Pierre Zweigenbaum, PhD, FACMI

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Dr. Zweigenbaum has pioneered the use of natural language processing in biomedicine, particularly in the field of biomedical information extraction and automatic linguistic knowledge extraction from free text in multiple languages. Dr. Zweigenbaum’s research focus is Natural Language Processing (NLP), with medicine as a main application domain – what is now known as “BioNLP”, of which he is one of the pioneers and a recognized authority.

Through his work on information extraction in multilingual settings, he has developed innovative methods (and companion tools) to detect various types of medical entities, expand abbreviations, resolve co-references, and detect relations. He has also designed novel methods for the automatic acquisition of linguistic knowledge from corpora and thesauri, as well as methods to help extend lexicons and terminologies, including in multiple languages.