Dr. Abhik Jana Assistant Professor
School of Electrical and Computer Sciences

Research Interests

 Natural Language Processing ; Cognitive Science

Contact Details

  • B 204, School of Electrical Sciences
  • abhikjana@iitbbs.ac.in

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Education

 Degree Discipline Year School
  Ph.D. Computer Science and Engineering 2019 IIT Kharagpur
  M.Tech Computer Science and Engineering 2013 IIT Kharagpur
  B.Tech Computer Science and Engineering 2011 IEM, Kolkata (WBUT)
 

Biosketch

Prior to joining here, he was a research associate at Universität Hamburg, Germany; working with Professor Dr. Chris Biemann. He obtained a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree at the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at the Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur (IIT Kgp), under the supervision of Professor Dr. Pawan Goyal. He completed his Master of Technology (M.Tech) degree at the Department of Computer Science and Engineering in Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur (IIT Kgp), India under the supervision of Professor Dr. Anupam Basu. He did his Bachelor of Technology(B.Tech) degree at the Department of Computer Science and Egineering in Insitute of Engineering and Management, Kolkata.
 
 
 
 

Teaching

Department of CSE, IIT Bhubaneswar, India

  •    Natural Language Processing (CS6L027), Spring 2024.
  •    Data Structures (CS2L004), Autumn 2023.
  •    Data Structure Laboratory (CS2P002), Autumn 2023.
  •    Introduction to Programming and Data Structures (CS1L001), Autumn 2023.
  •    Introduction to Programming and Data Structure Laboratory (CS1P001), Spring 2023.
  •    Design and Analysis of Algorithms (CS2L002), Spring 2023.
  •    Design and Analysis of Algorithms Laboratory (CS2P001), Spring 2023.
  
 
Department of Informatics, University of Hamburg, Germany
  • Statistical Methods for Language Technology, Spring 2022.
  • NLP And The Web, Autumn 2021.
  • NLP And The Web, Autumn 2020.

Projects

  1. Interactive story/poetry writing and scene generation using Augmented Reality (sponsored by VARCOE,  2023-2025)
  2. Optimization of Algorithms for Voice Analysis System For Defence Applications (sponsored by DRDO, 2024-2027)
  3. Geospatial Knowledge Inference using LLMs for Enhanced Travel Decision-Making (sponsored by Microsoft, 2024-2025)
 

Recent Publications (International Journals)

1Daniel Martin Katz, Dirk Hartung, Lauritz Gerlach, Abhik Jana, and Michael J. Bommarito II. "Natural language processing in the legal domain." arXiv preprint arXiv:2302.12039 (2023).
2Abhik Jana, Gopalakrishnan Venkatesh, Seid Muhie Yimam, and Chris Biemann, Hypernymy Detection for Low-Resource Languages: A Study for Hindi, Bengali, and Amharic, ACM Transactions on Asian and Low-Resource Language Information Processing, 21(4): pp 1-21, 2022, https://doi.org/10.1145/3490389.
3Abhik Jana, Siddhant Haldar, and Pawan Goyal, Network Embeddings from Distributional Thesauri for Improving Static Word Representations, Expert Systems with Applications 187: 115868, 2022, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.eswa.2021.115868.
4Abhik Jana, Animesh Mukherjee, and Pawan Goyal, Network measures: A new paradigm towards reliable novel word sense detection., Information Processing & Management 57(6): 102173, 2020, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ipm.2019.102173.
5Manjira Sinha, Tirthankar Dasgupta, Abhik Jana, Anupam Basu, Design and Development of a Bangla Semantic Lexicon and Semantic Similarity Measure, in International Journal of Computer Applications 95(5): 8-16, 2014, https://doi.org/10.5120/16588-6297.

Conferences (International)

