We have weekly meetings (paper discussions and invited talks). The meetings are organised by Maria Liakata, Adam Tsakalidis, and Anthony Hills. The previous organiser was Dong Nguyen.

Please feel free to suggest papers, themes, volunteer as presenters, and review our upcoming schedule in our google doc or by emailing Anthony at

Date Presenter Title of the paper/talk
30.03.23 Luis Espinosa-Anke NLP for (Market) Intelligence
23.03.23 Jing Ma Social Assisted Rumor Detection and Fake News Detection
09.03.23 Everyone Paper Skimming on Long Document Transformers
02.03.23 Everyone Paper Skimming on Long Document Transformers
26.01.23 Everyone Paper Skimming
02.02.23 Zixiu Wu NLP-Based Real-Time Assistance to Human Therapist
26.01.23 Georgi Karadzhov DEliBots - Deliberation Enhancing Bots
12.01.23 Everyone EMNLP Paper Skimming Session
24.11.22 Danny To Eun Kim Can dialogue systems have a theory-of-mind?
10.11.22 Everyone Paper Skimming Session
03.11.22 Elena Kochkina Evaluating the Generalisability of Neural Rumor Verification Models
27.10.22 Everyone Paper Skimming Session
13.10.22 Everyone Paper Skimming Session
04.10.22 Iryana Gurevych Detect – Verify – Communicate: Combating Misinformation with More Realistic NLP
29.09.22 Hao Ni Path Development Network with Finite-Dimensional Lie Group
22.09.22 Everyone Paper Skimming Session
08.09.22 Iman Bilal Template-based Abstractive Microblog Opinion Summarisation
01.09.22 Everyone Paper Skimming Session
04.08.22 Ramit Sawhney User Modeling on Social Media: Privacy, Ethics, and Mental Health
28.07.22 Krishnapriya Vishnubhotla & Saif Mohammad "Tweet Emotion Dynamics: Emotion Word Usage in Tweets from US and Canada" & "Ethics Sheets for AI"
20.07.22 Anthony Hills Neural Spatio-temporal Point Processes
14.07.22 Everyone Paper Skimming Session
07.07.22 Everyone Paper Skimming (NAACL 2022)
30.06.22 Matt Maufe Learning from ACL 2022 - Building Better Models
09.06.22 Everyone Paper Skimming Session
12.05.22 Everyone Paper Skimming Session
5.05.22 Everyone Paper Skimming Session
28.04.22 Ramit Sawhney Modeling User Context for Mental Health Assessment on Social Media
14.04.22 Giannis Karamanolakis Weakly-supervised learning in NLP
31.03.22 Everyone Paper Skimming Session
04.03.2022 Everyone Paper Skimming Session
24.03.22 Iman Bilal Evaluation of Thematic Coherence in Microblogs
10.03.22 Everyone Paper Skimming Session
03.03.22 Everyone Paper Skimming Session
24.02.22 James Bishop Hands-on Session: Zero shot learning for NLI
10.02.22 Kaspar Beelen Hands-on Session: Flair
03.02.22 Rafael Mestre Multimodal analysis of political debates with text, audio and video: from argumentation to sentiment analysis
27.01.22 Everyone Paper Skimming Session
04.03.2022 Everyone Paper Skimming Session
13.01.22 Yulan He Topic-Driven Sentiment Analysis
06.01.22 Everyone Paper Skimming Session
9.12.21 James Baker Hands-on Session: Baleen 3 and Annot8
2.12.21 Everyone Paper Skimming Session
04.03.2022 Everyone Paper Skimming Session
25.11.21 Everyone EMNLP 2021 - Paper Skimming Session
28.10.21 Everyone Paper Skimming Session
14.10.21 Peifeng Wang Incorporating Structured Knowledge for Machine Commonsense Reasoning
07.10.21 Everyone Paper Skimming Session
30.09.21 Harish Tayyar Madabushi "AStitchInLanguageModels: Dataset and Methods for the Exploration of Idiomaticity in Pre-Trained Language Models" & "SemEval 2022 Task 2 Multilingual Idiomaticity Detection and Sentence Embedding"
23.09.21 Everyone Paper Skimming Session
22.07.2021 Everyone Paper Skimming Session
08.07.2021 Everyone Paper Skimming Session (general)
01.07.2021 Everyone Paper Skimming Session - part 2 (NAACL 2021)
24.06.2021 Everyone Paper Skimming Session (NAACL 2021)
10.06.2021 Avijit Thawani Numbers in NLP
27.05.2021 Stuart Middleton SafeSpacesNLP:
13.05.2021 Saif Mohammad Ethics Sheets for AI Tasks and a Case Study for Automatic Emotion Recognition
06.05.2021 Dr Alexander Mikhalev Open Source project for NLP research collaboration: NLP meets VR/AR (
29.04.2021 Dr Mimie Liotsiou The influence of online (mis)information: prediction, explanation, causality
08.04.2021 Gabriele Pergola & James Ravenscroft "CD2CR: Coreference Resolution Across Documents and Domains" & "Boosting Low-Resource Biomedical QA via Entity-Aware Masking Strategies"
25.03.2021 Bill Lampos Tracking COVID-19 using online search
11.03.2021 Radu Voit Deep Reinforcement Learning with a Combinatorial Action Space for Predicting Popular Reddit Threads link
04.03.2021 Everyone Paper Skimming Session
25.02.2021 Paul Rottger HATECHECK: Functional Tests for Hate Speech Detection Models link
11.02.2021 James Ravenscroft Rationalising Neural Predictions
28.01.2021 Everyone Paper Skimming Session
21.01.2021 Dimitris Gkoumas Quantum cognitively motivated multimodal representation learning for human language analysis.
