Session: The Science of Sharing
Time: Friday, October 23 at 4:00PM

About Jason

Chief Data Scientist, People Pattern

Jason uses his expertise in natural language processing and machine learning to power the platform, turning unstructured social text into structured data. Jason is Associate Professor of Computational Linguistics at the University of Texas at Austin, and is one of the co-creators of the Apache OpenNLP Toolkit. As a professor, Jason works on probabilistic models for categorization and syntax, with a particular emphasis on low-resource languages. He also focuses on methods and applications for connecting linguistic objects to geography and time. He has been active in the creation and promotion of open source software for natural language processing, including ScalaNLP, Junto, TextGrounder and OpenCCG. Jason received his Ph.D. from the University of Edinburgh in 2002, where his doctoral dissertation was awarded the 2003 Beth Dissertation Prize from the European Association for Logic, Language and Information. His main academic research interests include categorical grammars, parsing, semi-supervised learning, co-reference resolution and geo-referencing.