Nathan Schneider

Academic researching and teaching computational linguistics/natural language processing


Georgetown University August 2016–Present
Assistant Professor of Linguistics and Computer Science
Georgetown College
Washington, DC

Leading interdisciplinary research in and teaching computational linguistics; director of the NERT lab

University of Edinburgh September 2014–July 2016
Institute for Language, Cognition and Computation
School of Informatics
Edinburgh, Scotland, UK

Postdoctoral researcher with Mark Steedman.

Research topic: computational modeling of grammar and meaning

Carnegie Mellon University August 2008–August 2014
Language Technologies Institute
School of Computer Science
Pittsburgh, PA

Ph.D. work in statistical natural language processing, advised by Noah Smith.

Research topics: machine learning for NLP, semantics, named entity recognition, corpus annotation, social media text, nonnative writing, Arabic NLP, text visualization

Dissertation: Lexical Semantic Analysis in Natural Language Text. (Defended June 19, 2014; submitted September 30, 2014.)

Information Sciences Institute, June 2012–August 2012
University of Southern California
Los Angeles, CA

Summer research intern with Kevin Knight.

Research topic: semantics for machine translation

University of California, Berkeley August 2004–May 2008
Berkeley, CA

B.A. with High Honors; Double Major in Computer Science (with Honors), Linguistics
Honors: Phi Beta Kappa; Computer Science Faculty Commendation

Research topics: construction grammar formalisms, Hebrew morphology, semantics, metonymy recognition, statistical news analysis
Thesis: “Hebrew Verb Morphology and Embodied Construction Grammar”

Industry experience

Microsoft May 2007–August 2007
Redmond, WA

Role: Software Development Intern
In the Office Sharepoint Search group, worked on designing and implementing a new feature for the next version of Office

Convergys June 2006–August 2006
Cincinnati, OH

Role: Software Intern
Involved in various aspects of the planning, development, and testing phases of customizations of a Java web application

CAD Centric Systems June 2003–July 2003
Cincinnati, OH

Role: Software Intern
Web design work, including use of Macromedia Flash

Research funding


Cognitive Grammar (LING-485) Spring 2018
Georgetown University

Cognitive-functionalist accounts of how grammar structures meaning. Co-taught with Lourdes Ortega.

Algorithms for Natural Language Processing (COSC/LING-272) Fall 2017
Georgetown University

Undergraduate-level survey of NLP.

Corpus Linguistics Summer 2017
2017 Linguistic Institute, Lexington, KY, July 5–August 1

Introduction to corpus analysis and annotation for syntax and semantics, focusing on the social media domain. Co-taught with Amir Zeldes.

Advanced Semantic Representation (COSC/LING-672) Spring 2017
Georgetown University

In-depth graduate-level exploration of representations, data, and algorithms for sentence semantics.

Empirical Methods in Natural Language Processing (COSC/LING-572) Fall 2016, Spring 2018
Georgetown University

Graduate-level survey of NLP focusing on statistical methods.

Foundations of Natural Language Processing (INFR09028) Spring 2016
University of Edinburgh

Co-taught this course for third-year undergraduates (along with Sharon Goldwater)

Natural Language Processing (11-411) Spring 2011
Carnegie Mellon University

Role: Teaching assistant
Lectures: Lexical Semantics; Semantic Role Labeling and Relational Semantics

Advanced NLP Seminar (11-713) Spring 2010
Carnegie Mellon University

Role: Teaching assistant

Neural Basis of Thought and Language (CS C182) Spring 2008
University of California, Berkeley

Role: Course reader
Lecture: A Symbolic Formalism for Embodied Grammar

Structure and Interpretation of Computer Programs (CS 61A) Spring 2006
University of California, Berkeley

