Name: Sara Mendes

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Academic Degree: PhD 

Professional Status: Assistant Professor ("Professor Auxiliar")

CLUL's Research Sector: CLG - Group for the Computation of Lexical and Grammatical Knowledge

Research Areas: Computational Lexical Semantics

Other Research Areas: Syntax Semantics Interface; Translation Engineering

CLG webpage: http://www.clul.ul.pt/clg/eng/equipa/SaraMendes.html


Academic Degrees:

  • January 2010: PhD in Computational Linguistics, Universidade de Lisboa
  • July 2000: Bachelor in Linguistics, Faculdade de Letras da Universidade de Lisboa

Professional Activities:

  • since January 2014: Assistant Professor ("Professor Auxiliar") at Faculdade de Letras da Universidade de Lisboa.
  • since February 2013: Collaborator at Institut Universitari de Lingüística Aplicada (IULA), Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona (TRL team, coordinated by Núria Bel).
  • February 2012-December 2013: post-doctoral fellow - FCT post-doctoral fellowship SFRH/BPD/79900/2011 at Institut Universitari de Lingüística Aplicada (IULA), Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona (February 2012-January 2013), and CLUL (February 2013-December 2013).
  • since 2010: Researcher at the Group for the Computation of Lexical and Grammatical Knowledge at CLUL, coordinated by Palmira Marrafa.
  • 2006-2009: Assistant Researcher at the Group for the Computation of Lexical and Grammatical Knowledge at CLUL, coordinated by Palmira Marrafa.
  • 2002-2006: Assistant Researcher FCT/CLG-CLUL - FCT PhD Scholarship SFRH/BD/8524/2002.
  • 2002-2004: PhD researcher at the group Informatique Linguistique et Programmation Logique at the Institut de Recherche en Informatique de Toulouse (IRIT), coordinated by Patrick Saint-Dizier.
  • 2001-2003: junior researcher at the Group for the Computation of Lexical and Grammatical Knowledge at CLUL, coordinated by Palmira Marrafa.
  • 1998-1999: junior lexicographer for the "Dicionário da Língua Portuguesa Contemporânea" at the Academia das Ciências de Lisboa (Coordinator: Professor João Malaca Casteleiro).

Research Projects:

Teaching:

  • 2015/2016 and 2016/2017– Teacher of the seminar “Tradução Assistida por Computador - nível avançado” from the Masters program in Translation and the Specialization Degrees in Translation Practices and Translation Technologies at Faculdade de Letras da Universidade de Lisboa, and of the graduate course "Tradução Assistida por Computador" at Faculdade de Letras da Universidade de Lisboa.
  • 2014/2015 – Teacher of the seminars “Tradução Assistida por Computador - nível avançado” and "Tradução do Texto Científico/Técnico II - Inglês/Português" from the Masters program in Translation and the Specialization Degrees in Translation Practices and Translation Technologies at Faculdade de Letras da Universidade de Lisboa.
  • 2013/2014 – Teacher of the seminar “Tradução Assistida por Computador” from the Masters program in Translation and the Specialization Degrees in Translation Practices and Translation Technologies at Faculdade de Letras da Universidade de Lisboa.
  • 2011/2012 – Teacher of the seminars “Tradução do Texto Científico e Técnico – Inglês/Português” (level 1) and “Tradução do Texto Científico e Técnico – Inglês/Português” (level 2) from the Masters program in Translation at Faculdade de Letras da Universidade de Lisboa (with Raquel Amaro).
  • 2011/2012 – Teacher of the e-learning course “Tradução e Tecnologias de Informação Linguística” of the Specialization Degrees in Translation Practices and Translation Technologies, Faculdade de Letras da Universidade de Lisboa (with Raquel Amaro).
  • 2010/2012 – Teacher of several seminars (“Tecnologias de Apoio à Tradução” (levels 1 and 2) – with Raquel Amaro, “Tradução Técnica – Direito Comercial Internacional” (level 2) and “Tradução Técnica – Economia e Gestão de Empresas” (level 3)) from the Masters program in Translation at Universidade Pedagógica (UP) in Maputo, coordinated by Palmira Marrafa and César Cumbe.
  • 2010/2011 and 2011/2012 – Teacher of the course “Tradução Assistida por Computador” (advanced level) of the Specialization Degree in Translation Practices and Translation Technologies, Faculdade de Letras da Universidade de Lisboa (with Raquel Amaro).
  • since February 2008 – Teacher of the course “Tradução e Tecnologias de Informação Linguística” of the Instituto Camões/Faculdade de Letras da Universidade de Lisboa e-learning program, conceived with Raquel Amaro, and coordinated by Professor Palmira Marrafa, now on its 11th edition.
  • 2007/2008 – Teacher of the course “Tradução Assistida por Computador”, 3rd year of the BSc Degree in Translation, Faculdade de Letras da Universidade de Lisboa, coordinated by Professor Palmira Marrafa.

