use of NLP for Building Educational Applications (BEA 2017). [pdf]
  • Convolutional Neural Networks for Automated Essay Assessment. Youmna Farag. MPhil Thesis, Computer Laboratory, University of Cambridge, 2016. [pdf]


  • Supervisor for Information Retrieval, 2017 and 2018.
  • Supervisor for Natural Language Processing, 2018.


Department of Computer Science and Technology
University of Cambridge
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Cambridge CB3 0FD

Last updated 07/08/2020