Elisa Bassignana

Elisa Bassignana

PhD Student in NLP

About Me

Hi, I'm Elisa!
I work in the field of Natural Language Processing as a member of the NLP north research unit at the IT University of Copenhagen, and as an affiliated member of the MaiNLP research lab at the Center for Information and Language Processing (CIS) in Munich (LMU). I work under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Barbara Plank and Dr. Rob van der Goot. I love subjects related to the intersection of NLP with computational social science, human-centered AI, language variation across domains, cats and mountains.

The focus of my PhD project is developing computation systems for Information Extraction with strong abilities to generalize over unseen data sources and label spaces. Specifically, I work on cross-domain Relation Extraction.
Previously, I worked in the field of computational social science (hate speech and personality detection).

Recent Publications

Can Humans Identify Domains?

Maria Barrett*, Max Müller-Eberstein*, Elisa Bassignana*, Amalie Brogaard Pauli*, Mike Zhang*, Rob van der Goot*
To appear at LREC-COLING 2024

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How to Encode Domain Information in Relation Classification

Elisa Bassignana, Viggo Unmack Gascou, Frida Nøhr Laustsen, Gustav Kristensen, Marie Haahr Petersen, Rob van der Goot, Barbara Plank
To appear at LREC-COLING 2024

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Silver Syntax Pre-training for Cross-Domain Relation Extraction

Elisa Bassignana, Filip Ginter, Sampo Pyysalo, Rob van der Goot, and Barbara Plank
In Findings of the Association for Computational Linguistics: ACL 2023

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All publications

Grants and Awards

Villum International Postdoc Grant - 2.4M DKK (2023)

Three year postdoc position at the IT University of Copenhagen, including a two years stay at Bocconi University (Italy) working with Prof. Dirk Hovy.

Press release        ITU interview

Outstanding Paper Award - 2,000 USD (2022)

Outstanding paper award at the Machine Learning Evaluation Standards workshop at ICLR.


Pietro Torasso Award - 1,500 EUR (2020)

Best M.Sc. thesis in Artificial Intelligence at the University of Turin defended in 2020.

Award announcement

Erasmus+ Scholarship - 2,300 EUR (2020)

Sole recipient for an exchange semester at the University of Groningen.


Introduction to Natural Language Processing and Deep Learning - Lecturer

IT University of Copenhagen (2023, 2022)

Vertiefung der Grundlagen der Computerlinguistik - Guest lecturer

Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich (2023, 2022)

Seminars in Data Science - Lecturer and examiner

IT University of Copenhagen (2022)

Introduction to Natural Language Processing and Deep Learning - Lecturer and senior TA

IT University of Copenhagen (2021)