Thomas Vakili

PhD student at Stockholm University

Picture of Thomas at the Bendery Fortress.

Thomas Vakili is a PhD student at the Department of Computer and Systems Sciences at Stockholm University. The focus of his research is Natural Language Processing. He is part of the DataLEASH project and his supervisor is Professor Hercules Dalianis.

He has a M.Sc. in computer science and engineering (civ.ing. i datateknik) from KTH Royal Institute of Technology. He also has industry experience from working as a IT consultant, primarily as a back-end developer and data engineer.

Publications

Workshops & Conferences

RESOURCEFUL-2020

Presented an extended abstract of my master’s thesis at the workshop with the full name RESOURCEs and representations For Under-resourced Languages and domains.

Theses

Master’s thesis

Vakili, T., 2020. A Method for the Assisted Translation of QA Datasets Using Multilingual Sentence Embeddings.

Bachelor’s thesis

Vakili, T., 2016. A Comparison of Clustering the Swedish Political Twittersphere Based on Social Interactions and on Tweet Content.

Interests & Contact

I am currently working on to what extent masked language models (such as BERT) leak sensitive information about their training data. Since BERT-style models are very common, especially for lesser-resourced languages, this could have significant privacy implications.

Don't hesitate to contact me if you are interested in collaborating!