Curriculum Vitae

Adam Kilgarriff

Academic qualifications

1988-92 University of Sussex: DPhil in Computational Linguistics: Polysemy.

1987-88 University of Sussex: MSc in Intelligent Knowledge-Based Systems.

1984-88 South West London College: Diploma in Counselling Skills.

1979-82 Cambridge University: BA (1st class) in Philosophy and Engineering.

Employment and Directorships

2003-present Director, Lexical Computing Ltd

  • Corpus software and services, consultancy

2002-2011 Director, Lexicography MasterClass Ltd

  • Consultancy and training in lexicography, dictionary production

1995-2004 Information Technology Research Institute, University of Brighton

  • Research Fellow/Senior Research Fellow/Senior Lecturer.

1992-95 Computational linguist, Longman Dictionaries.

  • developing lexical databases, advising on Language Engineering

1983-87 Housing Officer, London and Quadrant Housing Trust.

Visiting Research Fellowships

2005-2008 Department of Informatics, University of Sussex

2006-present School of Modern Languages and Cultures, University of Leeds


Oxford University Press 1998-present

Advisor on language technology; projects include lexical database development, standardisation and integration, and the Oxford English Corpus.

Bloomsbury, Macmillan, A & C Black publishers 1998-present

Advice on corpus use in dictionary production, for Macmillan English Dictionary for Advanced Learners (Rundell, 2002, 2007).

Longman 1995-98

Advice on computational linguistics and corpus processing

Reed Business International, Meaningful Machines Inc., Random House Publishing, Cambridge University Press, Longman Dictionaries, National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts (NESTA), Millward Brown Precis Ltd, Penguin Books, RM Publishing, Kings College London

Various short-term consultancies on corpus strategy, corpus processing techniques, lexicography, business information processing.


2006-present: Expert witness in intellectual property cases relating to product names and trademarks.


Keynotes, plenaries, invited lectures

  • ASIALEX (Asian Association for Lexicography), Bali, August 2013
  • TSD (Text Speech Dialogue) Conference, Brno, Czech Republic. September 2012.
  • Corpora in Suzhou: An International Conference, Suzhou, China. July 2012.
  • Internet Lexicography Workshop on Automatic extraction of lexicographical information, Bolzano, Italy. May 2012.
  • 'Languages go web' LETISS workshop, Pavia, Italy. April 2012.
  • 1st Language and Speech Technology Workshop, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. February 2012.
  • International Symposium on the Sociology of Words, Murcia, Spain. December 2011.
  • NTNU Language Teaching and Learnign Conference, Taipei. November 2011.
  • TALC (Teaching and Language Corpora), Brno, July 2010
  • 'Communication in Slovene’ Conference, Ljubljana, Slovenia, February 2010
  • Workshop on Building and Using Comparable Corpora, Language Resources and Evaluation Conference, Malta, May 2010
  • English Teachers’ Association, Taiwan. Taipei, November 2009
  • Global WordNet Conference, Szeged, Hungary, January 2008
  • 1st Int. Conf. on Corpus-Based Approaches to English Language Teaching, Castello, Spain, November 2007
  • Workshop on Web-based Corpora and Lexicology, Regensburg, Germany, September 2006
  • 7th PROPOR Workshop on Computational Processing of the Portuguese Language. Rio de Janeiro, May 2006
  • ATALA workshop: Le Web comme ressource pour le TAL. Paris, March 2006
  • Lexicographic Theory and Practice, University of Athens, Greece, November 2005
  • CLUK (Computational Linguistics UK) Colloquium, Manchester University, January 2005
  • Web as Corpus Workshop, Bologna University, January 2005
  • Taiwan Summer Institute of Linguistics and Workshop on Frontiers in Linguistics, July 2004
  • IWCS (International workshop in Computational Semantics) 5, Tilburg University, The Netherlands, January 2003
  • CICLing-3 (Third International Conference on Intelligent Text Processing and Computational Linguistics), Mexico City, February 2003
  • ASIALEX (Asian Association for Lexicography), Tokyo, August 2003
  • IEEE NLP-KE (Conference of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers, Natural Language Processing and Knowledge Engineering), Beijing, October 2003
  • NSCOPE workshop, Edinburgh University, February 1999
  • COMPLEX(Conference on Computational Lexicography), Budapest, 1996

I have also been an invited speaker addressing research seminars and similar at Google, Microsoft, FrameNet (Berkeley, USA), the Universities of Stockholm, Düsseldorf, Munich, Geneva, Gothenburg, Uppsala, Saarbrücken, Stuttgart, Dublin, Columbia (NY), Tampere (Finland), Helsinki, Complutense (Madrid), Essex, Edinburgh, Oxford, Cambridge, Birmingham, Sheffield, Lancaster, Leeds, Surrey, Kings (London), Goldsmith, Cardiff, Wolverhampton, Aston, Brighton and Sussex, British Library, Institute for Dutch Lexicology, Institut fur Deutsche Sprache, Institute of Bulgarian, Institute for the Estonian Language, Institut Marie Haps (Brussels), Queen Mary (London), Wellington (New Zealand). I have spent periods as Visiting Research Fellow at Xerox Research Centre Europe (June 1998) and Macquarie University, Sydney (October 1999).

