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Yorick Wilks

Emeritus Professor of Artificial Intelligence, Computer Science Dept., University of Sheffield


NEW: Gresham College Lectures

NEW: My latest book: Artificial Intelligence Modern Magic or Dangerous Future?

NEW: AI and Religion. I am the PI of a new research project funded by the Templeton Foundation and beginning in October 2020.

Research interests:

  • AI and Religion
  • Computational pragmatics, including the Companions paradigm of an embodied, persistent conversational personality
  • The ViewGen belief manipulation system.
  • Computational Lexicon research, including the notion of lexical tuning, and novel methods for accessing and distributing resources within an architecture like GATE.
  • Information extraction, in an evaluated framework so as to compare methods, such as pattern matching and full parsing.



1999 Machine Conversations (Kluwer, 1999)

1991 Artificial Believers (Erlbaum, 1991, with Afzal Ballim).

1996 Electric Words (MIT Press, 1996, with Louise Guthrie and Brian Slator).

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

2009 Natural Language Processing as a Foundation of the Semantic Web with C.Brewster

2010 Close Engagements with Artificial Companions

2019 Artificial Intelligence Modern Magic or Dangerous Future?

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 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.

I am a member of the Common Room at Kellogg College, Oxford and a member of the Epiphany Philosophers Society.

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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
Fax: +44 (0114) 222 1810

“Whether we are based on carbon or on silicon makes no fundamental difference; we should each be treated with appropriate respect.” – Arthur C. Clarke