Mirella Lapata FRSE is a computer scientist and Professor in the School of Informatics at the University of Edinburgh.Working on the general problem of extracting semantic information from large bodies of text, Lapata develops computer algorithms and models in the field of natural language processing (NLP).

    After her doctorate, Lapata assumed academic positions at Saarland University and at the Department of Computer Science at the University of Sheffield.At the University of Edinburgh she became a reader in the School of Informatics where she is a full Professor and holds a personal chair in natural language processing. Lapata is a member of the Human Communication Research Center and Institute for Language, Cognition and Computation, both in Edinburgh.

    Between 2015 and 2017, Lapata served as a member of the Royal Society Machine Learning Working Group.Recently[when?] Lapata was granted a European Research Council (ERC) Consolidator Grant worth €1.9M to fund five years of her project, TransModal: Translating from Multiple Modalities into Text.