Centre Directors

Head of the Speech and Hearing Research Group

Professor Hain is a world leader in speech recognition. He heads the Voicebase Centre for Speech and Language Technology and is a leader in the speech community. 

"Talking and listening, understanding and expressive communication are skills that we all have. To this day we struggle to build machines that come close to human abilities. 

"To explore and invent methods that allow us to recognise what is spoken, to understand, transform and interpret human communication has been the focus of my research. I am interested in machine learning methods that allow us to model communication and interaction, to be able to help people communicate, learn, and engage with new technology."

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Natural Language Processing Research Group

Professor Gaizauskas is internationally known for his research on information extraction and text mining, temporal information processing, question answering and summarisation.

"Can we build we build computer programs that understand human language? This question is of interest from both a cognitive science and linguistic perspective, and from an applied engineering perspective. 

"What are the syntactic, semantic and pragmatic mechanisms available in human languages and how do intentional agents deploy them to communicate and accomplish goals in the world? 

"How can we use our current, partial understanding of NLP to engineer applications that help people to gain better access to information in massive amounts of textual data and to dynamically interact with intelligent agents via NL dialogue?"

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Independent Advisory Board

Professor Tanja Schultz (chair)

Bremen University, Germany

Professor Ted Briscoe

Mohamed bin Zayed University of Artificial Intelligence, United Arab Emirates

Professor Yannis Stylianou

Apple, UK and University of Crete, Greece

Professor Hugo van Hamme

KU Leuven, Belgium

Professor Massimo Poesio

Queen Mary University (QMU), London, UK and University of Utrecht, Netherlands

Emeritus Independent Advisory Board Members

Professor David Weir

Sussex University, UK

Professor Hervé Bourlard

Idiap Research Institute, Switzerland

Research Supervisors and Associated Academics

Professor Nikos Aletras

Supervisor and CDT Content Planning Group (CPG) member

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Professor Jon Barker

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Dr Loïc Barrault

Visiting Academic and external supervisor

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Professor Kalina Bontcheva

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Professor Guy Brown

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Professor Heidi Christensen

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Professor Paul Clough

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Professor Hamish Cunningham

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Dr Stefan Goetze

Supervisor and CDT Content Planning Group (CPG) member

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Professor Phil Green

Director of Studies and Chair of CDT Content Planning Group (CPG) 

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Dr Yoshi Gotoh

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Dr Mark Hepple

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Professor Chenghua Lin

Visiting Academic and supervisor

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Dr Diana Maynard

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Professor Roger Moore

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Dr Nafise Sadat Moosavi

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Dr Anton Ragni

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Dr Carolina Scarton

Supervisor and CDT Content Planning Group (CPG) member

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Dr Xingyi Song

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Professor Lucia Specia

Associated academic

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Dr Mark Stevenson

Supervisor and CDT Content Planning Group (CPG) member

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Professor Aline Villavicencio

Visiting Academic and supervisor 

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Dr Cass Zhixue Zhao

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Management Team

Dr Stuart Wrigley

Operations and Business Development Manager

Lizzie Pass

CDT Administrator