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Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages and Linguistics


Professor Anna Korhonen

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Professor of Natural Language Processing
Co-Director of the Language Technology Lab
Fellow of the Alan Turing Institute
Director of the Centre for Human Inspired Artificial Intelligence (CHIA)
Fellow of ELLIS
Senior Research Fellow of Churchill College
Theoretical and Applied Linguistics
Faculty of Modern & Medieval Languages & Linguistics
Contact details: 
Telephone number: 
+44 (0)1223 767389

Language Technology Lab
Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages and Linguistics
Faculty of English Building
9 West Road
Cambridge CB3 9DB, UK
Office: TR-12



Anna Korhonen is a Professor of Natural Language Processing at the University of Cambridge where she co-directs the Language Technology Laboratory (LTL). Research in LTL is centred around NLP and how to develop, adapt and apply computational techniques to meet the needs of intelligent applications. Based in the School of Arts and Humanities, Anna is particularly interested in human-centric NLP that draws on the understanding of human cognitive, social and creative intelligence and focuses applications aimed at social and global good. Many of her projects are interdisciplinary and involve collaboration with researchers in other fields as well as in other areas of Artificial Intelligence. Please see Anna’s research page for details.

Prior to starting in her current position, Anna was a Royal Society University Research Fellow in this University, based in Computer Science and Linguistics. Before that, she was a JSPS postdoctoral fellow in Japan where she worked at the National Institute of Informatics in Tokyo. Previously, she was a researcher at University of Pennsylvania. She did her PhD in Computer Science at the University of Cambridge and hold masters degrees in both Computer Science and Linguistics.

Anna Korhonen is accepting applications for PhD and MPhil students. She is available for consultancy.


Teaching interests: 

Computational Linguistics, Natural Language Processing.


Research interests: 
  • multilingual NLP
  • low resource NLP
  • dialogue systems and conversational AI
  • domain, task and language adaptation / transfer
  • information extraction, text mining, knowledge discovery
  • interpretability, explainability, fairness and trustworthiness of NLP
  • machine learning / deep learning
  • language grounding and cognitive modeling of language
  • NLP for biomedical and cognitive sciences
  • NLP for health
  • real-world applications of NLP
  • AI for social and global good


Recent research projects: 
  • MultiConvAI - Enabling Multilingual Conversational AI. Funded by ERC.
  • ESG RoboFactory. Funded by Innovate UK.
  • Modeling Idiomaticity in Human and Artificial Language Processing. Funded by EPSRC.
  • Automatic Induction and Adaptation of Syntactic Structures for Improved Cross-Lingual NLP. Google Faculty Award.
  • Building Multilingual Multi-Domain Dialogue Systems
  • LEXICAL - Lexical Acquisition across Languages. Funded by ERC.


Published works: 

Please see Anna’s Google Scholar page for her list of publications.