Sorcha Gilroy

I am a third year PhD student at the University of Edinburgh, working with Adam Lopez and Sebastian Maneth. I am a member of the Center for Doctoral Training in Data Science as well as a PhD student in the Edinburgh NLP group in the School of Informatics.

My work mostly focuses on formal language theory within natural language processing. I have a particular interest in the formal language theory of graphs, especially hyperedge replacement grammars and monadic second-order logic.

I spent June-August 2017 as an intern at the Information Sciences Institute. I worked here on a project on the expressibility of Recurrent Neural Networks with Yining Chen, Jon May and Kevin Knight.


At Mathematics of Language 2017

Sorcha Gilroy, Adam Lopez, Sebastian Maneth, Pijus Simonaitis: (Re)introducing Regular Graph Languages

At *SEM 2017

Sorcha Gilroy, Adam Lopez, Sebastian Maneth: Parsing Graphs with Regular Graph Grammars.

About Me

I completed a masters with distinction in Data Science at the University of Edinburgh in 2015. I studied a broad range of courses in machine learning and natural language processing and I completed a masters project on formal languages of graphs for NLP.

Before coming to Edinburgh, I studied Mathematical Sciences at University College Cork. I graduated from there in 2014 with first class honours. As part of my undergraduate degree, I spent a year studying mathematics at the University of California Los Angeles.

During my undergraduate degree, I spent the summer of 2012 carrying out an research project on micro electromagnetic energy harvesting devices at the Tyndall National Institute in Cork. I spent the summer of 2013 working on a research project on automatically categorising domain names as part of the Research in Industrial Projects for Students programme at the Institute for Pure and Applied Mathematics in Los Angeles.


I'm really interested in public outreach and science communication. This year I'm an event manager for the "Tech Me Out" theme for Pint of Science. Last year, I was a speaker at Soapbox Science, an event aimed at highlighting women in science. I have helped out at various summer camps and coding/maths outreach programs such as prewired and the INSPIRE summer school in Edinburgh, and maths enrichment and maths circles in Cork.



University Address:
Room 3.25
Informatics Forum
10 Crichton St