Enrico Santus

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Post Doc Fellow

Website: http://web.mit.edu/esantus/www/
Telephone: +65 8439 0662
Pillar / Cluster: Information Systems Technology and Design


Born in 1986. I pursued my Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees at the University of Pisa, respectively under the supervision of Domenica Romagno (BA Thesis: The Role of the Reader in Narrative Comprehension) and Alessandro Lenci (MA Thesis: SLQS – An Entropy Measure to Identify Hypernyms in Vector Spaces; co-supervised by Sabine Schulte im Walde).

I obtained my PhD at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, under the supervision of Chu-Ren Huang and Qin Lu (Dissertation: Making Sense: from Word Distribution to Meaning), and I am currently working as a PostDoc at SUTD (Singapore University of Technology and Design) and MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology), under the supervision of Yue Zhang and Regina Barzilay (Events & Predictions).

My professional career includes working as a Journalist (Il Tirreno, L’Unità Il Sole 24 Ore) and as a Developer+Language Lead in several grammar checker projects (Lionbridge), involving the following languages: English, Italian, European Portuguese, Brazilian Portuguese, Hungarian, Korean.


Graduated at the University of Pisa, Italy. PhD at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University.

Research Interests

Natural Language Processing, Distributional Semantics, Semantic Relations, Sentiment Analysis and Event Knowledge

Selected Publications

So far, I have mostly focused on Semantic Relations and count-based Distributional Semantic Models. I have also performed some research in Sentiment Analysis and Grammar Checkers. Recently, I am shifting towards Events and Predictions. Below, I list my papers by topic. For a full list, please, visit my Google Scholar.

  • Thematic Fit and Argument Expectations


  • Talent Development Scholarship – HK Government Scholarship Fund 2016 
  • Reaching Out Award – HK Government Scholarship Fund 2016
  • Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme Award 2013-2016
  • Distinguished Young Paper at CLIC-IT 2014 2014 
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