My name is Andreas and I am currently in search of a position to work as a Natural Language Processing Engineer in and around Edinburgh.

I recently finished my Masters at the University of Edinburgh where I specialised in Natural Language Processing and applied Machine Learning.

More specifically, I learned a lot about the dark art of training neural networks and became familiar with the language modelling and dependency parsing literature.

My dissertation, supervised by Adam Lopez and Clara Vania, was on analysing the syntactic structure of sentences using neural network models for languages with rich morphology (demo, code, pdf). The results confirmed that for such languages, encoders which construct word representations from characters significantly outperform others that model the input on the word level.

I am currently working on understanding what patterns neural network character encoders capture in language and on exploring the effect that multi-task learning can have on the learned representations.

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Before my M.Sc. I was a research assistant at NCSR Demokritos under the supervision of Natasa Krithara and George Paliouras. I worked on text classification and extracting relations and entity mentions from streams of text. Our submission placed third at Pan 2015 on the Author Profiling task.

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Before that I worked on named entity recognition for Greek and Serbian under the supervision of Iraklis Varlamis.

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I graduated from Harokopio University of Athens in 2014. For my B.Sc. dissertation, supervised by Rania Hatzi, Mara Nikolaidou and Dimosthenis Anagnostopoulos, I worked on a word similarity measure with the intent of discerning whether two sentences could be aligned - were on the same topic. The word representations I constructed were influenced by the lectures - reading of the book Gödel, Escher, Bach.

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I did my internship in 2013 at Scify under the supervision of George Giannakopoulos, who got me interested in Natural Language Processing.

More information

You can download my CV here.

My vimrc and other dotfiles can be found here.