Jekaterina Novikova, PhD

Natural Language Processing (NLP) • Machine Learning for Healthcare (ML4Health) •
Evaluation and Metrics (Eval) • Conversational AI (ConvAI) • Human-Robot Interaction (HRI)

I am leading Machine Learning research efforts at Winterlight Labs, where we develop a novel AI technology that can quickly and accurately quantify speech and language patterns to help detect and monitor cognitive and mental diseases. Previously, I worked as a post-doctoral researcher at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh, UK, at the Interaction Lab and Natural Language Processing Lab.

I have an established international research profile (h-index 18, 1700+ citations, 8 years since PhD) at the intersection of Language Technology and Machine Learning, for interdisciplinary applications including Human-Robot Interaction, Spoken Dialogue Systems, Natural Language Generation (NLG), and Healthcare. I currently lead a team of research scientists.

My current activities include serving as an associate editor for the Adaptive Behavior journal, as a reviewer at ACL, EMNLP, NeurIPS and ICLR conferences, and as a steering committee member of the Toronto Machine Learning Society. I was recognized as one of the "Top 25 Women in AI in Canada", "30 Influential Women Advancing AI in Canada", and received the "Industry Icon" award from the Applied Research in Action program at the University of Toronto. I have best research paper nominations at the conferences SigDIAL and HAI.


Nov, 2022

I am in the list of Top 25 Women in AI in Canada

Nov, 2022

I organize the First Workshop on Multimodal Machine Learning for Cognitive and Mental Health.

Oct, 2022

I co-organize the GEMv2 workshop at EMNLP 2022 to support the GEM benchmark initiative for Natural Language Generation

Nov, 2021

I was recognized with the "Industry Icon Award" by the Applied Research in Action (ARIA 2021), University of Toronto

April, 2020

I gave a talk at the ODSC East virtual conference

Nov, 2019

I gave a talk at the MLconf in San Francisco

Nov, 2018

I am in the list of 30 Influential Women Advancing AI in Canada