Hi, my name is Nello Cristianini, I am a professor of
Artificial Intelligence within the Intelligent Systems Laboratory of the
University of Bristol.
Artificial Intelligence> My technical research is concerned with machine learning:
the technology that allows computers to automatically extract useful
information from experience or raw data. I also work on a project concerned
with the design of Intelligent Agents. Currently I apply this to problems
related to the design of web agents.
Media Content Analysis> My group and I are developing a web agent that can read the
content of news and social media. We automatically extract information from
that content, and we can use it in many ways, for example to support social
science research. I am very excited about working with people from the social
sciences, the arts and the humanities. One of the things we have been doing has
been the analysis of collective mood based on the contents of Twitter. Another
one has been the analysis of which words make people click on a news article.
And also we have been looking at European media content and how content
similarity between countries is related to things like their voting pattern in
the Eurovision song contest. I would be happy to discuss new ways to visualise
information, for example through images and movement.
Philosophical Issues> I am very interested in ethical problems involving Privacy in
the digital world, or the development of persuasive technologies; in
epistemological problems involving the automation of science, and also in
conceptual issues concerning the nature of intelligent behaviour in animals and
I am hoping to find people interested in brainstorming.