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Expert profile: Eric Atwell

[ ID = 0265 ] Eric Atwell 
Name Atwell, Eric
Job Title Director, Centre for Computer Analysis of Languge and Speech 
Organisation University of Leeds 
Address University of Leeds 
Postal Code LS2 9JT 
City Leeds 
Country United Kingdom 
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Description: Speech and language technology for English language
   teaching and pronunciation tutoring; English grammar models for speech
   systems; evaluation and best practice in spoken dialogue systems.


                                 Leeds Uni

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My job

   Senior Lecturer, Tutor for MSc in Distributed Multimedia Systems,
   Tutor for ERASMUS/SOCRATES and Junior Year Abroad exchange students,
   Director of CCALAS: Centre for Computer Analysis of Language and
   Speech.

Interests

   Research (Corpus-based Natural Language Processing, including: English
   grammatical analysis; language technology for English language
   teaching; language learning and the Search for Extra Terrestrial
   Intelligence; language resources and evaluation), teaching (Natural
   Language Processing, Object Oriented Programming, Future Directions in
   Distributed Multimedia Systems), writing, family (4 children need a
   lot of tender loving care!), travel (eg to international
   conferences!), films and TV (sci-fi, comedy), computing, 80's punk
   rock; but not necessarily in that order.

Recent Research Interests (1996-2000)

   I coordinate the Natural Language Processing research group
   (nlp@comp.leeds.ac.uk), which includes: Eric Atwell (me! - Senior
   Lecturer), Rens Bod (Lecturer and EPSRC Advanced Research Fellow,
   currently on sabbatical), Peter Howarth (Senior Teaching Fellow in the
   Language Centre, researcher on ISLE project), Peter Millican (Senior
   Lecturer), Clive Souter (Associate Lecturer and Director, Centre for
   Joint Honours, Science Division), Bill Whyte (Senior Research
   Manager), and current research students Xiao-Yuan Duan, John Elliott,
   David Roberts, Mandy Schiffrin, Menno van Zaanen.

   Leeds has a long and well-established record in language and speech
   processing. My recent research has focussed on the following areas:

   The EPSRC-funded AMALGAM project has been especially successful in
   creating mappings among lexico-grammatical annotation formalisms for
   English language corpus texts, and has led to the development of
   part-of-speech taggers for virtually all state-of-the-art English
   corpus annotation schemes [Atwell et al 2000a].

   Work on Language Engineering applied to English Language Teaching,
   including collaborative EU project ISLE: Interactive Spoken Language
   Education (with downloadable pronunciation tutor demo system), has
   been highly regarded by ELT practitioners: the British Council
   commissioned and published an overview [Atwell 99] to promote British
   excellence in this field worldwide; I have been invited speaker at
   ITI99 (Institute of Translators and Interpreters), IATEFL99
   (International Association of Teachers of English as a Foreign
   Language), TESL-Canada2000 (Teachers of English as a Second Language),
   ROCMELIA2000 (Republic of China - Multimedia and English Language
   Instruction) as well as reaching a Language Engineering audience, eg
   [Atwell et al 2000b], [Herron et al 1999], [Menzel et al 2000].

   A novel (some might say outlandish?) research direction is the
   detection of intelligent language-like features for SETI (Search for
   Extra Terrestrial Intelligence), eg [Elliott and Atwell 1999, 2000],
   [Elliott et al 2000a,b]. Aliens probably don't use the English
   language, but we can detect generic features shared by English and
   other languages, and look for these in unknown incoming digital
   signals.

   An overarching theme linking these topics is research into evaluation
   of language resources, including corpora, dictionaries, and systems,
   eg [Atwell 1999], [Demetriou et al 2000], [Atwell et al 2000a,c],
   [Demetriou et al 1997], [Churcher et al 1997], [Hughes and Atwell
   1994]

   CCALAS(the Centre for Computer Analysis of Language And Speech) is a
   University interdisciplinary research centre for PhD and postdoctoral
   research in NLP, including Corpus-based systems for processing English
   and a range of other Natural Languages.

