Nigel is a Director of Research in Computational Linguistics at the University of Cambridge. Before this he was a Marie Curie Research Fellow at the European Bioinformatics Institute and an Associate Professor at the National Institute of Informatics in Japan. He received his PhD in 1996 from The University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology (now The University of Manchester) for his research into how a Hopfield network (a type of recurrent artificial neural network) could be used to perform machine translation.

Research interests

The current focus of Nigel’s research is on machine learning for Natural Language Processing (NLP) with application to health. Health data includes many types of large-scale unstructured sources including informal patient self reports in the social media, news reports, electronic patient records and the scientific literature. I am particularly interested in techniques for grounding text to domain ontologies to enable better machine understanding and knowledge discovery. At the same time I am also interested in forming bridges to other disciplines, particularly around the social and ethical dimensions of new types of health text data.

Nigel is a Turing Fellow through his supervision of Alexander Mansbridge, a doctoral student at the Turing.