Seminars:

  • May 23-26, 2011 – “Literatura i Tècnica: reflexions sobre llenguatge, llengua i comunicació per als professionals del disseny” (Literature and Technique: reflections on language and communication for designers), seminar of the Master in Tipografia: Disciplina i Usos, Facultat de Belles Arts, Universitat de Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain.
  • May 26-27, 2010 – Teacher of the course “Terminologia e Léxicos de Especialidade para a Tradução” – Intensive Training Course on Translation, CLG – CLUL/Instituto Camões (with Raquel Amaro).
  • May 9-13, 2005 – “Tópicos de Semântica Lexical e Recursos Linguísticos Computacionais” (Topics in Lexical Semantics and Computational Language Resources), Universidade Central de Venezuela, Caracas, Venezuela (invited by Instituto Camões).

  Student supervision

ongoing 

  • PhD dissertation
    author: Chiara Barbero
    theme: A integração de léxico de especialidade e de léxico comum e a sua modelização no modelo da WordNet.PT
    Scientific Domain: Linguistics
    Institution: Faculdade de Ciências Sociais e Humanas da Universidade Nova de de Lisboa (co-supervisor; supervisor: Raquel Amaro (FCSH)
  • PhD dissertation
    author: Domingas Cameia
    title: Plano de Acção Didáctica para o Ensino do Léxico aos Alunos do I Ciclo do Ensino Secundário em Angola
    Scientific Domain: Portuguese Studies
    Institution: Faculdade de Ciências Sociais e Humanas da Universidade Nova de de Lisboa (co-supervisor; supervisor: Ana Maria Martinho (FCSH))
  • MA dissertation
    author: Cathy Oliveira
    title: O impacto das ferramentas de Tradução Assistida por Computador na Tradução Técnica em contexto empresarial: estudo de caso
    Scientific Domain: Translation
    Institution: Faculdade de Letras da Universidade de Lisboa
  • MA dissertation
    author: Nicole Mak
    title: Especificações para a criação de uma wordnet bilingue Português-Chinês: representação de conceitos de especialidade do domínio do Turismo
    Scientific Domain: Translation and Interpretation
    Institution: Faculdade de Letras da Universidade de Lisboa
  • MA dissertation
    student: Luís Pedroso
    title: Análise e modelização de léxico de polaridade: especificações linguísticas para a integração de informação de polaridade numa rede léxico-conceptual computacional para o Português
    Scientific Domain: Linguistics
    Institution: Faculdade de Letras da Universidade de Lisboa
  • MA dissertation
    student: Margarida Godinho
    title: Um contributo para a criação de uma wordnet para a língua Tétum: especificações linguísticas para a codificação de léxico de especialidade da área das Finanças
    Scientific Domain: Translation
    Institution: Faculdade de Letras da Universidade de Lisboa
  • MA dissertation
    student: Joana Figueiras
    title: Tradução de documentos no domínio das Relações Internacionais
    Scientific Domain: Translation
    Institution: Faculdade de Letras da Universidade de Lisboa

