Graham Wilcock has a PhD from UMIST (University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology) and is Adjunct Professor at University of Helsinki, Finland. He worked in industry as a software engineer with ICL (International Computers Limited) in Europe and with Sharp Corporation in Japan, and in academia with lectureships at UMIST, University of Helsinki and Imperial College London. He was co-organizer of several international workshops on NLP and XML, and of the first Linguistic Annotation Workshop (LAW 2007). He received an IBM Innovation Award in 2008 for work on Unstructured Information Analytics. His book Introduction to Linguistic Annotation and Text Analytics was an Amazon best seller in Natural Language Processing.
Since 2012 his research has focussed on spoken dialogue systems and talking robots. He developed WikiTalk, a Wikipedia-based spoken dialogue system for Nao robots, together with Prof. Kristiina Jokinen. Their book Dialogues with Social Robots was published by Springer in 2017. His research on talking robots has been presented at IJCAI 2018, IJCAI 2019 and ECAI 2020. In 2018-19 he was Visiting Professor at Kyoto University, Japan.