Cambridge professor Bill Byrne joins Cytora as a scientific advisor

Cytora, the leading data analytics company that uses machine learning and unstructured web data to help insurers quantify, select and price risk,have announced that Bill Byrne, professor of information engineering at the University of Cambridge, will join their scientific advisory board this month.

This announcement comes shortly after the company's decision to apply their machine learning technology to commercial insurance to enhance underwriting and risk management.

Bill will work closely with Cytora's data science and engineering teams to advance their approach to risk modelling using machine learning algorithms.

Bill's research is in the statistical modelling of speech and language with a particular focus on machine translation. He teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in information engineering and language technology and is Course Director of the new Cambridge MPhil in Machine Learning, Speech, and Language Technology. Bill has also been involved in several successful start-ups in speech synthesis and recognition, and he is currently Senior Research Scientist and Director UK R&D Office for SDL plc, one of the world’s largest providers of machine translation and localisation services.

Bill Byrne said "‘Modelling risk is a fascinating technical problem and I have spent much of my research career developing risk-based approaches for language processing. I’m very excited by the opportunity to work with Cytora to apply machine learning and data science models to model risk in commercial insurance."