Paul Piwek

Senior Lecturer

Dr Piwek's research is driven by the question ‘How do we, humans, use language to communicate information?’ What is it that allows us to communicate information about objects, people, events, situations and even abstract ideas by producing certain noises or making ink marks on a piece of paper? How do we use language and gestures, such as pointing, to refer to the things in our surroundings? What makes us ask a question? What role do reasoning and argumentation play in our ability to communicate with each other? He studies these questions by constructing computer programs that simulate how people produce and understand language. His work draws on insights and ideas from several fields of study including linguistics, computer science, philosophy and cognitive science. His theoretical work is complemented by several initiatives that translate the results from this work into tools that help people navigate, communicate and use information more effectively.

Dr Piwek has written Level 1 materials on information overload and freedom of information in the digital age. This includes a unit which helps students develop their argumentation skills using the argument mapping technique. He chaired the production of a Level 2 module on algorithms, data structures and computability. For this module he also authored materials on proof, computability and computational complexity.

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