at CityU Research Institute in Shenzhen jointly between the DSG and Dr Jingbo Xia's team based at the Huazhong Agricultural University. Alex talked about some of the latest development in linguistically motivated AI initiatives. Dr Kevin Cohen from University of Colorado Boulder gave a talk on NLP. Presentations were given by research students on some of their recent research.

met with representatives from the AI group and discussed possible collaborations in dialogue management.

As member of the Academic Committee of the Beijing Municipal Research Centre in Language Strategy, Alex was invited to Beihang for a 10-day visit starting on 1 December 2018. He gave two talks on topics including The Verb System in Academic Language: A Perspective from Biomedical English and The Lexis-Grammar Continuum in the Use of Shell Nouns across Speech and Writing.

The forum, held by East China Normal University, was held 27-28 Dec 2018 and attended by representatives from the major IT companies in China including Huawei, Alibaba, iSkySoft, and Tencent.