Gabriel Bernier-Colborne

Roles and responsibilities

I am a Research Officer in the Multilingual Text Processing (MTP) team at NRC Digital Technologies.

Current research and/or projects

I am broadly interested in research on natural language processing (NLP) and its practical applications. Specifically, my current research interests involve developing machine learning models to solve problems such as text classification, sequence labelling, and semantic relation discovery, often applied to many languages at once. I am also interested in developing new ways to evaluate these models. Apart from this, I enjoy organizing discussion groups on recent research.

Research and/or project statements

  • Text classification: I develop models for language identification, domain identification, and other text classification tasks.
  • Sequence labelling: I have developed models for named entity recognition and methods to evaluate these models.
  • Hypernym discovery: I am developing new approaches to discover is-a relationships between terms.
  • Parallel corpus filtering: I have worked on systems that evaluate cross-lingual semantic similarity to identify parallel sentence pairs, which are then used to train machine translation systems.


  • Ph.D. Translation Studies, Université de Montréal, 2016
  • M.A. Translation Studies (spec. Terminology), Université de Montréal, 2012
  • B.A. Translation Studies, Université de Montréal, 2010


Association for Computational Linguistics (ACL)


Several highly ranked submissions to shared tasks on:

  • language identification (as part of the VarDial evaluation campaigns)
  • named entity recognition (TAC-KBP 2017)
  • hypernym discovery (SemEval 2018, task 9)
  • parallel corpus filtering (WMT 2019)

Inventions and patents

Key publications

A complete list is available on Google Scholar.

Previous work experience

  • 2018: Researcher at RALI lab (Applied Research in Computational Liguistics, Université de Montréal)
  • 2016-2018: Post-doc at Computer Research Institute of Montreal
  • 2009-2016: Research assistant at Observatoire de linguistique Sens-Texte (Université de Montréal)

Gabriel Bernier-Colborne

Associate Research Officer
Digital Technologies
Université de Montréal Campus
Montreal, Quebec H3T 1J4
Preferred language: English
Other(s): French, Spanish


Information Technology, Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Natural language processing