Our alumni have gone on to work in both academia and industry all over the world.

Older graduates

Fernando Pereira (Ph.D. 1982) Research director at Google.  Former chair of the Computer and Information Science department at University of Pennsylvania, head of the Machine Learning and Information Retrieval department at AT&T Labs, and research and management positions at SRI International.
Nick Haddock (Ph.D. 1988) Managing Director at Atomic Intelligence. Involved in product management, engineering management, and consulting in the areas of text analysis algorithms, natural language processing, search technology, unstructured data management, information extraction, machine learning, and user interface design.
Lesley Stirling (Ph.D. 1988) Associate Professor and Convenor, School of Languages and Linguistics, University of Melbourne.
Robert Dale (Ph.D. 1989) Professor in the Department of Computing and Director of the Centre for Language Technology at Macquarie University, Sydney.  Editor of the journal Computational Linguistics. Chief Technology Officer at Arria NLG.
Bob Carpenter (Ph.D. 1989) Natural Language Scientist and Software Architect at Alias I, Inc., currently a research scientist in the Department of Statistics at Columbia University.
Patrick Blackburn (Ph.D. 1989) Professor in the Department of Philosophy and Science Studies at the University of Roskilde.
Nick Chater (Ph.D. 1989) Professor of Behavior Science, Business School, Warwick University.
Steven Bird (Ph.D. 1990) Associate Professor, Department of Computing and Information Systems, University of Melbourne; Senior Research Associate, Linguistic Data Consortium, University of Pennsylvania.
Jo Calder (Ph.D. 1991) Partner at Managed-AIS, providing aeronautical information software and services.
Claire Gardent (Ph.D. 1991) CNRS Director of Research based in the  LORIA Computer Science research unit of Nancy, France.
Paul Taylor (Ph.D 1992) Former co-founder and CTO of Rhetorical Systems; founder and CEO of Phonetic Arts, a speech synthesis company recently acquired by Google.
Alan Black (Ph.D. 1993) Associate Professor in the Language Technologies Institute at Carnegie Mellon University. Co-developer of the freely available Festival speech synthesis system.
Paul Bagshaw (Ph.D. 1994)

International coordinator of research in interface sciences at Orange Labs / France Telecom R&D.

David Beaver (Ph.D. 1995) Professor of Linguistics at the University of Texas at Austin.
Karin Verspoor (Ph.D. 1997) Principal Researcher & Scientific Director for Health and Life Sciences, Victoria Research Laboratory, NICTA. Former Research Assistant Professor, Center for Computational Pharmacology, University of Colorado (Denver) School of Medicine.
Renata Vieira (Ph.D. 1998) Professor in the Faculty of Informatics, Pontificia Universidade Catolica do Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil.
Matthew Aylett (Ph.D. 2000)

Formerly with Rhetorical Systems, now founder and CTO of Cereproc, an Edinburgh-based company offering advanced speech synthesis technology.

Jason Baldridge (Ph.D. 2002) Founder at People Pattern (was Associate professor in the Department of Linguistics at the University of Texas at Austin).
Julia Hockenmaier (Ph.D. 2003) Associate professor in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. 
Colin Bannard (Ph.D. 2006) Assistant professor at the Department of Linguistics, UT Austin.
Chris Callison-Burch (Ph.D. 2007) Assistant professor in the Computer and Information Sciences Department at the University of Pennsylvania.


Alyssa Alcorn Embedding novel and surprising elements in touch-screen games for children with autism: Creating experiences “worth communicating about"  (supervised by Helen Pain). After graduation: Research associate at UCL.
Bharat Ambati Transition-based Combinatory Categorial Grammar parsing for English and Hindi (supervised by Mark Steedman). After graduation: Apple.
Rasmus Dall Statistical Parametric Speech Synthesis Using Conversational Data and Phenomena (supervised by Simon King, Mirjam Wester and Junichi Yamagishi).
Lea Frermann Bayesian Models of Category Acquisition and Meaning Development (supervised by Mirella Lapata). After graduation: post-doc at the University of Edinburgh.
Liane Kirsten Guillou Incorporating Pronoun Function into Statistical Machine Translation (Supervised by Bonnie Webber). After graduation: Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München 
Qiong Hu Statistical parametric speech synthesis based on sinusoidal model.
Herman Kamper Unsupervised neural and Bayesian models for zero-resource speech processing (supervised by Sharon Goldwater). After graduation: post-doc at TTI Chicago and then lecturer at Stellenbosh University, South Africa.
Sean Moran Learning to Hash for Large Scale Image Retrieval (Supervised by Victor Lavrenko). After graduation: Machine Learning Specialist at Synpromics
Pawel Swietojanski Learning Representations for Speech Recognition using Artificial Neural Networks (supervised by Steve Renals). After graduation: Research scientist, Emotech Ltd.


