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.
In 2010, I joined MARCS at the University of Western Sydney, where I manage AusTalk, a large speech data collection project (see the SBS News program) and the Human Communication Virtual Laboratory Project.
I am an Honorary Associate in the Department of Linguistics at the University of Sydney, where I have taught the “Syntax” and “Syntax of English” subjects. I also regularly give invited lectures on “Human communication” in the Aviation course at the University of New South Wales.
Aside from Linguistics and Natural Language Processing, my other interest is aviation and I am a flight instructor at Gostner Aviation.
On this site, you can find information on:
In 2008, I started the
organisation of the Australian
Computational and Linguistics Olympiad (OzCLO) and chaired its Steering Committee
until 2013. We have sent an Australian team to the International Linguistics
Olympiads (ILO) since 2009. OzCLO has now
Email: dominique at dominique – estival . net
or: d . estival at uws . edu . au