I am a senior research scientist at the French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS), based at the LORIA Computer Science research unit in Nancy, France.
I have worked on syntactic, semantic and discourse parsing, on question answering, on Human-Machine dialog and on computer assisted language learning. Recently, I have mostly been working on natural language generation. In 2017, I launched the WebNLG challenge, a shared task where the goal is to generate text from DBPedia data. I have proposed neural models for simplification and summarisation; for generation for long form, multidocument input question answering; for multilingual generation from Abstract Meaning Representations and for response generation for dialog. I currently head the AI XNLG Chair on multi-lingual, multi-source NLG and the CNRS LIFT Research Network on Computational, Formal and Field Linguistics. I am also a member of the H2020 NL4XAI Innovative Training Network NL4XAI on Natural Language Technology for Explainable AI and of the ANR funded QUANTUM project on question generation.
I was nominated Chair of the European Chapter for the Association of Computational Linguistics (EACL), editor in chief of the journals "Traitement Automatique des Langues" and "Language and Linguistic Compass (Computational and Mathematical Section)" and member of the editorial board of the journals "Computational Linguistics", "Journal of Semantics", "Journal of Linguistic Modelling". I acted as program chair for various international conferences, workshops and summer schools (EACL, ENLG, SemDIAL, SIGDIAL, ESSLLI, *SEM) ans as chair of SIGGEN, the ACL Special Interest Group in Natural Language Generation.