PhD candidate at the Institute for Logic, Language and Computation of the University of Amsterdam, I work in the Dialogue Modelling Group under the supervision of Raquel Fernández.

I analyse and model language production and comprehension with computational methods. My main research goal is defining empirical measures of human-likeness that can be used (i) to evaluate the alignment of machine-generated utterances to human communication patterns and strategies, and (ii) to develop NLG models that more closely follow such patterns and strategies. I am also interested in psycholinguistic and sociolinguistic studies of variation and change as they provide insights into how to build more resilient and human-compatible language technologies.

It’s-a me, Mario

Born and raised in Italy, I spent three years in Germany as a undergraduate student of Computational Linguistics at the University of Tübingen and then moved to Amsterdam for a Master’s degree in Artificial Intelligence. During my Bachelor’s studies, I worked both as a teaching and as a research assistant for the Department of General and Computational Linguistics, and I served a five-month internship in the IBM department for social media analytics. As a Master’s student, I have collected more teaching and research experience, collaborating with an interdisciplinary set of ILLC scholars and students. I graduated with a thesis on the detection and analysis of lexical semantic change.


My work

Not peer-reviewed

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