Olga Seminck

Ancien doctorant

Status : PhD Student

Address :

LLF, CNRS – UMR 7110
Université Paris Diderot-Paris 7
Case 7031 – 5, rue Thomas Mann,
75205 Paris cedex 13

Mail : bytn.frzvapx@pev-cnevf.bet

General presentation

I am a PhD student at the Laboratoire de Linguistique Formelle and the Laboratoire d'Informatique de Paris Nord. In addition, I am a student of the Center of Research and Interdisciplinarity at the doctoral school Frontières du Vivant. 

Since September 2018, I am an ATER (Attaché Temporaire d'Enseignement et de Rercherche) at the Sorbonne University. I am planning to defend my PhD thesis in November of this year. 

In 2009, I started my Bachelor in Linguistics and French language at the Vrije Universiteit of Amsterdam. After my Bachelor's degree in 2012, I continued at the Linguistique Informatique program at the Paris Diderot University. I followed the third year of the Bachelor's program and the two year Master's program.

Research projects

  • Modeling the cognitive cost of anaphora resolution (PhD thesis) 
  • Construction of a Winograd schema corpus for French (with Pascal Amsili and different interns)


At the Sorbonne University in the Linguistics Bachelor's and Master's program:

First semester 2018/2019 teaching the course Modèles de Linguistique Computationnelle (M1) 

First semester 2018/2019 teaching the course Certificat d'Informatique (L1) 

At the Paris Diderot University in the Linguistics Bachelor's and Master's program:

First semester 2017/2018 teaching assistent for the course Langages Formels (Formal Languages) (M1) 

First semester 2017/2018 teaching assistent for the course Linguistique 1 (L1)

Second semester 2016/2017 teaching assistent for the course Semantique Computationnelle (M1)

Second semester 2016/2017 teaching assistent for the course Linguistique 2 (L1)

First semester 2015/2016 teaching assistent for the course Morphologie (M1)

Second semester 2015/2016 teaching assistent for the course Semantique Computationnelle (M1)

Second semester 2015/2016 teaching assistent for the course Nouvelles Théories Syntaxiques (M1)

At the Center of Research and Interdisciplinarity for the Bachelor program Frontières du Vivant:

Second semester 2015/2016 mentor for the course Mentoring Bachelor Students, a course in which third year's Bachelor students set up a scientific experiment with the help of a PhD student.


Title : Cognitive Computational Models of Pronoun Resolution

Supervision :
  Pascal Amsili (LLF)
  Adeline Nazarenko (LIPN)

PhD Defense : 2018-11-23

Inscription : 2015 à Paris 7

Jury :

  • Laurent Prévot, Professeur à l’Université d’Aix-Marseille, Rapporteur & Président du jury
  • Aline Villavicencio, Lecturer à l’Université d’Essex, Rapporteur
  • Saveria Colonna, Maître de Conférences HDR à l’Université Paris 8, Examinateur
  • Vera Demberg, Professeur à l’Université de Saarland, Examinateur
  • Pascal Amsili, Maître de Conférences HDR à l’Université Paris 7, Directeur
  • Adeline Nazarenko, Professeur à l’Université Paris 13, Co-directeur

Abstract :

Pronoun resolution is the process in which an anaphoric pronoun is linked to its antecedent. In a normal situation, humans do not experience much cognitive effort due to this process. However, automatic systems perform far from human accuracy, despite the efforts made by the Natural Language Processing community. Experimental research in the field of psycholinguistics has shown that during pronoun resolution many linguistic factors are taken into account by speakers. An important question is thus how much influence each of these factors has and how the factors interact with each-other. A second question is how linguistic theories about pronoun resolution can incorporate all relevant factors.

In this thesis, we propose a new approach to answer these questions: computational simulation of the cognitive load of pronoun resolution. The motivation for this approach is two-fold. On the one hand, implementing hypotheses about pronoun resolution in a computational system leads to a more precise formulation of theories. On the other hand, robust computational systems can be run on uncontrolled data such as eye movement corpora and thus provide an alternative to hand-constructed experimental material.


Peer-reviewed Articles

Peer-reviewed Conference Presentations

Articles Scientific Vulgarisation

Other Presentations

  • Séminaire au Laboratoire LaTTiCe. Predicting Processing Cost of Anaphora Resolution. 30/3/2017
  • Poster : A cognitively plausible model for anaphora resolution. Au PhD-retreat de l'école doctorale Frontières du Vivant. 27/5/2016
  • Le doctorat. Présentation à la journée des Anciens de Linguistique Informatique. 9/4/2016
  • Présentation de l'article de Andrew Kehler et Hannah Rohde : A probabilistic reconciliation of coherence-driven and centering-driven theories of pronoun interpretation. Lors du séminaire de linguistique expérimental au LLF. 1/4/2016
  • A Computational Model for Processing Cost in Anaphora Resolution. Au séminaire Interdisciplinary Friday au Centre de Recherches Interdisciplinaires. 26/11/2015