Laurence is a Professor in the Faculty of Science and Engineering at Waseda University, Japan. He is a former director of the Center for English Language Education (CELESE) and the coordinator of graduate school technical English program. He received the M.A. degree in TESL/TEFL, and the Ph.D. in Applied Linguistics from the University of Birmingham, UK, and the B.Sc. degree in mathematical physics from the University of Manchester, UK. His research interests include corpus linguistics, educational technology, natural language processing (NLP), and genre analysis. He received the National Prize of the Japan Association for English Corpus Studies (JAECS) in 2012 for his work in corpus software tools design, including the development of AntConc, AntWordProfiler, and AntMover.
Maki graduated in English literature studies from Doshisha Women’s College, Kyoto, Japan. She has trained in English-Japanese translation and has extensive experience in finance planning. She serves as the finance manager at AntLab Solutions.