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Dr Scott Piao

Lecturer in Computer Science, International Lecturer in Computer Science

Scott Piao




Research overview

My research interests span Natural Language Processing, Text Mining, Social Computing and Data Science. I am particularly interested in developing tools and systems for automatically analysing information hidden in langauge data and applying such techniques in various information systems. Over the past years, I have worked on seven major projects funded by EPSRC, ESRC, AHRC and EU, and served on program committees of forty-five international conferences and workshops covering the areas of Natural Language Processing, Social Computing, Big Data and Corpus Linguistics.

PhD supervision

If you are interested in doing PhD research in any of the following areas, you are welcome to contact me: a) Natural Language Processing (NLP) and Text Mining, particularly from multilingual aspects; b) Application of NLP to Social Computing and Social Sensing; c) Application of NLP to Digital Health; d) Application of NLP to information systems.


Currently I am a Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in Computer Science of the School of computing and Communications of Lancaster University. I have academic degrees of PhD (Lancaster University) and PGCAP (Postgraduate Certificate Academic Practice). I have been engaged in research in the areas of Natural Language Processing, Text Mining, Social Computing and related system development. Since my completion of PhD degree, I have mostly worked in Lancaster University, but I also worked in The Department of Computer Science (Natural Language Processing Group) of Sheffield University (2000~2002) and The School of Computer Science (The National Centre for Text Mining) of Manchester University (2006~2009) as a Research Associate.

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Current Teaching

1) From 2018 - present: CNSCC110: Software Development (Part 1)

2) From 2018 - 2021: CNSCC130: Information Systems (Part 1)

3) From 2019 - present: CNSCC311: Distributed Systems

My Role

2019-present: Director of BJTU Scheme, School of Computing and Communications, Lancaster University.

2019-present: Director of Computer Science Programme, Lancaster University College at Beijing Jiaotong University.

External Roles

  • Member of The Association for Computational Linguistics (ACL) (http://www.aclweb.org).
  • Consultant on semantic tagger development (January 2018 ~ December 2020) in the Project "Financial Text Analytics in Spanish: Tools and Language Resources", led by The Computational Linguistics Laboratory ('Laboratorio de Lingüística Informática', LLI) of the Autonomous University of Madrid, Spain (www.lllf.uam.es).
  • From February 2007 to April 2009, member of OASIS (Organization for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards) UIMA (Unstructured Information Management Architecture) TC.

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