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Dr Advaith Siddharthan

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  • Central Academic Staff
  • Reader
  • Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics
  • Knowledge Media Institute
  • advaith.siddharthan

Professional biography

Dr. Advaith Siddharthan, a Reader at KMi, read Physics at the University of Delhi, and Computer Science at the University of Cambridge before gained his PhD in Computational Linguistics at the University of Cambridge (2003). After Postdoctoral research at Columbia University and the University of Cambridge, he took up his first faculty position at the University of Aberdeen in 2009 before joining the Open University’s Knowledge Media Institute in 2017 as a Reader covering Citizen Science and Computational Linguistics. Advaith has over 80 peer-reviewed publications. He has been PI on grants from the EPSRC and ESRC, Co-I on grants from EPSRC and NERC and Associate-I in UoA’s RCUK funded Digital Economy hub (2011-15, £12M). Advaith is a member of the EPSRC College, Association for Computational Machinery (ACM) and Association for Computational Linguistics (ACL).

Research interests

Siddharthan's research specialisation is in Computational Linguistics and Data Science, with a focus on communicating complex data and making information and data (particularly telemetric data) accessible through text analytics, summarisation, reformulation and natural language generation. I have a particular interest in Citizen Science, and in particular, technologies that break down the divide between professional scientists and lay public and facilitate the meaningful engagement of the public with science.

Impact and engagement

Siddharthan (in collaboration with Van der Wal) has led the development of novel technologies aimed at public engagement with nature conservation schemes. Two of these, Blogging Birds (redkite.abdn.ac.uk) and BeeWatch (beewatch.abdn.ac.uk) were among the 8 selected to feature in the RCUK impact summary report for its Digital Economy theme “Celebrating Success in the Digital Economy". Blogging Birds demonstrated our ability to generate complex automated data-driven texts, and received an EPSRC prize (Telling Tales of Engagement Competition) following extensive press coverage (e.g. New Scientist, Wired, Telegraph, Scotsman, BBC Radio Scotland). Our final study on how the blogs are appraised has been accepted for publication in the prestigious Communications of the ACM (Siddharthan et al., 2019). BeeWatch is an online citizen science initiative that has proved itself to be a successful system for generating valuable bumblebee records across the UK. The value of feedback provision using Natural Language Generation (NLG) has been recognised as a ‘way forward in Citizen science to allow continued engagement, retention and training of users’ among influential players in the conservation field (SNH, SEPA). BeeWatch has featured in local and national media (e.g. BBC, Scotsman, Countryfile magazine, Guardian Environment blog, with BBC’s Beechgrove Gardens television show viewed by more than 250K viewers). These projects have been co-created in partnership with leading UK charities, the Royal Society for Protection of Birds, Bumblebee Conservation Trust and Royal Horticultural Society (BeeWatch).

 

 

