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Dr Matthew Purver

Reader in Computational Linguistics

Research Interests

Computational linguistics / natural language processing; semantics and pragmatics; dialogue modelling and dialogue systems; social media; computational social science. More information on my web page.


BA MPhil PhD

Professional Highlights

International Conference Organisation
ACL 2016: Area chair, Dialogue and Interactive Systems
ENLG 2015: Proceedings chair (15th European Workshop on Natural Language Generation)
IWCS 2015: Conference co-chair (
11th International Conference on Computational Semantics)
EMNLP 2013: Programme co-chair, discourse/dialogue/pragmatics (Conference on Empirical Methods in Natural Language Processing)
SemDial 2010: Technical programme co-chair (14th Workshop on the Semantics and Pragmatics of Dialogue)
SIGDIAL 2009: Local chair (10th Annual Meeting of the Special Interest Group for Discourse and Dialogue)

Research Leadership  
SIGSEM board member since 2014 (ACL Special Interest Group for Computational Semantics,
SIGDIAL Scientific Advisory Board member since 2010 (ACL/ISCA Special Interest Group for Discourse and Dialogue, )
SemDial Advisory Board member since 2010 (steering group for the SemDial workshop series on the semantics and pragmatics of dialogue,
EPSRC Review College member since 2012. 

Technology Transfer  
Chatterbox: co-founder of the EECS spinout company Chatterbox Labs Ltd, software for automatic social media analysis (
ReelReviews: free Android mobile app automatically mining movie reviews from Twitter traffic ( 

Invited Talks & Keynotes  
Keynote speaker at SemDial 2014 (the 18th Workshop on the Semantics and Pragmatics of Dialogue,
Invited speaker at Cambridge, Edinburgh, Gothenburg, Bielefeld, Heriot-Watt, Potsdam, INRIA, Kyoto.

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