Dr Beatrice Alex

Senior Lecturer and Chancellor's Fellow in Text Mining


Beatrice Alex graduated in Languages, Translation and Interpreting (French and Russian) from Heriot-Watt University and received post-graduate training in computational linguistics and speech and language processing at the University of Edinburgh.  She obtained her MSc in Speech and Language Processing and her Euromasters in Speech Processing in 2002 and her PhD on automatically detecting anglicisms in French and German text in 2008.  After that, she held a position as a Research Fellow at the School of Informatics at the University of Edinburgh for a number of years working on text mining for different applications in literature, history, biomedicine and healthcare.  Since 2018, she has been Chancellor's Fellow at the Edinburgh Futures Institute and the School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures as well as Turing Fellow at The Alan Turing Institute and the School of Informatics. She was promoted to Senior Lecturer in 2021.

Her research focuses on text mining and natural language processing to extract information from raw text. She was part of the Palimpsest project on Mining Literary Edinburgh and is one of the core developers of the Edinburgh Geoparser. Since 2018, she has been the head of the Edinburgh Language Technology Group (LTG), a research and development group working in the area of natural language engineering at the University of Edinburgh.  Dr Alex is PI or Co-I on a number of awards for text mining research.

Responsibilities & affiliations

Alex has been co-organiser of LaTeCH and LaTeCH-CLfL workshops and continues to server on its programme committee. She was co-convener of the Humanities and Data Science special interest group at The Alan Turing Institute. Alex serves as an editor on the Journal of Open Humanities Data.  Most recently, she co-chaired the HealTAC 2021 conference on healthcare text analytics. 


Postgraduate teaching

Course organiser:

- Text Mining for Social Research (fusion onsite and online)

Co teaching: 

- Digital Humanities for Literary Studies

Open to PhD supervision enquiries?


Research summary

Dr. Alex's research interests include text mining for written text and speech transcripts and her work is applied in different domains such as digital humanities and healthcare.

Research activities

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