   I have supervised recent externally-funded research projects:
     + 1998-2000: ISLE: Interactive Spoken Language Education (c#720,000
       total project grant, of which c#65,000 to Leeds University, from
       European Union Language Engineering research programme). I am
       Principal Investigator (university terminology for Supervisor) of
       the Leeds University contribution to the project; others at Leeds
       who have contributed to this project include Peter Howarth, Fiona
       Skilling, Clive Souter, Jennifer Tillotson, Nicole Whitworth. The
       other partners funded by the European Union are Universitaet
       Hamburg, Universita' di Milano Bicocca, DIDA+EL (Milan),
       Entropic/Microsoft (Cambridge UK) and Ernst Klett Verlag
       (Stuttgart).
     + 1994-97: AMALGAM: Automatic Mapping Among Lexico-Grammatical
       Annotation Models (c#170K from Engineering and Physical Sciences
       Research Council (EPSRC)). I was Principal Investigator, ie
       project supervisor; others at Leeds who contributed to this
       project include George Demetriou, John Hughes, Amanda Schiffrin,
       Clive Souter, Sean Wilcock, Tim Willis.
     + 1994-96: CALAS-NTI: Coordination and Standardisation of World Wide
       Web Computer-based Training Resources in Knowledge Based Systems
       (KBS) and Speech And Language Technology (SALT) (c#92K from HEFCs
       New Technologies Initiative) I was Principal Investigator, ie
       project supervisor; Xiaoda Zhang also contributed to this project.

   I supervised the following research students to successful completion
   of Theses:
     + 1998: Gavin E CHURCHER, Dialogue Management in Speech Recognition
       Applications (funded by University of Leeds Studentship, topped up
       with grant from Visionair Ltd)
     + 1997: George C DEMETRIOU, Lexical Semantic Information Processing
       for Large Vocabulary Human-Computer Speech Communication (funded
       by grant from Greek Govt, topped up with grant from School of
       Computer Studies)
     + 1996: Adam BULL, The Formal Description of Aerobic Dance Exercise:
       a Corpus-Based Computational Linguistics Approach [MPhil] (funded
       by EPSRC Studentship, topped up with earnings as Aerobics
       instructor)
     + 1996: Xiaoda ZHANG, MIRTH Search Engine: A Multilingual
       Information Retrieval Tool Hierarchy for a World Wide Web Virtual
       Corpus [MSc] (funded by CALAS-NTI project)
     + 1996: Clive SOUTER, A Corpus-Trained Parser for
       Systemic-Functional Syntax (staff, supported by School of Computer
       Studies through lightening of teaching load)
     + I also supervised part-time PhD research by Sean Wilcock, Teaching
       Assistant; but he gave up this research to take up a Lectureship
       at Leeds Metropolitan University.
     + I currently supervise two PhD students (Xiao-Yuan Duan and John
       Elliott) and act as informal advisor to other PhD students in the
       NLP research group.

   I have also been PhD External Examiner at Universities of Aberystyth,
   Cardiff, Durham, Hertfordshire, Liverpool John Moores, Sheffield, and
   Nottingham Trent; I am on the Advisory Panel for EU project MATE:
   Multi-level Annotation Tools Engineering (http://mate.mip.ou.dk/); and
   on the Advisory Board of ICAME, the International Computer Archive of
   Modern and medieval English (http://www.hd.uib.no/icame.html).

Main Publications 1994-2000 (with ISBN/ISSN)

   NOTE: Publications with ISBN/ISSN have been lodged with the British
   Library and should be available via inter-library loan, or a bookshop
   can use the ISBN/ISSN to locate a copy for you to purchase.
   [online preprint] indicates that a pre-publication draft can be
   downloaded from my personal webpage http://www.comp.leeds.ac.uk/eric/
   (generally postscript format); if you download and read a draft, you
   are of course encouraged to purchase the final version from the
   publisher or a bookshop!

   Atwell E. 1999. The Language Machine, 66 pages, British Council,
   London. ISBN: 0 86355 438 5 (paperback), 0 86355 439 3 (PDF online
   version). [Free PDF preview sample][ Leeds University Library full
   version - for Leeds University students and staff only, sorry!]

