OK, so after a period in stealth mode we’re now finally launching the London Text Analytics group. Well, I say “launching”, but it’s really just half a dozen of us meeting at Fizzback‘s offices for a talk and maybe a beer afterwards. It’s been a while in the making (mainly due to summer vacations & so on) but I’m pleased to say that my BCS colleague Udo Kruschwitz from Essex University has agreed to give a presentation on “Making Natural Language Processing Work in Practical Applications“. And as I said, for this first meeting I’m not expecting huge numbers. But you never know – I can think of several text analytics organisations based in the South East England with whom we share a common interest, such as:
- SPSS (based in Woking)
- Thomson Reuters (where I used to work – based in Canary Wharf)
- Autonomy (Cambridge)
- Infonic (Guildford)
- Linguamatics (Cambridge)
- SpinVox (Marlow)
…and many more organisations who are based overseas but have offices in the UK. And then of course there are the startups in the field of brand reputation management / customer experience, who make use of lightweight NLP techniques to measure online sentiment. So in principle that’s quite a large population we could be addressing.
We’d be delighted to hear from folks working for any of the above organisations. If you have a passion for text analytics & NLP, there’s a lot we can learn from each other. Further details at: http://www.meetup.com/textanalytics/.