Ekaterina Shutova

Institute for Logic, Language and Computation (ILLC)

University of Amsterdam

I am an Associate Professor at the Institute for Logic, Language and Computation (ILLC) at the University of Amsterdam, where I lead the Amsterdam Natural Language Understanding Lab and the NLP & Digital Humanities research unit.

Previously, I was a Leverhulme Early Career Fellow at the University of Cambridge Computer Laboratory and a Research Scientist at the International Computer Science Institute and the Institute for Cognitive and Brain Sciences, University of California, Berkeley. I received my PhD from the University of Cambridge Computer Laboratory and Pembroke College.


My research is in the area of natural language processing, with a specific focus on computational semantics and machine learning from linguistic and multimodal data. Current interests and projects include:

  • few-shot learning for NLP

  • modelling implied meanings and figurative language

  • multi-modal semantics and joint modelling of language and vision

  • multilingual NLP and linguistic typology

  • cognitive processing and semantic representation in the brain

  • computational social science and societal applications of NLP

My research has been supported by personal grants from Innovate UK, the British Academy and the Leverhulme Trust (UK), as well as industrial funding from Google, Facebook and Deloitte. It has also been covered in media outlets such as the Wired magazine, the New Scientist and the Economist.


  • As a part of new collaboration with Meta AI (formerly Facebook AI) I am now recruiting a new PhD student. See more information about the position here and consider applying! Deadline: 26 April.

  • I am a demonstrations chair for EMNLP 2022.

  • I was elected a fellow of ELLIS.

  • I am a senior area chair for ACL 2022.

  • I am now leading the NLP & Digital Humanities research unit at the ILLC.

  • My student Rochelle Choenni has been awarded a Google PhD Fellowship.

  • I have been awarded a Facebook research grant for my project on Explainable misinformation detection.

  • I was elected a member of the ELLIS Society

  • Recent papers from my group have been accepted at EACL 2021, NAACL-HLT 2021, ACL 2021, CogSci 2021, EMNLP 2021 and NeuroIPS 2021.

  • Niels van der Heijden has just started his PhD in collaboration with Deloitte.

  • Our team Kingsterdam won a prize at NeuroIPS 2020 Hateful Memes Challenge. Very proud of my students: Nithin Holla, Phillip Lippe and Shantanu Chandra, who developed a novel multimodal framework for this task.

  • My student Rochelle Choenni has been awarded the Amsterdam Data Science Award for her MSc thesis on probing multilingual models for typological properties.

  • I joined the Editorial Board of Computational Linguistics.

  • I was elected to ACL SIGLEX Executive Board.


Institute for Logic, Language and Computation (ILLC)

Faculty of Science

University of Amsterdam

Science Park 107

1098 XG Amsterdam

Office: F2.46

Phone: +31 (0) 20 525 8334

Email: e.shutova @ uva.nl