Prof. Michael Zock awarded honorary professorship

M Zock 3We are delighted to announce that Prof. Michael Zock of Aix-Marseille Universite was recently awarded an honorary professorship at the University of Wolverhampton, following successful nomination by Prof. Ruslan Mitkov, Director of RIILP.

Prof. Zock’s research interests lie in communication, cognitive science and language production or language generation. Starting from user needs and empirical findings (psycholinguistics, neurosciences), his work involves building tools to help people acquire the skill of speaking or writing in a foreign language and in their mother tongue. Continue reading

“A summer at RGCL with multiword expressions”

Justina picHello! I am Justina from the Baltic Institute of Advanced Technology (Lithuania). I have been here since the second half of July working on the Short Term Research Mission (STSM) with the support of COST Action PARSEME (PARSing and Multi-word Expressions). Dr. Michael P. Oakes has supervised my explorations with helpful advice and recommendations that I am grateful for.

During the visit my work included several aspects of multiword expressions (hint: in a very broad sense they can be defined as sequence composed of at least two words that are frequently used together). Continue reading

Success at RANLP 2015 for RGCL


The RGCL team has returned from the Recent Advances in Natural Language Processing Conference (RANLP 2015) feeling proud! PhD student Victoria Yaneva was awarded ‘Best Paper’ at the Student Research Workshop and in addition Victoria and fellow RGCL colleague Richard Evans had their paper on  Autistic Text Comprehension accepted. Victoria Yaneva presented the findings at the conference in Hissar, Bulgaria. The full paper can be found here.

Further to Richard Evan’s post at the end of May 2015 he provided an update on their work:

“correlations between the readability scores provided by some automatic readability metrics and the reading comprehension of participants with autism were indeed found. From a set of 33 metrics, we were able to narrow down to 7 and then to 6 that were closely correlated with the reading times and reading comprehension performance of 20 people with autistic spectrum disorder.”

Postgraduate Open Evening this week: come and chat to staff from RGCL

If you are considering applying for a Masters or PhD programme with the Research Group in Computational Linguistics, you might like to come along to the University’s next Postgraduate Open Evening on Wednesday 16th September from 5pm – 7.30pm. A member of staff will be on hand to discuss our courses, as well as the areas that the Group specialises in. You can also find out more about the different levels of postgraduate study, how your research interests might fit in with the Group’s work, as well as the potential career opportunities that a degree in this field might open up. There will also be other stands where you can enquire about the application process and how to finance your study. Continue reading

Spanish translators share their expertise with RGCL

3 MariasFor the past month, RGCL has hosted three Spanish translators who visited to carry out research and collaborate with members of the group. Pilar Castillo, María Luisa Rodríguez and Mar Ogea are all affiliated with the University of Cordoba in Spain, as well as working as freelance translators specialising in various fields. In addition to drawing on the facilities and research materials available here at Wolverhampton University, they shared the details of their own work with the group over the course of three seminars, information about which can be found below. We wish them the very best in their future endeavours.  Continue reading

A summer at RGCL… Marc and Juan

Marc and JuanHello! We are Marc and Juan, from the University of Franche-Comté (France) and University of Cordova (Spain) respectively. We have been here from the beginning of July, and we are collaborating with people who work in the Research Group.

Marc studied English, and is now studying Natural Language Processing. He is currently working on a pattern dictionary of English verbs with Dr. Sara Moze, and carrying out some annotation tasks related to cyberbullying detection for Dr. Vinita Nahar. Continue reading

PhD topics and potential projects now available to view


We now have a new page dedicated to PhD opportunities with RGCL, which outlines both areas of expertise within the Group and suggested topics for study. This is intended to give an idea of the range of topics that our staff can supervise, but it is by no means restrictive – we are always interested in receiving proposals from applicants who have formulated their own research projects. If you are considering making an application, please contact a relevant member of staff first with details of your proposed research topic. You are also welcome to contact us with any general questions about PhD research or the application process.

A day in the life of…Le An Ha

Le An HaMy name is Le An Ha. I am a senior lecturer at the RGCL. I came to Wolverhampton in 2000 from Vietnam to pursue a PhD. Since finishing my PhD, I have been working at the research group until now (2015). My son was born here. So if you ask me whether the RGCL is a good place to work, or whether Wolverhampton is a good place to live, you have your answers already. Continue reading