The team

The WoPoss Team

The WoPoss team consists of three researchers funded by the SNSF. Thanks to the generosity of the University of Lausanne, we have been able to hire a number of students as assistants. They help us in the annotation task.

Francesca Dell’Oro
Francesca Dell’Oro (PhD 2008)

I am SNSF assistant professor of historical linguistics at the University of Lausanne and the PI of the WoPoss project.

I am a historical linguist with a strong interest in semantics. My research and expertise focus on the following areas:

Helena Bermúdez Sabel
Helena Bermúdez Sabel (PhD 2019)

Helena Bermúdez Sabel holds a PhD in Medieval Studies from the Universidade de Santiago de Compostela. Her doctoral research involved the development of a digital edition model that enables the quantitative study of linguistic variation through the automatic comparison of witnesses. An implementation of the model was illustrated with a Galician-Portuguese secular poetry corpus.

Before UNIL, she worked at the Laboratorio de Innovación en Humanidades Digitales (Madrid, Spain). She was a researcher at an ERC-funded project focused on enabling the interoperability of poetic resources from European traditions via linked open data. She also has a solid experience as an instructor in Digital Humanities courses.

Helena is interested in data modeling and the formalization of annotation schemes. She is proficient in XML technologies and linked data. Thanks to her work in this project, she is exploring further programming languages.

At WoPoss, she’s contributing to the annotation model. She supervises the technical aspects of the annotation workflow, including the automation of corpus pre-processing and post-processing. She is the developer of this website, so let her know if you find anything amiss.

Paola Marongiu
Paola Marongiu (MA 2018)

Paola Marongiu is a PhD student in Linguistics at the University of Lausanne, Section des Sciences du Langage et de l’Information, and Assistant in the FNS project WoPoss. Her PhD thesis focuses on the analysis of the co-occurrence of modal markers in Latin, from both a quantitative and a qualitative point of view. Her research interests include Theoretical Linguistics, with a focus on Latin and Modality, Digital Humanities and Computational Linguistics. More specifically, in her PhD project she will employ computational methods and resources in order to investigate a theoretical problem on multiple perspectives.

In 2018 she obtained a Master degree in Theoretical and Applied Linguistics from the University of Pavia, with a thesis focused on the conversion of the Index Thomisticus Treebank into the Universal Dependencies annotation style.

She has a Bachelor in Modern Studies, obtained from the University of Bologna in 2016.


Maël Graa
Maël Graa (BA 2018)

Maël Graa obtained a Bachelor of Arts in History and Latin and he decided to deepen his knowledge in these two fields during his post-graduate training. He is currently pursuing a Master degree at the Université de Lausanne, with an additional specialization in Discourse and Public Communication Analysis. His Master Thesis concerns the Latin poetry by Théodore de Bèze.

Séverine Reymond
Séverine Reymond (BM 2019)

Séverine Reymond obtained her Bachelor in Music at the Haute Ecole de Musique de Lausanne. Due to her keen interest in interdisciplinarity and having in mind broadening her horizons, she chose to complete her BA in Letters, specializing in Latin and Theology. Her curiosity for linguistics and the opportunity to read complete Latin works have motivated her to be part of this project. She focuses her readings on Christian texts, thereby deepening her knowledge of the history and theology of ancient Christianity.

Thomas von Kaenel

Loris Rimaz
Loris Rimaz (MA 2020)

Loris Rimaz is pursuing a Master’s degree in Computer Science for the Humanities. He joined the WoPoss team to work on the visualisation of the semantic maps. He had a particular interest in data visualization and wanted to work on something more specific than his class assignments. The task at hand forced him to deepen his knowledge in Data-Driven Documents (D3) as well as web programming in general. Confronting the expectations of years of studying and the reality of an actual development project is likely the most positive takeaway of his whole experience working on this project.

Past collaborators

Kelvin Bruggmann
Kelvin Bruggmann

Kelvin Bruggmann is a Bachelor (BA) student at the University of Lausanne. His interests are multiple but centered on Latin language and literature and (historical) linguistics. He wants to develop and acquire new abilities and skills in the fields he is studying. His main goal is to better understand ancient cultures, including their languages, in order to better understand our current world. For all those reasons, he is taking part and contributing to this project.

In his words:

During my time working with the WoPoss team, I had the opportunity to learn more about the (complex) latin syntactic functions and about a whole new field of knowledge that is really underestimated. It forced me to try to think like an ancient author, more so since I worked with Plautus which already is a really complex “character” on its own. I learned a lot, and with this message I thank the WoPoss team for their help and for their kindness, welcoming me in this adventure.