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Name:Cécile Grivaz
Birth date:25th of January 1982


2012Computational Linguistics PhD at Geneva University, with supervisor Prof. J. Moeschler and Dr. M. Rajman Automatic Extraction of Causal Knowledge from Natural Language Texts. Funded by a Swiss National Science Foundation project (100012-113382). Obtained with highest honour (Defended 4th of may 2012)
2007Linguistics DEA (Diplôme d'Etudes Approfondies) at Geneva University, with supervisor Dr. P. Merlo: Experiments in Parsers Combination.
2005Master of Science in Computer Science at the Swiss Institute of Technology of Lausanne (EPFL), with supervisor Dr. M. Rajman: Mixing Methods to Improve Automatic Entity Extraction
2000Baccalauréat ès Lettres (Latin and mathematics) and Maturité type A (Latin and Greek) at Gymnase Auguste Piccard in Lausanne.

Additional Education

2009-2010Stay at Universität des Saarlandes with Dr. C. Sporleder, funded by a grant.
2008Summer School on Neural Networks in Classification, Regression and Data Mining NN2008
2007Linguistic Society of America 2007 Summer Institute in Stanford University
2006First French speaking school in formal semantics SEBOSEFOR
2003Semester Project at EPFL, with supervisor Prof. A. Billard: Vision System for the Humanoid Robot Robota.
2003Internship in the Computer Science and Applied Mathematics Institute of Bern University, with supervisor Prof. T. Braun: Stocking Strategy for the Routing Table in TAP Protocol.
2002-2003One year mobility at Catalunia Polytechnic University in Barcelona (UPC). Semester project with supervisor Prof. N. Castell Ariño: Comparing Catalan and Spanish texts with the Textual Database Wordnet.

Professional Experience

2011-2012Research assistant for the KIDSEM project in EPFL (extraction of data from dictionaries intended for children).
2009-2011Involved in the EPFL research project HieralDic (hierarchically layered dictionaries).
2007-2008Involved in the EPFL research project Internet Patroling.
2006-2007Ventek SA, Geneva: Development of crawling robots and configuration for the search engine FAST
2005Ventek SA, Geneva: Internship. Development of crawling robots and a web interface for the search engine FAST.


2010 23rd International Conference on Computational Linguistics (COLING 2010)
2009MAnifestation des JEunes Chercheurs en Sciences et Technologies de l’Information et de la Communication (MajecSTIC 2009).


FrenchMother Language
EnglishFluent (Cambridge First Certificate in 2000).
SpanishVery good.
GermanBasic knowledge.
Lojban (artificial language)Some syntactic knowledge and interest.