A History of Chris to 1998
- I'm from Michigan in the US.
- I got my BSc in CS (with a minor in Math) along with an AB in
History (with a minor in Philosophy) in 1986 from the University
- I got my MSc in CS in 1988, from Michigan.
- I worked at Microsoft for a bit.
- I then got my PhD in 1994 with a thesis on a cognitive model
of Natural Language Parsing.
- I was in the AI group, supervised by Bill Rounds, Steve Lytinen,
John Laird and Bill Croft, and did some work with Steve Kaplan.
- I then went to the American University in Cairo and taught
for a couple of years.
- Then I met my chief collaborator (and Love of my life),
Dr Melanie Jones.
- She has a lot to do with my being here now, and I'd like to
- I came to Britain in 1997, and had a post doc at Sheffield
with Yorick Wilks.
- I worked on GATE there, and I extended my parser to resolve
Prepositional Phrase Attachment Ambiguity. (I saw the girl
with the telescope.)
- I came to the conclusion that the system really needed to
understand semantics to get PP attachment right.
- I knew about Cell Assemblies from Kaplan, and thought
I'd just use that to solve the problem. That's why I
work with neurons.