Nora Hollenstein

I am a PhD candidate at DS3Lab at ETH Zurich with a background in Natural Language Processing (NLP). After an MSc in Artificial Intelligence from the University of Edinburgh, I worked at IBM for a few years on various IBM Watson projects in Germany and Switzerland. The focus of my work lies in enhancing NLP applications with cognitive data such as eye-tracking and brain activity recordings. My long-term goal is to reduce the amount of manual annotation work for training machine learning systems for NLP by passively supervising these systems with brain activity data.


Here's a short overview of my current research activities:

  • Upcoming talk at NAACL about improving NER with eye movement data. Slides
  • Check out the WIRED article about our work using eye-tracking for NLP!
  • Zurich Cognitive Language Processing Corpus of eye-tracking and EEG data available here!
  • Check out the open master thesis topics at DS3Lab. Contact us if interested!
  • We got a special award for the best CoNLL paper on research inspired by human language learning!

Publications & Teaching

Most recent paper:
Hollenstein, N., Barrett, M., Troendle, M., Bigiolli, F., Langer, N., & Zhang, C. Advancing NLP with Cognitive Language Processing Signals. arXiv preprint arXiv:1904.02682 (2019).

I've taught the course Ontology Learning as a guest lecturer at the Institute for Computational Linguistics, University of Zurich.
And I'm currently a teaching assitant for Information Retrieval at ETH Zurich.



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