I am Professor of Computational Linguistics
at the University of Sussex in the UK.
The primary focus of my research is natural language generation
that is, designing systems that will automatically generate
fluent text from a computational model of the meaning to be conveyed.
I am particularly interested in the way in which linguistic
phenomena above the sentence level contribute to the fluency and
comprehensibility of a text; for example, the way the information
to be conveyed is ordered and structured, and the way in which
it is rendered on the page. I have approached this general topic
from a number of different perspectives, including multilingual
and multimodal generation, document structuring and paraphrasing.
Although much of my work is theoretical,
I do like to apply it where possible to interesting practical
problems; recent examples include generating pharmaceutical leaflets
and technical manuals in several languages and styles, and medical
records tailored to different audiences or different needs.
I also have a strong interest in
natural language dialogue systems, e-learning and semantic web
as testbeds for natural language generation systems, architectures
for natural language generation, and in the relation between speech
prosody and text formatting.
Please find out more about my work by
selecting one of the links at the top of this page.