Computer Laboratory

Natural Language and Information Processing Research Group

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The Natural Language and Information Processing (NLIP) Research Group works on a wide range of topics in Computational Linguistics, Natural Language Processing and Information Retrieval.

Research in NLIP has been carried out in the Computer Laboratory for nearly fifty years. The earliest work, by Roger Needham and Karen Sparck Jones, was on automatic thesaurus construction. Subsequent research by Karen Sparck Jones during the 1960s and 70s focused on statistical approaches to retrieval and included innovative work on term weighting.

In 1985 the MPhil in Computer Speech and Language Processing began, continuing very successfully to become the MPhil in Computer Speech, Text and Internet Technology, which has now been merged with the MPhil in Advanced Computer Science.

The group has continued to grow with an increasing number of teaching staff, post-doctoral researchers, research students and a wide range of projects covering all areas of language processing, but especially work on syntax, semantics and discourse processing, and on a range of information management applications.