Principal Investigators

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David Sylvan
PROFESSOR, INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS/
POLITICAL SCIENCE

PhD, Yale University 


Faculty member since 1991, Dr Sylvan previously taught at the University of Minnesota and at Syracuse University. He works on international political economy issues (notably on world cities); on international relations theory (particularly on the rules of the Westphalian system); on foreign policy analysis (writings on the continuity of US policy toward client states and enemies); and on methodology (qualitative methods; computational models). He recently co-authored US Foreign Policy in Perspective (2009).

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Jean-Louis Arcand
PROFESSOR, INTERNATIONAL ECONOMICS

PhD, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Jean-Louis Arcand is Professor of International Economics at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva, which he joined in 2008. From 2012 until 2016 he was Director of the Centre for Finance and Development and from 2009 to 2012 he was chair of Development Studies. He is a Founding Fellow of the European Union Development Network (EUDN) and Senior Fellow at the Fondation pour les études et recherches en développement international (FERDI). He was assistant and then Associate Professor at the University of Montréal, and Professor at the Centre d'Etudes et de Recherches en Développement International (CERDI). His research focuses on the microeconomics of development, with a current focus on impact evaluation of social programme in West Africa and the Maghreb. He has been a consultant to the World Bank, the FAO, the UNDP, the Gates Foundation and several national governments. He is currently leading multi-year impact evaluations in Angola, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, The Gambia, Mali, Morocco, and Senegal, with the topics being investigated ranging from peer mentoring to fight HIV-AIDS, to capacity-building in rural producer organisations to foster food security.

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James Henderson
SENIOR RESEARCHER
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PhD, University of Pennsylvania

James Henderson is a Senior Researcher at the Idiap Research Institute, where he heads the Natural Language Understanding group. He is currently an Action Editor for the journal Transactions of the Association for Computational Linguistics (TACL). Until recently he was a Chargé de Cours in the Department of Computer Science of the University of Geneva, where he participated in running the interdisciplinary research group Computational Learning and Computational Linguistics. Before moving to Idiap, Dr Henderson was the Principal Scientist of the Parsing and Semantics group at Xerox Research Centre Europe, in Grenoble, which is now Naver Labs Europe. Before that he was a Maître d'Enseignement et de Recherche (MER) in the Department of Computer Science of the University of Geneva. Earlier he was a Research Fellow in the Institute for Communicating and Collaborative Systems at the University of Edinburgh , a Maître-Assistant in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Geneva, and a Lecturer in the then Department of Computer Science at the University of Exeter, UK. Dr Henderson investigates machine learning methods for natural language processing tasks. He is well known for his pioneering work on recurrent neural networks (deep learning) for syntactic and semantic-role parsing. Current research topics include representation learning for the semantics of language, and vector-space representations of entailment rather than similarity. 

Research staff

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Ashley Thornton
SENIOR RESEARCHER

PhD, Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies 

Ashley Thornton is senior researcher on the Intrepid Project. Her doctoral dissertation developed text-analytical techniques to examine the arguments parliamentarians in New Zealand and France put forth in support of or against proposed welfare reforms over 40 years ("How Does Ideology Influence Welfare Retrenchment Proposals?" Party Politics). Her teaching specialties include an introductory course on political psychology, and an introductory course on qualitative methods. Within the Intrepid Project, she works primarily on hand-annotating the news articles used for machine learning.

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Andreas Marfurt
RESEARCH ASSISTANT
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Andreas Marfurt is a PhD student in the Natural Language Understanding Group at Idiap. His interests lie in representation learning for NLP and deep learning in general. His current research focus is on the extraction and representation of salient information in summarization. Within the Intrepid Project, he is using machine learning techniques to process the annotated news articles, facilitating automated interpretation of political and economic policy documents.

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Alireza Mohammadshahi
RESEARCH ASSISTANT
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Alireza Mohammadshahi is a PhD student of the EDIC department at EPFL and research assistant at IDIAP Research Institute. He's a member of the Natural
Language Understanding group under the supervision of Dr James
Henderson. He's currently working on applying deep learning models on
natural languages, specifically representation learning, parsing,
information retrieval, and image-captioning. 

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Maria Kamran
RESEARCH ASSISTANT

Maria Kamran is a research assistant for the Intrepid Project and a Ph.D. candidate in the International Economics department at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies. Within the Intrepid Project, she is in charge of batch-based data ingestion to construct the corpus. She is also using machine learning techniques to process the annotated news articles to gain semantic insights into political and economic policy documents. 

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Alessandra Romani
RESEARCH ASSISTANT

Alessandra Romani is a research assistant for the Intrepid Project, and a PhD student in International Relations/Political Science at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies. Her research focuses on the politics of sovereign debt management in times of crisis—a topic that she addresses through the lenses of complex systems theory and by means of computational and quantitative methods. Within the Intrepid Project, she creates and audits the corpus of relevant news articles.

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Julia Greene
RESEARCH ASSISTANT

Julia Greene is a PhD Student in the International Relations/Political Science department at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies. Her research interests include the politics of immigrant integration and comparative migration studies. As part of the Intrepid Project, she is working on the annotation of foreign policy news articles. 

Former Collaborators
 
Clarisse Labbé
Shekhar Hari Kumar
Claire Ransom
Lesly Miculicich

Daniele Rinaldo
Eugenia Zena
Raphael Leduc
Navid Rekabsaz
Nikolaos 
Pappas