Title: Research Scientist, Educator, Cognitive Scientist, Linguist
Location: Ottawa, Canada
Dr. Alona Soschen, research scientist, linguist, and educator, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Scientists for dedication, achievements, and leadership in language and information processing.
Born into a family of internationally-renowned scientists and academics, Dr. Soschen took an interest in science and research since coming of age. She earned a Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Ottawa in 2003, where she studied philosophy, linguistics and cognitive sciences. Following this accomplishment, she was invited to a postdoctoral fellowship at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) by professor Noam Chomsky, a point of distinction that she considers a highlight of her career. At MIT, Dr. Soschen’s coursework focused on computer science, as well as linguistics and artificial intelligence, which paved the way for her career-defining work on the nature of syntax.
Dr. Soschen left academia in 2008 and joined Amerge Software Inc., where she worked as the company’s chief research scientist and rose to become the president of the company in 2012. She is also the chief scientist officer and research scientist at DecipherIQ Inc., and has worked as a strategic advisor to the National Science Foundation and other organizations. Dr. Soschen holds a certificate in paralegal studies from the Algonquin College of Applied Arts and Technology, and has broadened her focus to provide business and legal consulting through BDT Consulting Limited, ASP Consulting Solutions and her own firm, Soschen Legal Services, since 2018.
Dr. Soschen’s work has been extensively published, and she is best-known for her work on syntax, including “On the Nature of Syntax,” and “On Subjects and Predicates: Theoretical Linguistics.” She holds numerous patents for discoveries in natural language processing, the trademarked Real Intelligence process, and information processing for financial applications. Furthermore, she is a former advisor for the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. She attributes her success to hard work, organization and strong interpersonal skills developed during her time in academia, and hopes to move into broader medical research in the coming years. In recognition of her academic career and research innovations, Dr. Soschen has been honored by the United States government as a Scientist of Exceptional Ability.
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