Marie-Francine Moens

Full professor
Department of Computer Science
Katholieke Universiteit Leuven
Celestijnenlaan 200A (Room 04.25)
B-3001 Heverlee

Phone: +32 (0)16 32 53 83
Fax: +32 (0)16 32 79 96

Short biography

Marie-Francine (Sien) Moens is a full professor at the Department of Computer Science of the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium. She holds a M.Sc. and a Ph.D. degree in Computer Science from this university. She is head of the Language Intelligence and Information retrieval (LIIR) research group and is a member of the Human Computer Interaction unit. She is currently also head of the Informatics section of the Department of Computer Science at KU Leuven.

Her main interests are in the domain of automated content recognition in text and multimedia data and its application in information extraction and retrieval using statistical machine learning, and exploiting insights from linguistic and cognitive theories. She investigates topics such as:

  • Machine learning for natural language processing, especially learning with limited supervision.
  • Machine learning for information retrieval, classification and aggregation.
  • Deep learning and latent variable models.
  • Information extraction from text, content recognition, machine reading, semantic parsing, discourse understanding, text mining, knowledge acquisition in the biomedical and legal domains.
  • Information retrieval and search models, text based question answering and reasoning.
  • Multimodal and multilingual processing, alignment, summarization and retrieval of content.
  • Multimedia information retrieval.
  • Processing of noisy text such as user generated content and speech transcripts.
  • e-Forensics: content and email filtering.

She is currently a member of the Council of the Industrial Research Fund of KU Leuven and is the scientific manager of the EU COST action iV&L Net (The European Network on Integrating Vision and Language). She is a member of the editorial board of the journal Foundations and Trends® in Information Retrieval. In 2011 and 2012 she was appointed as chair of the European Chapter of the Association for Computational Linguistics (EACL) and was a member of the executive board of the Association for Computational Linguistics (EACL). From 2010 until 2014 she was a member of the Research Council of KU Leuven.

She is the author of many international publications and books including the publication of:

Moens, M.-F., Li, J. & Chua, T.-S. (Eds.) (2014). Mining User Generated Content. Chapman and Hall/CRC.

Moens, M.-F. (2006). Information Extraction: Algorithms and Prospects in a Retrieval Context (The Information Retrieval Series 21). New York: Springer.

Moens, M.-F. (2000). Automatic Indexing and Abstracting of Document Texts (The Kluwer International Series on Information Retrieval 6). Kluwer Academic Publishers: Boston.

Curriculum vitae


B-KUL-H02C8B - Text Based Information Retrieval

B-KUL-H02B1AE - Natural Language Processing

B-KUL-G0N28A - Beginselen van programmeren

B-KUL-G0K34A - Geschiedenis van de informatica

Research projects

ACCUMULATEACquiring CrUcial Medical information Using LAnguage TEchnology
DISKDIScovery of Knowledge on Chinese Medicinal Plants in Biomedical Texts
iV&LCombining Computer Vision and Language Processing For Advanced Search (EU ICT COST Action)
MARSMAchine Reading of patient recordS
MUSTERComing soon ...
PARISPersonalised AdveRtisements buIlt from web Sources
RadicalRadical Innovations
SAEL-RMR A Synergetic Approach to Extraction, Learning and Reasoning for Machine Reading
SAMSemantic Annotation and retrieval of Multimedia
SCATESmart Computer-Aided Translation Environment
TextLink Structuring Discourse in Multilingual Europe (EU ISCH Cost Action)
A4MC3Architectures for Mobile Community Content Creation
ACILAAutomatic Detection and Classification of Arguments in a Legal Case
AcknowledgeAccessible & Open Knowledge Infrastructure for Flanders
AMASS++Advanced Multimedia Alignment and Structured Summarization
AntiPhishAnticipatory Learning for Reliable Phishing Prevention (EU ICT FP6)
CADIALComputer Aided Document Indexing for Accessing Legislation
CLARINCommon Language Resources and Technology Infrastructure
CLASSCognitive-Level Annotation using Latent Statistical Structure (EU ICT FP6)
CORNETTOCombinatorial and Relational Network as Toolkit for Dutch Language Technology
DAISYDutch lAnguage Investigation of Summarization technologY
GIEGeneric Technology for Information Extraction from Texts
INFO-NSIntelligent exploitation tools for nonstructured information for the Belgian federal police
ISISIndexing Structures and retrievability of Information Sources
LINDOLarge scale distributed INDexation of multimedia Objects
MUMIAMUltilingual and Multifaceted Interactive information Access (EU ICT COST Action)
MUSEMachine Understanding for interactive StorytElling (EU ICT FP7 FET)
PuppyIRAn Open Source Environment to Construct Information Services for Children (EU ICT FP7)
Spraak2Taal Extraction of Ideological Content from Political Speeches
SUNSHINEVirtual Data Analyst for Interactive Data-Driven Journalism
TERENCEAn Adaptive Learning System for Reasoning about Stories (EU ICT FP7)
TermWiseTermWise: Resources for Specialized Language Use
TEXT MININGText Mining for the Dissemination of Statistical Information via the Internet
TIMEAdvanced Time Based Text Mining
TOSCA-MPTask-Oriented Search and Content Annotation for Media Production (EU ICT FP7)
WebInsightWebInsight: Towards Modeling Correlation and Evolution of Web Documents

Selection of recent keynotes and invited lectures

Learning Representations for Language Understanding: Experiences from the MUSE Project, Deep Learning Summit, London, UK, 25-9-2015.

