I'm an associate professor affiliated with the Data, Knowledge, and Web Engineering (DKW) research group at the Department of Computer Science, Aalborg University (Campus Copenhagen). Before this, I was a tenure-track assistant professor for just under a year in the same group. I also spent three years as a postdoctoral researcher in CopeNLU, one of the NLP groups at the Machine Learning section at the Department of Computer Science, University of Copenhagen, working with Isabelle Augenstein on multilingual low-resource learning and computational typology. I did my PhD in Natural Language Processing at the University of Groningen working within the Parallel Meaning Bank project supervised by Johan Bos, and co-supervised by Barbara Plank. I also visited the Department of Linguistics at Stockholm University during most of the final year of my PhD.
My research generally deals with under-resourced languages, and I'm currently working on a project funded by a Carlsberg Foundation Young Researcher Fellowship. In general, I try to draw inspiration from linguistic typology, for instance in combination with parameter sharing via multilingual and multitask learning. For the past few years, I've investigated computational typology and answering typological research questions for this purpose, typically using deep learning techniques. Most recently, I helped organise a shared task on the prediction of typological features in WALS, hosted by SIGTYP [(Bjerva et al., 2020)].
Contact: jbjerva[at]cs.aau.dk

    Activities


    2022

  • I'm hiring three PhD students, starting on 1 September 2022
  • I've been awarded a Carlsberg Foundation Young Researcher Fellowship of 5 million DKK!
  • 2021

  • As of 1 November, I'm on paternity leave for 4,5 months :)
  • As of 1 July, I've been promoted to associate professor at AAU Copenhagen!
  • I gave a keynote talk at the SIGTYP 2021 workshop
  • I gave an invited talk at HHU Düsseldorf
  • I'm currently hosting a visit from Arturo Oncevay (PhD student, U. of Edinburgh), funded by a Multi3Generation STSM.
  • I'm currently supervising Darío Garigliotti in his postdoc on NLP/ML in the DREAMS project.
  • I'll be giving an invited talk at the Cambridge NLP Seminar Series, on 5 March
  • I'll be giving an invited talk at the AAU AI Seminar Series, on 25 March
  • Our EACL 2021 paper is featured in the SigTyp Newsletter.
  • Looking forward to meta-reviewing papers as Area Chair for *SEM 2021
  • Paper on computational typology with adversarial training accepted to EACL 2021!
  • I'll be a keynote speaker at SigTyp 2021, co-located with EACL 2021!
  • 2020

  • Happy to have been invited as one of the area chairs for EACL 2021
  • Our Shared Task description paper for SigTyp 2020 is now online! [Pre-print]
  • Held a workshop for SSH scholars, as part of the DigHumLab's Digital Literacy course [Presentation Slides]
  • Paper on Unsupervised QA Evaluation with my previous MSc. student Lukas Muttenthaler accepted to BlackBoxNLP @ EMNLP 2020!
  • Two papers accepted to EMNLP 2020. Looking forward to share joint work with CopeNLU and Megagon Labs
  • Excited to begin a tenure-track assistant professorship at Aalborg University, Campus Copenhagen, from 15 August onward
  • I'm coordinating the SIGTYP shared task on computational typology
  • Our paper on temporal data drift in NLP has been accepted to AAAI 2020
  • 2019

  • Very excited to have a grant proposal (4,000,000 SEK) on Structured Multilinguality accepted by the Swedish Research Council. The project is lead by Robert Östling at Stockolm University.
  • Visiting Megagon Labs (Mountain View, CA) for two weeks in October/November, and gave a talk on computational typology
  • Visited the University of Zurich and gave a talk on computational typology, in October
  • Our paper on transductive auxiliary task self-training has been accepted to DeepLo 2019 at EMNLP!
  • I was awarded 7,000 USD as part of the Google Cloud Platform research credits programme!
  • I'll continue working in Copenhagen on a project co-funded by Megagon Labs for the next two years!
  • Our paper entitled "Uncovering Probabilistic Implications in Typological Knowledge Bases" has been accepted to ACL 2019!
  • Visited the University of Waikato (New Zealand) and gave a talk on computational typology, in April
  • Our paper entitled "A Probabilistic Generative Model of Linguistic Typology" has been accepted to NAACL 2019!
  • Our paper on Language Representations has been accepted to the journal Computational Linguistics (June 2019 issue)!
  • I will be on a panel discussing AI in the context of the movie Her, both in February and March 2019.
  • 2018

  • I was asked to comment on AI Theory of Mind for a New Scientist article.
  • I was an external reviewer for the European Research Council (ERC - Advanced Grant - €2.5 million)
  • Short paper with Miryam de Lhoneux accepted to EMNLP 2018!
  • I was a lab monitor at Lisbon Machine Learning School (LxMLS 2018), Lisbon, Portugal.
  • Presented work on computational typology at NAACL 2018, New Orleans, LA. [Article]
  • I spent a week as a visiting researcher at the Department of Linguistics, Stockholm University, Sweden.
  • Long paper accepted to NAACL 2018! [Article]
  • I was at the NLPL Winter School in Norway, co-organised by LxMLS organisers.
  • I spent two weeks as a visiting researcher at Jörg Tiedemann's NLP group (University of Helsinki, Finland)
  • Presented a paper at IWCLUL-2018 -- Helsinki, Finland [Slides]
  • 2017

  • I succesfully defended my PhD thesis at the University of Groningen!
  • I was awarded a Titan Xp GPU as part of the NVIDIA GPU Grant Program!
  • I am serving as Publicity Chair for *SEM 2018!
  • I reviewed for the Learning with Limited Data (LLD) Workshop at NIPS
  • My PhD thesis is now unanimously approved by both of my supervisors, and the members of the independent thesis committee!
  • I attended the Google NLP Summit in Zürich, Switzerland
  • Presented a poster at the BEA workshop in Copenhagen
  • Attended EMNLP 2017 in Copenhagen
  • Started my postdoc at CoAStaL NLP
  • Submitted my PhD thesis!
  • I'm joining the CoAStaL NLP group, post-docing for Isabelle Augenstein!
  • Visited the CoAStaL NLP group in Copenhagen
  • Presented joint work with Robert Östling at CoNLL-SIGMORPHON 2017 in Vancouver, Canada [Article]
  • Reviewing for IJCNLP 2017
  • Attended ACL 2017 in Vancouver, Canada
  • Attended DeepLearn2017 in Bilbao, Spain
  • Won best short paper at NoDaLiDa 2017! [Article]
  • Presented two short papers at NoDaLiDa 2017 in Gothenburg, Sweden
  • Reviewed for CoNLL 2017 (EMNLP overlap)
  • Reviewed for EMNLP 2017
  • Reviewed shared task papers for SemEval-2017 Task 1
  • Reviewed for ACL 2017
  • Reviewed for NoDaLiDa 2017
  • Reviewed shared task papers for VarDial 2017
  • 2016

  • Presented my work on Semantic Tagging at COLING 2016 in Osaka, Japan [Main Conference Article]
  • Presented two workshop papers, at CL4LC [Article], and at VarDial [VarDial DSL Shared Task Article], in Osaka, Japan.
  • Held a 'higher seminar', introducing machine learning and deep learning, and my (planned) thesis, at Stockholm University [Slides]
  • Held an informal workshop on Deep Learning for NLP using Keras, at Stockholm University
  • Presented my work on Semantic Tagging at SLTC 2016, in Umeå [Extended Abstract]
  • Reviewed for EACL 2017
  • Reviewed for VarDial 2016 (DSL shared task)
  • Reviewed for COLING 2016
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