Professor Edward Briscoe

Computer Science

Research Themes

My broad research interests include Computational Linguistics, Speech and Language Processing, Textual Information Management and Evolutionary Linguistics. I have published over 70 research articles, edited three books, and been Principal/Co-Investigator or Coordinator of fourteen EU and UK funded projects since 1985. I am joint editor of Computer Speech and Language and on the editorial board of Natural Language Engineering. My extensive range of publications, are listed in my CV (

Specific areas of (current) research:

(nearly-)deterministic, statistical, and robust parsing techniques; text classification, filtering and mining using linguistic features; textual information extraction from scientific articles; acquiring lexical information from on-line text and dictionaries; exploiting punctuation and document structure during parsing; models of human language learning and parsing; evolutionary simulation of language development and change.


I am a Professor of Computational Linguistic and supervise a number of Ph.D. students within the Natural Language and Information Processing (NLIP) Research Group. This works on a wide range of topics in Computational Linguistics, Natural Language Processing and Information Retrieval. I directed and was heavily involved in the teaching of the M Phil in Computer Speech, Text and Internet Technology, taught jointly with the Engineering Department.

College Role

Professorial Fellow

Degrees, Awards and Prizes

BA (Lancaster), MPhil, PhD