   Atwell E. 1996. Comparative Evaluation of Grammatical Annotation
   Models in Sutcliffe R, Koch H-D, and McElligott A (editors),
   Industrial Parsing of Technical Manuals, pages 25-46, Rodopi,
   Amsterdam. ISBN: 90-420-0114-3 (hardback), 90-420-0102-X (paperback).
   [online preprint]

   Atwell E. 1996. Machine Learning from Corpus Resources for Speech And
   Handwriting Recognition in Thomas J, and Short M (editors), Using
   Corpora for Language Research: Studies in the Honour of Geoffrey
   Leech, pages 151-166, Longman, Harlow. ISBN: 0 582 24877-9 (hardback),
   0 582 24878-7 (paperback). [online preprint]

   Atwell E, Demetriou G, Hughes J, Schiffrin A, Souter C, and Wilcock S.
   2000. A comparative evaluation of modern English corpus grammatical
   annotation schemes. ICAME Journal, volume 24, pages 7-23,
   International Computer Archive of Modern and medieval English, HIT
   Centre, Bergen University. ISSN: 0801-5775 [online preprint]

   Atwell E, Howarth P, Souter C, Baldo P, Bisiani R, Bonaventura P,
   Herron D, Menzel W, Morton R, and Wick H. 2000. User-Guided System
   Development in Interactive Spoken Language Education to appear in
   Natural Language Engineering journal, vol.6 no.3, October 2000. ISSN:
   1351-3249. [online preprint]

   Churcher G, Atwell E and Souter C. 1997. The semantic/pragmatic
   annotation of an Air Traffic Control corpus for use in Speech
   Recognition in Ljung M (editor), Corpus-based Studies in English:
   Papers from ICAME 17th International Conference on English Language
   Research on Computerized Corpora, pages 353-374, Rodopi, Amsterdam.
   ISBN: 90-420-0341-3 (hardback), 90-420-0331-6 (paperback).

   Elliott J and Atwell E. 2000. Is anybody out there?: the detection of
   intelligent and generic language-like features. In Journal of the
   British Interplanetary Society, volume 53 no.1/2 pages 13-22, British
   Interplanetary Society, London. ISSN: 0007-084X. [online preprint]

   Elliott J, Atwell, E and Whyte B. 2000. Language identification in
   unknown signals. in Proceeding of COLING'2000, 18th International
   Conference on Computational Linguistics, pages 1021-1026, Association
   for Computational Linguistics (ACL) and Morgan Kaufmann Publishers,
   San Francisco. ISBN: 1-55860-717-X (2 volumes). [online preprint]

   Souter C and Atwell E. 1994. Using parsed corpora: a review of current
   practice in Oostdijk N and de Haan P, (editors), Corpus-based Research
   Into Language, pp143-158, Rodopi, Amsterdam. ISBN: 90-5183-588-4
   (paperback).

   Hughes J and Atwell E. 1994. The automated evaluation of inferred word
   classifications in Cohn A G, (editor), Proceedings of ECAI'94: 11th
   European Conference on Artificial Intelligence, pages 535-540, John
   Wiley, Chichester. ISBN: 0471 950696.

   Jost U and Atwell E. 1994. Intrinsic error estimation for
   corpus-trained probabilistic language models in Cohn A G, (editor),
   Proceedings of ECAI'94: 11th European Conference on Artificial
   Intelligence, pages 550-555, John Wiley, Chichester. ISBN: 0471
   950696.

Other Publications 1994-2000

   (without ISBN/ISSN, only available direct from source)

   Atwell E. 1998. What has SALT got to offer the English teaching
   professional? Article in English Teaching Professional, Spring 1998.

   Atwell E. 1997. The world of language: speech and language technology
   in: Bowers R (editor), The World of Language: preliminary studies, The
   World of Language / British Council; online:
   http://www.worldoflanguage.com/atwell-1.htm

   Atwell E, Demetriou G, Hughes J, Schiffrin A, Souter C, and Wilcock S.
   2000. Comparing linguistic interpretation schemes for English corpora.
   in Brants T (editor), Proceedings of COLING LINC-2000 Workshop on
   Linguistically Interpreted Corpora, pp1-10, Centre Universitaire,
   Luxembourg. [online preprint]

   Atwell E, Demetriou G, Hughes J, Schiffrin A, Souter C, and Wilcock S.
   1997. Tagging Email with 8 Tagsets: lessons on evaluation in
   Gaizauskas R (editor), Evaluation in Speech and Language Technology:
   Proceedings of the SALT Club Workshop", Sheffield University.

   Atwell E and Sutcliffe R. 1997. Industrial Parsing of Software
   Manuals: Empirical Qualitative Comparison of Parsers and Parsing
   Schemes in Gaizauskas R (editor), Evaluation in Speech and Language
   Technology: Proceedings of the SALT Club Workshop", Sheffield
   University.

   Churcher G, Atwell E and Souter C. 1997. Generic template for the
   evaluation of dialogue management systems in Proceedings of
   EUROSPEECH'97: 5th European Conference on Speech Communication and
   Technology.