10.12.2020 Kaspar Beelen, Barbara McGillivray, Federico Nanni, Giorgia Tolfo, Mariona Coll Ardanuy, Kasra Hosseini Living with machines update link
03.12.2020 Filip Ilievski Reasoning with Commonsense Knowledge Graphs
26.11.2020 Adam Tsakalidis A Time-Aware Transformer Based Model for Suicide Ideation Detection on Social Media link
12.11.2020 Saleh AL Hashmi e-Commerce and Sentiment Analysis Predicting Outcomes of Class Action Lawsuits link
05.11.2020 Harish Tayyar Madabushi CxGBERT: BERT meets Construction Grammar link
29.10.2020 Adam Tsakalidis Analysing Lexical Semantic Change with Contextualised Word Representations link
22.10.2020 Barbara McGillivray, Quirin Würschinger Simple, Interpretable and Stable Method for Detecting Words with Usage Change across Corpora link
01.10.2020 Elena Kochkina Document Expansion by Query Prediction link
24.09.2020 Greg Jacenkow The Hateful Memes Challenge: Detecting Hate Speech in Multimodal Memes link
10.09.2020 Bo Wang Preliminary study on Information Extraction from Swedish Medical Prescriptions with Sig-Transformer Encoder link
03.09.2020 Adam Tsakalidis Beyond Accuracy: Behavioral Testing of NLP Models with CheckList link
13.08.2020 Harish Tayyar Madabushi Climbing towards NLU: On Meaning, Form, and Understanding in the Age of Data link
06.08.2020 Everyone ACL discussion
07.11.2019 Bo Wang A machine learning approach to predicting psychosis using semantic density and latent content analysis link
31.10.2019 Harish Tayyar Madabushi, Elena Kochkina, Michael Castelle Talk on "Cost-Sensitive BERT for Generalisable Sentence Classification with Imbalanced Data" link
24.10.2019 Nicole Peinelt What do you learn from context? Probing for sentence structure in contextualized word representations, Tenney et al. link
17.10.2019 Maria Liakata Don’t Take the Premise for Granted: Mitigating Artifacts in Natural Language Inference, Belinkov et al. link
10.10.2019 Adam Tsakalidis Right for the Wrong Reasons: Diagnosing Syntactic Heuristics in Natural Language Inference, McCoy et al. link
03.10.2019 Nicole Peinelt NLP conference discussion
18.07.2019 Nicole Peinelt Talk on "Aiming beyond the Obvious: Identifying Non-Obvious Cases in Semantic Similarity Datasets" link
04.07.2019 Julia Ive (University of Sheffield) Talk on "Towards Shareable Data in Clinical Natural Language Processing: Generating Synthetic Electronic Health Records"
27.06.2019 Raymond Ng (University of British Columbia) Talk on "Text Analytics for Chronic Disease Management"
16.05.2019 Andreas Vlachos (University of Cambridge) Talk on "Fact Checking: an AI perspective"
02.05.2019 Michael Castelle Rotational Unit of Memory: A Novel Representation Unit for RNNs with Scalable Applications, Dangovski et al. link
25.04.2019 Feng Shi Talk on "NLP for creativity and innovation"
18.04.2019 Harish Tayyar Madabushi (University of Birmingham) Talk on "On the Integration of Conceptual Hierarchies with Deep Learning for Explainable Open-Domain Question Answering"
28.03.2019 Hieu Hoang Emergence of linguistic communication from referential games with symbolic and pixel input, Lazaridou et al. link
21.03.2019 Yen-Chen Wu (University of Cambridge) Talk on "Model-based Reinforcement Learning and its Applications to Dialogue Systems"
07.03.2019 Nicole Peinelt and Maria Liakata Coarse-to-Fine Question Answering for Long Documents, Choi et al. link
28.02.2019 Nicolas Anastassacos Talk on "Introduction to Reinforcement learning"
21.02.2019 Dong Nguyen BERT: Pre-training of Deep Bidirectional Transformers for Language Understanding, Devlin et al. link
31.01.2019 Maria Liakata and Elena Kochkina Confidence Modeling for Neural Semantic Parsing, Dong et al. link
06.12.2018 Daniil Sorokin (TU Darmstadt) Talk on "Graph Neural Networks for Knowledge Base Question Answering"
29.11.2018 Radoslaw Kowalski Coherent narrative summarization with a cognitive model, Zhang et al. link
22.11.2018 Dong Nguyen and Rebekah Tromble DeClarE: Debunking Fake News and False Claims using Evidence-Aware Deep Learning, Popat et al. link
15.11.2018 Hao Ni Talk on "Signature Method"
01.11.2018 Elena Kochkina Dropout as a Bayesian Approximation: Representing Model Uncertainty in Deep Learning link
