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Professor Yorick Wilks

Former Visiting Fellow

Yorick Wilks

Former Visiting Fellow


Yorick Wilks is a Professor of Artificial Intelligence at the University of Sheffield. He received his MA and PhD (1968) from Pembroke College, Cambridge. He has also taught or researched at Stanford, Edinburgh, Geneva, Essex and New Mexico State Universities. His interests are artificial intelligence and the computer processing of language, knowledge and belief, especially as applied to the future of the Internet: the Semantic Web and the possibility of Companion-like interfaces.

His recent books include: Natural language Processing and the Semantic Web (with Christopher Brewster, Now Books, 2009), Machine Translation – how far can it go (Springer, 2009), Artificial Believers (Erlbaum 1991), Electric Words (MIT, 1996) and Machine Conversations (Kluwer, 2001), and a new edited volume in 2009 from John Benjamins is: ‘Artificial Companions in Society: scientific, economic, psychological and philosophical perspectives’. He is a Research Fellow of the Centre for Policy Studies.

Research Interests

Artificial companions, Semantic Web, artificial intelligence, computer processing of language, knowledge and belief.

Positions at the OII

  • Research Associate, November 2010 - November 2019
  • Senior Research Fellow, January 2007 - October 2010
  • Visiting Professor, October 2006 - January 2007
  • Research Associate, March 2006 - October 2006
  • Visitor, October 2005 - February 2006
  • Visiting Fellow, September 2003 - February 2004






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