Karin M. Verspoor


I recently left Colorado to work at National ICT Australia. I am simultaneously building a new website called "Text Mining Science" about my work in the area of text mining for biomedical data analysis. The website is a work in progress but my latest publications can be found there at http://textminingscience.com.

I was formerly a Research Assistant Professor in Professor Larry Hunter's research lab, the Center for Computational Pharmacology, at the University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine. I also participate as faculty on the Computational Bioscience Program here.

My current research is focused on building tools to support biological discovery. I work specifically on analysis and interpretation of the biomedical literature. My projects include enabling semantic concept extraction from biomedical text and construction of linguistic resources to support biomedical text mining. I also have a particular interest in doing protein function prediction from text. I originally developed methods for this in the context of the 2003/2004 BioCreAtIvE evaluation and am continuing to pursue this in my active work.

My background is in computational linguistics, which means that I work on software that tries to understand text at some level. My interests are primarily in the interaction of linguistic processing with world knowledge (usually represented in some sort of hierarchical, ontological structure), and the implications of this for the representation of linguistic knowledge, specifically at the lexical level.

Karin Verspoor, PhD

(aka Cornelia Maria Verspoor)

Research Assistant Professor

School of Medicine

University of Colorado Denver

12801 E 17th Ave, MS 8303

Aurora, CO 80045 USA


Tel:  +1 (303) 724-3758

Fax: +1 (303) 724-7570