About me

I am associate professor at Paul Sabatier University since Septembre 2005. I am working at the Artificial Intelligence Department of the IRIT laboratory. I’m member of the MELODI (MEthodes et ingénierie des Langues, des Ontologies et du DIscours), a research group experts in NLP, Ontologies and Semantic Web technologies.

In December 2016, I got my Habilitation à Diriger les Recherches (HDR) on the role of context in computer understanding.

Since 2020, I’m co-head of the MELODI group (14 permanent and about 15 non permanent members).

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Research interests

My research interests include Natural Language Processing, Knowledge Processing and Artificial Intelligence. I am particularly interested in the inteaction between semantics and pragmatics in the following contexts:

  • Information extraction with a focus on relation extraction from texts
  • Discourse processing: rhetorical relations identification, semantics of rhetorical relations
  • Evaluative language processing:
    • Opinion and sentiment analysis: lexical semantics and subjectivity lexicons, negation and hedging, discourse-based sentiment analysis, opinion and judgment aggregation
    • Figurative language processing: irony and sarcasm
    • Hate speech detection
    • Intention detection : NLP approaches to crisis management, preference extraction from dialogues
  • Arabic natural language processing (inlcuding dialects)
  • Question answering: cooperative question answering, reasoning mechanisms for answer retrieval

Teaching activities

My teaching mainly focuses on Artificial intelligence and Algorithmic and programming languages. Other themes include: Databases, Introduction to networks, computer architectures, and computer systems.

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