Maria Leonor Pacheco

I am a Postdoctoral Researcher at Microsoft Research NYC. In Fall 2023, I will join the Department of Computer Science at the University of Colorado Boulder as an Assistant Professor. I completed my PhD in Computer Science at Purdue University under the supervision of Prof. Dan Goldwasser.

I primarily work on Natural Language Processing. My research vision centers humans and society in the development of language technologies. I am mostly interested in the integration of human expertise and statistical models, and in the relationship between language and social systems. Most of my previous work has focused on (deep) relational learning, and its application for analyzing political discourse, argumentation and narratives. I am a strong believer in interdisciplinary, collaborative work. I actively collaborate with researchers in linguistics, security, human-computer interaction, and the behavioral and social sciences.

I will be looking for PhD students to start in Fall 2023. Please, reach out if you think we could be a good match. For more details, take a look at my research statement, and this talk.


July 2022

I’ll be giving a keynote at the LatinX in NLP Workshop @ NAACL 2022

April 2022

Our new paper on a holistic framework to analyze opinions about the covid vaccine was accepted to NAACL 2022

Feb 2022

Our new paper on learning social context representations for fake-news detection was accepted to ACL 2022

Dec 2021

Our tutorial on Neuro-Symbolic NLP will appear on COLING 2022. This is a joint effor with Sean Welleck, Dan Goldwasser, Vivek Srikumar, Yeijin Choi and Dan Roth

Dec 2021

Our new paper on leveraging NLP for automated attack synthesis was accepted to IEEE S&P 2022. This is a collaboration with NDS2 @ Northeastern University

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