About Me

I am a Lecturer (~Assistant Professor) at the School of Computer Science and Informatics at Cardiff University. My research focuses on technologies that apply Artificial Intelligence for information accessibility. In particular, my work employs Natural Language Processing approaches to facilitate reading and understanding. I am especially interested in studying the real capabilities of systems for several Natural Language Generation tasks, such as Text Simplification, Summarisation and Machine Translation. In order to do that, my collaborators and I create language resources, design evaluation methodologies or metrics, and implement models using machine learning techniques.

Previously, I was a Research Associate at SheffieldNLP (2020-2021), working with Prof. Lucia Specia for the APE-QUEST and Bergamot projects on Quality Estimation for Machine Translation. Before that, I worked as Adjunct Professor at the Pontifical Catholic University of Peru (2013-2016), where I was a member of the Artificial Intelligence Group IA-PUCP. During my Masters, I was also a member of the Interinstitutional Center for Computational Linguistics at the University of São Paulo.

Looking for PhD Students! I am interested in supervising PhD students in projects involving Natural Language Processing for Text Adaptation. Please, check the relevant pages in FindAPhD for more information, depending on whether you are a self-funded student, or plan on applying to a School scholarhip. Do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions!

Interests
  • Text-to-Text Generation (e.g. Text Simplification, Summarisation, Machine Translation, etc.)
  • Evaluation of Natural Language Generation
  • Writing Assistance
  • Natural Language Processing for Education
Education
  • PhD in Computer Science, 2021

    University of Sheffield

  • MSc in Computer Science, 2013

    University of Sao Paulo

  • BSc in Informatics Engineering, 2009

    Pontifical Catholic University of Peru

Recent Publications

Teaching

University of Sheffield

Department of Computer Science

  • Natural Language Processing (COM6513) – Guest Lecturer (2021)
  • Natural Language Processing (COM4513/6513) – Graduate Teaching Assistant (2018)
  • Text Processing (COM3110/4115/6115) – Graduate Teaching Assistant (2017)
  • Natural Language Processing (COM4513/6513) – Graduate Teaching Assistant (2017)

Pontifical Catholic University of Peru

Department of Engineering - Section of Informatics Engineering

  • Applications of Computer Science (INF265) - Co-Lead Instructor (2015-2016)
  • Dissertation Project 1 (INF391) - Co-Lead Instructor (2015)
  • Programming Language 1 (INF281) - Co-Lead Instructor (2014-2016)
  • Algorithms (INF263) - Co-Lead Instructor (2013-2016)
  • Introduction to Computing (INF117) - Co-Lead Instructor (2013-2016)

Contact

  • AlvaManchegoF@cardiff.ac.uk
  • School of Computer Science and Informatics, Cardiff University, Abacws, Senghennydd Road, Cardiff, CF24 4AG