25.10.2018 Lev Konstantinovskiy Talk on "Towards Automated Fact checking: Developing an Annotation Schema and Benchmark for Consistent Automated Claim Detection" link
18.10.2018 Yulan He (University of Warwick) Talk on "Unsupervised Event Extraction and Storyline Generation from Text"
11.10.2018 Annie Louis (University of Edinburgh) Talk on "Tracking referring expressions across time" link
04.10.2018 Johannes Welbl (UCL) Talk on "Jack the Reader – A Machine Reading Framework" link
27.09.2018 Kent Chang Talk on "Individuals, Institutions and Innovation in the debates of the French revolution" link
20.09.2018 James Ravenscroft Talk on "HarriGT: A Tool for Linking News to Science (ACL system demo)"" link
13.09.2018 Farhana Liza and Philippa Shoemark Talk on "Semantic change in social media"
06.09.2018 Elena Kochkina and Andrew Moore Two COLING talks: 1) All-in-one: Multi-task Learning for Rumour Verification 2) Bringing replication and reproduction together with generalisability in NLP: Three reproduction studies for Target Dependent Sentiment Analysis link1 link2
30.08.2018 Tianhong Dai (Imperial College London) Talk on "Research Tools: Pytorch"
09.08.2018 Nicole Peinelt Talk on "Research Tools: Tensorboard & Tensorflow Debugger"
26.07.2018 Dong Nguyen Deep contextualized word representations, Peters et al. link
19.07.2018 Marya Bazzi Talk on "Community detection in temporal multilayer networks, with an application to correlation networks"
12.07.2018 Hieu Hoang Talk on "Fast neural machine translation implementation" link
28.06.2018 Andrew Moore Strong baselines for neural semi-supervised learning under domain shift, Ruder and Plank link
14.06.2018 Nigel Collier Talk on "Entity linking using heterogeneous health text data"
21.05.2018 Andrey Malinin Talk on "Estimating uncertainty in predictions for deep learning"
14.05.2018 Dong Nguyen Talk on "Comparing automatic and human evaluation of local explanations for text classification"
30.04.2018 Kira Kempinska Talk on "Adversarial sequential Monte Carlo - flexible modelling of sequential data with Bayesian deep learning"
23.04.2018 Andrew Moore Auxiliary Objectives for Neural Error Detection Models, Rei and Yannakoudakis link
09.04.2018 Zeerak Waseem (Factmata/Sheffield) Talk on "Annotation and detection of hate speech"
26.03.2018 Elena Kochkina Building a Bayesian deep learning classifier, Dorman link
19.03.2018 Bo Wang A simple regularization-based algorithm for learning cross-domain word embeddings, Yang et al. link
12.03.2018 Johannes Welbl (UCL) Talk on “Machines that read and reason: Multi-hop reading comprehension across documents”
5.03.2018 Bo Wang and Nicole Peinelt Hierarchical Attention Networks for Document Classification, Yang et al. link
26.02.2018 Radoslaw Kowalski Apparatus and method for predicting customer behaviour, Kannan et al. link
19.02.2018 Adam Tsakalidis Active Sentiment Domain Adaptation, Wu et al. link
12.02.2018 Nicole Peinelt Very deep convolutional networks for text classification, Conneau et al. link
25.01.2018 Adria Gascon Talk on “Privacy-preserving document classification in federated databases”
18.01.2018 Dong Nguyen, Barbara McGillivray, Taha Yasseri Word Embeddings Quantify 100 Years of Gender and Ethnic Stereotypes, Garg et al. link
11.01.2018 Tao Wang Detecting and Characterizing Eating-Disorder Communities on Social Media, Wang et al. link
07.12.2017 Elena Kochkina An investigation of imitation learning algorithms for structured prediction, Vlachos link
30.11.2017 Barbara McGillivray Semantic Variation in Online Communities of Practice, Tredici and Fernández link
23.11.2017 Barbara McGillivray and Jim Smith A Bayesian Model of Diachronic Meaning Change, Frermann and Lapata link
16.11.2017 Maria Liakata Sluice networks: Learning what to share between loosely related tasks, Ruder et al. link
09.11.2017 Radoslaw Kowalski Semantic Folding Part 1 of the article (pp. 8-29), De Sousa Webber link
02.11.2017 Walid Magdy (Edinburgh) Discussion with Walid Magdy about his paper Fake it till you make it: Fishing for Catfishes. link
26.10.2017 Dong Nguyen Depression and Self-Harm Risk Assessment in Online Forums, Yates et al. link
19.10.2017 Hieu Hoang Attention is all you need, Vaswani et al. link
12.10.2017 Andrew Moore Aspect Level Sentiment Classification with Deep Memory Network, Tang et al. link