Mike Lewis Combined Distributional and Logical Semantics (Supervised by Mark Steedman). After graduation: Postdoc, University of Washington and AI2.
Bevan Jones Learning Words and Syntactic Cues in Highly Ambiguous Contexts (Supervised by Sharon Goldwater). After graduation: Postdoc, National Institute of Informatics , Japan.
Karl Isaac The Intelligibility of Synthetic Speech in Noise and Reverberation (supervised by Steve Renals).
Tasmin Maxwell Term Selection in Information Retrieval (Supervised by Jon Oberlander).
Sara Dalzel-Job Social interaction in virtual environments: The relationship between mutual gaze, task performance and social presence (Supervised by Jon Oberlander).
Carina Silberer: Learning Visually Grounded Meaning Representations (Supervised by Mirella Lapata). After graduation: post-doc in the University of Edinburgh


Alex Milowski Enabling Scientific Data on the Web (Supervised by Henry Thompson).  After graduation: Postdoctoral scholar , School of Information, UC Berkeley
Michal Dziemianko Supervised by Frank Keller.  After graduation: Visual DNA
Desmond Elliott A structured Image Representation for Language Generation and Image Retrieval (Supervised by Frank Keller).  After graduation: ERCIM Fellow at CWI Amsterdam
Diego Frassinelli The Effect of Context on the Activation and Processing of Word Meaning Over Time (Supervised by Frank Keller).  After graduation: Post doctoral researcher at the University of Stuttgart
Prachya Boonkwan Scalable Semi-Supervised Grammar Induction using Cross-Linguistically Parameterized Syntactic Prototypes (Supervised by Mark Steedman).  After graduation: Researcher at National Electronic and Computer Technology Center (NECTEC), Pathumthani, Thailand
Aciel Eshky Generative Probablistic Models of Goal directed Users in Task Oriented Dialogs (Supervised by Mark Steedman). After graduation: Research Assistant at the School of Informatics, University of Edinburgh
Greg Coppola: Iterative parameter mixing for distributed large-margin training of structured predictors for natural language processing (supervised by Mark Steedman). After graduation: engineer, Google.
Eva Hasler Dynamic Topic Adaptation for Improved Contextual Modelling in Statistical Machine Translation (Supervised by Philipp Koehn and Barry Haddow). After graduation: Postdoc, University of Cambridge.
Philip Williams Unification-based Constraints for Statistical Machine Translation (Supervised by Philipp Koehn). After graduation: Postdoc, University of Edinburgh.
Yannis Konstas Joint Models for Concept-to-text Generation (Supervised by Mirella Lapata). After graduation: post-doc in UW


Mark Granroth Wilding Harmonic analysis of music using combinatory categorial grammar (supervised by Mark Steedman). After graduation: Research Associate, Computer Lab, The University of Cambridge
Trevor Fountain Modelling the acquisition of natural language categories (supervised by Mirella Lapata). After graduation: Forward Deployed Engineer at Palantir Technologies and co-founder and publisher at Far Off Places
Katya Saint-Amand Alignment of speech and co-speech gesture in a constraint-based grammar (supervised by Alex Lascarides, Mark Steedman). After graduation: Post doctoral Researcher, University of Edinburgh.
John Pate Predictability effects in language acquisition (supervised by Sharon Goldwater). After graduation: Postdoctoral researcher at Macquarie University.
Emily Thomforde Semi-supervised lexical acquisition for wide-coverage parsing (supervised by Mark Steedman). After graduation: Creator of computer game 'Coolson's Artisanal Chocolate Alphabet'
Sasa Petrovic Real-time event detection in massive streams (supervised by Miles Osborne). After graduation: Software Engineer at Google.
Stella Frank Bayesian models of syntactic category acquisition (supervised by Sharon Goldwater and Frank Keller). After graduation: Postdoctoral Researcher, Institute for Logic, Language and Computation, Universiteit van Amsterdam
Christos Christodoulopolos An Iterated Learning Framework for Unsupervised Part-of-Speech Induction (supervised by Mark Steedman and Sharon Goldwater). After graduation: a postdoc at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Liang Lu Subspace Gaussian Mixture Models for Automatic Speech Recognition (supervised by Steve Renals).
Erich Zwyssig Speech processing using digital MEMS microphones (supervised by Steve Renals).After graduation: Postdoc at SHINE (speech-acoustic scene analysis and interpretation), Center for Information Technology of Fondazione Bruno Kessler, Trento
Loic Dugast Introducing corpus-based rules and algorithms in a rule-based machine translation system (supervised by Philipp Koehn and Miles Osborne).
Cassia Valentini-Botinhao Intelligibility enhancement of synthetic speech in noise (supervised by Simon King and Junichi Yamagishi). After graduation: post-doc at the University of Edinburgh


