Raquel Fernández


I am Full Professor of Computational Linguistics & Dialogue Systems and the Vice-Director for Research at the Institute for Logic, Language & Computation (ILLC), University of Amsterdam, where I lead the Dialogue Modelling Group. My research is concerned with computational semantics and pragmatics, specifically language use in interaction, dialogue models, conversational AI, language variability and change, and visually grounded language. I am currently funded by the European Research Council (ERC Consolidator grant 819455). Until recently, I was also funded by the Dutch Research Council (VIDI and Aspasia). I'm a board and faculty member of the Amsterdam Unit of ELLIS, the European Lab on Learning and Intelligent Systems.

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  • June 2023: Invited speaker at IWCS in Nancy (slides).
  • June 2023: With some dealy, I finally gave the inaugural lecture of my professorship - "oratie" in Dutch; here is the video of the ceremony.
  • February 2023: Invited talk at the Max Planck Institute Colloquium in Nijmegen.
  • January 2023: My colleagues and I organised the outreach event "An afternoon with ChatGPT" (video) inspired by "An evening with ChatGPT" by GroNLP (video).
  • A blog post about our work on Structural Persistence in Language Models to be published at TACL.