Thomas Wood, freelance data scientist in London, UK. Speciality area: natural language processing (NLP)

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Toptal Data Scientist Thomas Wood

I originally studied Physics to Masters level at the University of Durham, UK, before completing a second Masters in Computer Speech, Text and Internet Technology at the University of Cambridge in 2008.

I have been working in machine learning and natural language processing for more than 10 years across a number of industries including healthcare, pharmaceuticals, and recruitment.

Consulting activities of Toptal Data Scientist Thomas Wood

Since 2020 I have been registered on Toptal as a Toptal data scientist.

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Since 2018 I have been working as a freelance data scientist consultant, helping large organisations around the globe extract value from unstructured data such as text and images.

Recent activities as a freelance data scientist include a project for Boehringer Ingelheim, one of Germany’s largest pharmaceutical companies, where I have been developing algorithms to improve pre-clinical research, clinical operations, and the supply chain, as well as the National Health Service where I am developing models to predict employee attrition.

I retain some academic links, where I give a yearly talk in the Digital Humanities at Oxford Summer School at Oxford University.

What I Offer as a Toptal Data Scientist

I am available for consulting and contracting, not permanent roles.

I have more than 10 years of experience in machine learning, more recently in deep learning. My speciality is large amounts of unstructured text data (product descriptions, customer profile texts, etc).

I also work with image data. Through my company Fast Data Science Ltd and via my Toptal profile as a Toptal Data Scientist, I can provide various services from consulting to complete production-ready deployment of machine learning solutions.

References are available on request.

About Thomas Wood, Toptal Data Scientist

Data Scientist profiles on sites other than Toptal

You can find more details on my career and qualifications from my LinkedIn page.

My research profile is on ORCID and ResearchGate.

You can also find me in the following sites: Google, Upwork, Kolabtree, Guru, Clutch, Fiverr, Twine,, Toptal.