I am a part-time Computational Linguist at Arria NLG plc at the University of Aberdeen, Scotland, where I work on improving documentation for and the accessibility of Natural Language Generation applications for developers and linguists.

I am a Visiting Research Fellow in the Department of Computing and Communications at The Open University in the UK.

I am a student at Gray’s School of Art, Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen where I am taking short courses in painting.

Research Interests

  • Generating Maths Word Problems and Solutions I investigated automatic generation of mathematical word problems with hints for solution methods in easy-to-follow steps, similar to those produced by basic-skills tutors, see Math Stories.
  • Rendering the semantic web accessible to people who want to create or modify semantic content but do not know ontology languages and logics. My role in the SWAT project was to provide natural language support for ontology verbalisation and authoring. I developed grammars and discourse structuring algorithms for the SWAT verbaliser and a tool to extract ontology identifier names from text.
  • Computer-generation of numerical quantity expressions. Numerical quantities are often presented poorly (especially in the media) which frustrates numerate people who are not given enough information while at the same time it perplexes innumerate people who do not understand basic mathematical concepts. I believe that it is possible to vary descriptions of numerical quantities to suit different audiences, situations and writing styles. I led an ESRC Small Project, NumGen, to investigate feasibility and potential areas for future research. I am currently seeking opportunities for follow-up project proposals.

Other interests are discourse structure and microplanning, generation for people with limited literacy, discourse analysis, speech act analysis, intonation analysis, generation of prosodically-annotated text, dialogue management in spoken language systems and automatic text summarisation.

I am a member of the University of Aberdeen Computational Linguistics in Aberdeen research group.

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