Hessel Haagsma
Computational Linguistics
University of Groningen

About Me

I'm a PhD-candidate at the University of Groningen, working in Johan Bos's Computational Semantics group. My work is part of the Parallel Meaning Bank project, in which I focus on the automatic processing of figurative language phenomena, such as metaphor and idiom. Recently, I’ve been working on the automatic extraction of idiomatic expressions from large corpora and the disambiguation of potentially idiomatic expressions in context.

I did a BSc in Artificial Intelligence and a MSc in Human-Machine Communication at the Department of AI, as well as a BA in Finnish Language & Culture at the (now sadly defunct) Department of Finno-Ugristics, both at the University of Groningen.

Hessel

Find Me

In the office: Harmonie Building, Room 1311.0435

Via e-mail: hessel.haagsma@rug.nl

On Google Scholar: here

On Github: github.com/hslh

Papers

Hessel Haagsma & Malvina Nissim. A Critical Assessment of a Method for Detecting Diachronic Meaning Shifts: Lessons Learnt from Experiments on Dutch. To appear in Computational Linguistics in the Netherlands Journal. [pdf|code]

Maria Medvedeva, Hessel Haagsma, & Malvina Nissim, 2017. An Analysis of Cross-Genre and In-Genre Performance for Author Profiling in Social Media. In Proceedings of the 8th International Conference of the CLEF Association, pp. 211—223. [pdf|slides|poster] <- Best Paper Award!

Angelo Basile, Gareth Dwyer, Maria Medvedeva, Josine Rawee, Hessel Haagsma, & Malvina Nissim, 2017. N-GrAM: New Groningen Author-profiling Model. In Working Notes of CLEF 2017 - PAN Lab on Digital Text Forensics. [pdf|slides|shared task results]

Johan Bos, Lasha Abzianidze, Johannes Bjerva, Kilian Evang, Hessel Haagsma, Pierre Ludmann, Duc-Duy Nguyen, & Rik van Noord, 2017. The Parallel Meaning Bank: Towards a Corpus of Translations with Deep Semantic Annotation. In Proceedings of the 15th Conference of the European Chapter of the Association for Computational Linguistics, pp. 242—247. [pdf|poster]

Mart Busger op Vollenbroek, Talvany Carlotto, Tim Kreutz, Maria Medvedeva, Chris Pool, Johannes Bjerva, Hessel Haagsma, & Malvina Nissim, 2016. GronUP: Groningen User Profiling. In Working Notes of CLEF 2016 - Digital Text Forensics (PAN), pp. 846—857. [pdf|shared task results]

Hessel Haagsma, 2016. Singleton Detection using Word Embeddings and Neural Networks. In Proceedings of the 54th Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics – Student Research Workshop, pp. 65—71. [pdf|poster]

Hessel Haagsma & Johannes Bjerva, 2016. Detecting Novel Metaphor using Selectional Preference Information. In Proceedings of The Fourth Workshop on Metaphor in NLP, pp. 10—17. [pdf|slides]

Johannes Bjerva, Johan Bos, & Hessel Haagsma, 2016. The Meaning Factory at SemEval-2016 Task 8: Producing AMRs with Boxer. In Proceedings of SemEval-2016, pp. 1070—1075. [pdf|poster|shared task results]

Hessel Haagsma, 2015. Automatic Word Sense Disambiguation for Dutch using Dependency Information. In Computational Linguistics in the Netherlands Journal 5, pp. 15—24. [pdf|slides]

Theses

Hessel Haagsma, 2015. Singleton Detection using Semantic Word Vectors and Neural Networks. MSc thesis, Department of Artificial Intelligence, University of Groningen. [pdf]

Hessel Haagsma, 2014. Interaction between case marking, grammatical role and co-reference in Finnish: a corpus study. BA thesis, Department of Finno-Ugric Languages and Cultures, University of Groningen. [pdf]

Hessel Haagsma, 2013. Grammatical role and word order predict referential form in Finnish: an annotated corpus of Finnish. BSc thesis, Department of Artificial Intelligence, University of Groningen. [pdf]

Talks

Hessel Haagsma & Malvina Nissim, 2017. Can we spot meaning shifts in diachronic representations? At Computational Linguistics in the Netherlands 27 (CLIN27), Leuven, Belgium. [abstract|slides|code]

Teaching

2017/2018 (autumn) - Shared Task Information Science - with Rik van Noord & Gertjan van Noord

2016/2017 (autumn) - Learning from Data - with Malvina Nissim

2015/2016 (autumn) - Learning from Data - with Malvina Nissim & Johannes Bjerva

Other Activities

Participated in the PAN17 shared task on Author Profiling - with Angelo Basile, Gareth Dwyer, Maria Medvedeva, Josine Rawee & Malvina Nissim

Participated in the PAN16 shared task on Author Profiling - with Mart Busger op Vollenbroek, Talvany Carlotto, Tim Kreutz, Maria Medvedeva, Chris Pool, Johannes Bjerva & Malvina Nissim

Participated in the CLIN26 shared task on Coreference Resolution for Dutch - with Rob van der Goot & Dieke Oele [code]

Organized the TABU Dag 2016 linguistics conference - with Charlotte Lindenbergh, Steven Gilbers, Anna Pot & Nienke Wolthuis

Participated in the SemEval-2016 shared task on AMR Parsing - with Johan Bos & Johannes Bjerva