How did you learn about the ELEXIS travel grants?
I was a recipient of a travel grant (for Short Term Scientific Missions) in the ENEL (European Network of Electronic Lexicography) COST action .
I spent 3 months at the Sapienza University of Rome, hosted by Roberto Navigli, and ever since, I attended several meetings where I met many of the people who are involved in the organization of ELEXIS. I decided to apply for the second time, firstly because it is a great honor to be able to work at the Spanish Royal Academy as a Spanish computational linguist and get a sense of their invaluable lexicographic data, and secondly because my research interests in NLP (Natural Language Processing) are mostly about the meaning of words, which is very important for what we find in dictionaries.
Which hosting institution did you apply to?
I applied to the Royal Spanish Academy because, as I said, having the opportunity to look into RAE’s corpora and dictionaries is similar to liking football and getting to know your favourite player in person. Moreover, I have often spoken with my host there (Jordi Porta), and I am sure I will learn a lot from his expertise and his enthusiasm. In fact, we are both excited about this stay and intend to deepen our relationship in terms of working together to do great research in the area of computational lexicography and NLP (Natural Language Processing).