Research Group

Natural Language and Information Processing

Dr Alba Garcia and a female student working at a screen together, the student is smiling and has her eyes closed. Alba is wearing glasses which are reflecting some of the screen. The photo has a pale blue tint to it.

The work of the Natural Language and Information Processing (NLIP) research group is focused around the intersection of language and vision. We research how artificial/collective intelligence and multimodal information processing can enable state-of-the-art applications in inter-disciplinary fields such as human rights monitoring, environmental science and healthcare.

Natural language processing has been a key area of research for more than 40 years at the University of Essex. The Language and Computation group is an interdisciplinary group established to work on language analysis and computational techniques. It fosters interaction between researchers across the University, including staff and students from the School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering, the Department of Language and Linguistics, Department of Psychology, the UK Data Archive and others.

The Computer Vision group investigates and develops methods and algorithms to better understand and process visual information (2D and 3D images and video). The core expertise of the group includes deep learning for biomedical image classification, image retrieval and evaluation, statistical modelling for pattern recognition and image and video understanding.

The group also includes the Marine Technology Research Unit, set up as a complement to the Coral Reef Research Unit in the School of Life Sciences to research the crossover of engineering and computer science in marine science and conservation.

We organise regular events including the Annual Research Day, and weekly research seminars during term time.

Along with their research on natural language processing some of our academics are also members of AI for Decision MakingBrain-Computer Interfaces and Neural Engineering, Communications and Networks, Intelligent Embedded Systems and Environments, and Robotics and Mechatronics.

Infrastructure

  • Big Data server for text analytics
  • Licensed largescale corpora from Linguistic Data Consortium
  • Mobile image processing server
  • Cameras (SJCAM/GoPro) for image capture using multi-camera drones
  • WASP 4070 3D printer
  • Deep Trekker DTG3 ROV

Related courses

Our projects

Our academic staff

Dr Vahid Abolghasemi

Group member (also a member of Communications and Networks)

School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering, University of Essex

Dr Zulfiqar Ali

Group member

School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering, University of Essex

Dr Faiyaz Doctor

Group member (also a member of Intelligent Embedded Systems and Environments, and the Centre for Computational Intelligence).

School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering, University of Essex

Dr Chris Fox

Group member

School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering, University of Essex

Professor John Gan

Group member (also a member of Brain-Computer Interfaces and Neural Engineering, and Robotics and Mechatronics)

School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering, University of Essex

Dr Alba Garcia Seco De Herrera

Group member (also a member of Brain-Computer Interfaces and Neural Engineering)

School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering, University of Essex

Dr Shoaib Jameel

Group member

School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering, University of Essex

Dr Yunfei Long

Group member

School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering, University of Essex

Dr Cunjin Luo

Group member (also a member of AI for Decision Making)

School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering, University of Essex

Dr Giorgos Papanastasiou

Group member

School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering, University of Essex

Dr Haider Raza

Group member (also a member of AI for Decision Making, and Brain-Computer Interfaces and Neural Engineering)

School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering, University of Essex

Dr Amit Singh

Group member (also a member of Intelligent Embedded Systems and Environments)

School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering, University of Essex