I am Professor Emeritus of Language Technology in the University of Edinburgh’s School of Informatics. From September 2017, I am also a Turing Fellow at the Alan Turing Institute.


My research career spans a range of topics, including theoretical linguistics; computational phonology, syntax and semantics; spoken dialogue with mobile robots; text mining in domains such as medical biology and digital history; the use, interpretation and social embedding of different forms of data in the context of Living Labs and the Internet of Things.

Current Initiatives

Edinburgh Living Lab

I am a Co-Founder and Co-Director of Edinburgh Living Lab, an organisation that focuses on data and design thinking to stimulate innovation, developed in collaboration with the City of Edinburgh Council and a range of public, third and private sector partners.

University IoT Service

I am the Programme Sponsor for the University’s Internet of Things Initiative. We are building the facilities and supporting services that will enable research and teaching at the University to safely and responsibly explore the rapidly expanding world of connected devices.


I am a Founder and the Chair of the Board of Trustees of Prewired, a Scottish Charity that provides an unstructured but supportive environment for under 19s to explore and learn about computer programming and related topics.

Open Knowledge Scotland

I am Ambassador for the Scotland Local Group of Open Knowledge International, supporting open knowledge initiatives in key sectors such as local government, education, health, energy and cultural heritage.