Hi, I’m Ger.
I’ve been the Lead Data Scientist at Popertee Ltd in Dublin, Ireland, leading the research and development of a location data platform for pop-up retail and experiential marketing campaigns.
Prior to this I was a Natural Language Processing Specialist at award-winning health-tech startup babylon in London, mostly concerned with chatbots, information extraction and assorted applications of biomedical natural language processing.
Since leaving academia, I’ve kept on writing in a personal capacity, as an occasional contributor at State.ie and a contributor and Associate Editor at Wide Orbits, an online community dealing with ideas, issues and culture based in Dublin, Ireland where I’ve written about topics as diverse as computational creativity and Brazilian politics.
How I got where I am
I completed my doctorate in the Computational Linguistics Group at Trinity College Dublin under the supervision of Dr. Carl Vogel in 2013 entitled: “Translation Effects in English Natural Language text”as part of the Centre for Next Generation Localisation (CNGL), an SFI-funded CSET research centre.
In my thesis I looked at questions related to stylometry and authorship in the context of translations, applying machine learning techniques to tease out signals in literature.
After a brief foray deploying and training commercial information extraction systems in the Irish Times, I worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the Centre for Applied Data Analytics Research (CeADAR), based at University College Dublin, where I applied my knowledge of natural language processing to problems in social media analysis and social entity resolution. I also worked on graph analytics and data visualisation projects at CeADAR.
Deutsch wird ab und zu gesprochen. Português também. Beagánín Gaeilge freisin.
Open to short term NLP consulting projects, discussion of 1980s US college rock, whatever you are having yourself!