Dr Alistair BaronFaculty Fellow - Security Lancaster
My primary research areas are Natural Language Processing (NLP) and Cyber Security, with a particular focus on developing solutions to the problems associated with the vast amounts of textual data in online settings; for example, deception and multiple personae detection techniques to assist in countering the use of fake profiles for nefarious purposes. The noisy characteristics of online texts, e.g. the abundance of irregular language and its multi-lingual nature, pose significant barriers to many NLP methods. A primary aim of my research is to build robust NLP tools which are able to cope with, and take advantage of, these features.
Ph.D. Computer Science (Lancaster University, UK)
B.Sc. (Hons) Computer Science (Lancaster University, UK)
Faculty Research Fellow, Lancaster University, 2012 - present
Research Assistant, Lancaster University, 2009 - 2012
Programme Committee for Corpus Linguistics conference series
Organiser of Corpus Analysis with Noise in the Signal workshop series
Dr. Alistair Baron is currently a Faculty of Science and Technology Research fellow under the Security Lancaster research centre. He has previously held several research posts on a variety of projects in the areas of natural language processing (dealing with noisy unstructured text, content analysis, text classification and machine learning) and security (online child protection and the language of extremism). During my current research fellowship I will be conducting research involving using NLP techniques in a cyber-security setting, bringing cutting-edge NLP research into real-word security applications. I will be primarily focused on developing solutions for problems associated with online communities (bulletin boards, forums), social networks (Facebook, Twitter) and instant messaging services (Skype, MSN).
Selected Publications Show all 31 publications
Who am I? Analysing Digital Personas in Cybercrime Investigations
Rashid, A., Baron, A., Rayson, P., May-Chahal, C., Greenwood, P., Walkerdine, J. 04/2013 In: Computer. 46, 4, p. 54-61. 8 p.
Children Online: A survey of child language and CMC corpora
Baron, A., Rayson, P., Greenwood, P., Walkerdine, J., Rashid, A. 2012 In: International Journal of Corpus Linguistics. 17, 4, p. 443-481. 39 p.
"i didn't spel that wrong did i. Oops": Analysis and normalisation of SMS spelling variation
Tagg, C., Baron, A., Rayson, P. 2012 In: Lingvisticæ Investigationes. 35, 2, p. 367-388. 22 p.
Word frequency and key word statistics in corpus linguistics
Baron, A., Rayson, P., Archer, D. 2009 In: Anglistik. 20, 1, p. 41-67. 27 p.
Technological solutions to offending
Rashid, A., Greenwood, P., Walkerdine, J., Baron, A., Rayson, P. 03/2012 In: Understanding and preventing online sexual exploitation of children. London : Willan p. 228-243.
Early Detection of Insider Threats by Autonomous Analysis of User Behaviour Evolution
01/10/2014 → 31/03/2018
Semantic Annotation and Mark Up for Enhancing Lexical Searches (SAMUELS)
01/01/2014 → …
Corpus Research in Early Modern English
01/10/2011 → …
Participation in conference
Faculty of Science and Technology Research Fellowship (Security Lancaster)
Fellowship awarded competitively
UCREL Corpus Research Seminar
Participation in workshop, seminar, course