Ekaterina Shutova

Institute for Logic, Language and Computation (ILLC)

University of Amsterdam

I am an Assistant Professor at the Institute for Logic, Language and Computation (ILLC) at the University of Amsterdam, where I lead the Amsterdam Natural Language Understanding Lab.

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 and Facebook. It has also been covered in media outlets such as the Wired magazine, the New Scientist and the Economist.


  • I joined the Editorial Board of Computational Linguistics

  • I was elected to ACL SIGLEX Executive Board

  • New paper on meta-learning for few-shot word sense disambiguation

  • Recent papers from my group have been accepted at AAAI 2020, ACL 2020, TACL and CogSci 2020.

  • I received a Facebook Research Award for my project on Tackling online abuse: A benchmark and evaluation framework for abusive language detection.


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