Olga Vechtomova

Associate Professor/Associate Dean, Engineering Computing

Contact InformationOlga Vechtomova

Phone: 519-888-4567 x32675
Location: CPH 3631


Biography Summary

Olga Vechtomova is an Associate Professor in the Department of Management Sciences, Faculty of Engineering, and is cross-appointed in the School of Computer Science. She is also the Associate Dean for Engineering Computing.

Her expertise is in the areas of natural language processing (NLP) and information retrieval (IR). Dr. Vechtomova's research group is designing deep neural network architectures for a variety of natural language understanding, natural language generation and information retrieval tasks. The group's current and recent projects include sentiment analysis, controlled text generation, textual style transfer, and neural task-based information retrieval.

Research Interests

  • information retrieval
  • information extraction
  • natural language processing
  • artificial intelligence
  • machine learning
  • computational linguistics
  • opinion mining and sentiment analysis
  • entity oriented search


  • 2001, Doctorate, Information Science, City University, London


  • MSCI 444 - Info Systems Analysis & Design
    • Taught in 2016, 2018, 2019, 2020
  • MSCI 641 - Text Analytics
    • Taught in 2018, 2019, 2020
* Only courses taught in the past 5 years are displayed.

Selected/Recent Publications

  • Vechtomova, Olga, Disambiguating context-dependent polarity of words: An information retrieval approach, Information Processing & Management, 53(5), 2017, 1062 - 1079
  • Suleman, Kaheer and Vechtomova, Olga, Discovering aspects of online consumer reviews, Journal of Information Science, 42(4), 2016, 477 - 491
  • Vechtomova, Olga, A method for automatic extraction of multiword units representing business aspects from user reviews, Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology, 65(7), 2014, 1463 - 1477
  • Vechtomova, Olga and Karamuftuoglu, Murat and Robertson, Stephen E, On document relevance and lexical cohesion between query terms, Information processing and management, 42(5), 2006, 1230 - 1247
  • Bahuleyan, Hareesh and Mou, Lili and Vechtomova, Olga and Poupart, Pascal, Variational Attention for Sequence-to-Sequence Models, COLING, 08 2018, Santa Fe
  • John, Vineet and Vechtomova, Olga, Sentiment Analysis on Financial News Headlines using Training Dataset Augmentation, SemEval 2017, 08 2017, Vancouver, BC
  • Vechtomova, Olga, UWaterloo at SemEval-2017 Task 7: Locating the Pun Using Syntactic Characteristics and Corpus-based Metrics, Proceedings of the 11th International Workshop on Semantic Evaluation (SemEval-2017), January 2017, 421 - 425
  • John, Vineet and Vechtomova, Olga, UWat-Emote at EmoInt-2017: Emotion Intensity Detection using Affect Clues, Sentiment Polarity and Word Embeddings, Proceedings of the 8th Workshop on Computational Approaches to Subjectivity, Sentiment and Social Media Analysis, January 2017, 249 - 254
  • Bahuleyan, Hareesh and Mou, Lili and Vamaraju, Kartik and Zhou, Hao and Vechtomova, Olga, Probabilistic Natural Language Generation with Wasserstein Autoencoders,

Graduate Studies