I am very interested in exploring how humans adapt to one another as they interact or communicate. To that end, my work involves analysing human properties of language in a dialogue setting, analysing whether machine generated text contains human-like linguistic properties, and, more recently, analysing whether modern language models exhibit similar patterns to humans when exposed to certain linguistic phenomena. I am interested in applying my work to an educational setting, as well as exploring more general communicative properties of language. My research interests include Natural Language Processing, Computational Linguistics, Cognitive Science and Education.
My undergraduate degree was in Computer Science at the University of Aberdeen, where I gained an interest in Natural Language Processing. I then went on to do a MPhil in advanced computer science at the University of Cambridge, where I was supervised by Simone Teufel. I then spent just under a year in Berlin working as a back end programmer in a software start up, after which I returned to Scotland to do my PhD in Computational Linguistics at the University of Edinburgh, where I worked with Jon Oberlander, Dragan Gašević , Adam Lopez and Chris Lucas. I then went on to do a postdoc at the University of Amsterdam, where I was part of the Dialogue Modelling Group, working with Raquel Fernández.
My work explores speaker adaptation in dialogue, specifically how speakers align to one another as they (try to) find common ground. I have been particularly interested in how this applies to second language learning, although my interests extend to dialogues which foster learning and collaboration in many contexts, and to how humans adapt and communicate in general. My research interests include Natural Language Processing, Computational Linguistics, Cognitive Science and Education.
I am open to PhD supervision within the areas of Dialogue modelling and Computational Linguistics with potential for projects in interpretability and evaluation. If you are interested in these areas and in working with me, please get in contact!
More details can be found on my personal page.
I am currently accepting PhDs in Computing Science.
Please get in touch if you would like to discuss your research ideas further.
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A taxonomy and review of generalization research in NLPNature Machine Intelligence, vol. 5, no. 10, pp. 1161-1174Contributions to Journals: Articles
Tailored feedback in language learning: synergies in linguistics and computer scienceContributions to Conferences: Posters
Alignment of code switching varies with proficiency in second language learning dialogueSystem, vol. 113, 102952Contributions to Journals: Articles
State-of-the-art generalisation research in NLP: a taxonomy and reviewWorking Papers: Preprint Papers
Controllable Text Generation for All Ages: Evaluating a Plug-and-Play Approach to Age-Adapted DialogueChapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Conference Proceedings
Detecting Age-Related Linguistic Patterns in Dialogue: Toward Adaptive Conversational SystemsChapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Conference Proceedings
Structural Persistence in Language Models: Priming as a Window into Abstract Language RepresentationsTransactions of the Association for Computational Linguistics, vol. 10, pp. 1031-1050Contributions to Journals: Articles
AnaLog: Testing Analytical and Deductive Logic Learnability in Language ModelsChapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Conference Proceedings
Construction Repetition Reduces Information Rate in DialogueWorking Papers: Preprint Papers
Exploring the potential of adapting conversational systems to different age groups: a pilot studyContributions to Conferences: Papers