NexLP’s Machine Learning Edge: Meet Dr. Dan Roth

Building an artificial intelligence platform is about more than just the technology powering your software. It’s about the people behind that technology development and the assessments they make in doing so.

It’s also about the industry-vetted experts who’ve built their careers around applying decades of research to highly sophisticated, practical applications that can solve problems in the real world for real people. That’s where research goes beyond the lab and makes a real impact.

Here at NexLP, our chief scientist and co-founder is that expert. Dr. Dan Roth is among the most distinguished group of AI experts in the world, as he was named the winner of the 2017 John McCarthy Award by the International Joint Conferences on Artificial Intelligence Organization (IJCAI).

NexLP was founded on the belief that human guided artificial intelligence is the future of legal and compliance risk prediction, and our team continues to be at the forefront of machine-assisted descriptive, predictive and prescriptive analytics. We’re privileged to have Dr. Roth guiding our vision.

Who is Dr. Roth?

Roth is the Eduardo D. Glandt Distinguished Professor at the Department of Computer and Information Science at the University of Pennsylvania. He was a Founder Professor of Engineering at the Computer Science Department at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and has held positions at the Beckman Institute, the Statistics, Linguistics and ECE Departments and at the Graduate School of Library and Information Science. He also served as the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Artificial Intelligence Research (JAIR)

Roth is also a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the Association of Computing Machinery (ACM), the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI), and the Association of Computational Linguistics (ACL), for his contributions to Machine Learning and to Natural Language Processing.

What is the John McCarthy Award

The IJCAI John McCarthy Award is the highest award the Artificial Intelligence (AI) community gives to mid-career AI researchers who are 15 to 25 years past their Ph.D. This award is given to recognize those who have contributed significant advancements to the AI research agenda and who will continue to have an influence in the field.

Roth was recognized "for major conceptual and theoretical advances in the modeling of natural language understanding, machine learning, and reasoning." John McCarthy (1927-2011) was a computer scientist and cognitive scientist who first coined the term artificial intelligence. Through research, he influenced the foundation for the early stages of AI.

What Dr. Roth Focuses his Research On?

Dr. Roth’s research focuses on the study of machine learning and inference methods to facilitate natural language understanding. With an emphasis on computational foundations of intelligent behavior, he is dedicated to developing theories and systems pertaining to intelligent behavior using a unified methodology. At the heart of this is the idea that learning has a central role in intelligence.

Over the last roughly 15 years, Dr. Roth has focused on developing machine learning and inference frameworks for natural language understanding, along with developing advanced machine learning-based tools for natural language applications.


What does NexLP’s award-winning data scientist think about the future of machine learning? Catch our Q&A with him next week.

Jay Leib

Jay Leib is the CEO of NexLP, Inc. Jay has successfully founded and led software start-ups throughout his career. Most recently, Mr. Leib was at Chicago-based Relativity (formerly kCura) as the Chief Strategy Officer. Relatiivity is a Chicago based company focused on the eDiscovery vertical.