Information Extraction from Biomedical Texts: Learning Models with Limited Supervision, Sixth International Workshop on Health Text Mining and Information Analysis at EMNLP 2015, Lisbon, Portugal, 17-9-2015.

Visualizing the Content of a Text in a Virtual World, XIII Conference on Culture and Computer Science, Berlin, Germany, 28-5-2015.

Argumentation Mining, Forum for Information Retrieval Evaluation (FIRE), India International Center, New Delhi, India, 6-12-2013.

Selection of recent invited tutorials

Integrating Language, Semantics, and Multimedia for IR, at the 10th European Summer School in Information Retrieval (ESSIR 2015), Thessaloniki, Greece, 4-9-2015.

Argumentation Mining: Methods, Challenges and Possible Solutions, at the Summer School on Argumentation 2014: Computational and Linguistic Perspectives, University of Dundee, UK, 4-9-2014.

Multilingual Probabilistic Topic Modeling and its Applications in Web Mining and Search, tutorial jointly with Ivan Vulić at the 7th ACM WSDM Conference (WSDM 2014), New York City, 24-2-2014.

Information Extraction and Linking in a Retrieval Context, tutorial at the Erasmus Intensive Programme Information Foraging, Radboud University Nijmegen, The Netherlands, 28-8-2013 – 29-8-2013.


