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Research

My research is within the field of computational linguistics, where I have worked on word alignment, annotation transfer, machine translation, language modeling, linguistic variation, and more.

During 2016 I was a postdoc at the University of Helsinki ( Department of Modern Languages), but since January 2017 I am (back) at the Department of Linguistics, Stockholm University.

You can find most of my recent projects on my Github page, and some older academic projects can be found at the website of the NLP group.

List of publications

This is a list work-related publications I have (co-)authored. I try to keep it as complete and up-to-date as possible. Automatically created lists tend to be inaccurate since they have trouble telling me from the other Robert Östling at Stockholm University.

Johannes Bjerva and Robert Östling. Cross-lingual learning of semantic textual similarity with multilingual word representations. In Proceedings of the 21st Nordic Conference on Computational Linguistics, pages 211--215, Gothenburg, Sweden, May 2017. Association for Computational Linguistics. [ bib | http ]

Carl Börstell and Robert Östling. Iconic locations in swedish sign language: Mapping form to meaning with lexical databases. In Proceedings of the 21st Nordic Conference on Computational Linguistics, pages 221--225, Gothenburg, Sweden, May 2017. Association for Computational Linguistics. [ bib | http ]

Robert Östling, Carl Börstell, Moa Gärdenfors, and Mats Wirén. Universal dependencies for swedish sign language. In Proceedings of the 21st Nordic Conference on Computational Linguistics, pages 303--308, Gothenburg, Sweden, May 2017. Association for Computational Linguistics. [ bib | http ]

Robert Östling and Jörg Tiedemann. Continuous multilinguality with language vectors. In Proceedings of the 15th Conference of the European Chapter of the Association for Computational Linguistics: Volume 2, Short Papers, pages 644--649, Valencia, Spain, April 2017. Association for Computational Linguistics. [ bib | http ]

Robert Östling. A Bayesian model for joint word alignment and part-of-speech transfer. In Proceedings of COLING 2016, the 26th International Conference on Computational Linguistics: Technical Papers, pages 620--629, Osaka, Japan, December 2016. [ bib | .pdf ]

Robert Östling and Jörg Tiedemann. Efficient word alignment with Markov Chain Monte Carlo. Prague Bulletin of Mathematical Linguistics, 106:125--146, October 2016. [ bib | .pdf ]

Kristina Nilsson Björkenstam, Mats Wirén, and Robert Östling. Modelling the informativeness and timing of non-verbal cues in parent-child interaction. In Proceedings of the 7th Workshop on Cognitive Aspects of Computational Language Learning, pages 82--90, Berlin, August 2016. Association for Computational Linguistics. [ bib | .pdf ]

Jörg Tiedemann, Fabienne Cap, Jenna Kanerva, Filip Ginter, Sara Stymne, Robert Östling, and Marion Weller-Di Marco. Phrase-based SMT for Finnish with more data, better models and alternative alignment and translation tools. In Proceedings of the First Conference on Machine Translation, pages 391--398, Berlin, Germany, August 2016. Association for Computational Linguistics. [ bib | http ]

Robert Östling. The Lexical Typology of Semantic Shifts, chapter Studying colexification through massively parallell corpora, pages 157--176. De Gruyter, 2016. [ bib | DOI | http ]

Robert Östling. Morphological reinflection with convolutional neural networks. In Proceedings of the 14th SIGMORPHON Workshop on Computational Research in Phonetics, Phonology, and Morphology, 2016. [ bib | .pdf ]

Carl Börstell and Robert Östling. Visualizing lects in a sign language corpus: Mining lexical variation data in lects of Swedish sign language. In Proceedings of the 7th Workshop on the Representation and Processing of Sign Languages: Corpus Mining, pages 13--18, 2016. [ bib | .pdf ]

Carl Börstell, Thomas Hörberg, and Robert Östling. Distribution and duration of signs and parts of speech in Swedish Sign Language. Sign Language & Linguistics, 19(2), 2016. in press. [ bib ]

Robert Östling. Word order typology through multilingual word alignment. In Proceedings of the 53rd Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics and the 7th International Joint Conference on Natural Language Processing (Volume 2: Short Papers), pages 205--211, Beijing, China, July 2015. Association for Computational Linguistics. [ bib | http ]

Robert Östling, Carl Börstell, and Lars Wallin. Enriching the Swedish Sign Language Corpus with part of speech tags using joint Bayesian word alignment and annotation transfer. In Proceedings of the 20th Nordic Conference on Computational Linguistics (NODALIDA 2015), volume 23 of NEALT Proceedings Series, pages 263--268, Vilnius, Lithuania, May 2015. [ bib | .pdf ]

Max Berggren, Jussi Karlgren, Robert Östling, and Mikael Parkvall. Inferring the location of authors from words in their texts. In Proceedings of the 20th Nordic Conference on Computational Linguistics (NODALIDA 2015), volume 23 of NEALT Proceedings Series, pages 211--218, Vilnius, Lithuania, May 2015. [ bib | .pdf ]

Robert Östling. Svenska dialektkartor på sekunden. Språkbruk, 3:10--13, 2015. [ bib ]

Robert Östling. Bayesian Models for Multilingual Word Alignment. PhD thesis, Stockholm University, 2015. ISBN 978-91-7649-151-5. [ bib | http ]

Robert Östling. Bayesian word alignment for massively parallel texts. In Proceedings of the 14th Conference of the European Chapter of the Association for Computational Linguistics, volume 2: Short Papers, pages 123--127, Gothenburg, Sweden, April 2014. Association for Computational Linguistics. [ bib | http ]

Robert Östling, André Smolentzov, Björn Tyrefors Hinnerich, and Erik Höglin. Automated essay scoring for Swedish. In Proceedings of the Eighth Workshop on Innovative Use of NLP for Building Educational Applications, pages 42--47, Atlanta, Georgia, June 2013. Association for Computational Linguistics. [ bib | http ]

Robert Östling. Stagger: An open-source part of speech tagger for Swedish. North European Journal of Language Technology, 3:1--18, 2013. [ bib | http ]

Robert Östling and Mats Wirén. Compounding in a Swedish blog corpus. In Laura Álvarez López, Charlotta Seiler Brylla, and Philip Shaw, editors, Computer mediated discourse across languages, volume New Series 12 of Stockholm Studies in Modern Philology, pages 45--63. Stockholm University, 2013. [ bib | http ]

Hrafn Loftsson and Robert Östling. Tagging a morphologically complex language using an averaged perceptron tagger: The case of Icelandic. In Proceedings of the 19th Nordic Conference on Computational Linguistics (NODALIDA 2013), NEALT Proceedings Series, pages 105--119, Oslo, Norway, 2013. [ bib | .pdf ]

Robert Östling. Stagger: A modern POS tagger for Swedish. In Proceedings of The Fourth Swedish Language Technology Conference, pages 83--84, Lund, Sweden, October 2012. [ bib | http ]

Robert Östling. A construction grammar method for disambiguating Swedish compounds. In SLTC 2010 Workshop on Compounds and Multiword Expressions, 2010. [ bib | http ]

Robert Östling and Ola Knutsson. A corpus-based tool for helping writers with Swedish collocations. In Proceedings of the Workshop on Extracting and Using Constructions in NLP, volume T2009 of SICS Technical Report, pages 28--33, Odense, Denmark, May 2009. ISSN 1100-3154. [ bib | .pdf ]

Robert Östling. A corpus-based collocation assistant for Swedish text. Master's thesis, Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), 2009. [ bib | .pdf ]


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