Dr Paul Piwek

Senior Lecturer

My aim is to help people process, understand, reason with, argue about and make better decisions with information, by developing flexible ways to communicate and interact with information.

My research is in the area of Artificial Intelligence and Natural Language Processing, in particular, Natural Language Generation (NLG) and Dialogue Modelling. I investigate the role of inference, reasoning and argumentation in communication, and lead research projects on dialogue and question generation.

Currently I lead the collaborative EPSRC Opening Up Minds project. Previously, I was principal investigator of the EPSRC CODA project and co-investigator of the NESTA DataMix project.

Keywords

Natural Generation Generation, Dialogue Modelling, Argumentation,


Publications

Amidei, Jacopo , Piwek, Paul and Willis, Alistair(2020). Identifying Annotator Bias: A new IRT-based method for bias identification. In: Proceedings of The 28th International Conference on Computational Linguistics (COLING), 8-13 Dec 2020, Barcelona, Spain, pp. 4787–4797.

Savage, Simon and Piwek, Paul(2019). Full report on challenges with learning to program and problem solve: an analysis of first year undergraduate Open University distance learning students' online discussions. The Open University, Milton Keynes.

Piwek, Paul and Savage, Simon(2020). Challenges with Learning to Program and Problem Solve: An Analysis of Student Online Discussions. In: SIGCSE '20: Proceedings of the 51st ACM Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education, ACM, New York, pp. 494–499.

Amidei, Jacopo , Piwek, Paul and Willis, Alistair(2019). Agreement is overrated: A plea for correlation to assess human evaluation reliability. In: Proceedings of the 12th International Conference on Natural Language Generation, 29 Oct - 1 Nov 2019, Tokyo, Japan.

Amidei, Jacopo , Piwek, Paul and Willis, Alistair(2019). The use of rating and Likert scales in Natural Language Generation human evaluation tasks: A review and some recommendations. In: Proceedings of the 12th International Conference on Natural Language Generation, 29 Oct - 1 Nov 2019, Tokyo, Japan.

Piwek, Paul, Wermelinger, Michel, Laney, Robin and Walker, Richard (2019). Learning to program: from problems to code. In: Third Conference in Computing Education Practice (CEP), 9 Jan 2019, Durham, UK, Association for Computing Machinery (ACM).

Amidei, Jacopo , Piwek, Paul and Willis, Alistair(2018). Evaluation methodologies in Automatic Question Generation 2013-2018. In: Proceedings of The 11th International Natural Language Generation Conference, 5-8 Nov 2018, Tilburg, The Netherlands, pp. 307–317.

Amidei, Jacopo , Piwek, Paul and Willis, Alistair(2018). Rethinking the Agreement in Human Evaluation Tasks. In: Proceedings of the 27th International Conference on Computational Linguistics, 20-26 Aug 2018, Santa Fe, New Mexico, pp. 3318–3329.

Doust, Richard and Piwek, Paul(2017). A model of suspense for narrative generation. In: Proceedings of the 10th International Conference on Natural Language Generation (Alonso, Jose M.; Bugarín, Alberto and Reiter, Ehud eds.), Association for Computational Linguistics, pp. 178–187.

Plüss, Brian and Piwek, Paul(2016). Measuring Non-cooperation in Dialogue. In: Proceedings of the 26th International Conference on Computational Linguistics (COLING 2016), 11-16 Dec 2016, Osaka, Japan, pp. 1925–1936.

Projects

Opening Up Minds

Themes

Artificial Intelligence and Data Analysis

Topics

Citizen Empowerment, Politics and Government

Learning and Education

Groups

Natural Language Processing (NLP)

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