About me

Hi, my name is Jean. I am a PhD candidate at the University of Cambridge Computer Laboratory, NLIP group, working under Stephen Clark.

My research area is computational linguistics and natural language processing. Currently I am working on distributional compositional semantic models.

More broadly, my academic interests include machine learning, artificial intelligence, quantum computing and cryptography, functional programming, and category theory.

I am funded by the EPSRC and am a St John's scholar.

When I am not being a science nerd, I can usually be found hiking somewhere in the Alps, or cycling around Cambridge.

My name is pronounced [ʒɑ̃], as in the character Jean Valjean in Victor Hugo's Les Misérables.


L Rimell, J Maillard, T Polajnar, S Clark. 2016.
“RELPRON: A Relative Clause Evaluation Dataset for Compositional Distributional Semantics”. In review.

E Shutova, D Kiela, J Maillard. 2016.
“Black Holes and White Rabbits: Metaphor Identification with Visual Features”. PDF
Proceedings of the 15th Annual Conference of the North American Chapter of the Association for Computational Linguistics: Human Language Technologies (NAACL HLT 2016).
Best Paper Runner Up.

J Maillard, S Clark. 2015.
“Learning Adjective Meanings with a Tensor-Based Skip-Gram Model”. PDF
Proceedings of the 19th Conference on Computational Natural Language Learning (CoNLL 2015).

J Maillard, S Clark, E Grefenstette. 2014.
“A Type-Driven Tensor-Based Semantics for CCG”. PDF
In the EACL 2014 workshop on Type Theory and Natural Language Semantics (TTNLS).

TK Chuan, J Maillard, K Modi, T Paterek, M Paternostro, M Piani. 2012.
“Quantum Discord Bounds the Amount of Distributed Entanglement”. PDF
In Physical Review Letters 109 (7), 070501.

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University of Cambridge, St John's College
Cambridge, United Kingdom
PhD in Computer Science, NLIP group
MPhil in Advanced Computer Science (distinction, best research project award)
MASt (Part III) in Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics
Imperial College London
London, United Kingdom
BSc in Physics with Theoretical Physics (first class honours)


Snail mail
University of Cambridge Computer Laboratory
William Gates Building
15 JJ Thomson Avenue
United Kingdom