Computer Laboratory

Simon Baker

I am a PhD student at the Computer Laboratory in the Natural Language and Information Processing (NLIP) group, and also a member of the Language Technology Lab (LTL).

I am supervised by Dr Anna Kohronen. My current research focus is on building adaptive semantic classifiers, with applications in text mining, and automatic Literature-based Discovery (LBD). I mostly work with Biomedical text.

Before joining the Computer Laboratory, my research (and publications) focused on Sofware Engineering, and prior to that, on Human Computer Interaction.

I am a member of Trinity Hall, and an alumnus of Wolfson College.

I am currently a Commonwealth scholar and a Cambridge Trust Scholar.

Alma Mater

  • 2013  University of Cambridge - MPhil (Advanced Computer Science) with Distinction
  • 2009  University of Auckland - MSc (Computer Science) with First Class Honours
  • 2007  University of Auckland - BE (Software Engineering) with First Class Honours


I supervise the following undergraduate courses:

  • Part 1A: Object Oriented Programming
  • Part 1B: Software Engineering
  • Part 1B: Further Java
  • Part II: Research (3rd year) projects
  • 3F6: Software Engineering and Design (Department of Engineering)

In my previous university, I have tutored (and marked) the following courses:

  • 2nd year Software Engineering
  • 3rd year Information Systems (Advanced databases)
  • 4th year Software Engineering (Formal methods)


I have several years of full-time technology consulting experience (much of it as an IBM consultant), working in a variety of sectors with several high profile clients. This includes the Australian Government, Air New Zealand, Energy Australia (now Ausgrid), and several other major organisations.

I am always interested in providing consulting advice in several areas of technology when I have the time. Contact me for further information.

Contact Details

Phone (landline): (+44) 1223 7-63729
Post: University of Cambridge
Computer Laboratory - William Gates Building,
15 JJ Thomson Avenue, Cambridge
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