Raquel Fernández is Associate Professor at the Institute for Logic, Language & Computation, University of Amsterdam, where she leads the Dialogue Modelling Group. Her work and interests revolve around language use in context, including computational semantics and pragmatics, dialogue interaction, visually-grounded language processing, and language learning, among others. Her group carries out research on these topics at the interface of computational linguistics, cognitive modelling and artificial intelligence.
After studying Cognitive Science and Language in Barcelona (her home city), Raquel received her PhD in Computational Linguistics from King's College London. Before moving to Amsterdam, she held research positions at the Linguistics Department of the University of Potsdam and at the Center for the Study of Language and Information (CSLI), Stanford University. Over her career, she has been awarded several prestigious personal fellowships by the Dutch Research Council and is currently the recipient of a European Research Council (ERC) Consolidator Grant. Other distinctions include having been a member of the Editorial Board of the journals Computational Linguistics and Dialogue & Discourse, co-president of the SemDial Workshhop Series for ten years, and member of the scientific advisory board of SIGdial in several occasions.