I am a member of the Language and
Computation Group (LAC) here at Essex (most recent LAC
Day: 29th September 2015; earlier
LAC Day 2013, 12th
LAC Day 2013, 11th LAC Day 2012,
10th LAC Day 2011).
My research interests are in natural language processing (NLP), information
retrieval (IR) and the implementation of such techniques in real
applications. The intelligent
directory enquiry assistant (YPA) project is an example (going back quite a
few years now ...) where the
extraction of information from partially structured data together with
engineering issues played major roles in making the YPA a usable online
I am developing techniques that allow the extraction of
conceptual information from document collections and the utilization of
such knowledge in retrieval tasks. The type of documents can range from Web
pages to newspaper articles or other forms of vaguely/partially structured
data. For an example application that we had in place with BT's mobile
workforce have a look at our log analysis study.
We are also exploring how to implement and use such techniques in future
intelligent home environments. This work is carried out as part of the research
in the Digital Lifestyles Centre
here at Essex.
A five-year ESRC Large Grant on Human Rights in the Era of Big Data
Language and Computation Group (Fox/Poesio/Kruschwitz) will play a
significant role in this project which also builds on our links with
the Minority Rights Group. Watch
this space!We are hiring!
Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT)
on Intelligent Games and Game Intelligence
(IGGI) offering 55 PhD student scholarships over 8 years is being funded
by the EPSRC and supported our 60 industrial partners. The first 12 students were admitted for
October 2014, and another 12 in October 2015, now we have recruited our third cohort already. To find out more
explore out students' profiles! The CDT involves the University of Essex, the University of York
and Goldsmith College, University of London. If you want to know more, drop me
Transfer Partnership (KTP) project (2014-2017) involving
the Minority Rights Group and
Essex (Poesio/Kruschwitz) is aiming at new systems to
support civilian-led monitoring of human-rights violations.
The SENSEI FP7
project started in November 2013. The one-line aim of the project is to make sense
of human-human conversation by, for example, applying advanced natural-language
engineering techniques such as anaphora resolution and multi-document
A highly successful
Transfer Partnership (KTP) project (2013-2015) was the starting point for an
ongoing collaboration with Signal Media. As
the University Lead PI I am pleased
Martinez-Alvarez who joined us as KTP Associate is now Head of
Research at Signal.
Here is a timeline of some exciting news in our collaboration:
PEBL-AI is a project that follows on from the Patient Experience and
Public Engagement Blogs (PEBL) project. PEBL-AI will result in an automated
between clinical commissioner groups (CCGs) and the communities they serve.
Creating anaphorically annotated resources through semantic wikis (AnaWiki)
(EPSRC) This project has led to the development of Phrase Detectives, an
annotation game aimed at the creation of semantically annotated corpora:
Recent Research/Development Projects
PhD Students (some co-supervised)