I'm a postdoctoral researcher at MilaNLP in Bocconi University. My research interests lie at the intersection of Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) and Natural Language Processing (NLP), with the aim of building NLP systems that centre humans. I am particularly interested in ethics, with a strong influence from Feminism. In my work, I draw from diverse fields in the humanities – such as philosophy, sociolinguistics, and psychology – and approach them using empirical methods from NLP and HCI. I completed my PhD at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh, supervised by Prof Verena Rieser.

Below you can find some of my past and ongoing projects:

Impoverished Language Technology: Social Class in NLP

Since the foundational work of William Labov on the social stratification of language, linguistics has made concentrated efforts to explore the links between socio-demographic characteristics and language production and perception. But while there is strong evidence for socio-demographic characteristics in language, they are infrequently used in Natural Language Processing (NLP …

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Thinking About Harms, Offensiveness and Hate Speech

Natural language processing research has begun to embrace the notion of annotator subjec- tivity, motivated by variations in labelling. This approach understands each annotator’s view as valid, which can be highly suitable for tasks that embed subjectivity, e.g., sentiment analysis. However, this construction may be inappropriate for tasks …

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Penelope: Emotions in NLP

In this multidisciplinary project we bring together philosophy, psychology and NLP to explore emotion analysis and related tasks in NLP. So far, we conducted a survey of the field in recent years, focusing in particular in the types of frameworks used in NLP research. We also showed that Large Language …

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Other bits and bobs:

I also co-host a weekly podcast called Let's Chat Ethics alongside my friend Oriana. The podcast covers all things tech and ethics, featuring diverse guests from every corner of the sector.

For up-to-date news about my work and upcoming talks and events, you can keep up to date with me on X (formerly known as Twitter).

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