Dr. Carolin Lawrence (Haas)
Machine Learning Research Scientist
NEC Labs Europe
Heidelberg, Germany

I am a research scientist in the Machine Learning group of NEC Labs Europe. I work on natural language processing (NLP), graph structured data and making machine-learnt models more interpretable. Together with colleagues, I have recently developed a method for bidirectional sequence generation (BiSon), which we have for example applied to improve dialogue generation for chat bots.

From 2014-2018 I was graduate research assistant and PhD student at the Statistical NLP group at the Heidelberg University, supervised by Prof. Dr. Stefan Riezler. During my PhD I worked on Natural Language Processing (NLP) problems, such as machine translation and question-answering, and I explored how reinforcement learning can be applied to these problems.

Research Interests

  • Machine Learning, particularly for Graph-structured Data and using Reinforcement Learning
  • Natural Language Processing, particularly Question-Answering and Dialogue
  • Explainable AI: AI should enrich our lives and for this we should work on interpretable, trustworthy and inclusive AI



  • September 24: Talk at the first virtual Heidelberg Laureate Forum (HLF) about “The Knowledge Pipeline: Extract, Enrich and Explain”.
  • July 14: Blog post that summarices the ACL 2020 track “Interpretability and Analysis of Models for NLP”
  • July 3-10: I was an official microblogger for ACL 2020, focusing on the track “Interpretability and Analysis of Models for NLP” (see also my Twitter handle below). I’m also one of the mentors at ACL 2020.
  • May 13: Talk at the StatNLP Colloquium about “Bidirectional Sequence Generation and its Prototype Transfer”.
  • April 30: Talk at KMD’s STEAM talk series about how to “Extract, Enrich & Explain Knowledge”.
  • February 3: New blog post about our paper “Attending to Future Tokens for Bidirectional Sequence Generation”
  • January 14: Lecture on reinforcement learning and its applications to sequence-to-sequence NLP at the ECOLE winter school
  • Reviewing Activities: EMNLP, ACL, IJCAI, COLING, RepL4NLP