Computers getting the drift

McCarthy, Diana (2007) Computers getting the drift. Philosophical Transactions A: Mathematical, Physical and Engineering Sciences, 365 (1861). pp. 3019-3031. ISSN 14712962

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McCarthy is a Royal Society Dorothy Hodgkin fellow in the Department of Informatics at the University of Sussex. Her research interests in natural language processing primarily concern automatic lexical acquisition. Diana was born in Pembury, Kent in 1964. She was awarded her first degree in Speech Pathology by the University of Manchester in 1987. She practised as a speech and language therapist for several years before undertaking a Masters degree at the University of Sussex in knowledge-based systems out of a curiosity as to how one might use a computer to model human reasoning, and language in particular. After being awarded her Masters in 1989, she worked in the commercial sector applying artificial intelligence techniques to meet customer needs before returning to academia in 1995. She obtained her PhD from the University of Sussex in 2001 and worked on a number of EU and EPSRC projects on lexical acquisition and disambiguation. In 2004, she was awarded the best paper prize at the Annual Meeting of the Association of Computational Linguistics for her work with colleagues at the University of Sussex on finding the most probable meaning of a word from a sample of text. She was awarded the best poster prize for a work presented at the Women in Computing: Grace Hopper Colloquium held in May 2007 by the British Computer Society. She is fascinated by computational approaches that learn about words and their meanings from data without human instruction and has recently co-organized an international competition aimed at comparing such approaches with those that require human supervision.

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Schools and Departments: School of Engineering and Informatics > Informatics
Depositing User: Diana Frances McCarthy
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2012 21:10
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