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. His current research foci include: message-planning; outline-planning; lexical access; and the acquisition of basic speaking skills. Following on from a PhD in experimental psychology, Prof. Zock joined the French National Research Centre (CNRS) to work at LIMSI, an AI-lab close to Paris. He worked there for 20 years before moving in 2006 to southern France (Marseille) to join the NLP group of the LIF (Aix-Marseille Université), as well as remaining as emeritus research director at CNRS.

We wish him a warm welcome to the Research Group and University, and look forward to many future collaborations!