Consortium – UDC

Aims and activities of the organisation

The University of A Coruña (UDC) is a young, vibrant university with campuses in the cities of A Coruña and Ferrol, in the Atlantic coast of Galicia (Spain). Its main objective is the generation, management and dissemination of culture and scientific, technological and professional knowledge through the development of research and teaching. The University of A Coruña offers a variety of programmes including 40 Bachelor's Degrees, 63 Master's Degrees and 36 doctorates. Currently, there are over 15,000 students enrolled in the undergraduate programmes, and over 2,500 in postgraduate programmes, taught by over 1,400 faculty members. The UDC, as a Higher Education Institution, has participated in K2 actions, Erasmus Mundus Programmes, Tempus projects and the Grudtvig programme. Read more

UDC participates in this project through the LyS (Language and Information Society, www.grupolys.org) Research Group, an interdisciplinary research group joining professors and researchers from the fields of Linguistics and Computer Science who have long been working in the areas known as Computational Linguistics and Natural Language Processing. Group members teach linguistics and computer science at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels at the UDC's schools of Computer Science and Philology. Recently, one of its members has been awarded an ERC Starting Grant on syntactic parsing (FASTPARSE) by the European Research Council.

The Research Group for Multidimensional Corpus-Based Studies in English (MuStE) will also offer its collaboration to the project. It is at present engaged in the compilation of the Coruña Corpus of English Scientific Writing. The group has been also developing some tools for corpus linguistics investigation in collaboration with the Information Retrieval Lab team at the Department of Computer Science (UDC). It focuses on the study of variation and change in scientific and academic English. 

The role of UDC in the CLASS project

  • Developing an action plan
  • Task distribution among the local project team
  • Enhancing experience and knowledge of CA academic staff in teaching (using) computer linguistics engineering using blended learning
  • Developing, monitoring and approving the master program curriculum
  • Responsible for developing the curriculum content materials in ENU, SamDU
  • Management and monitoring of WP5 activities with Project Quality Assuarance Committee
  • Organizing and hosting annual meeting

Operational capacity: Skills and expertise of key staff involved in the project


Carlos Gómez-Rodríguez 

UDC Team Coordinator

PhD in Computer Science (2009), Associate Professor in the Dept. of Computer Science of UDC since 2011, member of the LyS research group since 2005. Read more

 His research is focused on Computational Linguistics, with special focus on syntactic constituency and dependency parsing, but touching other subjects like grammar optimization, sentiment analysis, language identification, and cognitive aspects of syntax. He has authored a book and over 80 peer-reviewed publications. He is Principal Investigator of one research project funded by the Spanish government and an ERC Starting Grant project (FASTPARSE – Fast Natural Language Parsing for Large-Scale NLP). 

Miguel A. Alonso Pardo

Project Member

PhD in Computer Science (2000), Tenured Associate Professor in the Dept. of Computer Science of UDC since 2003, founding member of the LyS research group since 2005. Read more

His research is focused on Computational Linguistics, with special emphasis on syntactic parsing and on the application of language technologies to Information Retrieval (IR) and Sentiment Analysis. He has authored 2 books and over 100 peer-reviewed publications. He has been Principal Investigator on four national (one ongoing) and various regional research projects, and participated in Integrated Actions with France and Portugal.

Margarita Alonso Ramos

Project Member

Tenured Associate Professor in Linguistics at UDC, and Head of the LyS research group. One of the current major foci of her work is the compilation of an online Spanish collocations dictionary, Read more

a topic on which she already published extensively. Alonso Ramos is a specialist in Explanatory Combinatorial Lexicology, and, in particular, in the theory of Lexical Functions. Since more recently, she became interested in the construction of lexical resources for learners of Spanish as L2. She coordinated in this area the research project "Writing assistant in Spanish: processing collocations" funded by the Spanish Government. The current research project focuses on Spanish academic collocations. Recently, she has been the editor of a monograph on Spanish Learner Corpora published in John Benjamins. 

