Alex Lascarides is Professor of Semantics in the School of Informatics at the University of Edinburgh. She received her PhD in Cognitive Science from the University of Edinburgh and after several postdoc positions at Edinburgh, Cambridge and Stanford, she took up a lectureship in the School of Informatics at Edinburgh.
Professor Lascarides' main research interests focus on modelling human communication, particularly on how the meaning of an utterance interacts with the interpreter's expectations that the speaker will organise discourse so as to highlight meaningful relationships among successive contributions. She has spent the last 20 years developing formally precise models of discourse meaning, commonsense reasoning and agent behaviour so as to model this interaction. She also more recently has focussed on developing a computational model of non-verbal communication, particularly spontaneous and improvised hand gestures that occur in face to face conversation.
Professor Lascarides has co-authored two books and many journal and conference papers, has been PI on several grants funded by the UK research councils, Scottish Enterprise, the EU and ERC, was Chair of the European Association for Computational Linguistics from 2007-2009, and has given many invited talks at conferences and seminars in Europe and the States.
This article was published on Feb 11, 2013