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Professor Udo Kruschwitz

Position in departmentDirector of Impact
Staff positionProfessor
Telephone01206 872669
Academic support hoursMondays 11am-1pm

My first degree is in Computer Science. I graduated from Humboldt University in Berlin (with a year at the University of Edinburgh studying Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Linguistics). After graduation I worked as a Research Officer in a major AI project in Germany (Verbmobil) and then moved to the University of Essex to start as a Senior Research Officer. From the start there has always been a strong focus on externally funded, industry-driven projects involving a variety of partners ranging from large multi-national companies such as BT, startups like Signal Media or charities such as Minority Rights Group International. The diversity of income streams is a key feature of my research agenda.

Throughout my years at Essex I have played major roles at University and departmental level, e.g. as Director of Marketing and Recruitment and currently Director of Impact. I also helped merging the two departments of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering.  The University Recruitment Working Group, the Widening Participation Advisory Group and the University Disciplinary and Membership Committee are other examples of active involvement in shaping the University. I am currently part of the School's Senior Management Team. 

I am associated with both the School's Human Language Science and Technology Group and the inter-departmental Language and Computation Group, as well as the Human Rights Centre.

Current research

I am currently actively involved in funded projects worth more than £20m (and an Essex share of more than £10m). Here is a selection of current externally funded grants in which I play a leading role:

  • EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Intelligent Games and Game Intelligence (2014-2022), Role: Essex Lead & Training Coordinator. Details: see Research Council UK Gateway  (note that our 60 industry partners provide an additional £5m of funding in addition to the £5.5m allocated by EPSRC).
  • ESRC Human Rights and Big Data Technology (2015-2020), Role: Researcher (comparable to Co-Investivator) with supervision responsibility for one PostDoc and one PhD student, Details: see Research Council UK Gateway
  • InnovateUK Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) project with Signal Media (2017-2019), Role: Principal Investigator, Details: see InnovateUK This new project builds on our successful collaboration for which we won numerous awards including the 'Best of the Best 2015' KTP award.

Current PhD students:

  • Steven Zimmerman working on A User-Centric Approach to Controversial, Offensive and Risky Information
  • Chris Madge working on Turning Natural Language Processing problems into easy games using crowdsourcing solutions via gamification (just back from an internship with Bloomberg where he developed a gamification approach to obtain macro-economic indicators in African countries)
  • Dino Ratcliffe working on Teaching AI agents transferable skills for game playing (currently on an internship with Microsoft Research)
  • Ans Alghamdi working on Active Expert Sourcing: Knowledge Extraction from Domain-specific Information

Selection of other roles:

Research interests

My research interests are best described at a high level as information science and information behaviour, more specifically my research focuses on:

  • Natural language processing (NLP)
  • Information retrieval (IR)
  • Industry-strength applications of NLP and IR

Teaching responsibilities

Spring 2018:


 Some selected journal publications and book chapters: 

For a more comprehensive list of publications, please consult my Google Scholar profile.

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