See LIRIAS database.
  1. KORDJAMSHIDI, Parisa & MOENS, Marie-Francine (2015) Global Machine Learning for Ontology Population. Journal of Web Semantics, special issue on Semantic Search, 1-29.
  2. PROVOOST, Thomas & MOENS, Marie-Francine (2015) Semi-supervised Learning for the BioNLP Gene Regulation Network. BMC Bioinformatics,16 (Suppl 10): S4.
  3. VULIC, Ivan, DE SMET, Wim, TANG, Jie & MOENS, Marie-Francine (2015) Probabilistic Topic Modeling in Multilingual Settings: An Overview of Its Methodology and Applications. Information Processing & Management, 51 (1), 111-147.
  4. DE MULDER, Wim, BETHARD, Steven & MOENS, Marie-Francine (2015) A Survey on the Application of Recurrent Neural Networks to Statistical Language Modeling. Computer Speech & Language, 30 (1), 61-98.
  5. MOENS, Marie-Francine (2015) Argumentation Mining: Where are we now, where do we want to be and how do we get there? In Post-proceedings of the Forum for Information Retrieval Evaluation (FIRE 2013) (keynote lecture). ACM.
  6. MASSA, Wouter, KORDJAMSHIDI, Parisa, PROVOOST, Thomas and MOENS, Marie-Francine (2015) Machine Reading of Biological Texts: Bacteria-Biotope Extraction. In Proceedings of the 8th International Joint Conference on Biomedical Engineering Systems and Technologies - 6th International Conference on Bioinformatics Models, Methods and Algorithms. (nominated for best student paper award)
  7. SHRESTHA, Niraj, VULIC, Ivan and MOENS, Marie-Francine (2015) Semantic Role Labeling of Speech Transcripts. In Proceedings of CICLING 2015, the 16th International Conference on Intelligent Text Processing and Computational Linguistics (Lecture Notes in Computer Science). Springer.
  8. KORDJAMSHIDI, Parisa, ROTH, Dan & MOENS, Marie-Francine (2015) Structured Learning for Spatial Information Extraction from Biomedical Text: Bacteria Biotopes. BMC Bioinformatics, 16: 129.
  9. CERNY, Martin & MOENS, Marie-Francine (2015) aMUSE: Translating Text to Point and Click Games. In Proceedings of the 2015 AI Games Conference.
  10. VULIC, Ivan & MOENS, Marie-Francine (2015) Monolingual and Cross-Lingual Information Retrieval Models Based on (Bilingual) Word Embeddings. In Proceedings of the 38th Annual ACM SIGIR Conference on Research and Development in Information Retrieval.
  11. KARAN, Mladen, GLAVAS, Goran, SNAJDER, Jan, BASIC, Bojana Dalbelo, VULIC, Ivan & MOENS, Marie-Francine (2015) TKLBLIIR: Detecting Twitter Paraphrases with TweetingJay. In Proceedings of the International Workshop on Semantic Evaluation (SemEval 2015).
  12. MOENS, Marie-Francine, DO THI, Ngoc Quynh, KORDJAMSHIDI, Parisa & LUDWIG, Oswaldo (2015) Visualising the Content of a Text in a Virtual World. In BUSCH C. & SIECK J. (Eds.), Kultur und Informatik: Cross Media (pp. 33-37). Verlag Werner Hlsbusch.
  13. KORDJAMSHIDI, P., VAN OTTERLO, Martijn & MOENS, Marie-Francine (2015) Spatial Role Labeling Annotation Scheme. In Pustejovsky J. & Ide N. (Eds.), Handbook of Linguistic Annotation. New York: Springer (in press).
  14. PUSTEJOVSKY, James, KORDJAMSHIDI, Parisa, MOENS, Marie-Francine, LEVINE, Aaron, DWORMAN, Seth & YOCUM, Zachary (2015) SemEval-2015 Task 8: SpaceEval. In Proceedings of the 9th International Workshop on Semantic Evaluation (SemEval 2015) (pp. 884-894) ACL.
  15. VULIC, Ivan & MOENS, Marie-Francine (2015) Bilingual Word Embeddings from Non-Parallel Document-Aligned Data Applied to Bilingual Lexicon Induction. In Proceedings of the 53rd Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics (ACL 2015). East Stroudsburg, PA: ACL.
  16. LUDWIG, Oswaldo, DO THI, Ngoc Quynh & MOENS, Marie-Francine (2015). (2015) Mapping from Written Stories to Virtual Reality. In Proceedings of the 25th Meeting of Computational Linguistics in the Netherlands (p. 40).
  17. HENS, Kim, DO THI, Ngoc Quynh & MOENS, Marie-Francine (2015) Automatic Conversion of an Episodes Script to a 3D Movie. In Proceedings of the 25th Meeting of Computational Linguistics in the Netherlands (p. 80).
  18. FARNADI, Golnoosh, BACH, Stephen H., BLONDEEL, Marjon, MOENS, Marie-Francine, DE COCK, M. & GETOOR, Lise (2015) Statistical Relational Learning with Soft Quantifiers. In Proceedings of the 25th International Conference on Inductive Logic Programming (Lecture Notes in Computer Science). Springer.
  19. KORDJAMSHIDI, Parisa, MASSA, Wouter, PROVOOST, Thomas & MOENS, Marie-Francine (2015) Machine Reading for Extraction of Bacteria and Habitat Taxonomies. In Proceedings of BIOSTEC extended papers (Lecture Notes in Computer Science). Springer.
  20. WAN, Huaiyu, MOENS, Marie-Francine, LUYTEN, Walter, ZHOU, Xuezhong, MEI, Qiaozhu, LIU, Lu & TANG, Jie (2015) Extracting Relations From Traditional Chinese Medicine Literature via Heterogeneous Entity Networks. Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association(JAMIA) (in press).
  21. DO THI, Quynh Ngoc , BETHARD, Steven & MOENS, Marie-Francine (2015) Domain Adaptation in Semantic Role Labeling Using a Neural Language Model and Linguistic Resources. IEEE/ACM Transactions on Audio, Speech and Language Processing (in press).
  22. SIMON, Anca-Roxana, BOIS, Rmi, GRAVIER, Guillaume, SEBILLOT Pascale, MORIN, Emanuel & MOENS, Marie-Francine (2015) Hierarchical Topic Models for Language-based Video Hyperlinking. In Proceedings of the ACM Multimedia Workshop on Speech, Language and Audio in Multimedia. ACM.
  23. DO THI, Quynh Ngoc, BETHARD, Steven & MOENS, Marie-Francine (2015) Adapting Coreference Resolution for Narrative Processing. In Proceedings of EMNLP 2015: Conference on Empirical Methods in Natural Language Processing. ACL.
  24. CINAR, Yagmur Gizem, ZOGHBI, Susana & MOENS, Marie-Francine (2015). (2015) Inferring User Interests on Social Media From Text and Images. In Proceedings of SoMeRA 2015: 2nd International Workshop on Social Media Retrieval and Analysis at ICDM 2015.
  25. FARNADI, Golnoosh, MAHDAVIFAR, Zeinab, KELLER, Ivan, NELSON, Jacob, TEREDESAI, Ankur, MOENS, Marie-Francine & DE COCK, Martine (2015) Scalable Adaptive Label Propagation in Grappa. In Proceedings of the IEEE Big Data 2015 Conference. IEEE.
  26. HEYMAN, Geert, VULIC, Ivan & MOENS, Marie-Francine (2015) C-BiLDA Extracting Cross-lingual Topics from Non-Parallel Texts by Distinguishing Shared from Unshared Content. Data Mining and Knowledge Discovery.
  27. ZOGHBIi, Susana, HEYMAN, Geert, GOMEZ, Juan-Carlos & MOENS, Marie-Francine (2015) Fashion Meets Computer Vision and NLP at e-Commerce Search. In Proceedings of the 7th International Conference on Information and Multimedia Technology.
  28. FARNADI, G., SITARAMAN, G., SUSHMITA, S., CELLI, F., KOSINSKI, M., STILLWELLl, D., DAVALOS, S., MOENS, M.-F. & DE COCK, M. (2015) Computational Personality Recognition in Social Media. Journal of Personalization (accepted).

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