I received my PhD in linguistics from the University
of Pennsylvania in 1986 with a thesis on diachronic syntax. While at UPenn,
I also studied computational linguistics and got interested in cognitive
science. This allowed me to start working as a computational linguist in
industry after my PhD.
I started in a machine translation company (Weidner, Chicago, USA;
1986-88), where I was in charge of the French-English translation pair and then
went to at Wang Laboratories (Boston, USA; 1988-89), where I worked on the
morphological component and the lexicon for authoring tools. I then moved
to ISSCO (Geneva, Switzerland;
1989-1995), one of the oldest research centres in Natural Language Processing
in Europe. While at ISSCO, my main
strand of research concerned grammar formalisms for NLP and I took part in
several European linguistic engineering projects, in particular GRAAL and TSNLP. I also participated in the
design and development of the ELU system, and between
1993 and 1996, I was a member of the Grammar
Formalism Working Group in the European EAGLES
In 1995 I came to Australia to take up the position of lecturer in
Computational Linguistics at the University
of Melbourne (1995-1998), which was partly funded by the Microsoft Research Institute . In my
research at the U.
of Melbourne, I pursued
the investigation of the computational modelling of language change, for which
I received a SIG in 1996 and a Small ARC grant in 1997. I also led a
joint project with the Computer Science Department for a Natural Language
Interface to a Small Robot (Estival, 1998).
I have been associated with
the Language Technology Group (LTG) at Macquarie University
since 1999. I came to the board of
the LTG when I was leading the Natural Language Group at Syrinx Speech Systems.
Since then, I have been an Associate Researcher and a Visiting Fellow.
coming to Australia, I have
been involved in helping establish NLP and LT in Australia
while at the University
of Melbourne, at Syrinx
Speech Systems, at DSTO and more recently at Appen. (NLP activities)
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