Lakshmi Nair Vikraman

 Amherst, Massachusetts, USA
 lvnair (at) cs (dot) umass (dot) edu

I am a PhD candidate at the University of Massachusetts Amherst affliated with Center for Intelligent Information Retrieval under the supervision of W. Bruce Croft. My current research focuses on looking at answer passage relationships for improving tasks such as Question Answering and Conversational Search. Broadly, I am interested in Information Retrieval, Natural Language Processing and Machine Learning.

Prior to joining UMass to pursue a PhD, I completed a Masters in Computer Science specializing in Natural Language Processing from Columbia University, New York. I also worked as a Research Intern with Microsoft Bing in the summer of 2016. Before starting graduate studies, I worked as an IT consultant in India.


  • Passage Similarity and Diversification in Non-factoid Question Answering
          Lakshmi Vikraman, Ali Montazeralghaem, Helia Hashemi, W. Bruce Croft, James Allan
          ICTIR 2021
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  • Exploring Diversification in Non-factoid Question Answering
          Lakshmi Vikraman, W. Bruce Croft, Brendan O’Connor
          ICTIR 2018

  • SemEval 2017 Task 10: ScienceIE - Extracting Keyphrases and Relations from Scientific Publications
          Isabelle Augenstein, Mrinal Das, Sebastian Riedel, Lakshmi Vikraman, Andrew McCallum

  • Universal Schema for Slot-Filling, Cold-Start KBP and Event Argument Extraction: UMassIESL at TAC KBP       2014
          Benjamin Roth, Emma Strubell, John Sullivan, Lakshmi Vikraman, Katherine Silverstein, and Andrew McCallum       TAC KBP-2014