Peter Jackson

Peter Jackson
Chief Scientist, Thomson Reuters


Peter Jackson holds a Ph.D. in Artificial Intelligence from the University of Leeds. He then joined the Department of Artificial Intelligence at Edinburgh University, earning tenure in 1987 and publishing “Introduction to Expert Systems” with Pearson, a textbook that has run to three editions and been translated into seven languages.

In 1988, he moved to the US as a principal scientist at McDonnell Douglas Research Laboratories, bringing out a book of papers with MIT Press entitled “Logic Based Knowledge Representation” in 1989. He has also taught courses at University of Washington in Saint Louis, Clarkson University in New York, and Singapore Polytechnic.

In 1995, he joined the Thomson Corporation, and he is now chief scientist and vice president of R&D at Thomson Reuters Professional. He runs a group of 40 researchers who work with business units in the legal, financial, science and healthcare sectors to deliver custom information solutions. His latest book, “Natural Language Processing for Online Applications”, came out in a 2nd edition with John Benjamins in 2007.


Location: Mission City B4
Peter Jackson (Thomson Reuters)
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