Imperial College London

Professor Lucia Specia

Faculty of EngineeringDepartment of Computing

Chair in Natural Language Processing



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572aHuxley BuildingSouth Kensington Campus





My research focuses on various aspects of data-driven approaches to natural language processing, with a particular interest in multimodal and multilingual context models and work at the intersection of language and vision. My work has various applications such as machine translation, image captioning, quality estimation and text adaptation.

I currently hold an ERC (European Research Council) Starting Grant on Multi-modal Context Modelling for Machine Translation.

I am also part-time Professor of Language Engineering at the University of Sheffield. Check my Sheffield page for more.



Frank S, Elliott D, Specia L, 2018, Assessing multilingual multimodal image description: Studies of native speaker preferences and translator choices, Natural Language Engineering, Vol:24, ISSN:1351-3249, Pages:393-413


Scarton C, Henrique Paetzold G, Specia L, 2019, Simpa: A sentence-level simplification corpus for the public administration domain, Pages:4333-4338

Scarton C, Paetzold GH, Specia L, 2019, Text simplification from professionally produced corpora, Pages:3504-3510

Lala C, Specia L, 2019, Multimodal lexical translation, Pages:3810-3817

Madhyastha P, Wang J, Specia L, End-to-end Image Captioning Exploits Multimodal Distributional Similarity

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