Jason Baldridge, Noted Expert in Natural Language Processing, Joins Converseon as Senior Data Scientist

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Jason Baldridge, Noted Expert in Natural Language Processing, Joins Converseon as Senior Data Scientist Appointment Designed to Further Strengthen Converseon’s Leadership in Social Media Data Intelligence.

Converseon, the leading social media strategy and analytics solution provider, today announced that Jason Baldridge, an internationally renowned expert in natural language processing, has joined the team as Senior Data Scientist.

Baldridge has more than 15 years of experience in research, consulting, and software development in natural language processing. He currently holds a tenured position as an associate professor of computational linguistics at the University of Texas at Austin. He earned degrees in linguistics and computer science at the University of Pennsylvania and in computer science at the University of Edinburgh, where his doctoral dissertation was awarded the 2003 Beth Dissertation Prize from the European Association for Logic, Language, and Information.

In 1999, he co-founded the OpenNLP project and created the OpenNLP Toolkit, which is now in incubation at the Apache Software Foundation. He is currently on the editorial boards of Computational Linguistics, Computing Science and Engineering, and Linguistics in Language Technology, and he has served as area chair in Syntax and Parsing (2008) and NLP Applications (2012) for the conference of the Association for Computational Linguistics.

Jason joins Dr. Philip Resnik, a professor at the University of Maryland and Converseon’s lead scientist, to help evolve Converseon’s industry leading social intelligence (Conversation Mining™) technologies. Dr. Resnik holds joint appointments in the Department of Linguistics and at the Institute for Advanced Computer Studies. He received his bachelor's degree in Computer Science at Harvard in 1987, and his Ph.D. in Computer and Information Science at the University of Pennsylvania in 1993, and he has worked in industry R&D at Bolt Beranek and Newman, IBM T.J. Watson Research Center, and Sun Microsystems Laboratories. Dr. Resnik's research focuses on combining knowledge-based and statistical methods for natural language processing, with applications in machine translation, translation crowdsourcing, and computational social science. His current work is supported by NSF, DARPA, IARPA, ARL, and a Google Research Award.

“While there are many social media monitoring solutions on the market, very few have the intelligent meta-data needed to find real insights and meaning,” said Rob Key, CEO of Converseon. “Jason’s addition to the team, together with our innovative technology infrastructure and machine learning approach, will enable us to continue to lead the market in best data quality and help define the next generation of social media intelligence."

About Converseon
Founded in 2001, Converseon is a leading independent social media technology and services agency that helps brands harness the power of social media to meet business objectives. Combining the best of automated and human analysis, Converseon’s Conversation Miner™ suite of socially-intelligent solutions is utilized by a wide range of leading brands to help map, monitor, understand, organize around and engage in the vast social media conversation. Among its many recognitions is the SAMMY Award for Best Social Media Agency. Converseon was also recognized as a leader in an independent report by Forrester Research: "The Forrester Wave™: Listening Platforms, Q3 2010" (July 2010). Headquartered in New York, Converseon’s team extends to Detroit, San Francisco, Austin and Copenhagen. For additional information please contact Converseon at info(at)converseon(dot)com or learn more about Converseon at http://www.converseon.com, http://www.twitter.com/converseon or blog.converseon.com


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