Professor Eric Atwell
- Position: Professor of Artificial Intelligence for Language
- Areas of expertise: ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE ; LANGUAGE ; COMPUTING ; LINGUISTICS ; MACHINE LEARNING ; DATA MINING ; NATURAL LANGUAGE PROCESSING ; TEXT ANALYTICS : ENGLISH ARABIC QURAN RELIGIOUS HEALTH MEDICAL AUTISM
- Email: E.S.Atwell@leeds.ac.uk
- Phone: +44(0)113 343 5761
- Location: 7.12a E C Stoner Building
- Website: http://www.comp.leeds.ac.uk/eric | Quranic Arabic Corpus | LinkedIn | GoogleScholar | ResearchGate | White Rose | Open Access Ref
I lead the AI4L Artificial Intelligence for Language research group: Nor Diana Ahmad, Zahed Ahmed, Jawharah Alasmari, Luluh Aldhubayi, Ayman Alghamdi, Abdulrahman Alosaimy, Mohammad Alqahtani, Sameer Alrehaili, Areej Alshutayri, Claire Brierley, Juliana Jaafar, Zhiying Liu. We are part of the Artificial Intelligence research theme of the School of Computing at the University of Leeds.
Academic responsibilities: TEACHING: COMP2121 Data Mining, XJCO2121 Data Mining, COMP3776 Data Mininhg andf Text Analytics, BSc MSc and PhD research projects, personal tutees; RESEARCH AI4L Artificial Intelligence for Language research leader; Supervision of PhD students, Research Fellows; PLUS: writing publications and research project proposals; Peer Reviewer for journals conferences and grant proposals to ArtsHumantiesRC EngineeringPhysicalScienceRC EconomicSocialRC MedicalRC QatarNRF HongKongRGC CyprusRC PolandNCBR IrishRC EU-H2020 etc; PhD external examiner; journal and conference reviewer; visitor SUSTECH Sudan; Arabic-L and Language@Leeds research networks coordinator
* I was Leeds P-I in all except Co-I in “e-Health”, “Simulated Annealing”, “ABC”:
Artificial Intelligence Networking (Leeds University Academic Development Fund, £2K, 2017)
Natural Language Processing Working Together With Arabic And Islamic Studies (Engineering and Physical Science Research Council, £337K, 2013-2015)
* e-Health GATEway to the Clouds (Joint Information Systems Committee, £52K, 2012)
Web-based resources for Islamic Studies (Higher Education Academy, £13K, 2011)
Detecting Terrorist Activities: Making Sense (Engineering and Physical Science Research Council, £2185K (£195K Leeds), 2010-2013)
Copying-Identifier for Biomedical Science Reports (Higher Education Funding Council, £60K, 2002)
ISLE - Interactive Spoken Language Education (European Union, £720K (£64K Leeds), 1998-2001)
Information extraction from air traffic control (Visionair International, £21K, 1994-1997)
Mapping between corpus annotation schemes (Nuffield Foundation, £6K, 1994)
Computer based resources in KBS & SALT (Higher Education Funding Council, £92K, 1994-1996)
Knowledge based timetable information (Higher Education Funding Council, £39K, 1994-1995)
Mapping AMALGAM corpus (Science and Engineering Research Council, £176K, 1993-1997)
Computer analysis of language and speech (Higher Education Funding Council, £79K, 1993-1995)
Pilot project for CCALAS (Leeds University Research Support, £20K, 1993-1994)
A speech-oriented stochastic parser (Ministry of Defence, £178K, 1992-1993)
Knowledge-Based Systems Initiative (Joint Information Systems Committee, £149K, 1991-1994)
Neural network parsers trained with realistic corpora (British Telecom, £10K, 1990-1991)
Advanced Fellowship in IT (Science and Engineering Research Council, £220K, 1990-1994)
* ABC Arabic By Computer (British Society for Middle Eastern Studies, £26K, 1989-1990)
COMMUNAL Convivial man machine understanding (Ministry of Defence, £83K, 1987-1989)
* A simulated annealing parser for authentic English (Ministry of Defence, £117K, 1986-1989)
- (on sabbatical leave 2017-18)
My research speciality is Artificial Intelligence for Language research: AI applied in corpus linguistics and text analytics: Machine Learning and Data Mining analysis of a CORPUS of text - in English, Arabic, or other languages - to analyse the text and detect "interesting" and "useful" features or patterns. For example:
Detecting terrorist activities, by analysis of documents from terrorist suspects, to highlight suspicious parts of the text.
Analysis and text-mining of the Quran, to find links and patterns in the Quran verses and chapters whcih are of interest to Islamic and Religious Studies scholars.
Detecting cause of death from verbal autopsy text documents describing the circumstances of the death.
I lead research projects, including the Leeds contribution to EPSRC-funded project Natural language processing working together with Arabic and Islamic Studies , EPSRC/ESRC/CPNI-funded 2.2M-pound research project IDEAS factory - detecting terrorist activities: making sense , JISC-funded project e-Health GATEwayto the Clouds , HEA-funded project to collect web-based resources for teaching and research in Islamic Studies .
I work with the Artificial Intelligence Research Theme and the Centre for Language @ Leeds (firstname.lastname@example.org) and the LIDA Leeds Institute for Data Analytics. See Guidelines on writing a successful PhD proposal, and my video clip.
I am proud of the c40 research students I have supervised, who went on to work in a range of careers, including web search, banking and finance, text analytics, translation and language consulting, online news, voice-to-text, the search for extra-terrestrial intelligence, and, of course, as University academics! See feedback from current and past students.
- PhD (Leeds) Corpus linguistics and language learning, 2008 http://etheses.whiterose.ac.uk/7504/
- BA 1st Class (Lancaster) Computing and Linguistics, 1981
- EPSRC (Engineering and Physical Science Research Council) Peer Review College
- AHRC (Arts and Humanties Research Council) Peer Review College
My teaching includes: supervision of PhD, MSc and BSc student research projects; lecturing to Computing MSc and BSc students; and personal tutorials for students. I have also taught at international conference tutorials and summer schools, for example Aston Summer School on Corpus Linguistics.
I have taught a range of subjects, including Data Mining, Text Analytics, Language, Natural Language Processing, Computational Linguistics, Knowledge Management and Adaptive Systems, Technologies for Knowledge Management, Corpus Linguistics, Object Oriented Programming, Professional Development, Knowledge Based Systems, Knowledge Discovery, Perceptual Systems, Future Directions in Distributed Multimedia Systems, Introductory Programming, Numerical Methods, Artificial Intelligence, Databases and Information Systems, Arabic Natural Language Processing.
Research groups and institutes
- Applied Computing in Biology, Medicine and Health
- Artificial Intelligence