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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