Core programme funder
The UKRI Centre for Doctoral Training in Natural Language Processing is funded largely by a grant from UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), the umbrella organisation of the Engineering & Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC).
The Centre commenced in September 2019 and receives funding for five cohorts over a total period of eight years' research study.
An unique and exciting four year PhD programme with integrated studies, it has been designed to meet the UKRI's vision and training needs described within its 'Applications and Implications of Artificial Intelligence' and 'Enabling Intelligence' priority areas.
The UKRI CDT in NLP's objectives are:
- To create the next generation of Natural Language Processing experts, stimulating the growth of NLP in the public and private sectors domestically and internationally.
- To deliver a programme which will have a transformative effect on the students it trains and on the field as a whole, developing future leaders and producing cutting-edge research in both methodology and applications.
- To give students a firm grounding in the challenge of working with language in a computational setting and its relevance to critical engineering and scientific problems in the modern world. The Centre will also train them in the key programming, engineering and machine learning skills necessary to solve NLP problems.
- To attract students from a broad range of backgrounds and provide an interdisciplinary cohort training approach. This involves taught courses, hands-on laboratory projects, research-skills training; cohort-based activities such as specialist seminars, workshops, and meetups; and public engagement and outreach.
- To train students with awareness of user design, ethics and responsible research in order to design systems that improve user satisfaction, treat users fairly, and increase the uptake of NLP technology across cultures, social groups and languages.