concluded

  • MA dissertation
    author: Lucia Comparin
    title: Quality in Machine Translation and Human Post-editing: Error Annotation and Specifications
    Scientific Domain: Translation
    Institution: Faculdade de Letras da Universidade de Lisboa (waiting for defense)
  • MA dissertation
    student: Nuno João de Jesus
    title: Relatório de Estágio no Camões, I.P.: discussão sobre opções linguísticas relevantes para a Tradução
    Scientific Domain: Translation
    Institution: Faculdade de Letras da Universidade de Lisboa
  • MA dissertation
    author: Catarina Cumbe
    title: Projecto de Traduçao Francês → Português: Mudanças Climáticas e Desenvolvimento Sustentável em África
    scientific Domain: Translation
    institution: Faculdade de Ciências da Linguagem, Comunicaçao e Artes da Universidade Pedagógica, Maputo, Mozambique (supervisor; co-supervisor: Boaventura Aleixo)
    status: concluded and approved on January 24th, 2013 (14/20)

  • MA dissertation
    author: Dionísio Mavume
    title: Problemas e estratégias de traduçao. Estudo de caso: traduçao do texto Tourism in Africa
    scientific Domain: Translation
    institution: Faculdade de Ciências da Linguagem, Comunicaçao e Artes da Universidade Pedagógica, Maputo, Mozambique (supervisor; co-supervisor: Carla Maciel)
    status: concluded and approved on January 24th, 2013 (17/20)

  • MA dissertation
    author: Filomena Arnança
    title: Problemas de traduçao da obra La lutte contre le paludisme à l'école: une boîte à outils des réponses efficaces du secteur éducatif face au paludisme en Afrique
    scientific Domain: Translation
    institution: Faculdade de Ciências da Linguagem, Comunicaçao e Artes da Universidade Pedagógica, Maputo, Mozambique (supervisor; co-supervisor: Albino Chavale)
    status: concluded and approved on January 24th, 2013 (15/20)

  • MA dissertation
    author: Rita Nacuche
    title: Traduçao do texto Dossier sur le tourisme et le développement durable en Méditerranée: problemas e estratégias de traduçao de um texto técnico do domínio do Turismo
    scientific Domain: Translation
    institution: Faculdade de Ciências da Linguagem, Comunicaçao e Artes da Universidade Pedagógica, Maputo, Mozambique (supervisor; co-supervisor: Amélia Lemos)
    status: concluded and approved on January 24th, 2013 (15/20)

Publications:

2016

  • Amaro, Raquel & Sara Mendes (2016) "Lexicologia e Linguística Computacional", in Martins, Ana & Ernestina Carrilho (eds.) Manual de Linguística Portuguesa, Berlin: De Gruyter Mouton, pp. 178-199.

2015

  • Necşulescu, Silvia, Sara Mendes, David Jurgens, Núria Bel & Roberto Navigli (2015) "Reading Between the Lines: Overcoming Data Sparsity for Accurate Classification of Lexical Relationships", Proceedings of the 4th Joint Conference on Lexical and Computational Semantics - *SEM 2015, Denver, Colorado, pp. 182-192.

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2001

  • Mendes, Sara & Rui Pedro Chaves (2001) "Enriching WordNet with Qualia Information", Proceedings of the Workshop on WordNet and Other Lexical Resources: Applications, Extensions and Customizations at the 2nd NAACL Meeting 2001, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA, USA, pp. 108-112.

Communications:

