Dr Sylvia Wong

Sylvia Wong

Phone number
+44 (0)121 204 3473


Room number
Main Building 214C

I studied my BSc and PhD degrees in Computer Science at the University of Birmingham. My doctoral degree was sponsored by the Overseas Research Studentship (ORS) Award administered by the CVCP (now Universities UK). From 1999 till 2001, I worked at the Department of Information Technology at the Masaryk University, Czech Republic, teaching natural language processing, machine translation, Prolog programming and elementary Chinese. I also collaborated with Doc Karel Pala in knowledge representation and concept organisation in WordNet-like lexical databases.

I have been in the School of Engineering & Applied Science (EAS) at Aston University since October 2001 where I have taught a range of undergraduate programming-related courses, including Java programming, client-side Internet computing and natural language processing, and supervised PhD students. Since September 2008, I have been the champion for pedagogical research for EAS.

Qualifications & Education

  • BSc with First Class Honours in Computer Science / Software Engineering (University of Birmingham)

  • PhD in Computer Science (University of Birmingham)

  • Associate Certificate in Teaching & Learning (Aston University)

  • Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching & Learning (Aston University)


  • 2001 – date: Lecturer in Computer Science, School of Engineering & Applied Science, Aston University.

  • 2000 – 2001: Lecturer in Information Technology, Faculty of Informatics, Masaryk University, Czech Republic.

  • 1999 – 2000: Teaching Assistant, Masaryk University.

Teaching activity
I am involved in the teaching of:

CS1020 Java Programming Foundations
CS2020 Software Engineering
CS2310 Data Structures and Algorithms with Java
CS3180 Natural Language Processing and Applications

I am the Year Tutor for the BSc in Computing Science Stage 2 programme.

Research interests
My current research is in the areas of E-Assessment, Terminology and Machine Translation. I am interested in areas of Technology Enhanced Learning and Assessment, Knowledge Representation, Word Sense Disambiguation and Machine Translation. My doctorate research was in the area of Computational Linguistics involving Lexical-Functional Grammar and Machine Translation. 

Recent research funding
UNESCO; TQEF (administered via FLDC, Aston University)

PhD Supervision
Not currently supervising any PhD students.

I am available to supervise new suitable applicants in the following areas: 

  • E-Assessment
  • Natural Language Processing
  • Knowledge Representation

Membership of Professional Bodies
I am an HEA fellow.

Selected Publications
  • Shun Ha Sylvia Wong, 2010. Motivating students to learn through good and helpful coursework feedback. In Engineering Education 2010 (EE2010), Birmingham (UK), 6-8 July 2010. The Higher Education Academy Engineering Subject Centre.
  • Shun Ha Sylvia Wong, Alan J.Sellers and Anthony J.Beaumont, 2008. e-CAF: Flexible Marking Schemes for Electronic Coursework Assessment and Feedback. In Proceedings of World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia and Telecommunications (ED-MEDIA 2008), Vienna, Austria, June 30 - July 4, 2008, pages 2289-2297. Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).
  • Odetunji A. Odejobi, Shun Ha Sylvia Wong, and Anthony J. Beaumont. A fuzzy decision tree-based duration model for Standard Yoruba text-to-speech synthesis. Computer Speech & Language, 21(2): 325-349, 2006.  Odetunji A. Odejobi, Shun Ha Sylvia Wong, and Anthony J. Beaumont. A modular holistic approach to prosody modelling for Standard Yoruba speech synthesis. Computer Speech & Language, 22(1):39-68, 2008.
  • Shun Ha Sylvia Wong, Anthony J. Beaumont, and Michal Konecny. Encouraging language diversity on the Internet using an intelligent URL search engine. Journal of Language and Politics, 5(2):159-188, 2006.
  • Odetunji A. Odejobi, Anthony J. Beaumont, and Shun Ha Sylvia Wong. Intonation  contour realisation for Standard Yoruba text-to-speech synthesis: A fuzzy  computational approach. Computer Speech & Language, 20(4):563-588, 2006.
  • Shun Ha Sylvia Wong, 2004. Fighting arbitrariness in WordNet-like lexical databases - A natural language motivated remedy. In Proceedings of the Second Global WordNet Conference 2004, Brno, 20-23 January 2004, pages 234-241, Masaryk University, Brno.
  • Shun Ha Sylvia Wong and Karel Pala, 2001. Chinese Radicals and Top Ontology in WordNet. In Text, Speech and Dialogue -- Proceedings of the Fourth International Workshop, TSD 2001, Pilsen, 10-13 September 2001, pages 313-322, Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence, Subseries of Lecture Notes in Computer Sciences, Springer, Berlin.

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