Paola Merlo is professor at the university of Geneva. She is the head of the interdisciplinary research group Computational Learning and Computational Linguistics (CLCL). The group is concerned with interdisciplinary research combining linguistic modelling with machine learning techniques. The scope of research includes fundamental issues in the statistical nature of language, empirical evaluations of linguistic proposal about the lexical semantics of verbs and about language universals and statistical models of syntactic and semantic parsing. In particular, Paola Merlo and collaborators have been pursuing an approach called Quantitative Computational Syntax.
Prof. Merlo is the past editor of the journal of the Association for Computational Linguistics, Computationall Linguistics, edited by MIT Press. She has been an elected member of the executive committee of the European Chapter and of the main executive committee of the Association for Computational Linguistics. She has served as general chair of EMNLP 2011 and as a member of the ERC grant panel SH4. She is an ACL Fellow.
Prof. Merlo studied theoretical linguistics at the University of Venice and holds a doctorate in Computational Linguistics from the University of Maryland, USA. She has been associate research fellow at the Institute for Cognitive Science at the University of Pennsylvania from 1996 to 1998, and has been visiting scholar at the University of Edinburgh, School of Informatics and at Stanford University and Uppsala University .