1Rohan Yadav, Bimal Bhattarai, Abhik Jana, Lei Jiao and Seid Muhie Yimam, Pruning Literals for Highly Efficient Explainability at Word Level, ISTM 2024 conference. (Accepted, Yet to appear)
2Punyajoy Saha, Aalok Agrawal, Abhik Jana, Chris Biemann, and Animesh Mukherjee. On Zero-Shot Counterspeech Generation by LLMs. In Proceedings of the 2024 Joint International Conference on Computational Linguistics, Language Resources and Evaluation (LREC-COLING 2024), pages 12443–12454, Torino, Italia. ELRA and ICCL.
3Özge Sevgili, Steffen Remus, Abhik Jana, Alexander Panchenko, and Chris Biemann. "Unsupervised Ultra-Fine Entity Typing with Distributionally Induced Word Senses." In International Conference on Analysis of Images, Social Networks and Texts, pp. 126-140. Cham: Springer Nature Switzerland, 2023.
4Sushil Awale, and Abhik Jana, Enriching Hindi WordNet Using Knowledge Graph Completion Approach, In Proceedings of the Workshop on Resources and Technologies for Indigenous, Endangered and Lesser-resourced Languages in Eurasia (EURALI), pp. 81-85, 2022.
5Sree Bhattacharyya, and Abhik Jana, Towards Bengali WordNet Enrichment using Knowledge Graph Completion Techniques, In Proceedings of the Workshop on Resources and Technologies for Indigenous, Endangered and Lesser-resourced Languages in Eurasia (EURALI), pp. 75-80, 2022.
6Ilias Chalkidis, Abhik Jana, Dirk Hartung, Michael James Bommarito, Ion Androutsopoulos, Daniel Martin Katz, and Nikolaos Aletras, LexGLUE: A Benchmark Dataset for Legal Language Understanding in English, In Proceedings of the 60th Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics (ACL), pp. 4310-4330, 2022.
7Gopalakrishnan Venkatesh, Abhik Jana, Steffen Remus, Ozge Sevgili, Gopalakrishnan ¨ Srinivasaraghavan, and Chris Biemann Using Distributional Thesaurus To Enhance Transformerbased Contextualized Representations for Low Resource Languages, In Proceedings of the 37th ACM/SIGAPP Symposium On Applied Computing (SAC), pp. 845-852. 2022.
8Anirban Bhowmick, and Abhik Jana, Sentiment Analysis For Bengali Using Transformer Based Models, In Proceedings of the 18th International Conference on Natural Language Processing (ICON), pp. 481-486. 2021.
9Abhik Jana, and Chris Biemann, An Investigation towards Differentially Private Sequence Tagging in a Federated Framework, In Proceedings of the Third Workshop on Privacy in Natural Language Processing (PrivateNLP co-located with NAACL 2021), pp. 30-35. 2021.
10Timo Johner, Abhik Jana, and Chris Biemann, Error Analysis of using BART for Multi-Document Summarization: A Study for English and German Language, In Proceedings of the 23rd Nordic Conference on Computational Linguistics (NoDaLiDa), pp. 391-397. 2021.
11Abhik Jana, Nikhil Reddy Varimalla, and Pawan Goyal, Using Distributional Thesaurus Embedding for Co-hyponymy Detection., In Proceedings of The 12th Language Resources and Evaluation Conference (LREC), pp. 5766-5771. 2020.
12Soumya Sharma, Bishal Santra, Abhik Jana, Santosh Tokala, Niloy Ganguly and Pawan Goyal, Incorporating Domain Knowledge into Medical NLI using Knowledge Graphs, In Proceedings of the 2019 Conference on Empirical Methods in Natural Language Processing and the 9th International Joint Conference on Natural Language Processing (EMNLP-IJCNLP), pp. 6094-6099. 2019.
13Abhik Jana, Dmitry Puzyrev, Alexander Panchenko, Pawan Goyal, Chris Biemann and Animesh Mukherjee, On the Compositionality Prediction of Noun Phrases using Poincar´e Embeddings, In Proceedings of the 57th Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics (ACL), pp. 3263-3274, 2019.
14Abhik Jana, Animesh Mukherjee and Pawan Goyal, Detecting Reliable Novel Word Senses: A Network-Centric Approach, In Proceedings of the 34th ACM/SIGAPP Symposium On Applied Computing (SAC), pp. 976-983, 2019.
15Abhik Jana, Pranjal Kanojiya, Pawan Goyal and Animesh Mukherjee, WikiRef: Wikilinks as a route to recommending appropriate references for scientific Wikipedia pages, In Proceedings of the 27th International Conference on Computational Linguistics (COLING), pp. 379-389, 2018.
16Abhik Jana and Pawan Goyal, Can Network Embedding of Distributional Thesaurus be Combined with Word Vectors for Better Representation?, In Proceedings of the 2018 Conference of the North American Chapter of the Association for Computational Linguistics: Human Language Technologies (NAACL HLT), Volume 1 (Long Papers), vol. 1, pp. 463-473, 2018.
17Abhik Jana and Pawan Goyal, Network Features Based Co-hyponymy Detection, In Proceedings of the 11th International Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation (LREC), pp. 39-44, 2018.
18Abhik Jana, Sruthi Mooriyath, Animesh Mukherjee and Pawan Goyal, WikiM: Metapaths based Wikification of Scientific Abstracts, In Proceedings of the 17th ACM/IEEE Joint Conference on Digital Libraries (JCDL), pp. 21-30, IEEE Press, 2017.
19 Manjira Sinha, Abhik Jana, Tirthankar Dasgupta, Anupam Basu, A New Semantic Lexicon and Similarity Measure in Bangla, in Proceedings of the 3rd Workshop on Cognitive Aspects of the Lexicon (CogALex-III), pp. 171-182, COLING 2012.
20Mainak Biswas, Abhik Jana, Rajib Paul, Himadri Nath Saha, A Secure Routing Protocol Based on Fidelity, in International Conference on Scientific Paradigm Shift In Information Technology and Management, Kolkata, January 2011.
 

