Data Science at Lancaster University

Data Science

Group Leader

Reader in Natural Language Processing

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Research Activity

The Data Science Group (DSG) was formed in 2014 by bringing together Intelligent Systems, Natural Language Processing (NLP) & Artificial Intelligence (AI) researchers. We focus on new methods, algorithms and applications of transforming data in real-time to meet real-world needs via inter-disciplinary collaborations. We work with large scale, streaming, heterogeneous, unstructured data. Our expertise includes machine learning, computer vision, data mining & visualisation, deep learning, intelligent video analytics, multi-agent systems, NLP, deception detection, and autonomous learning.

DSG members are international leaders in Autonomous Machine Learning, Dynamically Self-evolving neural networks and fuzzy rule-based models for data streams, Corpus Linguistics and NLP. Research applications range from online child protection, cybersecurity, learner dictionaries, historical and financial text mining to intelligent video analytics, unmanned (aerial and ground-based) systems, defence, security, smart transport, biomarker identification, self-calibrating sensors for oil refineries, chemical industry (polymerisation processes).

We support a vibrant set of weekly seminars - NLP reading group, DSG and UCREL corpus seminars - which provide opportunities for researchers to trial conference presentations, connect with the latest hot topics, and engage with invited speakers. For major conference deadlines, we internally peer-review drafts and apply best practice guidelines for data and code documentation and open access releases. PhD students progress to PDRA and lectureship posts, prestigious internships (e.g. ATI, Amazon), and regularly receive awards (e.g. ACL-SemEval best paper). Alongside a set of micro-UAVs, development boards, we maintain a family of virtual development and production servers running on blades in the ISS building. We set up Lancaster's first GitLab server which SCC systems team have now adopted for the whole School.

DSG members have spun-out two companies in InfoLab21 KBC. We engage with local, regional, national and international business and third sector organisations through student projects, partnerships, co-funding arrangements. DSG lead Rayson is also UCREL research centre director and was CASS co-I which received the Queens Anniversary Prize 2015. The group has a strong portfolio of research projects funded by UKRI Councils, The Royal Society, EC, industry, and other government agencies. We receive funding from research councils such as EPSRC, ESRC, AHRC. We also have a broader range of sources such as GCRF, Leverhulme Trust, Wellcome Trust, Innovate UK and Impact Acceleration Accounts.

Projects

In search of uniqueness – harnessing anatomical hand variation
01/01/2019 → …
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BioTM Project
01/05/2018 → 31/03/2019
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Advanced Robotics with 3D Computer Vision for Automatic Healthcare Monitoring
01/01/2018 → 01/01/2019
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Privacy-Protected Human Identification in Encrypted/Transformed Domains
14/05/2017 → 28/02/2019
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Intelligent Computer Vision agents Optimising Safety and Train Dwell Times
01/05/2017 → 30/04/2018
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Forex Trends Clustering Analysis using Machine Learning
01/04/2017 → 30/09/2017
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Encyclopaedia of Shakespeare's Language
01/05/2016 → 31/10/2019
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Native Language Influence Detection 6 Project
23/11/2015 → 31/10/2018
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Geospatial Innovations in the Digital Humanities: A Deep Map of the English Lake District
19/10/2015 → 19/10/2018
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Early Detection of Insider Threats by Autonomous Analysis of User Behaviour Evolution
21/07/2015 → 20/01/2019
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IS 2015 - Robotics and autonomous systems
01/06/2015 → …
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New Machine Learning Methods Paradigms to Address Big Data Streams
17/03/2015 → 16/03/2017
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Novel Machine Learning Paradigms to address Big Data Streams
16/03/2015 → 15/06/2017
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SenseSourcing
01/12/2014 → 01/07/2015
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Understanding Corporate Communications
01/12/2014 → 01/10/2016
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VardSourcing
01/12/2014 → 01/07/2015
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Early Detection of Insider Threats by Autonomous Analysis of User Behaviour Evolution
01/10/2014 → 31/03/2018
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Semantic Annotation and Mark Up for Enhancing Lexical Searches (SAMUELS)
01/01/2014 → 31/03/2015
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AURORA: Automated Real-time On-board video/data Analytics
01/06/2013 → 30/11/2014
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CASE: Autonomous Object Detection & Tracking in Real Time
22/04/2013 → 21/10/2016
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CASE: Autonomous Object Detection and Tracking in Real Time
22/04/2013 → …
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ESRC centre for Corpus Approaches to Social Science - CASS
31/03/2013 → 30/03/2018
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Cordinated Airborne Studies in the Tropics (CAST)
01/02/2013 → 31/07/2016
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Autonomous Object Detection and Tracking
01/01/2013 → 30/06/2016
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Understanding the Influences of Financial Reporting, Corporate Disclosure and financial media on the Corporate Financial Information Environment
01/12/2012 → 30/11/2014
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GAMMA: Growing Autonomous System Mission Management Applications
01/10/2012 → 30/09/2015
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Growing Autonomous Mission Management Systems
01/10/2012 → 30/09/2014
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Metaphor in End of Life Care
01/09/2012 → 28/06/2014
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FP7: Spatial Humanities
01/01/2012 → 31/12/2016
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Corpus Research in Early Modern English
01/10/2011 → …
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Assisted carriage proposal: Intelligent leader follower algorithms for ground platforms
01/09/2009 → 30/11/2009
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Variability in child language
01/04/2007 → …
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Using a semantic annotation tool for research on metaphor in discourse
01/12/2005 → …
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Facilities

Micro-UAVs

S800 hexacopter, AR Drone, five Pioneer 3DX ground-based mobile robots in its Intelligent Systems Lab.

Development Tools

Xilinx, Beagle, Raspberry PI and other development boards, Google Glass and smartphones

Servers

2 HPC blade servers with 8 nodes for Big Data research (operated by ISS and DSI)

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