In the past, I have been:
I also previously worked on the NeOn EU project with Wim Peters , and on the MUSING EU project with Horacio Saggion . These projects involve the development of semantic web technology, including linguistic methods for ontology-based information extraction, ontology population and related research. I have recently been developing the SPRAT tool for extracting relations from text and ontology generation.
I have been Sheffield's Technical Project Manager for the KnowledgeWeb EU Network of Excellence and principal researcher on the MUSE project, which performed robust named entity recognition from a variety of text types and genres. As part of the TIDES surprise language program, I wrote a named entity recognition system for the Cebuano language in a week, and one for Hindi in a month. I also developed NE systems for Arabic, Chinese and Russian.
For the last 15 years I have led the development of many of the linguistic resources in GATE, worked on parts of the MUMIS project, led the development of the HaSIE project and worked on the Multiflora project. My particular speciality in GATE is using it in unusual ways and finding bugs.
I also have a variety of other research interests. My PhD was on the subject of automatic term extraction from medical text. You can download a copy of my PhD thesis on automatic term recognition. There are also lots of papers about it and related topics. This work was quite multidisciplinary, encompassing the fields of medical informatics, terminology, information retrieval, corpus linguistics, and, of course, NLP. I am also particularly interested in natural language ambiguity - my MSc thesis was concerned with prepositional ambiguity, and in particular, the word "with". You can also download my MSc thesis.
Another area that I am very interested in is accessibility and usability issues. I lecture and provide consulting services in accessible web design. My consulting projects include the Yorkshire Federation of Disability Sports Organisation, the Yorkshire Building Society, and Insulin Pumpers UK, which I now maintain. I am currently learning to use Drupal.
My papers are mostly available on the publications page, although they may not be up to date.