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Simon Dobnik

Senior lecturer

Simon Dobnik
Senior lecturer
Computational Linguistics
simon.dobnik@gu.se
+46 31 786 6917

Room number: 208 B
Postal Address: Box 200, 40530 Göteborg
Visiting Address: Dicksonsgatan 4 , 41256 Göteborg


Department of Philosophy, Linguistics, Theory of Science (More Information)
Box 200
405 30 Göteborg
www.flov.gu.se
flov@flov.gu.se

Visiting Address: Olof Wijksgatan 6 , 412 55 Göteborg

About Simon Dobnik

Researcher in Language Technology/Computational Linguistics
Research Coordinator for Linguistics
Research Coordinator for The Centre for Linguistic Theory and Studies in Probability
Chair of the Programme Committee for Masters in Language Technology

Research

My main research interest is computational interpretation and generation of spatial descriptions - in particular how to map highly underspecified cognitive spatial expressions to unambiguous representations of space used in physical sciences such as robotics. The mapping between these domains can only be achieved with machine learning. The disambiguation of spatial descriptions relies on the world knowledge about the objects and the scene and may be assisted by collaborative dialogue between conversational agents. Overall, spatial knowledge thus includes both symbolic and distributional information.

I previously worked at the Department of Computer Science at Oxford University on the natural language understanding component and the dialogue manager of the English emotional conversational agent developed within the Companions project and on automatic summarisation of scientific papers within the Sapienta project.

Teaching

I have taught courses in general linguistics, syntax, semantics, formal methods for linguists, computational linguistics for linguists and for computer scientists both at undergraduate and graduate level.

Education

I received my undergraduate (MA), masters (MPhil) and doctoral degree (DPhil) from Oxford University.

Previous publications

dobnik.net/simon/papers.html

Latest publications

An overview of Natural Language Inference Data Collection: The Way Forward?
Stergios Chatzikyriakidis, Robin Cooper, Simon Dobnik, Staffan Larsson
Proceedings of the IWCS2017 workshop on Computing Natural Language Inference, Conference paper 2017
Conference paper

Learning to compose spatial relations with grounded neural language models
Mehdi Ghanimifard, Simon Dobnik
Second International Workshop on Models and Representations in Spatial Cognition (MRSC). Schloss Hohentübingen; Tübingen, Germany; April 06 - 07, 2017, Poster 2017
Poster

(Perceptual) grounding as interaction
Simon Dobnik, Amelie Åstbom
Proceedings of Saardial (Semdial 2017): The 21st Workshop on the Semantics and Pragmatics of Dialogue, August 15–17, 2017 / Volha Petukhova and Ye Tian (eds.), Saarbrücken, Germany, SemDial, Conference paper 2017
Conference paper

KILLE: learning grounded language through interaction
Simon Dobnik, Erik Wouter de Graaf
CEUR Workshop Proceedings, CEUR-WS.org, urn:nbn:de:0074-1863-7, Conference paper 2017
Conference paper

Back to the Future: Logic and Machine Learning
Simon Dobnik, John D. Kelleher
Conference on Logic and Machine Learning in Natural Language (LaML), Conference contribution 2017
Conference contribution

KILLE: a Framework for Situated Agents for Learning Language Through Interaction
Simon Dobnik, Erik Wouter de Graaf
Linköping Electronic Conference Proceedings, Linköpings universitet, Linköping University Electronic Press, Conference paper 2017
Conference paper

Identification of Languages in Algerian Arabic Multilingual Documents
Wafia Adouane, Simon Dobnik
Proceedings of The Third Arabic Natural Language Processing Workshop (WANLP), Valencia, Spain, April 3, 2017, Valencia, Spain, Association for Computational Linguistics, Conference paper 2017
Conference paper

Towards a computational model of frame of reference alignment in Swedish dialogue
Simon Dobnik, Christine Howes, Kim Demaret, John D. Kelleher
The Sixth Swedish language technology conference (SLTC). Umeå University, 17-18 November, 2016/ (ed. Björklund, Johanna and Stymne, Sara), Umeå, Umeå University , Conference paper 2016
Conference paper

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2017

An overview of Natural Language Inference Data Collection: The Way Forward?
Stergios Chatzikyriakidis, Robin Cooper, Simon Dobnik, Staffan Larsson
Proceedings of the IWCS2017 workshop on Computing Natural Language Inference, Conference paper 2017
Conference paper

Learning to compose spatial relations with grounded neural language models
Mehdi Ghanimifard, Simon Dobnik
Second International Workshop on Models and Representations in Spatial Cognition (MRSC). Schloss Hohentübingen; Tübingen, Germany; April 06 - 07, 2017, Poster 2017
Poster

(Perceptual) grounding as interaction
Simon Dobnik, Amelie Åstbom
Proceedings of Saardial (Semdial 2017): The 21st Workshop on the Semantics and Pragmatics of Dialogue, August 15–17, 2017 / Volha Petukhova and Ye Tian (eds.), Saarbrücken, Germany, SemDial, Conference paper 2017
Conference paper

KILLE: learning grounded language through interaction
Simon Dobnik, Erik Wouter de Graaf
CEUR Workshop Proceedings, CEUR-WS.org, urn:nbn:de:0074-1863-7, Conference paper 2017
Conference paper

Back to the Future: Logic and Machine Learning
Simon Dobnik, John D. Kelleher
Conference on Logic and Machine Learning in Natural Language (LaML), Conference contribution 2017
Conference contribution

KILLE: a Framework for Situated Agents for Learning Language Through Interaction
Simon Dobnik, Erik Wouter de Graaf
Linköping Electronic Conference Proceedings, Linköpings universitet, Linköping University Electronic Press, Conference paper 2017
Conference paper

Identification of Languages in Algerian Arabic Multilingual Documents
Wafia Adouane, Simon Dobnik
Proceedings of The Third Arabic Natural Language Processing Workshop (WANLP), Valencia, Spain, April 3, 2017, Valencia, Spain, Association for Computational Linguistics, Conference paper 2017
Conference paper

2016

Towards a computational model of frame of reference alignment in Swedish dialogue
Simon Dobnik, Christine Howes, Kim Demaret, John D. Kelleher
The Sixth Swedish language technology conference (SLTC). Umeå University, 17-18 November, 2016/ (ed. Björklund, Johanna and Stymne, Sara), Umeå, Umeå University , Conference paper 2016
Conference paper

Showing 1 - 10 of 46

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