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Gabriele Pergola

Gabriele Pergola is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Computer Science.

Research Interests

His current research investigates the use of statistical models within machine learning for natural language processing and text understanding. He is particularly interested in topics related to sentiment analysis, question answering, topic and event extraction, and clinical text mining. More broadly, he is curious about the relationship between language and information.

He was previously appointed as Research Fellow working with Prof. Yulan HeLink opens in a new window as part of the Event-Centric Framework for Natural Language Understanding, a Turing AI Acceleration Fellowship held by Prof. Yulan HeLink opens in a new window, and funded by the UKRI.

Reading groups


  • CS918 Natural Language Processing - Module Leader (Term II, 2022/2023)
  • CS918 Natural Language Processing - Module Organizer (Term I, 2021/2022)
  • CS918 Natural Language Processing - Lab Demonstrations and Seminars (Term I in 2018/2019, 2019/2020, 2020/2021).
  • CS909 Data Mining - Lab Demonstrations and Seminars (Term II in 2018/2019 and 2019/2020).
  • CS331 Neural Computing - Seminars (2019/2020)


He received his PhD degree in natural language understanding from the University of WarwickLink opens in a new window (UK) on "Probabilistic Neural Topic Models for Text UnderstandingLink opens in a new window".
He holds a BSc and an MEng (cum laude) degree in Computer Engineering from the University of Palermo (Italy). Prior to joining Warwick, he received a Postgraduate Fellowship from the University of Rome "La Sapienza" (Italy) for designing and implementing machine learning systems to support access to cultural heritage as part of the research project "Design and development of innovative technologies for the enjoyment of cultural heritage".

Awards and Recognitions

  • 2022 - Turing Post-Doctoral Enrichment Scheme - Awarded by the Alan Turing Institute, London, UK.

  • 2022 - PhD Thesis Prize - Faculty of Science, Engineering, and Medicine (SEM) Thesis Prize in Computer Science. Awarded by the University of Warwick, Coventry, UK.

  • 2019 - Best Presentation - Prize in the Machine Learning and AI track, WPCCS 2019, University of Warwick.

Research Projects

  • 2024 - Policy Support Fund - Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (DLUHC); Human Machine Intelligence Group, Cranfield University; Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford.
    Co-PI for the project: "A case study of the application of Natural Language Processing for Information Extraction and Analysis in Policy Review"
  • 2023/24 - STAR funding - NPCC Forensic Capability Network
    PI for the project: "Development of an NLP model to detect threatening and abusive language used in communication with victims".
  • 2022/23 - RDF Science Development Award
    PI for the project: "An Event-Centric Dialogue System for Second Language Learners".

  • 2022 - National AI Strategy Fund
    PI for the project: "METU: An Inclusive AI-Powered Framework Making Text Easier to Understand".

Recent Invited Talks

  • 2023 - "Large Language Models and The Key Ingredients Powering the Rise of Chatbots" - Keele University
  • 2023 - "The not-so-silent AI revolution: Chatbots and their Impact on Engaging Education" - Department of Psychology - University of Warwick


Personal Photo


Room CS2.34,
Computer Science Department,
University of Warwick,

gabriele dot pergola dot 1 at warwick dot ac dot uk