   Churcher G, Atwell E and Souter C. 1997. Developing a corpus-based
   grammar model within a commercial continuous speech recognition
   packagein WEB-SLS: WWW European Student Journal of Language and
   Speech, V.1 #97.03, online:
   http://web-sls.essex.ac.uk/web-sls/papers/97-03/97-03.html

   Churcher G, Atwell E and Souter C. 1997. A Generic Template to
   evaluate integrated components in spoken dialogue systems in
   Hirschberg J, Kamm C and Walker M (editors), Proceedings of
   ACL/EACL'97 Workshop on Interactive Spoken Dialog Systems: bringing
   speech and NLP together in real applications", pp 9-16, Madrid.

   Churcher G, Atwell E and Souter C. 1997. A Generic Template to
   evaluate integrated components in spoken dialogue systems in
   Gaizauskas, R (editor), Evaluation in Speech and Language Technology:
   Proceedings of the SALT Club Workshop", Sheffield University.

   Churcher G, Atwell E and Souter C. 1996. Dialogues in air traffic
   control in: Proceedings of 11th Twente Workshop on Language
   Technology, Twente, Netherlands. [online preprint]

   Demetriou G, Atwell E and Souter C. 2000. Using lexical semantic
   knowledge from machine readable dictionaries for domain independent
   language modelling in Gavrilidou M, Carayannis G, Markantionatou S,
   Piperidis S, Stainhaouer G (editors) Proceedings of LREC2000: Second
   International Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation, Athens,
   vol.2 pp.777-782. Published and distributed by ELRA - European
   Language Resources Association. [online preprint]

   Demetriou G, Atwell E and Souter C. 1997. Large-scale lexical
   semantics for speech recognition support in Proceedings of
   EUROSPEECH'97: 5th European Conference on Speech Communication and
   Technology, Rhodes, Greece.

   Demetriou G, Atwell E, and Souter C. 1997. Measuring the Uncertainty
   in Grammatical Classification in Gaizauskas, R (editor), Evaluation in
   Speech and Language Technology: Proceedings of the SALT Club
   Workshop", Sheffield University.

   Elliott J, Atwell, E and Whyte B. 2000. Increasing our ignorance of
   language: identifying language structure in an unknown signal in
   Daelemans W (ed) Proceedings of CoNLL-2000: International Conference
   on Computational Natural Language Learning, Lisbon, Portugal. [online
   preprint]

   Elliott J and Atwell E. 1999. Language in signals: the detection of
   generic species-independent intelligent language features in symbolic
   and oral communications in Proceedings of the 50th International
   Astronautical Congress, paper IAA-99-IAA.9.1.08, Amsterdam.
   International Astronautical Federation, Paris. [online preprint]

   Herron D, Menzel W, Atwell E, Bisiani R, Daneluzzi F, Morton R and
   Schmidt J. 1999. Automatic localization and diagnosis of pronunciation
   errors for second language learners of English in Proceedings of
   EUROSPEECH'99: 6th European Conference on Speech Communication and
   Technology, Budapest, Hungary. [online preprint]

   Menzel W, Atwell E, Bonaventura P, Herron D, Howarth P, Morton R, and
   Souter C. 2000. The ISLE Corpus of non-native spoken English in
   Gavrilidou M, Carayannis G, Markantionatou S, Piperidis S, Stainhaouer
   G (editors) Proceedings of LREC2000: Second International Conference
   on Language Resources and Evaluation, Athens, vol.2 pp.957-964.
   Published and distributed by ELRA - European Language Resources
   Association. [online preprint]

   Schillo, M, Atwell, E, Souter, C, Denson, T. 1996. Language Modelling
   for the In-Car Intelligent Personal Assistant in Moghrabi, C (editor),
   Proceedings of NLP+IA'96: International Conference on Natural Language
   Processing and Industrial Applications, Universite de Moncton, Canada.
   [online preprint]

   Zhang X, Liu J and Atwell E. 1997. A multilingual information
   retrieval tool hierarchy for a WWW virtual corpus in Spyropoulos, C
   (editor), Proceedings of MULSAIC'97: 2nd workshop on Multilinguality
   in the Software industry - the Artificial Intelligence Contribution,
   pp17-23, International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence
   (IJCAI-97), Nagoya, Japan. [online preprint]

