Marie-Francine Moens

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 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.

Her main interests are in the domain of automated content retrieval and extraction from text using a combination of statistical, machine learning and symbolic techniques, and exploiting insights from linguistic and cognitive theories. She investigates topics such as:

  • Information extraction from text, content recognition, machine reading, semantic parsing, discourse understanding, text mining, knowledge acquisition in the biomedical and legal domains.
  • Machine learning for natural language processing, especially learning with limited supervision.
  • Machine learning for information retrieval, classification and aggregation.
  • Information retrieval and search models, text based question answering and reasoning.
  • Cross-media and cross-lingual 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.

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 and is currently a member of the Council of the Industrial Research Fund of KU Leuven. She is the scientific manager of the EU COST action iV&L (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 and a section editor for natural language processing of the journal Artificial Intelligence and Law .

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

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

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

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

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

ACCUMULATEComing soon ...
DISKDiscovery of Knowledge on Chinese Medicinal Plants in Biomedical Texts
iV&LCombining Computer Vision and Language Processing For Advanced Search (EU ICT COST Action)
MARSComing soon ...
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 invited keynotes

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

Machine Understanding of Text: A Complex Puzzle to Unravel, 13th International Conference on Intelligent Text Processing and Computational Linguistics, 16-3-2012, Indian Institute of Technology, New Delhi, India.

More than Just Words: Discovering the Semantics of Text with a Minimum of Supervision Fourteenth Portuguese Conference on Artificial Intelligence (EPIA 2009), 14-10-2009, University of Aveiro, Portugal.

Mining Opinions in Blogs: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, 6ème Conférence en Recherche d'Information et Applications (CORIA 2009), 5-5-2009, VVF Presqu'île de Giens - VAR, France.

Selection of invited tutorials

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.

Question Answering, tutorial at the EU Erasmus Intensive Programme Information Foraging , Nijmegen, The Netherlands, 22-8-2011 - 5-9-2011.

Extraction d'information, tutorial at the Ecole d'Automne en Recherche d'Information et Applications, EARIA 2010, Saint-Germain-Au-Mont-d'Or, France, 8-11-2010 - 10-11-2010.

Automatically Linking Content Across Languages and Media, tutorial at the 4th Chinese Semantic Web Symposium (CSSW 2010), Tsinghua University, China, 19-8-2010.

Linking Content in Unstructured Sources, tutorial at the 19th International World Wide Web Conference (WWW 2010), Raleigh, NC, 27-4-2010.

Text Mining, Information and Fact Extraction, tutorial at the 2nd Russian Summer School in Information Retrieval, Taganrog, Russia, 1-9-2008 – 5-9-2008.


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.

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