Natural Language Processing

The Natural Language Processing Research Group , established in 1993 , is one of the largest and most successful language processing groups in the UK and has a strong global reputation.

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Natural Language Processing (NLP) is an interdisciplinary field that uses computational methods:

To investigate the properties of written human language and to model the cognitive mechanisms underlying the understanding and production of written language (scientific focus)

To develop novel practical applications involving the intelligent processing of written human language by computer (engineering focus) 

Research Themes

Information Access

Building applications to improve access to information in massive text collections, such as the web, newswires and the scientific literature

Language Resources and Architectures for NLP

Providing resources - both data and processing resources - for research and development in NLP. Includes platforms for developing and deploying real world language processing applications, most notably GATE, the General Architecture for Text Engineering.

Machine Translation

 Building applications to translate automatically between human languages, allowing access to the vast amount of information written in foreign languages and easier communication between speakers of different languages.

Human-Computer Dialogue Systems
Building systems to allow spoken language interaction with computers or embodied conversational agents, with applications in areas such as keyboard-free access to information, games and entertainment, articifial companions.
Detection of Reuse and Anomaly

Investigating techniques for determining when texts or portions of texts have been reused or where portions of text do not fit with surrounding text. These techniques have applications in areas such as plagiarism and authorship detection and in discovery of hidden content.

Foundational Topics

Developing applications with human-like capabilities for processing language requires progress in foundational topics in language processing. Areas of interest include: word sense disambiguation, semantics of time and events.

NLP for social media

Social Media, Online Disinformation, and Elections: A Quantitative, "Big Data" Perspective. 

Biomedical Text Processing

GATE in Biomedical Text Processing

Research staff
  • Dr Ahmet Aker
  • Mehmet Bakir
  • Dr Emma Barker
  • Dr Frederic Blain
  • Dr Marina Fomicheva
  • Dr Adam Funk
  • Dr Genevieve Gorrell
  • Dr Mark Greenwood
  • Dr Julia Ive
  • Dr Diana Maynard
  • Mr Abiola Obamuyide
  • Johann Petrak
  • Ian Roberts
  • Dr Alison Sneyd
  • Dr Xingyi Song
  • Dr Josiah Wang
  • Haiyang Zhang
Research students
  • Temitope Adeosun
  • Hesah Aldihan
  • Abdulaziz Alamri
  • Amal Alharbi
  • Nada Al-Mhabis
  • Areej Nasser A Alokaili
  • Tarfah Alrashid
  • Abdulsalam Alsunaidi
  • Fernando Alva Manchego
  • Faisal Alvi
  • Thales FC Bertaglia
  • William Briggs
  • Zeerak Butt
  • George Chrysostomou
  • Chioma Enemuoh
  • Ignatius Ezeani
  • Hardy Hardy
  • Ye Jiang
  • Chiraag Lala
  • Yida Mu
  • Abiola Victor Obamuyide
  • Varvara Papazoglou
  • Johann Petrak
  • Adam Poulston
  • Rehab Kamal Qarout
  • Stephanie Rudd
  • David Steele
  • James Thorne
  • Mark Tice
  • Donovan Wright
Visiting staff

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