Mark Jerome Steedman, FBA, FRSE (born 18 September 1946) is a computational linguist and cognitive scientist.
Steedman graduated from the University of Sussex in 1968, with a B.Sc. in Experimental Psychology, and from the University of Edinburgh in 1973, with a Ph.D. in Artificial Intelligence (Dissertation:The Formal Description of Musical Perception. Advisor: Prof. H.C. Longuet-Higgins FRS).
He has held posts as Lecturer in Psychology, University of Warwick (1977–83); Lecturer and Reader in Computational Linguistics, University of Edinburgh (1983-8); Associate and full Professor in Computer and Information Sciences, University of Pennsylvania (1988–98). He has held visiting positions at the University of Texas at Austin, the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, Nijmegen, and the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia.
Steedman currently holds the Chair of Cognitive Science in the School of Informatics at the University of Edinburgh (1998- ). He works in computational linguistics, artificial intelligence, and cognitive science, on Generation of Meaningful Intonation for Speech by Artificial Agents, Animated Conversation, The Communicative Use of Gesture, Tense and Aspect, and Combinatory Categorial Grammar (CCG). He is also interested in Computational Musical Analysis and Combinatory Logic.