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Dr Stephen Wan

CSIRO Digital Productivity Flagship, CSIRO Data61

I am the current research team leader of the Language and Social Computing team. Our research straddles the fields of computational linguistics, natural language processing (NLP), information retrieval and human computer interaction. We apply advances from these fields to develop applications that help users find actionable nuggets of information (for example, paragraphs, sentences, facts, keywords) within a document or collection of documents, facilitating his or her task. I am particularly interested understanding how language technologies can be harnessed to deliver contextualised information to the user, whereby the application takes the user's interests, tasks and information query needs into account. To date, we have been developing applications to assist with social media text analysis (the Vizie tool and digital libraries (the CSIBS tool). I am also interested in the following application spaces: Government 2.0; creative uses of NLP; and improved methods for scholarly research and publishing. Project Links: The election collection: tracking trends on Twitter Vizie: Connecting with customers through social media * “The science of social media”(

Academic Publications: 99

January 1, 2018

Senti-Attend: Image Captioning using Sentiment and Attention

January 1, 2016

Occupational Representativeness in Twitter

January 1, 2015

Detecting suicidality on Twitter

January 1, 2015

Improving government services using social media feedback

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