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Selja Seppälä

I am a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Career-FIT Fellow at University College Cork (UCC), Ireland, investigating natural language processing (NLP) methods to develop a computer-assisted definition authoring and formalisation system for legal experts (RegDef).

I hold a PhD in Multilingual Information Processing from the University of Geneva, Switzerland, and have previously conducted postdoctoral research in the areas of NLP for regulatory technologies in the financial industry at the Governance, Risk and Compliance Technology Centre (GRCTC) at UCC (2017-2019), and of applied ontology and biomedical informatics in the Department of Health Outcomes and Policy at the University of Florida (2016-2017) and the Departments of Philosophy and Biomedical Informatics at the State University of New York at Buffalo (UB) (2012-1016), where my research was funded from 2012 to 2015 by the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF).

My interdisciplinary research aims at laying the groundwork for developing computer-assisted natural language definition writing tools leveraging ontological data. Such tools are intended to be used by terminologists and ontologists, as well as domain experts such as scientists and lawyers. My research focuses on the automation of definition production, editing, and checking in dictionaries, legal documents, technical manuals, and ontologies. This work includes research on ontology mapping and versioning, mapping of lexico-semantic resources to ontologies, as well as the use of corpus linguistics and natural language processing (NLP) techniques and methods to process data. My primary domains of expertise are NLP, terminology, and applied ontology.