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Diego Mollá Aliod

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Diego Mollá Aliod

Email:   diego.molla-aliod at

Address: Macquarie University
         Division of Information and Communication Sciences
         Computing Department
         NSW 2109

Tel:    +61-(0)2-9850-9531
Fax:    +61-(0)2-9850-9551

Hi, welcome to my home page. My full name is Diego Mollá Aliod, where my family name is the double word Mollá Aliod. It is like a hyphenated surname, but without a hyphen! I often sign my publications as Diego Mollá or Diego Mollá-Aliod.

Research Interests

My general research interests lie in the extraction of information from text. I have worked on question answering, named entity recognition, and summarisation. Below are more details of my recent research.

If you are looking for an undergraduate or postgraduate research topic, look at my list of postgraduate projects. If you don't find your favourite topic in the list, feel free to send me an email and discuss possible research.

For more ideas, you can also look at:

Natural Language Processing of Medical Text

I have recently built a corpus of summaries of clinical inquiries using the material from the Journal of Family Practice. With this corpus I plan to develop techniques to help medical practitioners find and appraise clinical evidence under the paradigm of Evidence Based Medicine.

Answer Extraction and Question Answering

AnswerFinder is a system that uses ExtrAns' technology to perform question answering from larger volumes of text, on the line of the question answering track of TREC.

From Nov. 1995 to end of Oct 1999 I participated in ExtrAns, an answer extraction system, and the extension WebExtrAns. Relevant links are:

PhD Research

My PhD focused on a formal specification of a subset of the aspectual interactions between nouns and verbs. Relevant links are:

Current Status

I am a senior lecturer at the Department of Computing, Macquarie University.

Consultation Hours

  • Wednesday 5-6pm, room E6A331
  • Friday 11am-12pm, room E6A331

Other times by appointment

What I'm doing Now

1 Jul 2015 - 31 Jun 2016 Helping organise OzCLO

1 Jan 2015 - 31 Dec 2016 Executive member of ALTA

5 Nov 2012 - now Advisory board member of BioASQ


7 - 9 Dec 2015 Attending ALTA 2015 and Confluence 2015

Recent Activities

27 Jul - 6 Dec 2015 Taught COMP700, ITEC830

17 Sep - 18 Sep 2015 Attended SEPLN 2015

19 - 22 May 2015 Co-organised DAEBH at PAKDD

1 Mar - 31 Jul 2015 Teaching COMP249, COMP348, COMP783

1 Jul 2014 - 31 Jun 2015 Helped organise OzCLO

1 Jan 2013 - 31 Dec 2014 Executive member of ALTA

10 - 12 Dec 2014 Attended the IEEE Consumer Electronics Society Workshop on eHealthcare at the University of Sydney

1 Aug - 12 Dec 2014 Convened and taught ITEC830

1 Aug - 30 Nov 2014 Organised the 2014 ALTA shared task

26-28 Nov 2014 Attended ALTA 2014

1-30 Aug 2014 Organised the 2014 Macquarie University Workshop on Text Mining and Health

6 - 11 Jul 2014 Attended SIGIR 2014

3 Mar - 11 Jul 2014 Convened and taught COMP348

17 Feb - 31 Jun 2014 Advisor of Master of Research in Computing

1 Jul 2013 - 31 Jun 2014 Helped organise OzCLO

10 Jan - 14 Feb 2014 Visited CSIRO ICT Centre, Marsfield, Sydney.

[Past Activities]