Professor Ted Briscoe

Chief Scientist

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Professor Ted Briscoe
Professor Ted Briscoe

Ted is co-founder and CEO of iLexIR, a consultancy company developing text processing tools with natural language processing (NLP) technology. He is Professor of Computational Linguistics, NLIP Group at the Cambridge Computer Laboratory.


His broad research interests are computational and theoretical linguistics and automated speech and language processing. His specific research interests include (nearly-)deterministic, statistical, and robust parsing techniques, acquiring lexical information from electronic textual corpora and dictionaries, defaults and constraint-based approaches to linguistic description, exploiting prosody and punctuation during parsing, models of human language learning and parsing, educational technology for further language learning, and evolutionary simulations of language variation and change. He has developed numerous applications building on this research through iLexIR Ltd, a consultancy company he cofounded in 2004 — for example, automated assessment of and error detection in English language learners’ texts. In 2009, iLexIR spun-out Swiftkey, maker of the world’s most popular predictive keyboard for smartphones. In 2013, he co-founded English Language iTutoring (ELiT) Ltd and was its chief scientist until 2019. He has published over 150 research articles and four books. He has been been Principal/Co-Investigator or Coordinator of seventeen EU and UK funded projects since 1985. He was a senior editor of Computer Speech and Language and was founding director of and is a Principal Investigator in the Automated Language Teaching and Assessment (Alta) Institute.

He holds a PhD in Computational Linguistics at Cambridge, and is a Professorial Fellow of Girton College.