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Stephen Pulman

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Professor Stephen Guy Pulman FBA

Professor of Computational Linguistics

Professorial Fellow, Somerville College


  • formal and computational semantics for natural language
  • automated reasoning and language
  • combining statistical and symbolic models of language



1978-84 Lecturer in Linguistics, School of English and American Studies, University of East Anglia
1984-97 Lecturer in Natural Language Processing, University of Cambridge Computer Laboratory.
1988-97 Director, SRI International Cambridge Computer Science Research Centre.
1997-00 Reader in Computational Linguistics, University of Cambridge Computer Laboratory.
1999-00 Deputy Head, University of Cambridge Computer Laboratory.
2000-06 Professor of General Linguistics, Humanities Division, Oxford University.
2006-     Professor of Computational Linguistics, Oxford University Computing Laboratory.
2007-8   Deputy Director, Oxford University Computing Laboratory.
2008-9   (Acting) Director, Oxford University Computing Laboratory.
2010-13 Deputy Head, Oxford University Department of Computer Science (formerly Computing Laboratory)
2014-16 Director of Graduate Studies, Department of Computer Science.

Stephen Pulman is a Professorial Fellow of Somerville College, Oxford, and a Fellow of the British Academy. He has also held visiting professorships at the Institut für Maschinelle Sprachverarbeitung, University of Stuttgart; and at Copenhagen Business School.

He is a co-founder of TheySay Ltd, a sentiment analysis company which was spun out of the dept in 2010, and acquired by Aptean in 2017.

Stephen Pulman retired in 2017 and is now Emeritus Professor.

He is not taking on any students or interns.

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Current Student

Dong-Hong Ji
(Linguistics, Philology, and Phonetics)

Past Students

Jan Botha
Gregory Dubbin
Karl Moritz Hermann
Nal Kalchbrenner
Ashley Rust
Afifah Waseem
Pia-Ramona Wojtinnek
Lei Yu

Past Postdoc

Jamie Frost