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Dr Geoff Williams
Chandler House
2 Wakefield Street
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  • Translation Tutor
  • Translation Studies
  • Faculty of Arts & Humanities
Born Liverpool, England, took first degree in Electronics from Southampton University, 1979.
Following short career in electronics industry moved to IT support at School of Oriental & African Studies and earned an MA and PhD in linguistics by part-time study. Subsequently worked as a contract researcher in SOAS and now UCL.
Also a linguist in the traditional sense, I am self-taught in technical translation (German, Russian, French to English) and have worked as a freelancer for periods, amounting to several years experience in all. 
Research Summary
Broad area of interest is computational linguistics, in particular phonetics, phonology and speech science. For my PhD I applied phonological theory (government phonology, element theory) to multi-lingual automatic speech recognition.
More recently, I have been involved in audio-visual speech technology (talking heads, avatars) for assistive applications, e.g. visualising telephone speech as lip-reading support for hearing impaired people, and currently "Avatar Therapy", an avatar-based tool for treating auditory hallucinations. See http://www.phon.ucl.ac.uk/project/avtherapy/.
Teaching Summary
Computational linguistics final year option, teaching application of Prolog to linguistic problems. (Sessional lecturer)
Part-time tutor in German-English translation since 2007, formerly at Imperial College, now transferred to UCL. Includes dissertation supervision in translation studies.

Occasional external examining in speech techology / comp. ling.
01-OCT-2013 Translation Tutor (German-English) Translation Studies (CenTraS) UCL, United Kingdom
01-FEB-2012 Snr Research Associate Speech, Hearing and Phonetics UCL, United Kingdom
01-NOV-2009 – 31-JUL-2011 Snr Research Associate Mental Health Sciences UCL, United Kingdom
01-JAN-2002 – 30-JUN-2005 Research Associate Phonetics & Linguistics UCL, United Kingdom
Academic Background
1998   Doctor of Philosophy School of Oriental and African Studies
1991   Master of Arts School of Oriental and African Studies
1979   Bachelor of Science University of Southampton
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