Maria Ryskina she/they

Postdoc @ MIT • Language, Computation & Cognition


I am a postdoctoral researcher at the McGovern Institute for Brain Research at MIT, working with Ev Fedorenko and Kyle Mahowald. My research explores linguistic questions using tools from natural language processing, machine learning, cognitive science, and neuroscience.

I completed my PhD in Language and Information Technologies at Carnegie Mellon University, where I was co-advised by Matt Gormley, Ed Hovy, and Taylor Berg-Kirkpatrick. Before that, I recieved my BSc and MSc degrees from the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology and Skoltech. I had also spent time at MIT InfoLab (2015) and DiDi Labs (2020).

Outside of research, I sing with the MIT Concert Choir and am a core organizer at Queer in AI 🌈


Oct 19, 2023 The GenBench taxonomy and review article is now out in Nature Machine Intelligence!
Jul 10, 2023 I have been recognized as an outstanding reviewer at ACL 2023.
Jun 12, 2023 Queer In AI: A Case Study in Community-Led Participatory AI won 🏆 FAccT Best Paper Award!

selected publications

  1. Phonetic and Visual Priors for Decipherment of Informal Romanization
    In Proc. Association for Computational Linguistics, 2020
  2. Where New Words Are Born: Distributional Semantic Analysis of Neologisms and Their Semantic Neighborhoods
    In Proc. Society for Computation in Linguistics, 2020