Professor Shalom Lappin
Emeritus Professor of Computational Linguistics
- Computer science
Shalom Lappin is Professor of Computational Linguistics. He received his BA in Philosophy at York University, Toronto Canada (1970), and his MA (1973) and PhD (1976) in Philosophy at Brandeis University. He taught philosophy at Ben Gurion University of the Negev (1974-1980), Linguistics at the University of Ottawa (1980-84), where he was Chair of the Linguistics Department (1981-84), and linguistics at the University of Haifa (1984-88) and Tel Aviv University (1988-89).
Shalom was a Research Staff Member in the Natural Language Group of the Computer Science Department at IBM T.J. Watson Research Center (1989-93). He then took up a position in the Linguistics Department at SOAS, University of London (1993-99).
Shalom came to the Philosophy Department at King's in 1999, and then moved to the Computer Science Department, where he was head of the Natural Language Processing Group (2000-05). In September 2005, he returned to the Philosophy Department and in 2010 was elected a Fellow of the British Academy (FBA).
Shalom was Director of the Centre for Linguistic Theory and Studies in Probability (CLASP) at the University of Gothenburg from September 2015 until January 2023, and is now currently a Chief Scientist at CLASP. He is also a Professor of Natural Language Processing (part-time position) in the School of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science at Queen Mary University of London. He has been a Fellow of the British Academy since 2010.
- Application of machine learning to issues in natural language processing
- Computational linguistics
- Formal and computational semantics
- Cognitive modelling of linguistic knowledge