Prof. Joakim Nivre

Short bio

Prof. Joakim Nivre is Professor of Computational Linguistics at Uppsala University and Senior Researcher at RISE (Research Institutes of Sweden). He holds a Ph.D. in General Linguistics from the University of Gothenburg and a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Vaxjo University.

His research focuses on data-driven methods for natural language processing, in particular for morphosyntactic and semantic analysis. He is one of the main developers of the transition-based approach to syntactic dependency parsing, described in his 2006 book Inductive Dependency Parsing and implemented in the widely used MaltParser system, and one of the founders of the Universal Dependencies project, which aims to develop cross-linguistically consistent treebank annotation for many languages and currently involves nearly 150 languages and over 500 researchers around the world. He has produced over 300 scientific publications and has over 42,000 citations according to Google Scholar (February, 2024). He is a fellow of the Association for Computational Linguistics and was the president of the association in 2017.

Talk abstract

Ten Years of Universal Dependencies

Universal Dependencies (UD) is a project developing cross-linguistically consistent treebank annotation for many languages, with the goal of facilitating multilingual parser development, cross-lingual learning, and parsing research from a language typology perspective. Since UD was launched almost ten years ago, it has grown into a large community effort involving over 500 researchers around the world, together producing treebanks for 148 languages and enabling new research directions in both NLP and linguistics. In this talk, I will review the history and development of UD and discuss challenges that we need to face when bringing UD into the future.