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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


Linguistics, Logic and Theory of Science unit at 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

Visual grounding of spatial relations in recurrent neural language models
Mehdi Ghanimifard, Simon Dobnik
Workshop on Models and Representations in Spatial Cognition (MRSC-3) at 11th International Conference on Spatial Cognition 2018, 5 September 2018, Tübingen, Germany, Conference contribution 2018
Conference contribution

Proceedings of the Workshop on Dialogue and Perception (DaP-2018), June 14-15 2018, Gothenburg
Christine Howes, Simon Dobnik, Ellen Breitholtz
Gothenburg, Sweden, CLASP: Centre for Linguistic Theory and Studies in Probability, Proceeding 2018
Proceeding

A Comparison of Character Neural Language Model and Bootstrapping for Language Identification in Multilingual Noisy Texts
Wafia Adouane, Simon Dobnik, Jean-Philippe Bernardy, Nasredine Semmar
Proceedings of the Second Workshop on Subword and Character Level Models in NLP (SCLeM), June 6, 2018 New Orleans, Louisiana, New Orleans, Louisiana USA, Conference paper 2018
Conference paper

On visual coreference chains resolution
Simon Dobnik, Sharid Loáiciga
Abstracts of the Seventh Swedish Language Technology Conference (SLTC-2018), Stockholm, Sweden, Conference contribution 2018
Conference contribution

Modular Mechanistic Networks for Computational Modelling of Spatial Descriptions
Simon Dobnik, John D. Kelleher
Abstracts of the Seventh Swedish Language Technology Conference (SLTC-2018), Stockholm, Sweden, Conference contribution 2018
Conference contribution

Categorisation of conversational games in free dialogue over spatial scenes
Simon Dobnik, Axel Storckenfeldt
Proceedings of AixDial - Semdial 2018: The 22st Workshop on the Semantics and Pragmatics of Dialogue, Aix-en-Provence, France, Semdial: Workshop Series on the Semantics and Pragmatics of Dialogue, Conference paper 2018
Conference paper

A Lexical Distance Study of Arabic Dialects
Chatrine (kathrein) Qwaider (abu kwaik), Motaz Saad, Stergios Chatzikyriakidis, Simon Dobnik
Procedia Computer Science, Elsevier, Conference paper 2018
Conference paper

Improving Neural Network Performance by Injecting Background Knowledge: Detecting Code-switching and Borrowing in Algerian texts
Wafia Adouane, Jean-Philippe Bernardy, Simon Dobnik
In the proceedings of the Third Workshop on Computational Approaches to Linguistic Code-switching, collocated with ACL, Melbourne, Australia, Conference paper 2018
Conference paper

Probabilistic priming for situated interaction
Simon Dobnik, John D. Kelleher
DGfS 2018: 40th Annual Conference of the German Linguistic Society, AG 16 Applications of probability theory in linguistics. 07. - 09. März 2018, Universität Stuttgart, Stuttgart, Germany, German Linguistic Society (DGfS), Conference contribution 2018
Conference contribution

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2018

Visual grounding of spatial relations in recurrent neural language models
Mehdi Ghanimifard, Simon Dobnik
Workshop on Models and Representations in Spatial Cognition (MRSC-3) at 11th International Conference on Spatial Cognition 2018, 5 September 2018, Tübingen, Germany, Conference contribution 2018
Conference contribution

Proceedings of the Workshop on Dialogue and Perception (DaP-2018), June 14-15 2018, Gothenburg
Christine Howes, Simon Dobnik, Ellen Breitholtz
Gothenburg, Sweden, CLASP: Centre for Linguistic Theory and Studies in Probability, Proceeding 2018
Proceeding

A Comparison of Character Neural Language Model and Bootstrapping for Language Identification in Multilingual Noisy Texts
Wafia Adouane, Simon Dobnik, Jean-Philippe Bernardy, Nasredine Semmar
Proceedings of the Second Workshop on Subword and Character Level Models in NLP (SCLeM), June 6, 2018 New Orleans, Louisiana, New Orleans, Louisiana USA, Conference paper 2018
Conference paper

On visual coreference chains resolution
Simon Dobnik, Sharid Loáiciga
Abstracts of the Seventh Swedish Language Technology Conference (SLTC-2018), Stockholm, Sweden, Conference contribution 2018
Conference contribution

Modular Mechanistic Networks for Computational Modelling of Spatial Descriptions
Simon Dobnik, John D. Kelleher
Abstracts of the Seventh Swedish Language Technology Conference (SLTC-2018), Stockholm, Sweden, Conference contribution 2018
Conference contribution

Categorisation of conversational games in free dialogue over spatial scenes
Simon Dobnik, Axel Storckenfeldt
Proceedings of AixDial - Semdial 2018: The 22st Workshop on the Semantics and Pragmatics of Dialogue, Aix-en-Provence, France, Semdial: Workshop Series on the Semantics and Pragmatics of Dialogue, Conference paper 2018
Conference paper

A Lexical Distance Study of Arabic Dialects
Chatrine (kathrein) Qwaider (abu kwaik), Motaz Saad, Stergios Chatzikyriakidis, Simon Dobnik
Procedia Computer Science, Elsevier, Conference paper 2018
Conference paper

Improving Neural Network Performance by Injecting Background Knowledge: Detecting Code-switching and Borrowing in Algerian texts
Wafia Adouane, Jean-Philippe Bernardy, Simon Dobnik
In the proceedings of the Third Workshop on Computational Approaches to Linguistic Code-switching, collocated with ACL, Melbourne, Australia, Conference paper 2018
Conference paper

Probabilistic priming for situated interaction
Simon Dobnik, John D. Kelleher
DGfS 2018: 40th Annual Conference of the German Linguistic Society, AG 16 Applications of probability theory in linguistics. 07. - 09. März 2018, Universität Stuttgart, Stuttgart, Germany, German Linguistic Society (DGfS), Conference contribution 2018
Conference contribution

Showing 1 - 10 of 64

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