  • June, 2015, “Reading Between the Lines: Overcoming Data Sparsity for Accurate Classification of Lexical Relationships”, poster presentation at the 4th Joint Conference on Lexical and Computational Semantics - *SEM 2015, Denver, Colorado, USA (with Silvia Necşulescu, David Jurgens, Núria Bel and Roberto Navigli).
  • August, 2014, “Using unmarked contexts in nominal lexical semantic classification”, poster presentation at the 25th International Conference on Computational Linguistics - COLING 2014, Dublin, Ireland (with Lauren Romeo and Núria Bel).
  • May, 2014, “LexTec - a rich language resource for technical domains in Portuguese”, poster presentation at the 9th International Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation - LREC 2014, Reykjavik, Iceland (with Palmira Marrafa and Raquel Amaro).
  • May, 2014, “Combining dependency information and generalization in a pattern-based approach to the classification of lexical-semantic relation instances”, oral presentation at the 9th International Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation - LREC 2014, Reykjavik, Iceland (with Silvia Necşulescu and Núria Bel).
  • May, 2014, “A cascade approach for complex-type classification”, oral presentation at the 9th International Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation - LREC 2014, Reykjavik, Iceland (with Lauren Romeo and Núria Bel).
  • September, 2013, “Towards the automatic classification of complex-type nominals”, oral presentation at the 6th International Conference on Generative Approaches to the Lexicon - GL 2013, Pisa, Italy (with Lauren Romeo and Núria Bel).
  • March, 2013, “Increasing density through new relations and POS encoding in WordNet.PT: consistency, coverage and applications”, poster presentation at the 14th International Conference on Intelligent Text Processing and Computational Linguistics - CICLing 2013, Samos, Greece (with Raquel Amaro and Palmira Marrafa).
  • December, 2012, “Towards merging common and technical lexicon wordnets”, short oral presentation and poster presentation at the 3rd Workshop on Cognitive Aspects of the Lexicon (CogALex-III) at the 24th International Conference on Computational Linguistics - COLING 2012, Mumbai, India (with Raquel Amaro).
  • December, 2012, “Using Qualia Information to Identify Lexical Semantic Classes in an Unsupervised Clustering Task”, poster presentation at the 24th International Conference on Computational Linguistics - COLING 2012, Mumbai, India (with Lauren Romeo and Núria Bel).
  • May, 2012, “Synonym extraction using a language graph model”, poster presentation at the Workshop on Semantic Relations II – Enhancing Resources and Applications at the 8th International Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation - LREC 2012, Istanbul, Turkey (with Silvia Necşulescu and Núria Bel).
  • September, 2010, “Encoding Event and Argument Structures in Wordnets”, poster presentation at the 13th International Conference on Text, Speech, and Dialogue - TSD 2010, Brno, Czech Republic (with Raquel Amaro and Palmira Marrafa).
  • September, 2010, "Lexical-conceptual relations as qualia role encoders”, poster presentation at the 13th International Conference on Text, Speech, and Dialogue - TSD 2010, Brno, Czech Republic (with Raquel Amaro and Palmira Marrafa).
  • June 21st, 2010, "Syntax and Semantics of Adjectives in Portuguese: analysis and modelling", invited speaker at Quid Novi? 2010, Faculty of Arts of the University of Oporto, Portugal.
  • January, 2008, "Extending wordnets to all the main POS: specification of cross-POS relations to encode adjectives", communication integrated in the pannel On WordNet Relations at the 4th Global WordNet Conference, Szeged, Hungary.
  • December 5, 2005, "WordNet.PT: arguing for encoding argument and event structure information and new relations", invited speaker at the workshop on Lexical Semantics, integrated in the post-graduation program in Linguistics, Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina, Florianópolis, Brazil.
  • May 7, 2005, "Recursos Linguísticos Computacionais para o Português", lecture given at the Instituto Português de Cultura, Caracas, Venezuela.
  • April, 2004, "L'analyse des questions: intérêts pour la génération des réponses", oral presentation at the Workshop Question-Réponse at the conference Traitement Automatique du Langage Naturel - TALN 2004, Fez, Morocco (with Véronique Moriceau).
  • December, 2003, "Analyse des questions pour la recherche d'une réponse adéquate", communication presented at the RIP-WEB (Recherche d'Informations Précises sur le Web) project meeting, Paris, France.
  • April, 2003, "Sémantique de l'adjectif et ses restrictions de sélection", oral presentation at the Colloque des Doctorants de l'Ecole Doctorale Informatique et Télécommunications - EDIT 2003, Université Paul Sabatier, Toulouse, France.
  • February, 2003, "Distribution syntaxique de l'adjectif en Portugais", communication presented at the ILPL (Informatique Linguistique et Programmation Logique) team meeting, Institut de Recherche en Informatique de Toulouse (IRIT), Toulouse, France.
  • June, 2001, "Enriching WordNet with Qualia Information", oral presentation at the Workshop on WordNet and other Lexical Resources: Applications, Extensions and Customizations at the 2nd Meeting of NAACL 2001, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA, USA (with Rui Pedro Chaves).