Nicola Stokes is a postdoctoral researcher at the School of Computer Science and Informatics, University College Dublin. Nicola completed her PhD in 2004 under the supervision of Dr Joe Carthy at the Intelligent Information Retrieval group in the Department of Computer Science, University College Dublin. Her thesis investigated the appropriateness of using lexical cohesion analysis (provided by lexical chains) to improve IR and NLP tasks in the Topic Detection and Tracking domain. From 2005 to mid-2008, she was a postdoctoral research fellow in the National ICT Australia (NICTA) Victoria Lab at the University of Melbourne. Nicola is interested in the development of robust linguistic analysis techniques (e.g. Lexical Cohesion Analysis, Textual Entailment and Paraphrase Identification, Temporal Expression Analysis) for use in NLP and IR applications such as Text Summarisation, Question Answering and Text Classification. I've recently starting working on biomedical text processing tasks such as Genomic IR and Gene Normalisation.