Begoña Crespo García

Project Member

Tenured Associate Professor in English at UDC (English Linguistics). She has published on lexicon enlargement in the History of English, genre taxonomy and English scientific writing. Read more

She is currently supervising some PhD dissertations on English as the language of science and has been the head of several research projects. She has published in international journals and book chapters from well-known international publishing houses. She is currently the coordinator and a member of the teaching group in the “English as a Medium of Instruction” courses (EMI) at the University of A Coruña. 

Marcos García González

Project Member

Marcos Garcia holds a MA and a PhD in Linguistics by the Universities of Lisbon and Santiago de Compostela, respectively, and he is a postdoctoral researcher at the University of ACoruña from 2016. Read more

His research is focused in Natural Language Processing, having developed resources and tools for morphological and syntactic analysis in various languages. He has also collaborated with several national and international companies in the implementation of Natural Language Understanding systems. Currently, he is Principal Investigator of a project about multilingual information extraction, and cooperates with other research projects on Computational Linguistics. 

Marcos Garcia Salido 

Project Member

PhD in Linguistics (2011) by the University of Santiago de Compostela, post-doctoral researcher at the University of ACoruña, member of the LyS research group since 2013. Read more

His research interests include phraseology in language learning, phraseology in academic discourse, corpus linguistics, and lexicology. He has authored a book (http://www.usc.es/libros/index.php/spic/catalog/book/614),and several peer-reviewed publications in the field of Linguistics.

Isabel Moskowich - Spiegel Fandiño

Project Member

Tenured Associate Professor in Linguistics at UDC (English Linguistics) and Head of the MuStE group. Her research covers different aspects of Corpus Linguistics in English, the History of English, Read more

mainly the Scandinavian lexical elements and sociolinguistic implications during the Middle Ages. In the last few years, she has been involved in the compilation of the Coruña Corpus of English Scientific Writing. She has published extensively in international journals and has edited different volumes as well as being responsible for funded several research projects.

Ana María Peña Cabanas

Project Member

She is in charge of e-learning and innovation department of the University of ACoruña's Educational Training and Innovation Center. Read more

Her professional career began as a secondary education teacher specialized in Latin, Greek and Classical Culture. Then, she specialized in e-learning and worked as an instructional designer for a distance training company until she began to work as an e-learning technician in the University of A Coruña. Currently she is focused on providing training and support to teachers who teach subjects in virtual or blended masters, as well as in the instructional design of University of A Coruña's MOOCs.

 MPaula Ríos-de Deus

Project Member

She is PhD in Psychopedagogy (2003), interim full-time replacement Professor in the Department of Specific Didactics and Methods of Research and Diagnosis in Evaluation of the UDC since 2017, Read more

member of the research group in Educational Evaluation and Quality of the UDC since 2012. Her research focuses on evaluation, quality and educational accreditation. She is head of quality office of the UDC since October 2017. From September 2002 to July 2017, she was programs technician of the Agency for the quality of the Galician university system (ACSUG), Spain. From June 2000 to September 2002, she was evaluation technician at the quality office of the UDC. She is the author of 10 articles in journals indexed in JCR, 50 articles in other scientific journals and 36 peer-reviewed conference papers.

Nancy Vázquez Veiga

Project Member

Nancy Vázquez Veiga is Associate Professor in Linguistics at the Universidade da Coruña and member of the research group Lengua y Sociedad de la Información (LyS). Read more

Her research focuses on discourse markers, a topic on which she has published a book and several papers. Vázquez Veiga has also worked on language contact, as well as some methodological aspects in relation to the data collection in order to compile a corpus of sociolinguistic interviews. In recent years her research has addressed the Creole languages, more particularly, the Chabacano, spoken in Zamboanga.  Since 2015 she is the Vicepresident of Academic Organization of the Universidade da Coruña.

Jesús Vilares    Ferro 

Project Member

PhD in Computer Science (2005), Tenured Associated Professor in the Dept. of Computer Science of UDC since 2012, founding member of the LyS research group since 2005. Read more

His research is focused on the applications of Computational Linguistics and formal language theory to Information Retrieval (IR) and Text Mining. He has authored around 80 peer-reviewed publications. He has been founding member and chairman of the board of the Spanish Society for Information Retrieval.