Thierry Poibeau

Thierry Poibeau


Rutherford Visiting Fellow


Thierry Poibeau is a CNRS director of research and head of the LATTICE laboratory (Langues, Textes, Traitements informatiques et Cognition) since 2012. He is also an affiliated lecturer at the Department of Theoretical and Applied Linguistics (DTAL) of the University of Cambridge. He mainly works on natural language processing (NLP), especially on the following topics: information extraction, question answering, knowledge acquisition from text and digital humanities. He is also interested in Finno-Ugric languages.

Research interests

Thierry will focus on two different topics: digital humanities on the one hand and computational social science on the other. As for digital humanities, he is especially interested in studying the way natural language processing techniques can help analyse large corpora in humanities and social sciences.

He is currently focusing on different kinds of literary texts: we now have collections of poetry and novels spanning over several centuries, which makes it possible to study how the notion of style has evolved, to characterise the style of an author or the specificities of a text genre. Within the area of computational social science, he will focus on modelling language change using different corpora, like newspapers (for example the New York Times’ corpus spanning over several decades) or Twitter (reflecting more recent changes and a more informal language register). His main collaborator while at the Turing will be Barbara McGillivray.