My main field of research is Computational Linguistics, or Natural Language Processing, that is making computers understand and process human languages. I have worked at the interface between academic and industry research, on projects ranging from formal grammars development to machine translation tools or dialogue systems with virtual advisors. More
recently, I have become interested in the question of communication in aviation.
I am also an Honorary Associate in the Department of Linguistics. at the University of Sydney, where I taught the “Syntax” and “Syntax of English” subjects.
In 2008, I started the
organisation of the Australian
Computational and Linguistics Olympiad (OzCLO) and since then I have chaired its
Steering Committee. OzCLO has now
Aside from Natural Language
Processing, my other interest is flying and I am a flight instructor at Gostner Aviation. Since 2009 I have been
combining linguistics and aviation in a research project in which I investigate communication and
potential communication problems in the aviation environment. The ultimate goal
is to improve aviation safety by improving communication and to look at language
technologies for solutions. In October 2010, I was an invited speaker at
the Free Linguistics Conference in
I have given invited lectures on human communication in the Aviation course at UNSW.
On this site, you can find information on:
Email: dominique at dominique – estival . net
or: d . estival at uws . edu . au