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Yorick Wilks

Professor of Artificial Intelligence
Department of Computer Science
University of Sheffield
Regent Court
211 Portobello
Sheffield, South Yorkshire
S1 4DP, UK

Tel: +44 (0114) 222 1901 (Lucy Moffatt)
Fax: +44 (0114) 222 1810


My current research interests include:

  • Social Companions
  • Computational pragmatics, including the Companions paradigm of an embodied, persistent conversational personality, the ViewGen belief manipulation system and a range of dialogue system building projects using machine learning methods: Amities, Comic and Fasil. My most recent books have been Machine Conversations (Kluwer, 1999) and Artificial Believers (Erlbaum, 1991, with Afzal Ballim).
  • Computational Lexicon research, including the notion of lexical tuning, and novel methods for accessing and distributing resources within an architecture like GATE. My most recent book was Electric Words (MIT Press, 1996, with Louise Guthrie and Brian Slator). Download a recent Journal of Semantics or Journal of Experimental and Theoretical AI article here.
  • Information extraction, in an evaluated framework so as to compare methods, such as pattern matching and full parsing. Download a recent paper on the relationship of representational/AI methods to antirepresentational/IR methods here.

Watch my interview of Professor Victor Yngve here

Watch my interview of Professor Martin Kay here

2005 book - Language, Cohesion and Form by Margaret Masterman

2007 books - Festscrift in two volumes: Words and Intelligence I, selected papers

Words and Intelligence II, Festchrift papers,

2009 Books Machine translation: Its scope and limits

Natural Language Processing as a Foundation of the Semantic Web with C.Brewster

2010 Books Close Engagements with Artificial Companions


I am in the Natural Language Processing Research Group in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Sheffield.

I am also a Senior Research Fellow at the Oxford Internet Institute (OII) and a Senior Research Scientist at the Florida Institute of Human and Machine Cognition (IHMC).

Current institutional interests include the International Committee on Computational Linguistics (ICCL), The UK Computing Research Committee, Computational Linguistics UK (CLUK) and Member of the HUMAINE network on computers and emotion.

Curriculum Vitae

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Research Interests