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Professor Edward J Briscoe

College position(s)



Computer Science

Specialising in

Supernumerary Fellow

Degrees, Awards and Prizes

BA (Lancaster), MPhil, PhD

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.

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