Jon Oberlander

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Co-Director of Design Informatics and Professor of Epistemics
School of Informatics

Jon Oberlander is Co-Director of Design Informatics, and holds a Chair in Epistemics in the School of Informatics at the University of Edinburgh. He has a BA in Philosophy from Cambridge, UK (1983), and a PhD in Cognitive Science from the University of Edinburgh (1987), and has been an EPSRC Advanced Fellow at the ESRC Human Communication Research Centre.
He was founder-Director of the Scottish Informatics and Computer Science Alliance, a £29M initiative bringing together leading researchers in 10 institutions across Scotland. He is now Director of Knowledge Exchange for SICSA, and leads on an initiative in Smart Tourism. He is also Director of Inspace, a 300m2 instrumented living lab, designed to help explore the cultural significance of informatics and new media practice.
His research lies at the intersection of computational linguistics and cognitive science, and aims at getting computers to talk (and write) like individual people. He has a long-standing interest in personalization via natural language generation, particularly in the field of cultural heritage. This has led to work on context-sensitive interpretation and navigation in both virtual and physical museums, and most recently to projects focusing on human-robot interaction.

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