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Cambridge Language Sciences

Interdisciplinary Research Centre

The Institute for Automated Language Teaching and Assessment

The Institute for Automated Language Teaching and Assessment (ALTA) is funded by Cambridge Assessment English to conduct research into improving linguistic proficiency of learners and into automated forms of assessment of language performance. The institute was founded in October 2013 and is administered by the Computer Laboratory. It also includes principal investigators from the Departments of Engineering and Theoretical and Applied Linguistics.

Read more at: Dr Marek Rei

Dr Marek Rei

Machine learning;
neural network models;
sequence labeling tasks;
automated assessment

Read more at: Dr Øistein E. Andersen

Dr Øistein E. Andersen

Error detection and correction in non-native English text

Read more at: Mariano Felice

Mariano Felice

Grammatical error detection and correction in non-native English text

Read more at: Dr Kate Knill

Dr Kate Knill

Speech recognition; speech synthesis; limited resource and language independent speech technology; language learning and assessment; assistive speech technology

Read more at: Dr Andrew Caines

Dr Andrew Caines

Second language learning; first language acquisition; speech; corpus linguistics; language evolution

Read more at: Dr Helen Yannakoudakis

Dr Helen Yannakoudakis

Automated assessment

Read more at: Professor Mark Gales

Professor Mark Gales

Large vocabulary continuous speech recognition; robust speaker recognition; speaker adaptation; machine learning; speaker identification and verification

Read more at: Professor Paula Buttery

Professor Paula Buttery

Co-Director of Cambridge Language Sciences; Lead Scientific Adviser for Cambridge University Press & Assessment; Director of the Cambridge Institute for Automated Language Teaching and Assessment; Machine Learning for Natural Language Processing; Cognitive Models of Language; Low Resource Language.

Read more at: Dr Nick Saville

Dr Nick Saville

Language test development and validation; Learning Oriented Assessment (LOA); Language Policy; Multilingualism and Plurilingualism; Ethics and AI in language education; Understanding Assessment - "assessment literacy"

Read more at: Professor Ted Briscoe

Professor Ted Briscoe

Computational linguistics;
speech and language processing;
textual information management;
evolutionary linguistics

What we do

Cambridge Language Sciences is an Interdisciplinary Research Centre at the University of Cambridge. Our virtual network connects researchers from five schools across the university as well as other world-leading research institutions. Our aim is to strengthen research collaborations and knowledge transfer across disciplines in order to address large-scale multi-disciplinary research challenges relating to language research.