Dr Oliver Mason was one of the six finalists to participate in the Showcase event of Research & Commercial Services Enterprising Birmingham - Business plan competition; which took place 13 January in Birmingham Business School.

The Showcase event was launched by Sir Dominic Cadbury, Chancellor of the University who commented: “This event demonstrates the University of Birmingham’s commitment, enthusiasm and support for taking research projects and ideas, which have practical opportunities, into the market.”

Dr Oliver Mason, with his project ‘Harvesting Opinions using Linguistic patterns’ has won the runner up £1,000 prize to contribute towards project development and commented: “I am keen to demonstrate that commercial value can be generated from within the Arts and Humanities.  Improving the automatic analysis of texts has been one of my major interests since I entered the field of computational linguistics more than 20 years ago, and I saw the Enterprising Birmingham competition as a great opportunity to realise this ambition."

Dr Oliver Mason receiving champagne at the Enterprising Birmingham event