The Natural Language Processing (NLP) group at the University of Sheffield is one of the largest and most successful research groups in language and information in the EU. The group is based in the Department of Computer Science, and includes world-class teams in the areas of speech, language, knowledge and information processing, biotechnology, and machine learning for medical informatics.


The Department of Computer Science was founded in 1982 and since then has established national and international renown for many aspects of its teaching and research. The NLP group has focussed on robust engineering of open source software and on scientific method (quantitative evaluation and repeatability) in AI. They develop GATE, a General Architecture for Text Engineering , which has many thousands of users at sites world-wide, and was recently assessed as “outstanding” and “internationally leading” by an anonymous peer review . The group has been active in semantic annotation of text and multimedia for a number of years, for example in the SEKT semantic knowledge technologies project, and the PrestoSpace project on multimedia annotation and access. In particular for this project, Sheffield NLP offers unique expertise in ontology learning and automatic annotation of software artefacts (source code, discussion forums, etc), gathered in the context of the ongoing TAO project.

In Service-Finder USFD will carry out research on methods for (semi-)automatic semantic annotation of diverse types of Web Services and associated Web 2.0 artefacts.