Sina Zarrieß

I'm a post-doctoral researcher in Computational Linguistics, at the Excellence Center on Cognitive Interaction Technology (CITEC) in Bielefeld. I work in the dialogue systems group led by David Schlangen.

I did a PhD on Natural Language Generation at the Institute of Natural Language Processing (IMS) in Stuttgart, with Jonas Kuhn.

Before that, I studied Computational Linguistics and Romance Philology in Potsdam and Toulouse.

  • Two papers accepted at INLG 2018
  • Two papers accepted at SemDial 2018
  • Going to Shortcomings in Vision and Language in Munich


  • Sina Zarrieß (2016): Syntactic and referential choice in corpus-based generation : modeling source, context and interactions. PhD Thesis. Universität Stuttgart. Link

Selected Publications

  • Sina Zarrieß and David Schlangen (2017): Is this a Child, a Girl or a Car? Exploring the Contribution of Distributional Similarity to Learning Referential Word Meanings. Proceedings of EACL 2017. pdf bib
  • Sina Zarrieß and David Schlangen (2017): Obtaining referential word meanings from visual and distributional information: Experiments on object naming. To appear in Proceedings of ACL 2017. pdf
  • Sina Zarrieß and David Schlangen (2016): Easy Things First: Installments Improve Referring Expression Generation for Objects in Photographs. Proceedings of ACL 2016. pdf bib
  • David Schlangen, Sina Zarrieß and Casey Kennington (2016): Resolving References to Objects in Photographs using the Words-As-Classifiers Model. Proceedings of ACL 2016. pdf bib
  • Sina Zarrieß and David Schlangen (2016): Towards Generating Colour Terms for Referents in Photographs. Prefer the Expected or Unexpected? Proceedings of INLG 2016. *Best Paper Award*. pdf bib
  • Sina Zarrieß, Sebastian Loth and David Schlangen (2015): Reading Times Predict the Quality of Generated Text Above and Beyond Human Ratings. pdf
  • Sina Zarrieß and Jonas Kuhn (2013) Combining Referring Expression Generation and Surface Realization: A Corpus-Based Investigation of Architectures. Proceedings of ACL 2013. pdf bib
  • Sina Zarrieß, Aoife Cahill and Jonas Kuhn (2012): To what extent does sentence-internal realisation reflect discourse context? A study on word order. Proceedings of EACL 2012. pdf bib
  • Bernd Bohnet, Anders Björkelund, Jonas Kuhn, Wolfgang Seeker and Sina Zarriess: Generating Non-Projective Word Order in Statistical Linearization. Proceedings of EMNLP/CoNLL 2012. pdf bib
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Research Interests

I am passionate about computational linguistics and about developing machines that are capable of using natural language as flexibly and smoothly as humans do. I want to understand how we can model meaning in general, the link between language and extra-­linguistic context, and how we can implement systems that interact with a human user via language and speech. In doing research on computational dialogue and language generation systems, I want to advance our understanding of verbal communication, and how it links to human interaction in and with the real world.

Natural Language Generation