Mark Granroth-Wilding


As of August 2021, I am a Senior AI Scientist, specializing in NLP, at Silo.AI, the leading private AI lab in the Nordic region.

Recent Research (University of Helsinki)

My research interests lie in natural language processing (NLP), computational creativity and music processing/cognition.

Particular areas of research that I have recently focused on are:

  • multilingual NLP and language transfer for low-resource languages;
  • application of NLP to noisy, historical data;
  • cross-lingual representation learning;
  • combination of Bayesian modelling and neural representation learning.

Until August 2021, I was a postdoctoral research associate in the Discovery Group at the University of Helsinki, working with Hannu Toivonen. I worked on the following projects:

  • NewsEye
    Building a digital investigator for historical newspapers. Topic modelling for analysis of multilingual, noisy output from automated text recognition.
  • Embeddia
    Addressing the challenges of multilinguality in the EU using cross-lingual embeddings to allow existing monolingual resources to be used across languages. Multilingual techniques for news analysis and media production.


Mar–Apr 2021: Masters-level lecture course, Natural Language Processing.

Jan–Feb 2020: Masters-level lecture course, Natural Language Processing.

Nov–Dec 2019: One-off seminar course, Natural Language Processing and News.

May 2019: New masters-level intensive course, Introduction to Natural Language Processing.

Jan–Feb 2017: One-off seminar course (study group), Natural Language Generation for News Automation.


Earlier in my time as a postdoc in the Discovery Group, I worked on the project Digital Language Typology, discovering family relationships between languages with digital textual and speech material, focussing on low-resourced Uralic languages, funded by the Academy of Finland. I also worked on Immersive Automation, investigating and building tools for future news technology, including Natural Language Generation.

From 2013 to 2016, at the University of Cambridge, I worked on the What-If Machine (WHIM) EU FP7 project with Stephen Clark. It concerned building a computational model of creativity, constructing a system that automatically produces ideas that may serve as the basis for cultural artefacts. More...

From 2009 to 2013, I completed my PhD at the University of Edinburgh with Mark Steedman in 2013. The project concerned the application of NLP techniques to music processing. We developed a grammar to model the structure of tonal harmony and used statistical parsing for automatic harmonic analysis. More...

In 2008-9, I worked for Mercurytide as a web developer.

Earlier, I did a masters in Informatics at the University of Edinburgh and an undergraduate degree in Computer Science at the University of Cambridge.