Fields of expertise
BiographyMaud Ehrmann is a research scientist at EPFL’s Digital Humanities Laboratory lead by Prof. Frédéric Kaplan. She holds a PhD in Computational Linguistics from the Paris Diderot Universtiy (Paris 7) and has been engaged in a large number of scientific projects centred on information extraction and text analysis, both for present-time and historical documents. Her main research interests span Natural Language Processing and Digital Humanities and include, among others, historical text annotation, historical data processing and representation, named entity recognition, and multilingual linguistic resources creation.
Her current work at the DHLAB focuses on ‘impresso - Media Monitoring of the Past’, a SNF sinergia project she initiated with Marten Düring (C2DH) and Simon Clematide (ICL) and which aims at enabling critical analysis of historical newspapers. In addition to the overall project management, her contributions to this project include system design and data management, annotation and benchmarking and named entity processing. Besides, she participates to the activities of the Venice Time Machine, working particularly on information extraction and knowledge representation tasks. Previously, she worked on the Garzoni project where she supervised and contributed to the development of a web-based transcription and annotation interface - in collaboration with Orlin Topalov, and built a linked data-based historical knowledge base. She also contributed to the Le Temps Digital Archives project.
Prior to joining the DHLAB, she worked at the Linguistics Computing Laboratory at the Sapienza University of Rome with Roberto Navigli, where she worked on the BabelNet resource - a very large multilingual encyclopaedic dictionary and semantic network - and contributed to the LIDER project. Before that, she has been working for four years at the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre in Ispra, Italy, as member of the OPTIMA unit (now Text and Data mining unit), which develops innovative and application-oriented solutions for retrieving and extracting information from the Internet with a focus on high multilinguality. Together with Erik van der Goot, Ralf Steinberger, Hristo Tanev, Leo della Rocca and many others, she contributed to the development of the Europe Media Monitor (EMM). Prior, she worked at the Xerox Europe Research Centre in Grenoble, France (now Naver Labs Europe) in the Parsing & Semantics group led by Frédérique Segond, first as PhD candidate supported through a CIFRE grant under the supervision of Caroline Brun and Bernard Victorri, then as a post-doctoral researcher. There her research focused mainly on the automatic processing and fine-grained analysis of entities of interest, specifically named entities and temporal expressions.
Teaching & PhD
Humanities and Social Sciences Program