I am a Senior Research Fellow in The University of Sheffield's Natural Language Processing group in the Department of Computer Science. My main research interests are: extraction of meaning from biomedical texts, such as medical records and medical research papers; and text mining software and infrastructure.
I am a member of the GATE team, for which I lead life science related work. GATE is a widely used software platform and framework for large-scale text mining and language engineering. It is used in the life sciences by medical record software companies, pharmaceutical companies, genetics researchers, and many others.
I originally trained and worked as a Biomedical Scientist (1986 - 1995), before working as a software developer and development manager, mainly in the UK National Health Service (1995 - 1999). This led to an interest in medical terminologies, ontologies, and the language of medical text. I worked as a researcher with Alan Rector in the Medical Informatics Group at the University of Manchester (1999 - 2002), before studying for my PhD with Rob Gaizauskas in Sheffield (2012), and working as a researcher in Sheffield (from 2006).