Teaching Interests

   Currently (academic year 2000-2001) I teach a final-year Computing
   undergraduate module on Natural Language Processing (based on Jurafsky
   and Martin, Speech and Language Processing, Prentice-Hall, 2000); a
   Computing MSc module on Object Oriented Programming (based on Deitel
   and Deitel, A Complete Java Training Course, Prentice-Hall, 2000); and
   a Computing MSc module on Future Directions in Distributed Multimedia
   Systems (based on a range of sources. I am Tutor for the MSc course in
   Distributed Multimedia Systems, and represent MSc interests on the
   School of Computing's Graduate Education Committee and Staff-Student
   Committee. I am Tutor for students visiting Leeds University from
   overseas under the SOCRATES/ERASMUS and Junior Year Abroad student
   exchange schemes. I am also Tutor to a range of home undergraduates,
   and supervise a range of undergraduate and MSc student Final Projects.
   I have also collected some WWW teaching resources in Knowledge Based
   Systems and Speech And Language Technology. You can also take a look
   at my first perl-script - a simple example for beginners; but DON'T
   READ THIS PAGE - my second perl-script is an example of what NOT to
   write!

   I enjoy supervision of Research Students in the interdisciplinary
   CCALAS field. Several of my publications are jointly authored with
   successful past research students, (Simon Arnfield, Adam Bull, Gavin
   Churcher, George Demetriou, John Hughes, Uwe Jost, Tim O'Donoghue,
   Michael Schillo, Clive Souter, Xiaoda Zhang) and current Ph.D.
   students (John Elliott, Amanda Schiffrin). See
   http://www.comp.leeds.ac.uk/nlp/ for a list of Thesis titles. by these
   past students and others in the nlp group. I am keen to recruit new
   Ph.D. students with diverse backgrounds for a range of projects;
   please email me if you're interested!

A selection of earlier publications (pre-1994)

   For a full publications list, see the page with all the workshop
   papers, research reports, etc.

   Atwell, E, The HEFCs' Knowledge Based Systems Initiative in Atwell, E
   (Guest Editor), Artificial Intelligence and Simulation of Behaviour
   Quarterly No.83/84, pp. 29-34, 1993.

   Atwell, E, Introduction and Overview of the HEFCs' Knowledge Based
   Systems Initiative
   Atwell, E, & Lajos, G, Knowledge and Constraint Management: Large
   Scale Applications
   Atwell, E, Linguistic Constraints for Large-Vocabulary Speech
   Recognition
   all in Atwell, E (editor), Knowledge at Work in Universities:
   Proceedings of the second annual conference of the Higher Education
   Funding Councils' Knowledge Based Systems Initiative,147pp, Leeds
   University Press, 1993.

   Atwell, E, Corpus-based statistical modelling of English grammar in
   Souter, C & Atwell E (editors), Corpus-based computational
   linguistics: proceedings of the 12th conference of the International
   Computer Archive of Modern English, pp195-214, Amsterdam, Rodopi,
   1993.

   Atwell, E, Measuring grammaticality of machine-readable text in
   Bahner, W, Schildt, J &Viehweger, D (editors), Proceedings of the
   Fourteenth International Congress of Linguists, Volume III,
   pp2275-2277, Berlin, Akademie-Verlag, 1990.

   Atwell, E, A lexical database for English learners and users: the
   Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary in McCrank, L (editor), Databases
   in the Humanities and Social Sciences 4: Proceedings of the
   International Conference", pp21-34, New Jersey, Learned Information,
   1989.

   Sampson, G, Haigh, R, & Atwell, E, Natural language analysis by
   stochastic optimisation: a progress report on Project APRIL in JETAI:
   Journal of Experimental and Theoretical Artificial Intelligence,
   Volume 1, pp271-287, 1989.

   Brockett, A, Atwell, E, Taylor, O & Page, M, An Arabic text database
   and glossary system for students in Proceedings of the Seminar on
   Bilingual Computing in Arabic and English, pp154-162, University of
   Cambridge, 1989.

   Haigh, R, Sampson, G & Atwell, E, Project APRIL - a progress report in
   Proceedings of ACL, the 26th Conference of the Association for
   Computational Linguistics, pp104-112, New Jersey, ACL, 1988.

   Atwell, E, Grammatical analysis of English by statistical pattern
   recognition in Kittler, J (editor), Pattern Recognition: Proceedings
   of the 4th International Conference, pp626-635, Berlin,
   Springer-Verlag, 1988.