Academic Honors & Awards

  • Selected for Heidelberg Laureate Forum 2020-21
  • Awarded Microsoft Research India Student Travel Grant for attending ACL 2019
  • Awarded ACM SIGAPP 2019 Student Travel Grant for attending ACM SAC 2019.
  • Awarded CoDS-COMAD 2019 Student Travel Grant for attending CODS-COMAD 2019
  • Awarded ACM India-IARCS Student Travel Grant for attending COLING 2018
  • Awarded Microsoft Research India Student Travel Grant for attending COLING 2018
  • Awarded Flipkart India Travel Grant for attending NAACL 2018
  • Awarded SIGIR Student Travel Grant for attending JCDL 2017
  • CTO Innovation Award FY14 (NetAPP India Private Limited)
  • TCS Best Student Project Award (for B.Tech Thesis)
 

Research Scholar

  1.  Ritwik Raghav (Ph.D. Scholar,  since Autumn 2023)
  2.  Manmohan Mahapatra (MS Scholar, since Spring 2024)
 
 

Professional Experience

 Research Associate, University of Hamburg, Germany (November 2019-December 2022) ;    Member of Technical Staff II (Research), NetApp India Private Limited, Bangalore (July 2013-July 2014)

Student Supervision (IIT Bhubaneswar)

 Master's Thesis
 
Name Thesis Title Degree Batch Placement Status
Urmil Kalpesh Vora   M.Tech 2023-25   Ongoing
Amit Singh Common Sense Reasoning using Large Language Model  M.Tech  2022-24 Cabinet Secretariat Deputy Field Officer, Govt. of India Finished
Likhita Sunkari Automated News Headline Generation in Telugu  Dual  2019-24  Data Scientist, Turing Finished
Agamya Yadav Automated Intepretation of Hindi Poetry  Dual  2019-24  SDE, Media.net Finished
Jupally Sai Krishna (Co-supervision) Interactive Story Generation  Dual  2019-24  SDE, Brane Enterprises Finished
 
 
 
Bachelor's Thesis
 
 
 
Name Thesis Title Degree Batch Placement Status
Priyam Saha   B.Tech 2021-25   Ongoing
Gunda Anish   B.Tech 2021-25   Ongoing
Joshua Jose Dias Barreto   B.Tech 2021-25   Ongoing
Akhil Kumar M Text Summarization on Indian Legal Corpus B.Tech 2020-24 SDE, Ittiam systems Finished
Chekuri Muni Siva Charan Telugu Text Summarisation  B.Tech 2020-24 Data Analyst,Tiger Analytics  Finished
Kaushik Dey Enhancing Context-Based Question Answering Capabilities of Bengali Models  B.Tech  2020-24 Digital Analyst, Accenture, Japan  Finished
Ravinuthala Lasya Priya Text Summarisation in Telugu  B.Tech  2020-24 Data Scientist, Publicis Sapient  Finished
Sakshi Shashikant Yeole Legal Document Classification  B.Tech  2020-24 Data Scientist, Publicis Sapient  Finished
Sathvik Mallela Sentiment analysis for Telugu language  B.Tech  2020-24 Advanced app engineering analyst, Accenture  Finished
Venkata Anirudh Vepuri Legal Named Entity Recognition  B.Tech  2020-24 Associate Solution Leader, Brane Enterprises Private Limited  Finished
Thadicherla Hrishith Question Answering for Telugu Language Dual  2020-25  Continuing Dual Degree  Finished
Pooner Sumith Sentiment analysis for Hindi Language   B.Tech  2020-24  SDE, SOFTWARE TF  Finished
 

Professional Activities

  • Served as Reviewer for ACL 2019-24, EMNLP 2020-23, CoNLL 2019-23, NAACL 2019-24, LREC 2020-24, COLING 2020-24. 
  • Served as Speaker in Workshop on Applied Cyber Security, 2024.
  • Served as Liaison Officer at the G20 Event 2023, Bhubaneswar.
  • Co-organizer of TextGraphs 2020, 2021, 2022. 
  • Part of Organizing team of ACL 2019 held at Florence, Italy as student volunteer.
  • Part of Organizing team of a workshop on ‘Machine Learning for Cyber Physical Systems’ held at IIT Kharagpur, September 2018 as instructor for programming session.
  • Organized International Conference on the Networked Digital Earth (ICNDE) at IIT Kharagpur, March 2018 as student volunteer.
  • Organized Workshop on Complex and Social Networks at IIT Kharagpur, March 2017 as student volunteer.
  • Organized short-term school and workshop on Machine Learning and Complex Network at IIT Kharagpur, Feb 2015 as student volunteer.
 
 
 

Extra curricular activities

  • Sports lover (Cricket, Football, Badminton, Table Tennis, Lawn Tennis)
  • Like to do travelling, trekking, hiking, river rafting, skiing.
  • Photo Gallery 
 

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