Biography

I am a Natural Language Processing researcher and a member of Prof. Lucia Specia’s team at LAMA Lab. As part of the Bergamot project, I work on Quality Estimation for Machine Translation. I also do research on Text Simplification, extending the work I started during my PhD. Collaborations are more than welcome!

Previously, I was a Research Associate for the APE-QUEST project. Before coming to Sheffield, I worked as Lecturer (Teaching) at the Pontifical Catholic University of Peru (2013-2016), where I was a member of the Artificial Intelligence Group IA-PUCP.

Interests
  • Automatic Text Simplification
  • Readability Assessment
  • Evaluation of Natural Language Generation
  • Writing Assistance
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

(2021). deepQuest-py: Large and Distilled Models for Quality Estimation. EMNLP 2021: System Demonstrations (Accepted).

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(2021). The (Un)Suitability of Automatic Evaluation Metrics for Text Simplification. Computational Linguistics (Accepted).

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(2021). Validating Quality Estimation in a Computer-Aided Translation Workflow: Speed, Cost and Quality Trade-off. MT Summit XVIII: Users and Providers Track.

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(2021). Knowledge Distillation for Quality Estimation. Findings of ACL-IJCNLP 2021.

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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

  • f.alva@sheffield.ac.uk
  • Department of Computer Science, The University of Sheffield, Regent Court, 211 Portobello, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, S1 4DP