Udo Kruschwitz - Research Information

Research Interests

I am a member of the Language and Computation Group (LAC) here at Essex (most recent 15th LAC Day: 26th September 2016; earlier events:14th LAC Day 2015, 13th LAC Day 2014, 12th LAC Day 2013, 11th LAC Day 2012, 10th LAC Day 2011).

My research interests are in natural language processing (NLP), information retrieval (IR) and the implementation of such techniques in real applications. The intelligent directory enquiry assistant (YPA) project is an example (going back quite a few years now ...) where the extraction of information from partially structured data together with engineering issues played major roles in making the YPA a usable online system. 

I am developing techniques that allow the extraction of conceptual information from document collections and the utilization of such knowledge in retrieval tasks. The type of documents can range from Web pages to newspaper articles or other forms of vaguely/partially structured data. For an example application that we had in place with BT's mobile workforce have a look at our log analysis study.

We are also exploring how to implement and use such techniques in future intelligent home environments. This work is carried out as part of the research in the Digital Lifestyles Centre here at Essex.

Current Projects / Ongoing Collaboration

  • HRBDT A five-year ESRC Large Grant on Human Rights in the Era of Big Data started last year. The Language and Computation Group (Fox/Poesio/Kruschwitz) will play a significant role in this project which also builds on our links with the Minority Rights Group. Watch this space!NEW!

  • IGGI CDT A Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) on Intelligent Games and Game Intelligence (IGGI) offering 55 PhD student scholarships over 8 years is being funded by the EPSRC and supported our 60 industrial partners. The first 12 students were admitted for October 2014, and another 11 in October 2015 and 2016. Our fourth cohort will start in September this year. To find out more explore out students' profiles! The CDT involves the University of Essex, the University of York and Goldsmith College, University of London. If you want to know more, drop me an email!

  • HRBDT A three-year Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) project (2014-2017) involving the Minority Rights Group and Essex (Poesio/Kruschwitz) is aiming at new systems to support civilian-led monitoring of human-rights violations.
    NEW!The Iraq Ceasefire Portal has now been launched.

  • NEW!A highly successful Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) project (2013-2015) was the starting point for an ongoing collaboration with Signal Media. As the University Lead PI I am pleased that Miguel Martinez-Alvarez who joined us as KTP Associate is now Head of Research at Signal.
    Here is a timeline of some exciting news in our collaboration:

  • Creating anaphorically annotated resources through semantic wikis (AnaWiki) (EPSRC) This project has led to the development of Phrase Detectives, an annotation game aimed at the creation of semantically annotated corpora: Phrase Detectives

Recent Research/Development Projects

Current/Recent Involvements

Teaching (2016/17)

PhD Students (some co-supervised)


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Udo Kruschwitz
University of Essex
School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering
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