Laura Plaza

Laura Plaza

Associate Professor and Researcher in Language Technologies


I’m Assistant Professor at the Department of Languages and Information Systems at UNED and researcher at the NLP & IR UNED group.

My expertise includes different fields of Natural Language Processing, with special interest in practical applications in the biomedical domain and social networks. Currently, my interest focus on extracting and summarizing information from online patient forums, as well as detecting and analyzing sexist expressions and behaviors in social networks.

I am also a member of the Observatory for AI in Spanish, whose aim is to promote research in language technologies and resources, and therefore an important part of my research is devoted to the development of textual corpora in Spanish for training NLP systems.

During 2022 and 2023 I am collaborating with Damiano Spina as a Visiting Research Fellow at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology.


  • Biomedical summarization
  • Sexism Identification
  • Controversy Detection
  • Bias Understanding
  • Natural Language Processing


  • BsC in Business Administration, 2016

    Universidad Nacional de EducaciĆ³n a Distancia (UNED)

  • Ph.D. in Computer Science, 2011

    Universidad Complutense de Madrid (UCM)

  • MSc in Artificial Intelligence, 2008

    Universidad Complutense de Madrid (UCM)

  • BSc in Computer Science, 2006

    Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (UC3M)