Dr Cécile Paris received her PhD in Artificial Intelligence (Natural Language Processing) in 1987 from Columbia University. She joined the Information Sciences Institute (ISI), a research laboratory in Marina del Rey (Los Angeles, Ca), where she stayed until 1996, working on computational linguistics for knowledge based systems. She then moved to the UK (ITRI, at the University of Brighton, UK), where she worked on multilingual generation systems. She joined CSIRO late 1996. Her main research interests lie in the areas of Language Technology, User Modeling and Human-Computer Interaction. She is particularly interested in flexible and tailored information delivery, automatically generating coherent presentations or briefs (both multi-sentential texts and in the context of dialogues, language and multi-modal) that are optimally informative for their intended users, given the users' level of domain knowledge, their tasks, their goals, their native language, etc. To this end, she studies language and communication issues and design potentially multilingual and multimodal information delivery systems that tailor their output to users and situations and are able to adapt their behaviour based on feedback from the user. Dr Paris' thesis research represented the fist major work in user modeling and text generation, and her work on discourse planning for dialogue systems has been the basis for a number of other generation and multimodal presentation systems and research internationally. An important focus of Dr Paris' research addresses the practicality of information delivery systems, by looking for ways to automate the acquisition of the various resources that a system requires. More generally, she is interested both in facilitating communication with computers and in understanding how people communicate. Other the past few years, she has been studying issues related to contextualized information delivery, issues related to multilinguality and multimodality, instruction generation, authoring tools, task modeling, and Controlled Natural Languages. The application domains for her work currently include electronic business applications, knowledge management and surveillance.

Academic Qualifications

  • 1987

    PhD, Computer Science/Computational Linguistics
    Columbia University, New York (USA)

  • 1982

    MSc, Computer Science
    Columbia University, New York (USA)

  • 1980

    BA (Hons), Computer Science
    University of California at Berkeley (USA)

Professional Experiences

  • 1996-2005

    Senior Principal Research Scientist and Group/Project Leader
    CSIRO Mathematical and Information Sciences.

  • 1990-1994

    Research Group Leader and Assistant Research Professor
    USC/ISI -- joint appointment with ISI and USC’s Computer Science Department, USA.

  • 1994-1997

    Principal Research Fellow
    Information Technology Research Institute (ITRI), University of Brighton, UK.

  • 1987-1990

    Research Scientist
    USC/ISI: Information Sciences Institute (ISI) of the University of Southern California (USC), USA.


  • 2004-2005

    CRSS Grant, a University of Melbourne-CSIRO collaborative research program: WAUTER: Web-sites Automatic Usability Testing EnviRonment (with Dr Balbo).

  • 1996-1999

    Office of Naval Research (ONR), User-Centered Direct-Interaction Systems programme: `Assessing the applicability of an authoring tool for on-line help ?

  • 1991-1994

    Advanced Research Program Agency (ARPA): `EXPECT: Intelligent Support for System Construction And Documentation' under the program: Knowledge-Based Systems Technology (with Dr. Swartout).

  • 1990-1993

    National Science Foundation (NSF): `Phrasing text according to the situation' (with Dr Bateman)

Community and Corporate Citizenship

  • 2011

    OzChi 2011 Technical co-chair

  • 2000-present

    CHISIG Chair


We have publications by Dr Cecile Paris
For more publications, please see Google Scholar: KFordDAAAAAJ Researcher ID: C-2334-2011