Cambridge professor Ted Briscoe 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, has added Professor Ted Briscoe to their scientific advisory board earlier this month.

Ted will play a key role in advancing Cytora's approach to understanding commercial risk by leveraging unstructured web data, along with fellow University of Cambridge professor Bill Byrne, who also joined the company recently.

Ted is the professor of computational linguistics at the University of Cambridge and the inaugural director of the Alta Institute, which conducts research into automated language teaching and assessment. He has published over 100 research articles and three books in the areas of automated speech and language processing.

Ted was senior editor of the journal Computer Speech and Language for 15 years and is co-founder and CEO of iLexIR Ltd., a consultancy and technology provider specialising in language processing applications. In 2009, iLexIR spun-out Swiftkey, maker of the world's most popular predictive keyboard for smartphones. In 2013, he co-founded English Language iTutoring Ltd and is its chief scientist.

Ted Briscoe said "Utilising the latest innovations in deep learning and natural language processing, Cytora can gauge risk in anything from insurance underwriting to your daily commute. It's exciting to be working with such a talented and passionate team."