The SWAT project is headed by Professor Alan Rector, Professor Donia Scott, Dr Richard Power, and Dr Robert Stevens. Find out more about these team members by reading the following short biographies or by visiting their personal pages on the Open University & Manchester University websites.
SWAT - Tu Anh Nguyen
Mrs Tu Anh Nguyen - PhD Student
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SWAT - Professor Alan Rector
Professor Alan Rector, Co-Investigator
Alan Rector is Professor of Medical Informatics in the School of Computer Science at University of Manchester. He currently leads the JISC/EPSRC jointly funded CO-ODE/HyOntUse projects on ontology development tools and the University team in a major collaboration with Siemens Health and CIS-Informatics of Glasgow. His research interests are in knowledge representation and management, user interface design, and practical support of patient care. He has led the MRC funded Clinical E-Science Framework (CLEF) program, the MRC/DoH funded PEN&PAD programme on user centred design of intelligent clinical interfaces, the EC funded GALEN programme a large reference ontology for clinical medicine. He is a member of the W3C Semantic Web Best Practices Working Group and on HL7, CEN and ISO working groups on healthcare terminology. In 2003 he was awarded the first BCS Award for Lifetime Achievement in Health Informatics. Visit personal page
SWAT - Professor Donia Scott
Professor Donia Scott, Co-Investigator
Donia Scott is Professor of Computational Linguistics in the School of Informatics at the University of Sussex. A major thread of her research focuses on the issue of intuitive methods for presenting complex information to non-computer specialists. She has led a number of projects in this area, including the EPSRC-funded DRAFTER, ICONOCLAST, GNOME and RAGS projects, the EU-funded GIST, AGILE, PILLS and Semantic Mining projects and the MRC-funded CLEF and CLEF-Services projects. Professor Scott is currently Co-PI on a Wellcome project on Ergonomics of Electronic Patient Records. With Richard Power, she has contributed to the development of the Conceptual Authoring technique that will underpin much of the work of the SWAT project. Professor Scott sits on many professional bodies in her field and has for six years served as a member of the executive committee of the Association for Computational Linguistics (ACL) and as Chair of the European Chapter of ACL. Visit personal page
SWAT - Dr Richard Power
Dr Richard Power, Principal Investigator
Dr Richard Power is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Computing at the Open University. After studying psychology at Sheffield University, he joined the Department of Machine Intelligence at Edinburgh University (1970-74), where he did his PhD work on dialogue generation under the supervision of Professor Christopher Longuet-Higgins. From 1975-78 he continued this collaboration as a post-doctoral research fellow in the Experimental Psychology Laboratory at Sussex University, where among other projects he developed a program for learning numeral systems. He then moved to Italy, where for some years he taught English at Padua University and developed expert systems for a Milan-based company called Artificial Intelligence Software. In 1993 he returned to Britain to work on Natural Language Generation (NLG) at the Information Technology Research Institute (ITRI) at the University of Brighton, before moving in 2005 (along with some ITRI colleagues) to the Department of Computing at the Open University. During these years he has worked in particular on thse use of NLG for knowledge authoring (the WYSIWYM systems) and on applying constraint-solving methods in text planning. Visit personal page
SWAT - Dr Robert Stevens,
Dr Robert Stevens, Principal Investigator
Robert is a senior lecturer in Bioinformatics at the University of Manchester. He has a B.Sc. in biochemistry; an M.Sc. in biological Computation; and a D.Phil. in Computer Science. His main areas of research interest in relation to SWAT are the development and use of ontologies to describe biology so as to make knowledge about molecular biology computationally useful. He is am particularly interested in the communal building of ontologies -- enabling domain experts to use the power of formal, expressive languages, such as the Web Ontology Language (OWL). Also relevant to SWAT is his interest in accessibility of information on computers. Visit personal page
SWAT - Allan Third
Dr Allan Third - Research Fellow
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SWAT - Sandra Williams
Dr Sandra Williams - Research Fellow
Sandra Williams has been Researcher in Natural Language Generation in the Computing Department at The Open University since 2006. Most recently she was PI of an ESRC project that investigated the planning and generation of English numerical expressions from numerical information. She also contributed to medical informatics projects on the presentation of information to patients. Williams' research career began in the 1980s at British Telecom Research Labs where, amongst other projects, she developed the first web-based Text Summariser. She completed her Ph.D. in 2004 at Aberdeen University where she spent a further two years as a Post Doctoral Research Fellow building a feedback tool for adult basic skills assessment. Visit personal page
SWAT - Fennie Liang
Dr Fennie Liang - Research Associate
Fennie Liang did her PhD between 2003 and 2006 in search engine results summarisation. She was involved in a Defence Project:SEMIOTIKS in the University of Southampton between 2006 and 2009, where her research focused on applying semantic web technologies to help humanitarian demining group on prioritising demining areas. She joined the Bio Health Informatics Group in the School of Computer Science, the University of Manchester and work for the EPSRC project-SWAT since September 2009. She has possessed several research knowledge areas of Computer Science such as Automatic Summarisation, Natural Language Processing, Information Retrieval, Text mining, Semantic Web and Ontologies. Visit personal page

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