Allow me to introduce myself

Welcome, traveller, to my page. Enjoy your brief stay while you get to know me!

My name is Vlad, I’m a scientific Python developer and a PhD student at the Max Planck Institute for Software Systems in Saarbr├╝cken, advised by Cristian Danescu-Niculescu-Mizil. I am collaborating frequently with the Centre for Computational Linguistics at the University of Bucharest. You might know me from twitter as @vnfrombucharest or from github as @vene. I’m also on facebook and g+. I am a contributor to the scikit-learn machine learning library for the scientific Python ecosystem. You can transmit your thoughts to me at

Areas of interest

Social aspects of NLP. Conventional and creative language patterns. Similes. Distributional and distributed semantic divergence. Structured learning. Machine learning in general. Elegant code that runs fast. Reproducible research. Open data.

What’s on this site?

You can take a look at the list of my publications. The materials for talks that I’ve had the honour of giving are also available.

If you can spare a minute, please go over to my blog.

If you’re (or were) in one of my classes, you can find links and stuff I collected for you in the teaching section.

You can read about the fonts I’m using on this page and I’m sure you’ll find it interesting, especially if you’re mathematically inclined. Then again, people don’t usually get my math jokes, so I won’t get my hopes up.