   Atwell, E, Transforming a Parsed Corpus into a Corpus Parser in Kyto,
   M, Ihalainen, O & Risanen, M (editors), Corpus Linguistics, Hard and
   Soft: Proceedings of the ICAME 8th International Conference on English
   Language Research on Computerised Corpora, pp61-70, Rodopi, 1988.

   Atwell, E, Constituent-likelihood grammar 
   Atwell, E & Elliot, S, Dealing with ill-formed English text
   both in Garside, R, Sampson, G & Leech, G (editors) The computational
   analysis of English: a corpus-based approach, London, Longman, 1987.

   Atwell, E, How to detect grammatical errors in a text without parsing
   it
   Atwell, E & Drakos, N Pattern Recognition Applied to the Acquisition
   of a Grammatical Classification System from Unrestricted English Text
   both in Maegaard, B (editor), Proceedings of EACL: the Third
   Conference of European Chapter of the Association for Computational
   Linguistics, New Jersey, ACL, 1987.

   Cliff, D & Atwell, E, Leeds Unix Knowledge Expert: a domain-dependent
   Expert System generated with domain-independent tools in BCS-SGES:
   Newsletter of the British Computer Society Specialist Group on Expert
   Systems no.19 pp.49-51, 1987.

   Atwell, E, A parsing expert system which learns from corpus analysis
   in Meijs, W, (editor), Corpus Linguistics and Beyond: Proceedings of
   the ICAME 7th International Conference on English Language Research on
   Computerised Corpora, pp227-235, Amsterdam, Rodopi, 1987.

   Atwell, E, Converting the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary into a
   structured database" in Oakman, R & Pantonial, B (editors), ICCH87:
   Eighth International Conference on Computers and the Humanities,
   Columbia, South Carolina; Association for Computers and the
   Humanities, 1987.

   Johansson, S, Atwell, E, Garside, R & Leech, G, The Tagged LOB Corpus
   - User Manual, 160pp, Bergen, Norwegian Computing Centre for the
   Humanities, 1986.

   Atwell, E, Beyond the micro: advanced software for research and
   teaching from computer science and artificial intelligence in Leech, G
   & Candlin, C (editors) Computers in English language teaching and
   research: selected papers from the British Council Symposium,
   pp167-183, Longman, 1986.

   Atwell, E, Leech, G & Garside, R, Analysis of the LOB Corpus: progress
   and prospects in Aarts, J & Meijs, W (editors), Corpus Linguistics:
   Proceedings of the ICAME 4th International Conference on the Use of
   Computer Corpora in English Language Research, pp40-52, Rodopi, 1984.

   Leech, G, Garside, R & Atwell, E, Recent developments in the use of
   computer corpora in English language research, in Transactions of the
   Philological Society, pp.23-40, 1983.

   Atwell, E, Constituent-Likelihood Grammar
   Leech, G, Garside, R & Atwell, E, The Automatic Grammatical Tagging of
   the LOB Corpus
   Johansson, S & Atwell, E, Seminar on the use of computers in English
   language research
   all in ICAME Journal of the International Computer Archive of Modern
   English Vol.7, 1983.

   Atwell, E, LOB Corpus Tagging Project: Manual Post-edit Handbook,
   45pp, Departments of Computer Studies and Linguistics, Lancaster
   University, 1982.

Previous research grants (before 1996)

