I'm a researcher who builds computational models of human communication with natural language and physical action from human-human data, and then implements them in artificial systems to make interaction more natural. Anyone afraid that AI is a done deal and that the machines are coming for us is welcome to interact with state-of-the-art systems which interpret and generate speech and gesture- you will probably walk away rather relieved, and with more understanding as to why people like me have a job!
My focus is generally on incremental processing and interactive responsiveness. I try to explain my work using the 1000 most common words of English on #UPGOERFIVE.
I'm currently a Lecturer at the School of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science at Queen Mary University of London and member of the Computational Linguistics Lab and Human Interaction Lab within the Cognitive Science research group. As of September 2018 I'm also a Turing Fellow at the Alan Turing Institute. Since 2019 I have been co-president of the excellent SemDial workshop series.