IBM, TJ Watson Research Center,
Talk: Building Watson: language technologies for Deep QA and the Jeopardy! challenge
Bran Boguraev is a non-native speaker of English, who would have liked to pursue linguistics and etymology; instead, he graduated with degrees in electronics and computer science, picking up a few languages along the way. At the first opportunity of doing independent research, he chose to study computational linguistics; he now holds a Ph.D. in that subject conferred by the Board of Mathematics at the University of Cambridge. Even after leading a number of joint academic projects and industrial consortia, as well as managing the natural language programs at two research centers of excellence, he still is unable to explain to his mother what he does for living. (His best attempt to hint at the challenges of his work is by inviting people to consider why the plural of "passer by" is "passers by", but the plural of "forget me not" is not "forget us not"...)
He is the author/co-author of four books, and over sixty refereed articles, in the area of computational linguistics and natural language engineering; most recently, his work has focused on leveraging shallow syntax and semantics for deep content characterization. He likes reading books; his hobby is collecting books; and he exercises by energetically reading as many books as possible.