Ted Briscoe has been a member of staff at the Computer Laboratory since 1989, a Reader since 2000, and Professor of Computational Linguistics since 2004. His broad research interests are computational and theoretical linguistics and automated speech and language processing. He directed and was heavily involved in the teaching of the MPhil in Computer Speech, Text and Internet Technology, taught jointly with the Engineering Department.
From 1990 until 1996 he was an EPSRC Advanced Research Fellow undertaking research at Macquarie University in Sydney, University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia and Xerox European Research Centre in Grenoble, as well as at the Computer Laboratory.
His specific research interests include (nearly-)deterministic, statistical, and robust parsing techniques, acquiring lexical information from electronic textual corpora and dictionaries, defaults and constraint-based approaches to linguistic description, exploiting prosody and punctuation during parsing, models of human language learning and parsing, and evolutionary simulations of language variation and change. He has developed numerous applications building on this research through iLexIR Ltd, a consultancy company he cofounded in 2004 -- for example, automated assessment of and error detection in English language learners' texts.
He has published over 100 research articles, edited three books, and been Principal/Co-Investigator or Coordinator of fifteen EU and UK funded projects since 1985. He is joint editor of Computer Speech and Language and founding director of the Alta Institute.