Research Grants

Seven successful grant applications, in competitive calls against national and Europe-wide competition:

  • PRESEMT (Pattern Recognition Based Statistically Enhanced Machine Translation) EU FP7 grant ICT 248307, Jan 2010 – Dec 2012.
  • KELLY EU Lifelong Learning Programme grant 505630, Oct 2009-Dec 2011.
  • WASPS UK EPSRC grant GR/M54971 for £287,207. June 1999-Jul 2002: A semi-automatic lexicographer's workbench for writing word sense profiles.
  • MATS (Manual tagging for SENSEVAL) UK EPSRC grant GR/R02337 for £15,341. Aug 2000-Jul 2002. To prepare evaluation data for SENSEVAL-2.
  • EPSRC GR/M03481 UK EPSRC grant for £10,255, May 1998-Jan 1999: “A manually sense-tagged gold standard corpus for evaluating word sense disambiguation programs”. The project was successfully completed. NB: owing to EPSRC rules these three grants are in Roger Evans's name.
  • CONCEDE (with Roger Evans) EU Inco-Copernicus grant PL96-1142. With seven non-UK partners: developing standardised lexical resources for NLP use for six Central and Eastern European languages. ITRI budget: 50,755 Euro. Jan 1998 - Oct 2000.
  • GREG (with Roger Evans) INTAS-Georgia grant with four partners to develop a multilingual valency lexicon for Georgian, Russian, English and German. ITRI budget: 5000 Euro. Mar 1999 - May 2001.


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2010 and later see


Summer Schools, Short courses, Tutorials

  • Lexicom 5-day course in Lexicography and Lexical Computing. With Sue Atkins and Michael Rundell. Each year since 2001. Brighton, Copenhagen, Brno, Opatija (Croatia), Hong Kong, Barcelona, Ljubljana, Mexico City, St Petersburg, Auckland (New Zealand), Galtür (Austria)
  • Short courses at University of Barcelona (2009), Complutense, M\adrid (201, 2011), Athens (2007), Castello (Spain), 2005, Pompeu Fabra (Barcelona), 2005, Tuebingen University, Tuebingen, 2005; Beijing Univ, Beijing, 2004; Lancaster, UK, 2004; Senshu Univ, Tokyo, 2003; Rosendal, Norway, 2002; Kings College London, 2001.
  • Tutorials at TALC, Paris, 2006; ASIALEX, Singapore, 2005; EURALEX, Copenhagen 2002; ICON, Mumbai, 2002, EACL, Norway, 1999; ACL, Maryland US, 1999.

PhD supervision and examining: Three students supervised to successful completion.  Approved University of Brighton research supervisor.  PhDs examined at Universities of Brighton, Durham, Staffordshire, ‘official opponent’ in Gothenburg.

2000-2003: MSc in Lexical Computing and Lexicography, University of Brighton. Course development team leader, Course Leader.

2002-2003: Consolidation of teaching skills through Postgraduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in HE.

1990-2001: Lecturing on various courses at Universities of Brighton, Sussex and Warwick.

Societies, Editorial Boards

  • President 2006-2008, Association for Computational Linguistics SIG on Web as Corpus
  • Editorial board member 2006-present International Journal of Corpus Linguistics
  • Editorial board member 2004-present Corpus Linguistics and Linguistic Theory
  • Editorial board member 2004-2011 Language Resources and Evaluation Journal
  • Board member 2002-2006, EURALEX (European Association for Lexicography)
  • Editorial board member 2001-2004 Computers and the Humanities
  • President 2000-2004, Association for Computational Linguistics SIG on the Lexicon
  • Board member, DTI Speech and Language Technology (SALT) club, 1992-94.

Events organised

  • Web as Corpus workshop series (with Marco Baroni, Sebastian Hoffman.) WAC1 held in conjuncton with Corpus Linguistics 2005, Birmingham, UK, July 2005; WAC2 in conjunction with EACL, Trento, April 2006; WAC3 at Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium, September 2007, Marrakech, 2008; San Sebastian, 2009; Los Angeles, 2010; Lyon, France, 2012.
  • CLEANEVAL A shared exercise in 'cleaning' arbitrary web pages for use in language research. With Marco Baroni and Serge Sharoff. Workshop: Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium, December 2007.
  • Dictionary Writing Systems workshop series. DWS-1 and 2 in Brighton, December 2002, December 2003; DWS-3 in Brno, Czech Republic, September 2004; DWS-4 in Turin, September 2006.
  • SENSEVAL: Evaluation exercises for Word Sense Disambiguation(1998, 2001, 2004, 2007). Inaugurated the series, co-ordinated the first, co-chaired the second (with Philip Edmonds.)
  • ACL workshop on Comparing Corpora, co-chaired with Tony Berber Sardinha. Held in conjunction with 38th Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics. Hong Kong, 2000.
  • 3rd Annual CLUK (Computational Linguistics in the UK) Doctoral Research Colloquium (with Darren Pearce and Carole Tiberius). Universities of Brighton and Sussex, April 2000.
  • SALT (Speech and Language Technology) Workshop on The Unified Lexicon, Durham University, 1993.

Other Research Related Activity

Reviewing for all major journals, conferences and workshops in the areas of computational and corpus linguistics and lexicography; reviewing of EU projects BILEDITA and SIMPLE. Reviewing of project proposals for the UK, US and European Government organizations.

Personal details

Office: 71 Freshfield Road, Brighton BN2 0BL, UK
Tel: +44 (0)1273 705773
DoB: 12 Feb 1960
Nationality: UK

Last edited: 4 March 2012