Graham Wilcock has a PhD from UMIST (University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology) and is Adjunct Professor at University of Helsinki. He worked in industry as a software engineer with ICL (International Computers Limited) in Europe and with Sharp Corporation in Japan, and in academia with lectureships at UMIST, University of Helsinki and Imperial College London. In 2018-19 he was Visiting Professor at Kyoto University, Japan.
Before retiring in 2015, his research fields were natural language processing and linguistic annotation. With Prof. Nancy Ide (Vassar College) he organized a series of international workshops on NLP and XML, including the first Linguistic Annotation Workshop (LAW 2007). He received an IBM Innovation Award in 2008 for work on Unstructured Information Analytics. His book Introduction to Linguistic Annotation and Text Analytics (2009) was an Amazon best seller in natural language processing.
His recent research has focussed on spoken dialogue systems and human-robot dialogues. With Prof. Kristiina Jokinen (Tartu University) he developed WikiTalk, a Wikipedia-based robot dialogue system which won an award for Best Robot Design (Software Category) at ICSR 2017. He also worked on SamiTalk for the Academy of Finland DigiSami project led by Prof. Jokinen. Their book Dialogues with Social Robots was published by Springer in 2017.
Since retiring he has pursued research on talking robots in Japan, as Visiting Scholar at Doshisha University (2015 and 2016) and as Visiting Professor at Kyoto University (2018-19). His startup company CDM Interact continued development of WikiTalk, and also developed CityTalk, the first talking robot system to use the PyDial deep learning dialogue toolkit from University of Cambridge. His research on robot dialogue systems has been presented in papers and demos at COLING 2016, IJCAI 2018 and IJCAI 2019.