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Beatrice Symington

Research Fellow, Chancellor's Fellow

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Willingness to take PhD students: Yes


Beatrice Alex graduated in Languages, Translation and Interpreting (French and Russian) from Heriot-Watt University and received post-graduate training in Compuational Linguistics and Speech and Language Processing at the University of Edinburgh.  She obtained her MSc in Speech and Language Processing and her Euromasters in Speech Processing in 2002 and her PhD in Computational Linguistics with a thesis on "Automatically detecting anglicisms in French and German text" in 2008.  She has been based at the School of Informatics at the University of Edinburgh as a Research Fellow for a number of years working on text mining for different applications in literature, history, biomedicine and healthcare.  Since 2018, she has been Chancellor's Fellow at the Edinburgh Futures Institute and the School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures as well as Turing Fellow at The Alan Turing Institute and the School of Informatics.

Her research focuses on text mining and natural language processing to extract information from raw text. She was part of the Palimpsest project on Mining Literary Edinburgh and is one of the core developers of the Edinburgh Geoparser. Since 2018, she is leading the Edinburgh Language Technology Group (LTG), a research and development group working in the area of natural language engineering which now functions cross-college at the University of Edinburgh.  Dr. Alex is also co-convener of the Data Science and Digital Humanities special interest group at The Alan Turing Institute.  She is PI and Co-I on a number of awards for text mining research.

Research activities & awards

  1. Digital Humanities 2019

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

  2. Using Curatorial Voice

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in workshop, seminar, course

  3. Plague DOT text: Text mining and annotation of plague outbreak reports

    Activity: Academic talk or presentation typesInvited talk

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Latest prizes

  1. Turing Fellowship

    Prize: Fellowships awarded competitively

  2. Turing Fellowship

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