Natural Language Technology

We believe that – just as is the case with humans – Natural Language is central to Artificial Intelligence.  If enabling machines to exhibit human-like intelligence is an aim for computer science, then equipping machines with the ability to interpret and produce language-like communicative structures is a critical step along the way.

It is this belief that has fuelled our extensive work in the Natural Language Technology industry.  Over the past five years, we have watched with interest as the industry has made a steady move out of academia and into the commercial world.  What computers can now do with human language is mind-boggling; what they’ll be doing in ten years will define the very nature of our future relationship with machines.

We have invested extensively in the tools, systems and time required to map out and understand this burgeoning part of the technology industry.  We have developed relationships with companies, people and academic institutions which, when combined with our industry-leading methodology for identifying and approaching hard-to-find expertise, leaves us positioned as the only specialist supplier of expertise in this area.

We’ve worked with companies applying both statistical and rule-based approaches to NLP, in a variety of application areas. These have included, in no particular order:

- Sentiment Analysis
- Machine Translation
- Text/Language Input
- Dialogue Systems (Spoken and text-based)
- Summarization
- Natural Language Generation
- Text-to-speech
- Text Mining & Analysis
- Information Retrieval
- Text Classification & Ontology Mapping
- Semantic Classification/Semantic Web Technologies

We’ve also worked with companies applying Machine Learning techniques to solve problems that don’t necessarily involve the analysis of language data. The kinds of people we’ve hired have included:

- Natural Language Processing Engineers/Developers
- Software Engineers with a sprinkling of NLP (hopefully you’ll “get” the difference between this and the one above…)
- Data Scientists, Informatics & (“Big”) Data Analytics professionals (where the data is either text or speech)
- Computational Linguists
- Machine Learning Developers/Researchers
- Speech Scientists / Speech Recognition Engineers & lots of other Speech-specific roles
- Semantic Web Researchers/Developers

We’ve worked with companies in the UK, France, Spain, Germany, the US, Canada, Egypt, Israel, Portugal, amongst others. Our network includes people with experience working with language corpora and building systems to support the following languages: English, French, German, Spanish, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Arabic (lots of flavours), Hindi, Tamil, Begali, Urdu, Portuguese, Malay, Thai, and lots of others. Unfortunately, as far as we know, no-one has yet got close to building an NLP system capable of processing Geordie. Some things just don’t follow the rules of statistics or linguistics, no matter how hard you try…

You can find out more about what we do in the infomercial below (use the play button to move between sections).  Alternatively, give us a call or drop us an e-mail and we’ll let you know if we can help.