Rosa Wainwright

I am a PhD candidate at the University of Sheffield, as part of the UKRI Centre for Doctoral Training in Speech and Language Technologies. My supervisor is Prof. Aline Villavicencio, and we are working together on a project with the draft title "Collecting and using cognitively annotated natural language datasets to detect idiomatic expressions". I recently changed my name: previously, I was known as Claudia Haworth, and some of my previous work is available under that name.

My research interests sit at the intersection of Cognitive Science and Natural Language Processing, and include

  • Cognitively-inspired NLP models
  • Idiomaticity and Multi-Word Expressions
  • Cognitive processes for language acquisition, and how we can model these mathematically and computationally
  • Language-learning technologies
  • Interdisciplinarity as an esssential tool for innovative research

Currently I am investigating whether we can use Bayesian models of word segmentation in infants to discover multi-word chunks in natural language, and whether such models are able to encode semantic information about any chunks discovered.

Me wearing some homemade trousers at the seaside


Before beginnning my PhD at Sheffield, I studied the wonderful Arts and Sciences BASc degree at University College London. This degree enabled me to follow my many passions, and study rigorous pure Mathematics alongside Literature, Linguistics, and Spanish Language. For my Bachelor's dissertation, I studied the semantic memory for food concepts held by UK individuals using Distributional Semantic Models, with Prof. Gabriella Vigliocco, and a paper detailing our work was accepted to the 2020 ICLR Workshop on Climate Change and AI. The paper, "Understanding the dynamics of climate-crucial food choice behaviours using distributional semantics" and slides from its accompanying presentation, are available here.

Contact details

My contact email is rhwainwright1 ~at~ sheffield ~dot~ ac ~ dot~ uk, or tweet me ~at rosaw_ai!

Current activities

I am trying to create a curated directory of resources for Cognitively Motivated NLP.
If you have any suggestions of resources to be added, please let me know!

More about me

I have a 1-year-old Miniature Schnauzer, Henry, who is my fluffy companion.

Henry likes long walks, lying in the sun, and cheese.

In my spare time, I am learning to play the Viola, and I make some of my own clothes. I am also working on a mammoth cross stitch project depicting 'The Great Wave off Kanagawa' by Hokusai.

Henry and his polar bear