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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.

Selected Publications

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Current Students


Oana-Maria Camburu
Research Associate, Doctoral Student

Past Students

Jan Botha
Gregory Dubbin
Nal Kalchbrenner
Tomas Kocisky
Julie Makelberge
Pengyu Wang
Alex Wilson
Lei Yu

Past Researcher

Paul Baltescu