Role: Lab assistant


Georgetown thesis supervision
  • Julie Hockett, CS undergraduate, “Detecting and Using Buzz from Newspapers to Understand Patterns of Movement” (2017; co-supervised with Lisa Singh)
Georgetown thesis committees
  • Angela Yang, CS undergraduate, “A Contextual Approach to Dynamic Search and Topic Change” (2017; supervised by Grace Hui Yang)
  • Arman Cohan, CS Ph.D., “Text Summarization and Categorization in Scientific and Medical Domains” (2018; supervised by Nazli Goharian)
  • Jiyun Luo, CS Ph.D., “Modeling Dynamic Search and Browsing” (2018; supervised by Grace Hui Yang)
Georgetown graduate students
  • Ph.D. advisor for:
    • Austin Blodgett, Linguistics (2016—)
    • Jakob Prange, CS (2017—)
  • Research mentor for:
    • Lucia Donatelli, Spanish Linguistics Ph.D. (since Summer 2017)
    • Emma Manning, Linguistics Ph.D. (RAship, Spring 2018)
Other Georgetown research advisees (non-thesis)
  • Joseph Ledford (CS undergraduate): Spring 2017, Summer 2017
  • Max Kim (CS undergraduate): Spring 2017
  • Elijah Schulman (high school intern): Summer 2017
  • Clarissa Somers (CS/Linguistics undergraduate): Spring 2018, Summer 2018
Edinburgh MSc thesis project supervision
  • Marco Damonte, “Machine Translation with Coarse Lexical Semantics” (2015; co-supervised with Alexandra Birch)
  • Nora Hollenstein, “Inconsistency Detection in Semantic Annotation” (2015; co-supervised with Bonnie Webber)
  • Ye Yang, “Recognizing Annotator Behavior in Crowdsourcing” (2015; co-supervised with Bonnie Webber)
  • Felisia Loukou, “Light Verb Constructions in Distributional Entailment Graphs” (2016; co-supervised with Mark Steedman and Omri Abend)
  • Ida Szubert, “Methods for Automatic Alignment of Abstract Meaning Representation and Dependency Grammar” (2016; co-supervised with Adam Lopez)
Edinburgh committee member
  • Liane Guillou (Edinburgh Informatics Ph.D. student 3rd year review, 2015-01-22)
  • Federico Fancellu (Edinburgh Informatics Ph.D. student 1st year review, 2015-09-30)


The Logic of AMR: Practical, Unified, Graph-Based Sentence Semantics for NLP 2015-05-31
NAACL-HLT conference, Denver, CO

Co-presenters: Jeffrey Flanigan, Tim O’Gorman
Length: 3 hours

Getting the Roles Right: Using FrameNet in NLP 2015-05-31
NAACL-HLT conference, Denver, CO

Co-presenters: Collin Baker, Miriam R. L. Petruck, Michael Ellsworth
Length: 3 hours



Area chair: COLING 2018 (with Vivek Kulkarni)

Program co-chair: LAW-MWE-CxG 2018

Program co-chair: Linguistic Annotation Workshop 2017 (with Nianwen Xue)

Co-chair: EMNLP 2017 Tutorials (with Alexandra Birch)

Faculty advisor: MASC-SLL (Mid-Atlantic Student Conference on Speech, Language and Learning) 2017 (with Mona Diab and Amir Zeldes)

Editorial board member: Phraseology and Multiword Expressions series, Language Science Press, 2017—

Co-organizer: SemEval 2016 shared task on Detecting Minimal Semantic Units and their Meanings (with Dirk Hovy, Anders Johannsen, and Marine Carpuat)

Co-organizer: Theme session on Computational Aspects of Frames and Constructions for the International Conference on Construction Grammar 2016 (with Miriam R. L. Petruck)

Advisory board member: Multilingual FrameNet project (NSF CISE Research Infrastructure, PI Collin Baker), 2016–

Mentor: NAACL Student Research Workshop 2015

Reviewer for the journals Transactions of the ACL (elite reviewer), Computational Linguistics, and Language Resources and Evaluation; and conferences/workshops including ACL, NAACL, EACL, EMNLP, COLING, CoNLL, ICML, and AAAI.

Area chair: Language Resources and Evaluation, ACL 2016 (with Nianwen Xue)

Invited panelist at the Linguistic Annotation Workshop, June 6, 2015 in Denver (topic: syntactic annotation of non-canonical language).

Invited facilitator at the FrameNet Workshop, September 9–13, 2013 in Berkeley.

At Georgetown:

At Edinburgh:


Abstract Meaning Representation (AMR) design team, Summer 2012–present

Universal Dependencies (UD) contributor


Refereed Journal Articles

Reviews & Position Papers

Refereed Conference Papers

Refereed Workshop Papers

Refereed Demo Papers


Technical and personal skills