Hugo Zaragoza (bio)

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I am leading the new Amazon Research and Development center at Barcelona, specializing in machine learning (ML) for search and natural language processing (NLP).

My research has always been at the frontier of ML, NLP and search, pushing the boundaries of search engines and text analytics. I have worked in applied research for over 15 years: first, at Microsoft Research, where I worked in the Machine Learning group developing one of the first ML-based Search Engines, then at Yahoo! Research where I led the Natural Language Retrieval group, then at Websays, a company I founded and directed, where we developed ML technology for SaaS sentiment analysis.

Some of my work at Yahoo! and Microsoft is in production and used by millions of people today. While at Websays, we served social media sentiment analysis in real time to clients world-wide (from city councils to fashion brands, NGOs and bankers…). I am the author of ~50 scientific articles and 20 patents, and give talks and lectures often. Before all of that I completed one of the earliest PhDs in text analytics with NNs (in 1999) at U. of Paris 6, where I also taught computer science for several years.

More information about me here:

About this BlogFrom

Some ideas stick to my head and simply won’t go away.

Sometimes I can turn them into a demo, a paper or a proposal of some kind…

But other times they are just too rough, too vague, too weird…

I write these here so I can rest!

 

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