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 Update December 23:  I successfully defended my PhD on November 27th, and I am now starting to explore opportunities for what comes next, looking for positions from April onwards. Get in touch!

I am a last year PhD student in Machine Learning and Cognitive Science at the Ecole Normale Supérieure & Université de Paris, under the supervision of Emmanuel Dupoux and Guillaume Wisniewski. 

As part of this PhD, I also recently finished completing internship at Meta as an AI Research Scientist Intern, in the Paris office.

I am part of the Cognitive Machine Learning team (CoML) at the Laboratoire de Sciences Cognitives et Psycholinguistique (LSCP), in the Cognitive Science Department (DEC) of the Ecole Normale Supérieure (Ulm). I am also affiliated to the Laboratoire de Linguistique Formelle (LLF) at the Université Paris Cité.

Previously, I graduated from the University of Edinburgh with an MSc in Speech and Language Processing, and from City, University of London with a BSc in Psychology. I also worked as a speech recognition engineer, focusing on acoustic modelling, prior to starting my PhD (see my full CV here).

Research Interests

My current research focuses on bilingual language acquisition, from a reverse-engineering perspective. Briefly, it consists in constructing unsupervised models of cognitive behaviours, using the same input available to humans, as a way to draw hypotheses on the actual cognitive processes at stake. More information on this approach is described on the CoML team’s website.

I am a strong advocate for the importance of tying links between the Machine Learning and Psychology communities, as I believe both benefits from getting insights from the other.

I am also currently a part of the committee for the 2021 Zero Resource Speech challenge, which focuses on evaluating unsupervised speech representation models. Check it out!

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maureen . deseyssel (at) gmail . com