Tom Kwiatkowski Probabilistic Grammar Induction from Sentences and Structured Meanings (supervised by Mark Steedman and Sharon Goldwater). After graduation: postdoctoral researcher, University of Washington.
Olesya Razuvayevskaya Developing educational games for children with ASC. VENECA - Virtual Environment for Navigational Education for Children with ASC (supervised by Helen Pain).
Anette Leonhard Automated question answering for clinical comparison questions (supervised by Bonnie Webber and Claudia Pagliari).
Kira Mourão Learning Action Representations Using Kernel Perceptrons (supervised by Mark Steedman, Ron Petrick and David Willshaw). After graduation: postdoctoral researcher in ILCC, University of Edinburgh.
Oliver Watts Unsupervised Learning for Text-to-Speech Synthesis (supervised by Simon King). After graduation: Postdoctoral Researcher, CSTR, University of Edinburgh.
Joel Lang Unsupervised Induction of Semantic Roles (supervised by Charles Sutton and Mirella Lapata). After graduation: Presspectrum Technologies
Michael Auli Integrated Supertagging and Parsing (supervised by Philipp Koehn and Adam Lopez). After graduation: Postdoctoral researcher at Microsoft Research, Redmond, WA


Alexandra Birch Reordering Metrics for Statistical Machine Translation (supervised by Miles Osborne). After graduation: postdoctoral researcher in ILCC, University of Edinburgh.
Sharon Givon Predicting and Using Social Tags to Improve the Accuracy and Transparency of Recommender Systems (supervised by Johanna Moore). After graduation: working at GingerSoftware.
Srini Janarthanam Learning User Modeling Strategies for Adaptive Referring Expression Generation (supervised by Oliver Lemon and Johanna Moore). After graduation: working at Heriot-Watt University.
Abby Levenberg Stream-based Statistical Machine Translation (supervised by Henry Thompson and Miles Osborne; winner of the European Association for Machine Translation best thesis award for 2011). After graduation: postdoctoral researcher at Oxford University.
Moreno Coco Coordination of Vision and Language in Cross-Modal Referential Processing (supervised by Frank Keller). After graduation: Research Fellow, Department of Psychology, University of Lisbon.
Partha Lal Cross-lingual Automatic Speech Recognition using Tandem Features (supervised by Simon King). After graduation: working for a software company in Edinburgh.
Ravichander Vipperla Automatic Speech Recognition for Ageing Voices (supervised by Steve Renals, Simon King and Joe Frankel). After graduation: postdoctoral researcher at EURECOM, based in France.
Sebastian Andersson Conversational Speech Synthesis: the Need for Richer Speech Resources (supervised by Rob Clark).  After graduation: Language Architect at Lionbridge
Yansong Feng Automatic Caption Generation for News Images (supervised by Mirella Lapata). After graduation:  Lecturer at the Institute of Computer Science and Technology, Peking University.
Sean Hammond Children's Story Authoring with Propp's Morphology (supervised by Helen Pain and Mark Steedman)
Kate Ho Requirements work in e-science projects (supervised by Stuart Anderson and Mark Hartswood). After graduation: Managing director of Interface3, a startup focusing on educational games. (UPDATE JULY 2012, WAITING ON CORRECTIONS)
Hieu Hoang Improving Statistical Machine Translation with Linguistic Information (supervised by Philipp Koehn). After graduation: working with Asia Online, based in Thailand. Asia Online uses the translation software that Hieu developed for his thesis.
Neil McIntyre Learning to Tell Tales: Automatic Story Generation from Corpora (supervised by Mirella Lapata). After graduation: working for Clevermed, an Edinburgh-based company who design software for hospitals. 
Thade Nahnsen Automation of Summarization Evaluation Methods and their Application to the Summarization Process (supervised by Claire Grover).