Olga Vechtomova

Associate Professor
Department of Management Sciences, Faculty of Engineering
School of Computer Science (cross-appointment)
University of Waterloo


I am an Associate Professor in the Department of Management Sciences, Faculty of Engineering, cross-appointed in the School of Computer Science at the University of Waterloo.

I lead the Natural Language Processing (NLP) Lab, affiliated with the Waterloo.AI Institute. My students and I are designing deep neural network architectures for a variety of natural language understanding, natural language generation and information retrieval tasks. The current and recent projects in the lab include sentiment analysis, controlled text generation, textual style transfer, and neural task-based information retrieval.

Here is a link to my ResearchGate page.


July 2019: Our paper "Novelty and Diversity In Information Retrieval Evaluation" received ACM SIGIR Test of Time Award.

May 2019: Our paper "Disentangled Representation Learning for Non-Parallel Text Style Transfer" was accepted at ACL 2019.

March 2019: Our paper "Stochastic Wasserstein Autoencoder for Probabilistic Sentence Generation" was accepted at NAACL-HLT 2019.

January 2019: Media: CBC radio news story about our lyrics generation research.

January 2019: Media: a news article about our lyrics generation research was published in TechXplore.

November 2018: My collection of AI poetry was accepted as artwork at NeurIPS 2018 Workshop on Machine Learning for Creativity and Design.

February 2018: I received Amazon Research Award for the project "Task-based latent semantic information retrieval".

August 2017: NVIDIA Corporation donated Titan Xp GPU to the NLP Lab in support of our research on Text Style Transfer.

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