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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.

Professor Paula Buttery

Director of the Cambridge Institute for Automated Language Teaching and Assessment; Machine Learning for Natural Language Processing; Cognitive Models of Language; Low Resource Language. 

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Dr Nick Saville

Language proficiency scales and descriptors in the context of assessment;
learning-oriented assessment;
language and migration

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Professor Ted Briscoe

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

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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.