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Phil Blunsom

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Phil Blunsom

Professor of Computer Science

Senior Research Fellow, St Hugh's College


My research interests lie at the intersection of machine learning and computational linguistics. I apply machine learning techniques, such as deep learning, to a range of problems relating to the analysis and manipulation of language. Recently I have focused on developing algorithms able to imbue artificial intelligence with the ability to understand, ground, generate, and act upon natural language utterances.


I am originaly from Australia, where I completed my PhD at the University of Melbourne under the supervision of Timothy BaldwinSteven Bird and James Curran. I then came to the United Kingdom as a Research Fellow at the University of Edinburgh. There I worked on the application of machine learning techniques to machine translation with Miles Osborne. Since 2009 I have been at the University of Oxford, both in the Department of Computer Science and as a Fellow of St Hugh's College. From 2014 to 2021 I founded and lead the Natural Language research group at DeepMind London.

If you have a strong track record in Machine Learning or Natural Language Processing and would like to do a DPhil with my research group please follow the CS Department's application instructions. Please note that I am not able to reply to all email enquiries regarding graduate study.

Unfortunately I am not able to accept interns or unsolicited visitors in my research group at this time.

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Current Students

Past Students

Jan Botha
Gregory Dubbin
Nal Kalchbrenner
Kazuya Kawakami
Tomas Kocisky
Adhiguna Kuncoro
Qi Liu
Julie Makelberge
Andrew Trask
Pengyu Wang
Alex Wilson
Lei Yu

Past Researchers

Paul Baltescu
Oana-Maria Camburu