Prof. David M W Powers is Professor of Computer Science and has research interests in the area of Artificial Intelligence and Cognitive Science. His specific research framework takes Language, Logic and Learning as the cornerstones for a broad Cognitive Science perspective on Artificial Intelligence and its practical applications. Prof. Powers is known as a pioneer in the area of Natural Language Learning, Unsupervised Learning and Evaluation of Learning, and was Founding President of ACL SIGNLL, as well as initiating the CoNLL conference. His previous positions include Telecom Paris, University of Tilburg, University of Kaiserslautern, Macquarie University, as well as work with industry, and commercialization of research through several start up companies. Prof. Powers is also a Visiting Professor at the Beijing University of Technology and Beijing Sports University, and is Editor-in-Chief of the new Springer journal Computational Cognitive Science and the book series Cognitive Science and Technology.
2010 C.TESOL (ITAA), Lingua Edge (Teaching English as a Second or Other Language)
2001 Dip.TA (ATAA), Securities Institute Australia (Technical Analysis)
1989 PhD, University of New South Wales (Computational Psycholinguistics)
1984 ThC, Moore Theological College
1982 Certificate in Linguistics, SIL
1979 B.Sc.(Hons), University of Sydney (Computer Science/Pure Maths)
2011-13 Beijing NSF Grant, "Facial Expression extraction using FACS and D-S Evidence
2011-13 ARC Discovery Grant, "Enhanced Brain and Muscle Signal Separation verified by electrical scalp recording from paralysed awake humans"
2011-13 Strathmore Who's Who Professional of the Year in Higher Education - Language Technology
2010-12 Chinese NSF Grant, "Multimodal Patterns of Student Learning Behaviour for virtual English pedagogy"
2010-11 ARC LIEF Grant, "BIGASC - an audiovisual corpus of Australian English" http://austalk.edu.au/
2009-12 ARC Discovery Grant, "Heterodensity neuroimaging techniques for spatiotemporal identification and localization"
2008 Vice-Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching, Flinders University
2008 Executive Dean's Award for Teaching Excellence, Faculty of Science and Engineering, Flinders University
2006-12 ARC/NHMRC Thinking Systems Grant, "From Talking Heads to Thinking Heads" http://thinkinghead.edu.au/
2006-07 Flinders SciEng Program Grant $112K, "Advanced Information Analysis, Techniques and Tools"
2002- DSTO, Cognitive Neuroscience and Military Training, etc. (a series increasing from $10K to over $100Kpa)
2001-04 Commercialization Grants for YourAmigo ($1.5 (1xCOMET, 2x$START, etc. + $25M commercial investment)
2000 ARC Small Grant, Robot Baby Mark II $10K
1999 Special Award for the Advancement of the Turing Test, Loebner Prize in Artificial Intelligence, Bronze Medal
1999-2000 Flinders SciEng, Speech Correction $22K
1998 Flinders SciEng, Auditory Process $5K
1998 DSTO Contract, Clause Analysis $10K
1997-2000 ARC Discovery Grant, "Machine Learning of Japanese/Chinese"
1995 Equal Opportunity Commendation for assisting students with disabilities, Flinders University
Associate Dean (International), School of Computer Science, Engineering and Mathematics
Director, Centre for Knowledge and Interaction Technologies (CSEM)
Program Leader, Artificial Intelligence and Language Technology (CKIT)
Program Leader, Assistive and Educational Technologies (MDRI & CKIT)
Advisory Board, YourAmigo Pty Ltd
International Advisory Board, ACL SIGNLL and CoNLL (Founding President)
Major Artificial Intelligence and Language Technology Lab projects include