I am a Professor in the School of Computer Science & Informatics at Cardiff University, where I am the Director of Research and a Deputy Head of School. I am a member of the Data & Knowledge Engineering group and the leader of the Text & Data Mining theme.
The main focus of my academic career has been to establish excellence in research related to text mining, which is the key to gaining knowledge for significant interventions and decision making in the context of big data. This makes it indispensible to other disciplines and has led to deep interdisciplinary collaboration which has been highly successful, leading to impact beyond computer science and informatics as well as developments in my home discipline. In particular, I have made contributions in areas of text classification, information extraction, term recognition and sentiment analysis.
I was awarded a PhD in 2004 for my work on the use of machine learning for terminological processing in biomedical literature. Prior to this post, I worked in the Manchester Institute of Biotechnology, an interfaculty initiative specifically designed to foster a scientific culture in which there are no barriers between the disciplines, thus ensuring that the widest possible range of expertise and techniques can be brought to bear on important bioscience problems. I joined Cardiff University in 2010 as a Lecturer. I have since developed active collaboration with the School of Healthcare Sciences (TRAK, KneeTex), the School of Social Sciences (crime and security) and, most recently, the School of English, Communication & Philosophy (CorCenCC).