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Dr Alistair Baron


Alistair Baron




Tel: +44 1524 510037

Research overview

My primary research areas are Natural Language Processing (NLP) and Cyber Security, with a particular focus on developing solutions to the problems associated with the vast amounts of textual data in online settings; for example, deception and multiple personae detection techniques to assist in countering the use of fake profiles for nefarious purposes. The noisy characteristics of online texts, e.g. the abundance of irregular language and its multi-lingual nature, pose significant barriers to many NLP methods. A primary aim of my research is to build robust NLP tools which are able to cope with, and take advantage of, these features. Relatedly, I am interested in developing machine learning techniques and other technologies which assist users in making informed decisions, such as for forensic investigations, or for crisis management.

PhD supervision

Natural Language Processing, Authorship analysis, Spelling Variation

Career Details

Academic Qualifications:

Ph.D. Computer Science (Lancaster University, UK)

B.Sc. (Hons) Computer Science (Lancaster University, UK)


Faculty Research Fellow, Lancaster University, 2012 - present

Research Assistant, Lancaster University, 2009 - 2012

Professional Role

Programme Committee for Corpus Linguistics conference series

Organiser of Corpus Analysis with Noise in the Signal workshop series


Dr. Alistair Baron is currently a Faculty of Science and Technology Research fellow under the Security Lancaster research centre. He has previously held several research posts on a variety of projects in the areas of natural language processing (dealing with noisy unstructured text, content analysis, text classification and machine learning) and security (online child protection and the language of extremism). During my current research fellowship I will be conducting research involving using NLP techniques in a cyber-security setting, bringing cutting-edge NLP research into real-word security applications. I will be primarily focused on developing solutions for problems associated with online communities (bulletin boards, forums), social networks (Facebook, Twitter) and instant messaging services (Skype, MSN).

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