Kenneth J. (Ken) Barker  Kenneth J. (Ken) Barker photo       

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Manager - Natural Language Analytics
Thomas J. Watson Research Center, Yorktown Heights, NY USA



My current research attempts to leverage structured knowledge and reasoning both to guide Watson's natural language understanding and bridge conceptual gaps in its resulting interpretations. Prior to joining IBM in 2011, I was a Research Scientist at the University of Texas at Austin, where I was an Investigator on DARPA's Rapid Knowledge Formation and Machine Reading Projects, as well as on Vulcan's Project Halo to build intelligent scientific textbooks. In a previous millennium, I was an Assistant Professor of Computer Science at the University of Ottawa. My research there focused on Natural Language Semantics and Semi-Automatic Interpretation of English Text.