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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.
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.
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)
Not currently supervising any PhD students.
I am available to supervise new suitable applicants in the following areas:
- Natural Language Processing
Membership of Professional Bodies
I am an HEA fellow.