Prof. Sofia Ananiadou

Prof. Sofia Ananiadou

Chair in Computers Science, University of Manchester, Archimedes-Athena RC

Sophia Ananiadou is a Professor in Computer Science at The University of Manchester. Her main areas of research are Natural Language Processing and Biomedical Text Mining.  She is the Director of the UK National Centre for Text Mining, Deputy Director of the Institute of Data Science and AI (Manchester), Turing Fellow, ELLIS member, Distinguished research fellow at the AI research centre (AIST Japan) and Lead Researcher at the Archimedes Research Unit, Athena.  Her research interests evolved on how AI systems could acquire and exploit knowledge of language, particularly in specialised domains. She became involved in interdisciplinary research and played a leading role in bridging NLP to systems biology, bioinformatics, mental health but also humanities, FinTech and law. She deepened her research into automatic term recognition, the design and construction of large-scale linguistic resources (annotated text corpora, computational lexicons), information extraction, semantic search, emotion detection, text summarisation and simplification. Since 2002, she is co-instigator of a Special Interest Group within ACL (SIGBioMed)  dedicated to language processing in the biological, biomedical, and clinical domain bringing together researchers in NLP, bioinformatics, and medical informatics.