Nick Haddock is a consultant in informational retrieval, text mining and natural language processing. He helps clients develop and apply technologies including search, text mining, text classification, text clustering, entity detection, and information extraction. Customer applications include financial information extraction, news and content monitoring, analysis of consumer content such as social media, contextual advertising, enterprise search, and legal e-discovery.
Nick formerly worked at Hewlett-Packard's Home Products Division, which was responsible for steering the Pavilion PC to its present leadership position in the consumer market. As the Futures Manager, Nick had overall responsibility for new initiatives and future strategic planning. In this role he specified and market-tested a new family of home information appliances, launched a web service for family communications, and co-founded HP's Consumer Internet Services Division. He then led the product marketing for this division, rolling out a broad suite of new product features and service partnerships, resulting in significant revenue growth.
Originally from the United Kingdom, Nick was a member of technical staff, and later project manager, at Hewlett-Packard's European Laboratories in Bristol, England. He led the research and development of new approaches to information retrieval and extraction, multimodal user interface design, and natural language applications. In particular, he led a project to develop a suite of ground-breaking techniques for the browsing and retrieval of recorded speech, including phrase segmentation, word and event spotting, and partial transcription using large vocabulary speech recognition. Components of this technology were licensed by Microsoft, and transferred into two HP product lines.
Nick holds 4 patents in language technology. He has authored several published papers, been an invited participant in many industry forums, and represented the UK at the European Commission's LRE Program from 1991-93. He has a Bachelor's degree in Computer Science from University of Warwick, and a Ph.D. in Natural Language Processing from University of Edinburgh.