Publications

Blogging Birds: Telling informative stories about the lives of birds from telemetric data (2019-03-31)
Siddharthan, Advaith; Ponnamperuma, Kapila; Mellish, Chris; Zeng, Chen; Heptinstall, Danny; Robinson, Annie; Benn, Stuart and van der Wal, René
Communications of the ACM, 62(3) (pp. 68-77)
Designing online species identification tools for biological recording: the impact on data quality and citizen science learning (2019-01-28)
Sharma, Nirwan; Colucci-Gray, Laura; Siddharthan, Advaith; Comont, Richard and Van der Wal, René
PeerJ, 6, Article e5965
From citizen science to citizen action: analysing the potential for a digital platform to cultivate attachments to nature (2019-01-17)
Sharma, Nirwan; Sam, Greaves; Colucci-Gray, Laura; Siddharthan, Advaith and van der Wal, René
Journal of Science Communication, 18(1) (pp. 1-35)
Extractive and Abstractive Sentence Labelling of Sentiment-bearing Topics (2019)
Barawi, Mohamad Hardyman; Lin, Chenghua; Siddharthan, Advaith and Liu, Yinbing
Frontiers of Computer Science ((In Press))
SaferDrive: an NLG-based Behaviour Change Support System for Drivers (2018-07-31)
Braun, Daniel; Reiter, Ehud and Siddharthan, Advaith
Natural Language Engineering, 24(4) (pp. 551-588)
Recognizing cited facts and principles in legal judgements (2017-03)
Shulayeva, Olga; Siddharthan, Advaith and Wyner, Adam
Artificial Intelligence and Law, 25(1) (pp. 107-126)
Crowdsourcing Without a Crowd: Reliable Online Species Identification Using Bayesian Models to Minimize Crowd Size (2016-07-14)
Siddharthan, Advaith; Lambin, Christopher; Robinson, Anne-Marie; Sharma, Nirwan; Comont, Richard; O’Mahony, Elaine; Mellish, Chris and Van Der Wal, René
ACM Transactions on Intelligent Systems and Technology, 7, Article 45(4)
The role of automated feedback in training and retaining biological recorders for citizen science (2016-06-01)
van der Wal, René; Sharma, Nirwan; Mellish, Chris; Robinson, Annie and Siddharthan, Advaith
Conservation Biology, 30(3) (pp. 550-561)
Mapping species distributions: A comparison of skilled naturalist and lay citizen science recording (2015-11-01)
van der Wal, René; Anderson, Helen; Robinson, Annie; Sharma, Nirwan; Mellish, Chris; Roberts, Stuart; Darvill, Ben and Siddharthan, Advaith
Ambio, 44(Suppl 4) (pp. 584-600)
Automated data analysis to rapidly derive and communicate ecological insights from satellite-tag data: A case study of reintroduced red kites (2015-11)
van der Wal, René; Zeng, Cheng; Heptinstall, Danny; Ponnamperuma, Kapila; Mellish, Chris; Ben, Stuart and Siddharthan, Advaith
Ambio, 44(Suppl 4) (pp. 612-623)
A survey of research on text simplification (2014-01)
Siddharthan, Advaith
International Journal of Applied Linguistics, 165(2) (pp. 259-298)
Information status distinctions and referring expressions: An empirical study of references to people in news summaries (2011-12)
Siddharthan, Advaith; Nenkova, Ani and McKeown, Kathleen
Computational Linguistics, 37(4) (pp. 811-842)
Interlingual annotation of parallel text corpora: a new framework for annotation and evaluation (2010-07)
Dorr, Bonnie J.; Passonneau, Rebecca J.; Farwell, David; Green, Rebecca; Habash, Nizar; Helmreich, Stephen; Hovy, Eduard; Levin, Lori; Miller, Keith J.; Mitamura, Teruko; Rambow, Owen and Siddharthan, Advaith
Natural Language Engineering, 16(3) (pp. 197-243)
Syntactic Simplification and Text Cohesion (2006-06)
Siddharthan, Advaith
Research on Language and Computation, 4(1) (pp. 77-109)
Incorporating Constraints into Matrix Factorization for Clothes Package Recommendation (2018-07-11)
Wibowa, Agung; Siddharthan, Advaith; Masthoff, Judith and Lin, Chenghua
In : User Modeling, Adaptation and Personalization (8-11 Jun 2018, Singapore) (pp. 111-119)
Understanding how to Explain Package Recommendations in the Clothes Domain (2018)
Wibowo, Agung Toto; Siddharthan, Advaith; Masthoff, Judith Francoise Maria and Lin, Chenghua
In : Joint Workshop on Interfaces and Human Decision Making for Recommender Systems (IntRS) in the 12th ACM Conference on Recommender Systems (RecSys) (2018)
Generating Summaries of Sets of Consumer Products: Learning from Experiments (2018)
Kuptavanich, Kittipitch; Reiter, Ehud; van Deemter, Kees and Siddharthan, Advaith
In : Proceedings of the 11th International Conference on Natural Language Generation (5-8 Nov 2018) (pp. 403-407)
Matrix Factorization for Package Recommendations (2017-08-18)
Wibowo, Agung Toto; Siddharthan, Advaith; Lin, Chenghua and Masthoff, Judith
In : Proceedings of the RecSys 2017 Workshop on Recommendation in Complex Scenarios (ComplexRec 2017) (31 Aug 2017, Como, Italy) (pp. 23-28)
Should Learning Material's Selection be Adapted to Learning Style and Personality? (2017-07-09)
Alhathli, Manal; Mastho, Judith and Siddharthan, Advaith
In : UMAP 2017 - Adjunct Publication of the 25th Conference on User Modeling, Adaptation and Personalization (9-12 Jul 2017, Bratislava, Slovakia) (pp. 275-280)
Automatically Labelling Sentiment-Bearing Topics with Descriptive Sentence Labels (2017-06-21)
Barawi, Mohamad Hardyman; Lin, Chenghua and Siddharthan, Advaith
In : International Conference on Applications of Natural Language to Information Systems (21-23 Jun 2017, Liège, Belgium) (pp. 299-312)
