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Tonya Custis

Title: From Research to Production: AI & NLP in Industry

Bio: Dr. Tonya Custis is Senior Research Director at Thomson Reuters where she leads a team of research scientists performing applied research in Artificial Intelligence technologies. Tonya earned a Ph.D. in Linguistics, an M.S. in Computer Science, and an M.A. in Linguistics, all from the University of Minnesota. She also has a B.A. in Music from the University of Connecticut. Her research interests include information retrieval, natural language processing, and machine learning. She is currently leading projects that explore Question Answering and Natural Language Understanding in the Legal Domain.


Abstract: Thomson Reuters has been bringing NLP & AI applications to market for the past 25 years. This talk will compare and contrast two very different recent products, following their progress from initial research stages through production release, outlining the research itself, the techniques used, the teams involved, and some of the technical challenges of getting state-of-the-art AI/NLP research into a working large-scale production system.




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