Mark Dras's Home Page

pic of me

This photo is from 2014, visiting the castle in Heidelberg while on sabbatical at the University of Tübingen. I'm pondering either the legacy of Count Carl von Graimberg, or the hot chocolate to come shortly.


addr: Department of Computing
Macquarie University
North Ryde NSW 2109
email: mark.dras AT mq . edu . au
phone: +61 2 9850 9580
(but email strongly preferred)
room: 4 Research Park Drive (also known as the BD building), room 353

Workwise, I'm an associate professor in the Department of Computing of Macquarie University, in Sydney, Australia. Before that, I was a research fellow at the University of Pennsylvania's Institute for Research in Cognitive Science.


I work in natural language processing (NLP) / language technology / computational linguistics, and am a member of the Machine Learning and Natural Language Processing research group and the Centre for Language Sciences.

Specifically, I've worked on (among other things) native language identification, machine translation, natural language generation, and sentiment analysis (with a focus on how sentiment affects language choices). Some related info:

I won the Faculty of Science and Engineering award in 2017 for research student supervision.

Other research-related activities:


In semester 1, 2018, I'll be teaching

In semester 2, 2018, I'll be teaching
  • COMP333 Algorithm Theory and Design [Handbook | Unit Guide]
  • sessions for PhD students and for Master of Research year 2 students, related to the programme's activities.

I'm the Department of Computing's advisor for the Master of Research, which is now Macquarie's standard pathway into a PhD.

I've taught a range of units over the years. I also think it's useful for students to know something about what their teachers are likely to be like. As one source of information, there's the sporadic appearance of the Alternative Calendar, but computing units are hardly ever mentioned there, and it usually sounds as if there's only ever a couple of (disgruntled) respondants. So, in case you're thinking of taking a class with me, here's a link to evaluations for several of my units.


Some non-work things.

I'm a member of Macquarie's Ally Network.

Last updated 16 June 2018