Bumblebee friendly planting recommendations with citizen science data (2017)
Wibowo, Agung Toto; Siddharthan, Advaith; Anderson, Helen; Robinson, Annie; Sharma, Nirwan; Bostock, Helen; Salisbury, Andrew; Comont, Richard and van der Wal, René
In : Proceedings of the International Workshop on Recommender Systems for Citizens (31 Aug 2017, Como, Italy)
Summarising News Stories for Children (2016-09-05)
Macdonald, Iain and Siddharthan, Advaith
In : The 9th International Natural Language Generation Conference (5-8 Sep 2016, Edinburgh) (pp. 1-10)
Summarising the points made in online political debates (2016-08-12)
Egan, Charlie; Siddharthan, Advaith and Wyner, Adam
In : Proceedings of the Third Workshop on Argument Mining (ArgMining2016) (7-12 Aug 2016, Berlin, Germnay) (pp. 134-143)
Exploring the impact of extroversion on the selection of learning materials (2016-07-04)
Alhathli, Manal; Masthoff, Judith and Siddharthan, Advaith
In : 24th ACM Conference on User Modeling, Adaptation and Personalisation, UMAP 2016 (13-16 Jul 2016, Halifax, Canada)
Scrutable Feature Sets for Stance Classification (2016)
Mandya, Angrosh; Siddharthan, Advaith and Wyner, Adam
In : ArgMining2016: the Third Workshop on Argument Mining (7-12 Aug 2016, Berlin, Germany) (pp. 60-69)
Hybrid text simplification using synchronous dependency grammars with hand-written and automatically harvested rules (2014)
Siddharthan, Advaith and Angrosh, M.A.
In : Proceedings of the 14th Conference of the European Chapter of the Association for Computational Linguistics (26-30 Apr 2014, Gothenburg, Sweden) (pp. 722-731)
Text simplification using synchronous dependency grammars: Generalising automatically harvested rules (2014)
Angrosh, M.A. and Siddharthan, Advaith
In : 8th International Natural Language Generation Conference (19-21 Jun 2014, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) (pp. 16-25)
Lexico-syntactic Text Simplification And Compression With Typed Dependencies (2014)
Mandya, Angrosh Annayappan; Nomoto, Tadashi and Siddharthan, Advaith
In : 25th International Conference on Computational Linguistics (23-29 Aug 2014, Dublin) (pp. 1996-2006)
Investigation into Human Preference between Common and Unambiguous Lexical Substitutions (2011)
Walker, Andrew; Siddharthan, Advaith and Starkey, Andrew
In : 13th European Workshop on Natural Language Generation (28-30 Sep 2011, Nancy, France) (pp. 176-180)
Text Simplification using Typed Dependencies: A Comparison of the Robustness of Different Generation Strategies (2011)
Siddharthan, Advaith
In : Proceedings of the 13th European Workshop on Natural Language Generation (ENLG) (2011)
Corpora for the conceptualisation and zoning of scientific papers (2010)
Liakata, Maria; Teufel, Simone; Siddharthan, Advaith and Batchelor, Colin
In : LREC 2010, 7th International Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation (2010, Valletta, Malta)
Reformulating discourse connectives for non-expert readers (2010)
Siddharthan, Advaith and Katsos, Napoleon
In : Human Language Technologies: The 2010 Annual Conference of the North American Chapter of the Association for Computational Linguistics (Jun 2010, Los Angeles, California) (pp. 1002-1010)
Complex lexico-syntactic reformulation of sentences using typed dependency representations (2010)
Siddharthan, Advaith
In : Proceedings of the 6th International Natural Language Generation Conference (7-9 Jul 2010, Dublin, Ireland) (pp. 125-133)
Towards discipline-independent argumentative zoning: evidence from chemistry and computational linguistics (2009)
Teufel, Simone; Siddharthan, Advaith and Batchelor, Colin
In : Proceedings of the 2009 Conference on Empirical Methods in Natural Language Processing (6-7 Aug 2009, Singapore) (pp. 1493-1502)
Whose idea was this, and why does it matter? Attributing scientific work to citations (2007)
Siddharthan, Advaith and Teufel, Simone
In : Human language technologies 2007: The conference of the North American chapter of the Association for Computational Linguistics; proceedings of the main conference (2007) (pp. 316-323)
Automatic Classification of Citation Function (2006)
Teufel, Simone; Siddharthan, Advaith and Tidhar, Dan
In : Conference on Empirical Methods in Natural Language Processing (EMNLP 2006) (22-23 Jul 2006, Sydney) (pp. 103-110)
An annotation scheme for citation function (2006)
Teufel, Simone; Siddharthan, Advaith and Tidhar, Dan
In : Proceedings of the 7th SIGdial Workshop on Discourse and Dialogue (2006) (pp. 80-87)
Generating Referring Expressions in Open Domains (2004)
Siddharthan, Advaith and Copestake, Ann
In : 42nd Annual Meeting on Association for Computational Linguistics (21-26 Jul 2004, Barcelona, Spain) (p 407)
Syntactic Simplification for Improving Content Selection in Multi-Document Summarization (2004)
Siddharthan, Advaith; Nenkova, Ani and McKeown, Kathleen
In : 20th International Conference on Computational Linguistics (23-27 Aug 2004, Geneva)
An architecture for a text simplification system (2002)
Siddharthan, Advaith
In : Proceedings of the Language Engineering Conference 2002 (LEC 2002) (2002)

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