Kfir Bar

Chief Scientist at Basis Technology


I am the Chief Scientist at Basis Technology. I have spent many years working in a wide range of natural language processing (NLP) disciplines, including statistical machine translation, named entity recognition, and digital-humanity applications. I am a big fan of combining linguistic knowledge with sophisticated AI algorithms, for extracting the most important information from a piece of text. Before Basis, I worked for Intuview as CTO, supporting national security and counter-terrorism missions by deducing authorship, sentiment, intent, and other contextual information. In 2013, I co-founded Comprendi, which transforms big data into actionable marketing insights. We served some large scale advertisers in different verticals, with great success. At 2016 our team won the 2016 Twitter #Promote challenge, for a $250K prize in cash.

I am a lecturer at Tel Aviv University, COLMAN and IDC (all are universities in Israel), where I teach courses in computer science, digital humanities, machine learning and natural language processing.

I hold a PhD in computer science from Tel Aviv University for a thesis on Semantics and Machine Translation, titled “Deriving Paraphrases for Highly Inflected Languages, with a Focus on Machine Translation .