Pontus Stenetorp covering his left eye with an eye painted on the back of his hand

My name is Pontus Stenetorp*, I am a Research Associate at University College London (UCL) and find research on Natural Language Processing (NLP) and Machine Learning to be fascinating. I am one of the creators of the widely-adopted annotation and visualisation tool brat and since 2012 I have worked on and published research regarding representation learning (Deep Learning) for NLP.

My current research focuses on end-to-end models that learns with a minimal amount of human supervision – with a particular focus on allowing computers to pass real-world exams – and is supported by the Paul G Allen Family Foundation. If you share any of my research interests, do have a look at my list of publications and if you have questions regarding my previous and/or current research, feel free to contact me.

I am a member of the UCL Machine Reading Group at the Department of Computer Science and received a PhD in 2013 from the University of Tokyo and a MSc Eng in 2010 from the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH). In my spare time I contribute to the Julia programming language community, read plenty of books, and enjoy being a mediocre amateur photographer.

* Technically my name is Pontus Lars Erik Saito Stenetorp or 西東 ステネートルプ ポントス ラース エリック, but buy me a drink some time and I will tell you all about how I ended up with possibly the longest name in Japan and what it does to your average company customer database.

Selected Recent Publications

  • Hubert Soyer, Pontus Stenetorp, Akiko Aizawa. Leveraging Monolingual Data for Crosslingual Compositional Word Representations. May 2015. PDF-file icon Poster icon BibTeX icon
  • Pontus Stenetorp. Transition-based Dependency Parsing Using Recursive Neural Networks. December 2013. PDF-file icon Poster icon BibTeX icon
  • Pontus Stenetorp, Sampo Pyysalo, Goran Topic, Tomoko Ohta, Sophia Ananiadou, Jun'ichi Tsujii. brat: a Web-based Tool for NLP-Assisted Text Annotation. April 2012. PDF-file icon Poster icon BibTeX icon
For an exhaustive list of publications see my publication or Google Scholar page.


Apr 3rd-7th '17: Presenting at EACL in Valencia, Spain.
Jan 26th '17: Speaking at the University of Cambridge in Cambridge, UK.
Jan 11th '17: Speaking at the CREST International Symposium on Big Data Application in Tokyo, Japan.
Jan 10th '17: Speaking at the Nara Institute of Science and Technology in Ikoma, Japan.
Jan 6th '17: Speaking at the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology in Tokyo, Japan.
Dec 26th '16: Speaking at Tohoku University in Sendai, Japan.
Dec 21st '16: Speaking at the National Institute of Informatics in Tokyo, Japan.