I have an MA in Computational Linguistics from the University of Trier (Germany) and a PhD in English from the University of Birmingham.
My MA dissertation (1996) was on the topic of designing and developing a computer system for accessing corpus data; my PhD thesis (2006) was about automatically extracting linguistic information from text corpora. This thesis is available on the eTheses repository.
I came to the University of Birmingham in 1994, originally working as a research associate on the EU-funded MECOLB project. Until 2000, I contributed to a number of other EU projects, was computer officer in the English department, and also worked for the Cobuild Project for a while.
In 2000 I was appointed lecturer, and have taught a variety of modules on English language since then.
I completed my PhD on the automatic extraction of linguistic information from text corpora in 2006. In 2010/11 I became the first humanities researcher at the University to be awarded a Medici fellowship to support developing my current research on text analysis towards a commercial product.
I am currently convening the undergraduate module 'Text and Discourse'. This academic year I am not teaching any seminars, as I have been awarded a Medici Fellowship to help me work on developing my research towards commercial application.
I am happy to supervise PhD students in most areas of natural language processing and corpus linguistics.
Current PhD students:
Garry Plappert on academic language (with Susan Hunston)
Judith Roads on the language of early Quaker tracts (with Hugh Adlington)
Sheng Li on the influence of twitter on the stock market
Will Lingle on Critical Discourse Analysis (with Nick Groom)
Previous PhD students:
Gena Bennett, Teaching Grammar for EAP Writing in the IEP
My main research interests are in computational linguistics and natural language processing (NLP). Among other things I am currently working on sentiment analysis, corpus-based phraseology, automatic processing of pattern grammar, and the use of parallel computing for text and corpus analysis.
I am Head of Postgraduate Studies (DR); for more details on text processing software and publications see my personal website at http://olivermason.info