Rowan Hall Maudslay is a PhD student in Computational Linguistics at the University of Cambridge, where he is also a Bye-Fellow (of Magdalene College). His research is supported by the Leslie Wilson Vice-Chancellor’s Scholarship. Prior to that, he was a research assistant at ETH in Zürich, and before that he completed his BA and MEng, both in Computer Science, at Cambridge.
Rowan’s research concerns people's ability to perceive abstract similarities shared by disparate things, primarily in analogy and metaphor. He is currently studying this ability through the lens of conventional metaphors, which are metaphors that are widely used by a language community, and can be found in dictionaries. Conventional metaphors provide a unique opportunity to analyse analogy and metaphor, which have both so-far proved rather elusive and difficult to study.