Mirella Lapata elected to Royal Society of Edinburgh

[2019] Mirella Lapata has been appointed a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh.

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Mirella is a chair in Natural Language Processing. She’s a graduate of Carnegie Melon University (MA) and University of Edinburgh (PhD). In 2009 Lapata became the first recipient of Karen Spärck Jones Award. Her research focuses on probabilistic learning techniques for natural language understanding and generation. She is interested in the general problem of extracting semantic information from large volumes of text.

Mirella is among 62 new Fellows from the worlds of business, science, creative arts, health, technology, law, public engagement and international development who were announced on 1st March. They join an existing Fellowship of over 1600 individuals who give their time and expertise for free to support the RSE in delivering its mission of ‘knowledge made useful’.

RSE delivers on that mission through

  • inspiring and supporting young talent through a wide-ranging programme of research grants and awards
  • engaging the public across Scotland on key contemporary issues through its outreach programme RSE@ and a wide-ranging programme of public events
  • providing impartial advice and expertise to inform policy and practice through in-depth examination of major issues and providing expert comment on topical matters - promoting Scotland’s interests overseas through building relationships with sister academies across the world and facilitating research collaborations.  

“The calibre of our Fellows never ceases to amaze me and this year is no different. For such a small country we surpass ourselves with the talent and expertise that exists across our academic, cultural and business landscape. All of our Fellows are assets, not just to the RSE but to Scotland and the rest of the world, and I look forward to welcoming and working with them”.

Professor Dame Anne Glover
President of the RSE

The new Fellows will be inducted in May 2019.

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