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Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages


Dr Dimitrios Kartsaklis

Research Associate
Department of Theoretical and Applied Linguistics
Faculty of Modern & Medieval Languages
Contact details: 
Telephone number: 
+44 (0)1223 335 000 (Main Faculty number)

Faculty of Modern & Medieval Languages
Raised Faculty Building
University of Cambridge
Sidgwick Avenue
United Kingdom


Dimitri Kartsaklis is a computer scientist and computational linguist working as a research associate in the EPSRC-funded project "Semantic Interpretation of Personal Health Messages" (PI: Nigel Collier). He completed his Ph.D. at the Quantum Group of the Computer Science Department, University of Oxford, where his research was focused on category-theoretic compositional models of natural language. After his Ph.D. he continued his research on compositionality and natural language semantics for 2.5 years as a post-doctoral researcher in the Theory Group of EECS, Queen Mary University of London. He also holds an MSc in Artificial Intelligence from the University of Edinburgh. Before being engaged in scientific research, he was a software engineer and system analyst for more than 15 years.

Teaching interests: 
  • Computational linguistics
  • Natural language semantics
  • Programming languages
Research interests: 
  • Distributional models of semantics
  • Semantic composition
  • Mathematics of language
  • Machine learning/deep learning for NLP
  • Maching translation and translational technologies
  • Category theory
  • Pregroup and categorial grammars
Recent research projects: 

2017 -, "Semantic Interpretation of personal Health Messages", EPSRC project. PI: Nigel Collier (Cambridge)

2015-17, "Algorithmic and Logical Aspects when Composing Meanings", joint AFOSR project. PIs: M. Sadrzadeh (QMUL), B. Coecke (Oxford)

Published works: 

Selected publications:

  • Kartsaklis, D. and Sadrzadeh, M. (2016), Distributional Inclusion Hypothesis for Tensor-based Composition, in Proceedings of COLING 2016, Osaka, Japan
  • Kartsaklis, D. and Sadrzadeh, M. (2016), A Compositional Distributional Inclusion Hypothesis, in Proceedings of the 9th Edition of the Conference on Logical Aspects of Computational Linguistics (LACL), Nancy, France
  • Balkir, E., Kartsaklis, D. and Sadrzadeh, M. (2016), Sentence Entailment in Compositional Distributional Semantics, in Proceedings of the 14th International Symposium of Artificial Intelligence and Mathematics (ISAIM), Florida, USA
  • Cheng, J. and Kartsaklis, D. (2015), Syntax-aware Multi-sense Word Embeddings for Deep Compositional Models of Meaning, in Proceedings of EMNLP 2015, Lisbon, Portugal
  • Piedeleu, R., Kartsaklis, D., Coecke, B. and Sadrzadeh, M. (2015), Open System Categorical Quantum Semantics in Natural Language Processing, in Proceedings of the 6th Conference of Algebra and Coalgebra (CALCO), Nijmegen, The Netherlands
  • Milajevs, D., Kartsaklis, D., Sadrzadeh, M. and Purver, M. (2014), Evaluating Neural Word Representations in Tensor-based Compositional Settings, in Proceedings of EMNLP 2014, Doha, Qatar
  • Kartsaklis, D. and Sadrzadeh, M. (2014), A Study of Entanglement in a Categorical Framework of Natural Language, in EPTCS 172: Proceedings of the 11th Workshop on Quantum Physics and Logic (QPL 2014), Kyoto, Japan
  • Kartsaklis, D., Kalchbrenner, N. and Sadrzadeh, M. (2014), Resolving Lexical Ambiguity in Tensor-Regression Models of Meaning, in Proceedings of ACL 2014, Baltimore, USA
  • Kartsaklis, D., and Sadrzadeh, M. (2013), Prior Disambiguation of Word Tensors for Constructing Sentence Vectors, in Proceedings of EMNLP 2013, Seattle, USA
  • Kartsaklis, D., Sadrzadeh, M., Pulman, S. and Coecke, B. (2013), Reasoning about Meaning in Natural Language with Compact Closed Categories and Frobenius Algebras, in Logic and Algebraic Structures in Quantum Computing and Information, CUP
  • Kartsaklis, D., Sadrzadeh, M. and Pulman, S. A Unified Sentence Space for Categorical Compositional Distributional Semantics, Proceedings of COLING 2012, Mumbai, India