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Institute of Applied Data Science


Dr Julian Hough

Julian Hough

Lecturer & Turing Fellow

School of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science
Peter Landin, CS 414
CS 414


artificial systems, Artificial Intelligence, incremental processing, interactive responsiveness


My principal research interests are in the study of spoken (and non-verbal) dialogue and in dialogue systems (generally considered a subfield of Computational Linguistics/Natural Language Processing). I am concerned in general with following questions:

  • How do people repair their own speech in dialogue when encountering trouble? (disfluency)
  • How do people combine speech and physical action when communicating in task-orientated settings?
  • What are the best models for putting this information into machines (robots and avatars) to make interaction more natural?

For more details and all publications please see my personal homepage.


Publications of specific relevance to Applied Data Science


Kempson R, Gregoromichelaki E, Eshghi A and Hough J (2018). Ellipsis in Dynamic Syntax. The Oxford Handbook of Ellipsis  10.1093/oxfordhb/9780198712398.013.9
PURVER MRJ, HOUGH J and HOWES C (2018). Computational Models of Miscommunication Phenomena. Wiley  Topics in Cognitive Science  10.1111/tops.12324


HOUGH J and PURVER MRJ (2017). Probabilistic Record Type Lattices for Incremental Reference Processing. Modern Perspectives in Type-Theoretical Semantics , Editors: Chatzikyriakidis S and Luo Z. Springer International Publishing  10.1007/978-3-319-50422-3_8


HEALEY PGT, HOWES C, HOUGH J and PURVER MRJ (2016). Better late than Now-or-Never: The case of interactive repair phenomena. Cambridge University Press (Cup): Stm Journals  Behavioral and Brain Sciences  vol. 39, e76-e76. 10.1017/S0140525X15000813


Purver M, Hough J and Gregoromichelaki E (2014). Dialogue and Compound Contributions. Natural Language Generation in Interactive Systems , Editors: Stent A and Bangalore S. Cambridge University Press  10.1017/CBO9780511844492.004


Howes C, Healey PG, Eshghi A and Hough J (2013). Well, that's one way: Interactivity in parsing and production. Cambridge Journals Online  Behav Brain Sci  vol. 36, (4) 359-359. 10.1017/S0140525X12002592
Eshghi A, Purver M, Hough J and Sato Y (2013). Probabilistic Grammar Induction in an Incremental Semantic Framework. Constraint Solving and Language Processing - 7th International Workshop, Cslp 2012, OrlĂ©Ans, France, September 2012. Revised Sel , Editors: Duchier D and Parmentier Y. Springer  10.1007/978-3-642-41578-4_6