Patrick Paroubek

After Patrick Paroubek got his PhD in Computer Science from University Pierre & Marie Curie (1989) on semantics of programming languages, he shifted to the field of NLP during my post-doctorate at IRCS (Institute for Research in Cognitive Science) of University Pennsylvania, in A. K. Joshi’s laboratory, where he developed a graphic interface for a Tree Adjoining Grammar parser.

In 1993, he joined, CNRS (Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique) in Nancy, at INaLF (Institut National de la Langue Française) to participate to the development of an electronic version of the “Trésor de la Langue Française”, a 20 volumes French language dictionary.

While he was working at INaLF, he got involved in the NLP evaluation activities initiated by Joseph Mariani in France and met the first time Khalid Choukri, when he was finalizing the submission of his ELRA/ELDA project to the European commission. Early in his career at CNRS, his research work was about corpora and NLP evaluation.

In 1996, he joined LIMSI (Laboratoire pour la Mécanique et les Sciences de l’Ingénieur), in the speech processing group, working on dialog systems and evaluation. Three years later he moved to the text processing group, where he is still working today. Note that the laboratory has changed name in 2021 to become the LISN (Laboratoire Interdisciplinaire des Sciences du Numérique).

From the moment ELRA existed, Patrick has had regular professional interactions with either ELRA or ELDA on various occasions : collaborating in European projects or for organizing evaluations campaigns,
subcontracting to ELDA for corpora production, providing NLP expert advice, co-authoring papers on resources and evaluation and attending regularly the LREC conference series (he is proud to be one of the few who never missed an issue up to now).

Furthermore, he has a good experience of organizing international conferences since he took part in the organization committee of events like EACL (as publication chair in 2003), TALN (2005 and 2022) and LTC, that he is co-chairing with Zygmunt Vetulani since 2017. He also has experience in the everyday running of a scientific association since from 2013 to 2020, I was president of the French national association for NLP: ATALA (Association pour le Traitement Automatique du Langage Naturel).