About me

I am currently a research associate at the University of Edinburgh, working on machine translation for low-resource languages. I completed my PhD on the contextual machine translation of dialogue at the LIMSI laboratory in 2018 under the supervision of Sophie Rosset and Thomas Lavergne.

Research Experience

Please see my CV for a complete list of my research and teaching experience.

Research Associate

2018 - present
ILCC, University of Edinburgh

PhD in Computer Science

2015 - 2018
LIMSI, CNRS, Univ. Paris-Sud, Université Paris-Saclay, France
Going beyond the sentence: Machine Translation of Dialogue in Context
Supervised by Sophie Rosset and Thomas Lavergne

Research visit

May - August 2017
ILCC, University of Edinburgh
Working with Alexandra Birch, Rico Sennrich and Barry Haddow

Master's research placement

February - August 2015
Alpage-Inria, Paris, France
Boosting for model selection in syntactic parsing
Supervised by Benoit Crabbé

Master's research placement

May 2014 - August 2014
LaTTiCe (CNRS/Paris III) and Télécom Paris-Tech, Paris, France
Modelling communicative acts for an embodied conversational agent
Supervised by Frédéric Landragin and Chloé Clavel

Master's research placement

June - August 2013
MoDyCo Laboratory (CNRS/Paris X), Paris, France
Development and semi-automatic correction of a dependency treebank of spoken French (Rhapsodie Treebank of Spoken French)
Supervised by Frédéric Landragin and Chloé Clavel

Proof-reading and revision

2013

Tesnière Lucien (2015), Elements of structural syntax, translated by Timothy Osborne and Sylvain Kahane, John Benjamins, Amsterdam, U. Paris X.

Master's research placement

March - June 2013
MoDyCo Laboratory (CNRS/Paris X), Paris, France

Annotation of a treebank of spoken French for syntactic dependencies (Rhapsodie Treebank of Spoken French)

Publications

Phd Thesis

Going beyond the sentence: Contextual Machine Translation of Dialogue
Rachel Bawden supervised by Sophie Rosset and Thomas Lavergne.
29th November 2018. LIMSI, CNRS, Université Paris-Sud, Université Paris-Saclay.
Committee members:
  • President: Nicolas Sabouret
  • Reviewers: Jörg Tiedemann and Loïc Barrault
  • Examiners: Lucia Specia and Andrei Popescu-Belis

Journal article

Towards the generation of dialogue acts in socio-effective ECAs.
Rachel Bawden, Chloé Clavel and Frédéric Landragin (2016). Language Resources and Evaluation. 4(2):821-838. Springer Netherlands. First online 31 July 2015. doi:10.1007/s10579-015-9312-9

Conference proceedings

Evaluating Discourse Phenomena in Neural Machine Translation Rachel Bawden, Rico Sennrich, Alexandra Birch and Barry Haddow (2018). In Proceedings of the North American Chapter of the Association for Computational Linguistics: Human Language Technologies (NAACL'18). New Orleans, USA.. [code and test set].
Detecting context-dependent sentences in parallel corpora Rachel Bawden, Thomas Lavergne and Sophie Rosset (2018). In Proceedings of the 25th Conférence sur le Traitement Automatique des Langues Naturelles (TALN'18). Rennes, France.
Machine Translation, it's a question of style, innit? The case of English tag questions Rachel Bawden (2017). In Proceedings of the 2017 Conference on Empirical Methods in Natural Language Processing (EMNLP'17). Copenhagen, Denmark. [code]
Machine Translation of Speech-Like Texts: Strategies for the Inclusion of Context. Rachel Bawden (2017). In Proceedings of the 19th REncontres jeunes Chercheurs en Informatique pour le TAL (RECITAL 2017). Orléans, France.
Boosting for Efficient Model Selection for Syntactic Parsing Rachel Bawden and Benoit Crabbé (2016). In Proceedings of the 26th International Conference on Computational Linguistics (COLING'16). Osaka, Japan.
Investigating gender adaptation for speech translation Rachel Bawden, Guillaume Wisniewski and Heéleène Maynard (2016). In Proceedings of the 23rd Conférence sur le Traitement Automatique des Langues Naturelles (TALN'16). Paris, France.
Correcting and Validating Syntactic Dependency in the Spoken French Treebank Rhapsodie Rachel Bawden, Marie-Amélie Bottala, Kim Gerdes and Sylvain Kahane (2014). In Proceedings of the 9th International Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation (LREC'14). Reykjavik, Iceland.

Book chapters

Chapter 4. Microsyntactic annotation. Sylvain Kahane, Kim Gerdes, and Rachel Bawden. In Rhapsodie – A Prosodic and Syntactic Treebank for Spoken French. Eds. Anne Lacheret-Dujour, Sylvain Kahane, and Paola Pietrandrea. John Benjamins, Amsterdam, 2019
Chapter 7. Annotation tools for syntax. Kim Gerdes, Sylvain Kahane, Rachel Bawden, Julie Belião, Eric de la Clergerie, and Ilaine Wag. In Rhapsodie – A Prosodic and Syntactic Treebank for Spoken French. Eds. Anne Lacheret-Dujour, Sylvain Kahane, and Paola Pietrandrea. John Benjamins, Amsterdam, 2019
Chapter 15. Exploration of the Rhapsodie corpus: Data structure, formats and query tools. Anne Lacheret-Dujour, Sylvain Kahane, Rachel Bawden, Serge Fleury and Ilaine Wang. In Rhapsodie – A Prosodic and Syntactic Treebank for Spoken French. Eds. Anne Lacheret-Dujour, Sylvain Kahane, and Paola Pietrandrea. John Benjamins, Amsterdam, 2019

Technical report

Protocole de codage microsyntaxique Sylvain Kahane, Kim Gerdes, Pietrandrea Paola, Benzitoun Christophe, Rachel Bawden, Marie-Amélie Botalla and Adèle Désoyer (2013). Translated into English by Rachel Bawden: Protocol for micro-syntactic coding. Link to the Rhapsodie project website.

Other

Boosting for Model Selection in Syntactic Parsing Rachel Bawden (2015). Master's thesis. Alpage-INRIA. Supervised by Benoit Crabbé

Teaching Experience

Introduction to NLP

2016-17 and 2017-18
PolyTech Paris-Sud, France

4th year lectures, tutorials and practical classes (30hrs/year)

Introduction to algorithmics and C++

2017-18
PolyTech Paris-Sud, France

2nd year practical classes (10hrs)

Programming with C

2016-17
PolyTech Paris-Sud, France

3rd year tutorials and practical classes (27hrs)

Databases

2015-16 and 2016-17
PolyTech Paris-Sud, France

3rd year tutorials and practical classes (24hrs/year)

Algorithmics and C

2015-16 and 2016-17
PolyTech Paris-Sud, France

3rd year tutorials and practical classes (28hrs)

Tutoring in computer science

2015-16
PolyTech Paris-Sud, France

3rd year (12hrs)

English language assistant

2009-10
4 primariy schools, Le Puy-en-Velay, France

Work placement as an English language assistant

2005
Collège St. Martin, Tours, France