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Welcome to Brian Harrington's Personal and Academic Homepage.

I am currently a lecturer in the Department of Computer and Mathematical Sciences, University of Toronto Scarborough.

Prior to coming to the University of Toronto, I was a research scientist at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee working with Professor Hong Yu on the application of semantic computing and large scale information extraction to medical informatics.

Until 2011, I held a Research and Tutorial Fellowship in Computer Science at Keble College, Oxford and lecture in the Oxford University Department of Computer Science.

In 2009, I completed my Doctorate in Computer Science at the Oxford University Department of Computer Science (then named the Computing Laboratory) under the supervision of Dr. Stephen Clark. I am also a member of St. Cross College, and a member of the Oxford Computational Linguistics Group. My research interests are in Knowledge Extraction and Representation in Semantic Networks. In particular my research focuses on the development of the ASKNet system.

Department of Computer and Mathematical Sciences
University of Toronto Scarborough
Instructional Centre (IC 342)
1095 Military Trail
Scarborough, ON
416-287-7457
brian@brianharrington.net


Short Bio
Lecturer, University of Toronto Scarborough, Canada. 2012 - Present
Research Scientist, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, USA. 2011 - 2012
Research and Tutorial Fellow, Keble College, Oxford, UK. 2009 - 2011
Lecturer, University of Oxford Department of Computer Science, UK. 2010 - 2011
DPhil. Computer Science, Oxford, UK. 2005-2009
MSc. Computer Science, Oxford, UK. 2004-2005
BSc. Computer Science, Toronto, Canada. 2000-2004

Selected Publications
Complete Publication List

  • Discovering Novel Biomedical Relations using ASKNet Semantic Networks. [invited paper]
    Brian Harrington
    Proceedings of the 4th International Symposium On Applied Sciences In Biomedical And Communication Technologies (ISABEL 2011)
    Barcelona Spain, 2011
    [PDF]
  • Creating a Standardized Markup Language for Semantic Networks
    Brian Harrington and Pia-Ramona Wojtinnek
    Proceedings of the Fifth IEEE International Conference on Semantic Computing (ICSC 2011)
    [PDF]
  • A Semantic Network Approach to Measuring Relatedness
    Brian Harrington
    Proceedings of the 23rd International Conference on Computational Linguistics (COLING 2010), Beijing China, 2010
    [PDF]
  • Managing Uncertainty, Importance and Differing World-Views in ASKNet Semantic Networks
    Brian Harrington
    Proceedings of the Fourth IEEE International Conference on Semantic Computing, Pittsburgh PA, 2010
    [PDF]
  • ASKNet: Creating and Evaluating Large Scale Integrated Semantic Networks
    Brian Harrington & Stephen Clark
    International Journal of Semantic Computing, 2(3), pp.343-364, 2009.
    [LINK]
  • ASKNet: Automated Semantic Knowledge Network
    Brian Harrington & Stephen Clark
    Proceedings of the Twenty-Second Conference on Artificial Intelligence (AAAI-07)
    Vancouver, Canada, 2007.
    [PDF]
  • ASKNet: Automated Semantic Knowledge Network
    The ASKNet system automatically creates semantic knowledge networks from natural language text. It was developed as part of my doctoral research at Oxford University. It is still under heavy development. For further details, please visit The ASKNet Homepage.

    Academic Activities
    I am proud to have supervised the following MSc students at the Oxford University Computing Laboratory:

    • Yiannos Stathopoulos - "A Framework for Mathematical Information Retrieval"
    • Jason Choi: "Integrating Database & Information Retrieval: Towards a Generic Platform"
    Organising Committee - IEEE International Conference on Semantic Computing
    Organiser - Computational Linguistics UK 2008 (CLUK 08)

    Teaching
    I am currently Teaching CSCA08 - Introduction to Computer Programming and CSCA48 - Introduction to Computer Science

    At the Oxford University, I have lectured courses in Information Retrieval and Computers in Society.