Main area of research
Natural language & AI
Fred Kroon is a research engineer working on tools for the mobility NLU (natural language understanding) team.
Fred holds an MSc from Simon Fraser University and an MMath from the University of Waterloo. His research for the former focused on developing tools for high-precision information retrieval applications. The research for his second degree dealt with the automatic categorization of scientific citations and the use of citation analysis to better understand scientific research communities.
Prior to joining Nuance, he worked as a research associate at the University of Guelph, primarily working on unsupervised text segmentation. He also spent two years working for small company providing health care information management solutions for small to medium size medical clinics.
In addition to his research on information retrieval and citation analysis, Fred has a wide range of additional research interests covering areas of artificial intelligence, machine learning, and cognitive science. Specific areas of interest include:
- Affective Computing (including sentiment analysis and affective natural language generation)
- Unsupervised Machine Learning for natural language processing
- Health Informatics
- Cognitive Modelling of human affective reasoning
- Philosophy of mind and consciousness