I am a lecturer in the Department of Business Information Systems, Cork University Business School, University College Cork (UCC), Ireland. Previously, I worked in the Department as a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Career-FIT Research Fellow investigating natural language processing (NLP) methods to develop a computer-assisted definition authoring and formalisation system for legal experts (RegDef).

I hold a PhD in Multilingual Information Processing from the University of Geneva, Switzerland, and have previously conducted postdoctoral research in the areas of NLP for regulatory technologies in the financial industry at the Governance, Risk and Compliance Technology Centre (GRCTC) at UCC (2017-2019), and of applied ontology and biomedical informatics in the Department of Health Outcomes and Policy at the University of Florida (2016-2017) and the Departments of Philosophy and Biomedical Informatics at the State University of New York at Buffalo (UB) (2012-1016), where my research was funded from 2012 to 2015 by the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF).

My interdisciplinary research aims at:

  • developing NLP resources (e.g., annotated datasets, methods and models) leveraging knowledge representation artefacts, such as ontologies, to advance the automated processing of domain-specific texts, especially legal documents, to enhance organisations’ information systems and assist organisations in areas such as regulatory compliance in the financial sector;
  • laying the groundwork for developing computer-assisted natural language definition writing tools leveraging ontological data. Such tools are intended to be used by terminologists and ontologists, as well as domain experts such as scientists and lawyers. This work focuses on the automation of definition production, editing, and checking in dictionaries, legal documents, technical manuals, and ontologies.

My research includes work on ontology mapping and versioning, mapping of lexico-semantic resources to ontologies, as well as the use of corpus linguistics and NLP techniques and methods to process data. My primary domains of expertise are NLP, terminology, and applied ontology.