Dr. Peter JacksonChief Scientist and Vice President, Corporate R&D, Thomson Reuters
Peter Jackson holds a B.Sc. in Human Psychology and Ph.D. in Artificial Intelligence from the University of Leeds in England. He taught in the Department of Artificial Intelligence at Edinburgh University from 1983 to 1988, where he wrote the textbook “Introduction to Expert Systems,” which has run to three editions and been translated into seven languages. He was also a founding member of the Center for Speech Technology Research.
In 1988, he moved to the US and became a principal scientist at McDonnell Douglas Research Laboratories, bringing out a book of papers entitled “Logic Based Knowledge Representation” with Han Reichgelt and Frank van Harmelen. From 1992 to 1995, he taught post-graduate classes in artificial intelligence and parallel computing at Clarkson University in New York, and was a visiting professor at Singapore Polytechnic.
Peter joined the Thomson Corporation in 1995, and is now chief scientist and vice president of Corporate R&D at Thomson Reuters. He has built a group of 40 research staff with expertise in the areas of document search, text and data mining, and machine learning. In addition, he is responsible for university collaboration with respect to joint research projects. His most recent book, “Natural Language Processing for Online Applications”, came out in a 2nd edition in 2007.
His other professional experience includes 4 years on the World Wide Web Consortium’s Advisory Committee, 2 terms on the board of the Software & Information Industry Association’s Content Division, and 2 terms on the board of directors of the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra. He has recently joined the Dean’s Advisory Board for Science and Engineering at the University of Minnesota, and participated in a Roundtable at the Aspen Institute on the Future of Work.