Understanding of human language by computers has been a central goal of Artificial Intelligence since its beginnings, with massive potential to improve communication, provide better information access and automate basic human tasks. My research focuses on technologies for automatic processing of human language, with several applications including automatic translation (akin to Google and Bing's translation tools). My core focus is on probabilistic machine learning modelling of language applications, particularly handling uncertain or partly observed data and structured prediction problems.


  • Melbourne will host ACL 2018 to be held in July, with Tim Baldwin, Karin Verspoor and myself serving as the local chairs.

Current Projects

  • Efficient storage and access to text count data: An application to unlimited order language modelling. 2016 – 2017. Google Research Award, $US 85k.
  • Learning Deep Semantics for Automatic Translation between Human Languages. 2016 – 2019. ARC Discovery with Reza Haffari, $450k.
  • Ariel: Analysis of Rare Incident-Event Languages. 2015 – 2018. DARPA LORELEI (sub-contract), $300k.
  • Adaptive Context-Dependent Machine Translation for Heterogeneous Text. 2014 – 2018. ARC Future Fellowship, $730k.
  • Pheme: Computing Veracity Across Media, Languages, and Social Networks. 2014 – 2017. EU FP7 with Kalina Bontcheva and others, £494k.

Selected Papers

Hierarchical Structured Model for Fine-to-coarse Manifesto Text Analysis
Shivashankar Subramanian, Trevor Cohn and Timothy Baldwin. In Proceedings of NAACL, 2018.
Recurrent Entity Networks with Delayed Memory Update for Targeted Aspect-based Sentiment Analysis
Fei Liu, Trevor Cohn and Timothy Baldwin. In Proceedings of NAACL (short), 2018.
What's in a Domain? Learning Domain-Robust Text Representations Using Adversarial Training
Yitong Li, Trevor Cohn and Timothy Baldwin. In Proceedings of NAACL (short), 2018.
Discourse-aware rumour stance classification in social media using sequential classifiers
Arkaitz Zubiaga, Elena Kochkina, Maria Liakata, Rob Procter, Michal Lukasik, Kalina Bontcheva, Trevor Cohn and Isabelle Augenstein. In Information Processing & Management, 2018.