Natural Language processing
What is your current role? How long have you been with CIS?
I am a Professor, and have been at the University for right on 14 years. At present, I am also Associate Dean (Research Training), meaning I look after all Graduate Research students in the faculty and am also Director of an exciting new ARC Centre with IBM Research, relating to the applications of machine learning and natural language processing to a range of medical applications. Together with my colleagues Karin Verspoor and Trevor Cohn, I lead the NLP Group at Melbourne, which we have developed into one of the leading NLP groups in the world.
What I enjoy about working in CIS
I enjoy lots of different things about my role at CIS. I love the people, both within the NLP Group and more broadly within the School. It’s an amazing privilege to be able to work with such talented, enthusiastic, accomplished, but equally caring and friendly people. This also extends to my teaching, I find it incredibly rewarding to interact with evergrowing numbers of amazing undergraduate students, in teaching our big CS 101 subject, and opening their eyes to the incredible world of computing (which is very different to how most students think it is going to be, usually in a good way!). I love being able to work on all sorts of cool research problems in NLP with all sorts of people locally and internationally, including cross-disciplinary work in domains ranging from veterinary science to ecohydraulics to genetics. I love being able to work in diverse environments both within my research group but also more broadly in CIS, with lots of different cultures, languages, backgrounds, and perspectives on any given issue.
I love the people, both within the NLP Group and more broadly within the School. It’s an amazing privilege to be able to work with such talented, enthusiastic, accomplished, but equally caring and friendly people.
Why is it an exciting time to join your area?
It is a very exciting time to be in NLP! As of the past 5-10 years, NLP technologies have really come of age. These technologies are being deployed in all sorts of products and contexts, and the work that we are doing is having global impact in all sorts of ways, far beyond what we anticipated when developing them. There is also a growing realisation of our fields responsibility in ensuring that the benefits of those technologies are equally accessible to everyone, irrespective of gender, ethnicity, creed, language, sexuality or any other demographic dimension, something I am particularly passionate about.
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