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Profile: I am currently a Marie Curie Research Fellow with the European Bioinformatics Institute in Cambridge  on a long term visit from the National Institute of Informatics  in Japan and the Graduate University for Advanced Studies  where I am Associate Professor. My research and teaching is in the broad area of computer science and specifically in natural language processing (NLP) . I have been active in research that employs computational techniques such as machine learning, NLP and ontologies to extract, normalise, integrate and interpret biomedical data from various sources. In collaboration with research partners I have published 112 peer-reviewed articles/ conference papers in major with an estimated h-index  of 24 (Publish or Perish). I have co-chaired a number of international workshops, given talks at many institutions and my work has been reported on the front page of a major national newspaper  as well as in Nature  and New Scientist .
Bio: I graduated in 1992 with a BSc (Hons) in Computer Science from Leeds University  in the UK. Following awards of SERC  and ESRC  scholarships I earnt an MSc in machine translation (1994) and a PhD in Computational Linguistics (1996) at UMIST  (now merged with Manchester University). After being awarded a Toshiba Fellowship I worked from 1996 to 1998 on machine translation and knowledge acquisition at Toshiba's R&D labs in Japan. Moving back to academic research, from 1998 to 2000 I was a Research Fellow at the University of Tokyo  where I helped establish the GENIA project. In 2000 I was appointed as Associate Professor at NII where I have been active in the development and critical analysis of algorithms and resources for biomedical NLP. This is exemplified by the BioCaster project - an experimental health surveillance system that uses the Web to discover early warnings about infectious diseases. I have published or co-published over 112 articles/papers on topics such as knowledge acquisition and knowledge representation. External funding sources include the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science and a prestigious PRESTO research fellowship from the Japan Science and Technology Agency. In 2012 I was awarded a FP7 Marie Curie fellowship and in 2013 I became a senior member of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM).
Office: Room 1401, National Center of Sciences, 1-2-1 Hitotsubashi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 101-8430, Japan
Email: collier <*at*> nii dot ac dot jp
I have a strong interest in supporting students towards higher degrees and postdoctoral research. So far I have supervised 6 PhD students, 6 postdoctoral researchers as well as 22 visiting internships. For more details please see my CV (updated November 2013) and my LinkedIn profile.