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Mrs. Elaine Farrow

Senior Research Programmer

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Phone: +44 (0) 131 650 5899

Research Interests

Language and communication, educational technology, behaviour change, digital personhood, health informatics, natural language interaction to support learning.

Natural language processing and machine learning applied to educational technology. Modelling student engagement in online courses through automated analysis of discussion forum messages.


2018 M.Sc. by Research (Distinction), Data Science, University of Edinburgh

2012 P.G. Cert, Academic Practice, Heriot-Watt University

1997 M.Sc. (Distinction), Computer Science, University of Edinburgh

1996 B.Sc. Hons (1st class), Theoretical Physics - Logic & Philosophy of Science, University of St Andrews


I work in the Institute for Language, Cognition and Computation within the School of Informatics at the University of Edinburgh. My research focus is on using technology to investigate, understand and facilitate human communication. My work uses natural language interaction to support learning (tutorial dialogue systems), to improve wellbeing (health informatics and digital personhood), and to influence behaviour change (domestic energy feedback). Earlier in my career I spent time in industry developing and implementing novel classification algorithms for customer data analytics. I also have extensive experience in public engagement.

Research outputs

  1. "Why is the Doctor a Man?" Reactions of Older Adults to a Virtual Training Doctor

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

  2. Analysing discussion forum data: a replication study avoiding data contamination

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

  3. Text mining student discussion forum data: common pitfalls and how to avoid them

    Research output: Contribution to conferenceAbstract

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