PhD student in NLP

Hello, my name is Fatma Elsafoury and I’m a third-year Ph.D. student at the University of the West of Scotland.


In my research, I'm interested in social science computing. In particular, social bias, toxicity, hate speech, and fairness. My research interests stem from being a woman from an underrepresented group of people. I understand from my personal and research experiences how bias in NLP and ML applications has a direct impact on the lives of the under-represented groups of people and how hate speech towards minorities has severe implications on society like hate crimes. I'm interested in understanding how social biases impact the decisions made by ML models regarding toxicity and hate speech detection.

I’ve been an active member in my community by organizing the Women_in_NLP talk series where I have invited 10 women, so far, from Google, Microsoft, Rasa, Allen AI, Carnegie Mellon University and others to discuss their research and share their experience in NLP to encourage more women to work on NLP projects.

To know more about me:

Recent Updates:

  • June-Aug 2022: I did an internship with the NLP group at IBM Research in New York.
  • Aug 2022: My latest paper was accepted at COLING 2022.
  • May 2022: I was awarded an Enrichment Scheme (Community Award) at the Alan Turing Institute in London.