     + 1994-95: Know-TIS: Knowledge-Based Timetable Information System
       (c#37K from HEFCs' New Technologies Initiative), jointly with Tony
       Cohn, School of Computer Studies
     + 1994-96: Visionair sponsorship of PhD studentship for Gavin
       Churcher (c#21K plus speech recognition systems, PC etc from
       Visionair), jointly with Clive Souter, School of Computer Studies
     + 1994: Nuffield Vacation Scholarship attached to AMALGAM project
       (#1K+ from Nuffield Foundation)
     + 1991-94: UFC-KBSI National Coordinator: University Funding
       Council's Knowledge Based Systems Initiative National Coordinator
       (c#141K from Universities Funding Council's Information Systems
       Committee)
     + 1993-94: CCALAS-CPE: European Training Centre in computer analysis
       of language and speech (c#20K from Leeds University Academic
       Development Fund)
     + 1992-94: SOPPP: Speech Oriented Probabilistic Parsing Project
       (c#138K plus a range of Sun/Sparc equipment, from Speech Research
       Unit, Defence Research Agency)
     + 1993: CCALAS-ADF: Development of CCALAS World Wide Web information
       server and teaching materials for Natural Language Processing
       (c#2K from internal School of Computer Studies funds, plus c#2K
       from Leeds University Academic Development Fund)
     + 1990-93: UFC-KCM Project: University Funding Council's Knowledge
       Crunching Machine Initiative (ICL Knowledge Crunching Machine
       valued at c#120K, c#15K Sparcstation, plus c#85K grant, jointly
       with other AI researchers at Leeds)
     + 1991-93: CONNEX (c#5K from British Telecom)
     + 1990-91: SERC Advanced Research Fellowship (approx c#220K from
       Science and Engineering Research Council). Project: Grammatical
       analysis of SCRIBE (Spoken Corpus Recordings In British English)
     + 1989-90: Abc3: Arabic By Computer (c#16K from BrisMES) jointly
       with Adrian Brockett of Dept of Modern Arabic Studies
     + 1988-89: Parsing in COMMUNAL: Convivial Man-Machine Understanding
       though Natural Language (c#83K from Longman/ICL/RSRE Speech
       Research Unit)
     + 1986-89: APRIL: Annealing Parser for Realistic Input Language
       (c#117K from MoD RSRE Speech Research Unit) jointly with Prof
       Geoffrey Sampson of the Dept of Linguistics and Phonetics
     + 1987: Evaluation of Apricot Portable speech recogniser (c#2K from
       ISTEL)
     + In addition, I have received a number of minor awards (for travel
       etc) from the British Council, BCS, AISB, and a number of
       companies including ICL, OUP, Borland International, Symantec.
     + I have also been a Consultant to the Department of Trade and
       Industry, as a Monitoring Officer for DTI/SERC-funded
       collaborative research; and I have experience of organising
       conferences (ICAME'91, KCM'92, KBSI'92, Expert Systems '93,
       KBSI'93, NTI-KBS'95).


Personal details

     + Born 5th January 1960, London, UK
     + British passport, unblemished driving licence
     + Male, married, with family (wife, 2 sons, 2 daughters,
       mother-in-law, dog, cat, rabbit, 2 guinea pigs, several fish, ...)
     + I have enjoyed visiting interesting places in England, Scotland,
       Wales, Northern Ireland, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Eire, East
       Germany, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Israel, Italy,
       Luxembourg, Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, USA, ...
     + what other personal details do you want to know??!

Career to date

     + 1984-present: Lecturer and then Senior Lecturer, Department of
       Computer Studies now renamed School of Computing, Leeds
       University; this post included various other roles...

     + 1987-present: founding Deputy Director and then Director, Centre
       for Computer Analysis of Language And Speech (CCALAS), Leeds
       University. CCALAS is a node in EU Network of Excellence ELSNET
       (European Language and Speech Network).
     + 1989-present: founding member, Institute of Communication Studies,
       Leeds University.
     + 1994-1996: Director of Computer Analysis of Language And Speech
       Project, a Professorial-level National Coordinator post funded by
       HEFC's New Technologies Initiative (see below), based at CCALAS,
       School of Computer Studies, Leeds University.
     + spring 1995: visiting scholar, Department of Computer
       Applications, Dublin City University, Ireland.
     + autumn 1994: visiting scholar, Institute for Language Technology
       and Artificial Intelligence, Tilburg University, the Netherlands.
     + 1991-1994: National Coordinator for the UFC-ISC Knowledge Based
       Systems Initiative, later subsumed in the HEFCs' JISC New
       Technologies Initiative.
     + 1992-1993: Senior Research Fellow on the MoD-funded Speech
       Oriented Probabilistic Parsing Project.
     + 1990-1991: SERC Advanced Research Fellowship.
     + summer 1989: visiting scholar, Max Planck Institute and Department
       of Language and Speech, Nijmegen University, the Netherlands.

     1983-1984: ICL Research Associate, Unit for Computer Research on the
   English Language (UCREL), Dept of Linguistics and Modern English
   Language, Lancaster University, researching NLP for Word Processing.

     1981-1983: Research Associate, Unit for Computer Research on the
   English Language (UCREL), Dept of Linguistics and Modern English
   Language, Lancaster University, building the Tagged LOB Corpus.

     1978-1981: B.A. (First Class Honours), Lancaster University, in
   Computer Studies, Linguistics and Punk Rock; summer vacation jobs in
   Vauxhall car factory, NHS mental hospital, Greene King brewery,
   Safeway supermarket.


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