Research

The research by the members of the Language and Computation group covers most areas of Computational Linguistics and Natural Language Engineering.

Grammars and Parsing:
research focuses on Constraint-Based grammars formalisms (Arnold, Borsley, Sadler, Spencer) and statistical and symbolic parsing (Arnold, Borsley)
Semantics and semantic interpretation:
our research in this area includes work on the formal semantics of language, and its logical foundations (Fox), on psychologically motivated computational models of semantic processing (Poesio), on vector-based models of lexical and text representation, used, e.g., in anaphora resolution (Poesio).
Applications:
some of the areas of interest include generation, e.g., for dynamic web page generation (Poesio), information retrieval and web search (Kruschwitz, Robinson), machine translation (Arnold, Sadler), spoken dialogue systems (Kruschwitz, Poesio).

Current Projects

  • ESRC Large Centre on Human Rights in the Era of Big Data (2015-2020). (McGregor, PI. Fox, Kruschwitz, Poesio). The objective of the Centre is to investigate the potential risks and advantages offered by Big Data technology in the context of Human Rights.
  • Using NLP to Support the Generation of Human Rights Violations Reports (2014-2017). (Poesio (PI), Alhelbawi, Kruschwitz). A KTP Project with Minority Rights Group (MRG). The objective of the project is to use NLP methods to collect, classify and filter reports of human rights violations reported via social media or SMS to support the reporting activities of MRG.

Past Projects

  • Automatic Adaptation of Knowledge Structures for Assisted Information Seeking (AutoAdapt), a project involving the Department of Computing and Electronic Systems, Robert Gordon University Aberdeen and the Open University*. This project aims to develop and evaluate methods for adapting automatically constructed domain models to the population of users' search or browsing behaviour. Application and large-scale evaluation of the developed methods in two information seeking scenarios - namely, interactive search and browsing - will be performed on a number of domains.
  • Development of an intelligent mail server, a project involving the Department of Computing and Electronic Systems and Active Web Solutions (AWS), an Ipswich based company devoted to cutting edge enterprise information systems.
  • Creating anaphorically annotated resources through semantic wikis (AnaWiki) (EPSRC)
  • Learning Disabilities Data and Information Infrastructure Project (ESRC)
  • Markup-Based Knowledge Extraction Project (EPSRC)
  • Anaphora Resolution and Underspecification (EPSRC)
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