A short note (implied by my updates on Twitter), just to say: I was laid off last week from my previous employment in an abrupt downsizing — a company pivot, evidently away from the work I like to do. I’m looking for work now. Below the jump: what I’m looking for.
I’m good at at least three things, derived from 14+ years working at the intersection of software and linguistics:
- Natural language processing – I am fluent with the tools and practices used to automatically infer structured, machine-consumable information from the noisiness and surprises of natural language, whether written or derived from speech.
- Machine learning and statistical methods – I do not fear the occasional outlier, and I am well equipped to put concrete bounds on what occasional means. I work with real data, and I prefer to have concrete evaluation measures; when necessary, I will implement my own.
- Software engineering and aesthetics – I am good at software design, and I enjoy the puzzle of building research infrastructure: how do you build a boat to sail where no one has sailed before? I understand not only the tools of NLP and machine-learning, but how to structure (and restructure) shared architectures so that engineers and scientists can cooperate smoothly.
I’ve been working on all three of these since about 1998; my PhD is –effectively– in all three. I’ve started interviewing around the Puget Sound area — but of course I’d welcome any other local leads.