Allie Lahnala


04C20 Fachbereich 12

Hans-Meerwein-Straβe 6

35043 Marburg Germany

I am Ph.D. student advised by Prof. Lucie Flek at the University of Bonn, Germany in the Conversational AI and Social Analytics (CAISA) lab, studying natural language processing (NLP). I began my Ph.D. studies at the University of Michigan with Prof. Rada Mihalcea in the LIT lab.

My research focuses on computational social science and conversation dynamics in goal-oriented settings and interpersonal interactions involving particular social intents, such as persuasion and offering support. I work with various domains and contexts, such as online forums for supportive and opinionated interactions, and clinical conversations, in which I investigate stance dynamics and empathetic interactions, and transfer learning to better model social NLP tasks. I am also interested in developing theory-driven empathy research approaches for NLP that consider the complex affective and cognitive processes and social factors that influence empathetic expression and perception.


Sep 5, 2023 Giving a talk “Modeling empathy in NLP for Support-Oriented Interactions” at University of Michigan CSE.
Sep 4, 2023 Fabian Lechner is presenting our paper Challenges of GPT‑3‑based Conversational Agents for Healthcare at RANLP 2023
Aug 24, 2023 We just wrapped up a successful 2-week interdisciplinary Social Natural Language Processing workshop at Stony Brook University. Feel free to reach out if you’d like access to the materials.
Aug 18, 2023 Giving a talk “Social NLP for Discourse & Conversation” on my PhD research at Stony Brook Department of Computer Science.
Jul 24, 2023 I started a summer research internship in the Human Language Analysis Beings (HLAB) at Stony Brook University.