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John Ortega

Lecturer; Senior NLP Research Scientist, Blackboard Insurance

John Ortega is currently a Senior NLP Research Scientist at Blackboard Insurance, a subsidiary of AIG, with research interests in the areas of machine learning, machine translation, and computer-assisted coding. He also serves as an adjunct computer science instructor and researcher at New York University.

John has started and exited two companies and is actively advising on technical issues as well as working as a contract Senior Architect and Software Developer which he has done for companies such as WebMD, Clear Channel (IHeart), Creative Virtual, Buongiorno, and others.

He possesses more than 15 years of overall software, system, sales, and marketing experience. In addition to industry knowledge, John has deep academic knowledge and has published many works both for IP and academic purposes.

His current areas of research are in Machine Learning, Big Data, Natural Language Processing and Machine Translation.


  • Ph.D., University of Alicante
  • M.S., Hofstra University
  • B.S., Augusta State University (Georgia Regents University)