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Jeremy Chelala reflects on his Summer Internship at RGCL

My time at RGCL — Jeremy Chelala

My name is Jeremy Chelala, a Belgian student from the Université Catholique de Louvain in Belgium, and in the context of my Master course in NLP, I worked as a trainee at RGCL. Thanks to the Erasmus+ programme, I had the chance to work with the RGCL staff members for nine weeks in the summer of 2017. My fields of interest for this internship were automatic simplification and summarization, with a particular focus on the way we can combine techniques from both fields to improve automatic summary generation. During my time at RGCL, I implemented a sentence compressor, working together with simplification and summarization specialists as R. Evans and Dr. C. Orasan, who was my supervisor at RGCL. This compression tool represents a substantial first step in the elaboration of a larger summarization system, which I will present in my Master thesis in 2018.

During my traineeship, I could take advantage of several NLP researchers’ experience and advice to help me develop my program, not to mention technical and logistical support. I was taught to use new tools and techniques to solve specific NLP problems. Furthermore, by being part of the Group, I could participate to several seminars given by experienced researchers, learn about their latest advances and see how a research centre operates in general. I also met a lot of people from all around the world, whom I hope to see again one day.

The evaluation process of my program is still in progress, but I can already tell that my time at RGCL has been beneficial for my project, as I learned a lot from this experience. If results are promising, a paper presenting my compressor might be published.

Jeremy Chelala

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

A day in the life of…Najah Albaqawi

DeskAlsalam Alykom, my name is Najah Albaqawi. I am a Saudi PhD student in computational linguistics. I earned my Bachelor’s Degree in English Language in 2006 from King Faisal University. Since graduating, I have worked for three years as an English assistant teacher and in 2012 I obtained my master’s degree in Applied Linguistics from the University of Al-Emam Mohammed Ibn Saud. These experiences have made me really want to work with new people in new places, which is why I chose to pursue a doctoral degree in the UK. Fortunately for me, the University of Wolverhampton is one of the best in the UK for my subject area. Continue reading

A day in the life of…Richard Evans

Richard Evans

Hello, my name is Richard Evans. I’m employed as a research fellow and am currently undertaking a part-time PhD at the University of Wolverhampton. I first joined the research group in 1998 having obtained BA (Hons) Linguistics from the University of Wales (Bangor) and an MSc in Cognitive Science and Natural Language at the University of Edinburgh. I love the challenges of computational linguistics and natural language processing, and the creativity that those challenges inspire. Continue reading

A day in the life of…Dr Michael Oakes

Michael Oakes

Hello. I am Michael Oakes, and I have been a Reader in the Research Group in Computational Linguistics for about a year and a half. Previously I spent 13 years at the University of Sunderland, teaching computing in general, so now it feels exciting to be in a group dedicated specifically to Natural Language Processing. After starting here, I took a few more months to finish my book “Literary Detective Work on the Computer”. The book started way back in 2008, when Prof. Mitkov suggested that I write a book for the book series he edits for the John Benjamins Publishing Company. The book was to be centred around computational stylometry, the computer analysis of writing style. He suggested that studies of disputed authorship, plagiarism and spam (unwarranted email campaigns) should considered together, partly because they often uncover fraudulent behaviour, but also because they all consider the question of where a text originally came from, and how similar one text is to another. Continue reading

A day in the life of…Victoria Yaneva

Hello! My name is Victoria Yaneva and I have been a PhD student at RIILP for already two and a half years. My research investigates the reading difficulties of people diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder and how NLP tools could be used to aid the reading comprehension of these individuals. I first became interested in this topic while doing a placement at the research group as a part of the FIRST project, which was dedicated to the development of an automatic text simplification tool for readers with autism in English, Spanish and Bulgarian. Unlike the majority of the PhD students here, my background is in Psychology, which is why my supervisory team is interdisciplinary, comprising of researchers from the fields of both Computational Linguistics (Professor Ruslan Mitkov and Dr. Irina Temnikova) and Psychology (Professor Kenneth Manktelow). Continue reading