Lea Frermann

PhD candidate, ILCC, University of Edinburgh


Hi! I'm Lea, a final year PhD candidate at the Institute for Language, Cognition and Computation (ILCC), School of Informatics, University of Edinburgh. My supervisors are Mirella Lapata (primary) and Charles Sutton. I spent summer 2016 as a machine learning intern with the Amazon ML/NLP group in Berlin.


  • From December 1st I will be a postdoc with Mirella Lapata at Edinburgh University.

My research focuses on Bayesian models of the dynamics of meaning. Firstly, I investigate how meaning evolves incrementally in language acquisition by modeling the process of how children learn semantic categories (such as 'animal'), as well as how structured featural representations of those categories are acquired jointly with the categories themselves. Secondly, I develop models of diachronic change of word meaning, in particular of fine-grained changes on word sense level, which can detect whether, to what extent, and in which aspect a word's meaning has changed over time.

Before I joined the group in Edinburgh I did the MSc in Language Science and Technology from Saarland University where I worked with Ivan Titov and Manfred Pinkal on Bayesian models of script knowledge. During this time I spent a 6 month research stay at NTU Singapore working with Francis Bond (via EM Multi).


Informatics Forum, Room 3.25
University of Edinburgh
10 Crichton Street
Edinburgh EH89AB

l.frermann [at] ed [dot] ac [dot] uk


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