Category Archives: Bio

Samer Hijazi, Ph.D.

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Engineering Director

Cadence IP group

Samer HijaziSamer Hijazi joined Cadence in 2013 with the Tensilica acquisition. He is an Engineering Director in the Cadence IP group’s Chief Technology Office with a sharp focus on developing Cadence expertise in the deep learning industry and its applications. Previously, Samer led the baseband system architecture team for the Tensilica IP group. And, prior to joining Tensilica and Cadence he worked for LSI, Agere Systems, Qualcomm, and Philips Research Lab. Samer holds a PhD in Electrical Engineering from Kansas State University, an MS in Image Processing from South Dakota University, and an MBA degree from Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.

Amir Khosrowshahi

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Co-founder and CTO
Nervana Systems

Amir KhosrowshahiAmir Khosrowshahi is co-founder and CTO of Nervana Systems. Amir has an AB in physics and math, AM in physics from Harvard, and a PhD in computational neuroscience from Berkeley. His research background includes experimental neuroscience, machine learning, computer vision, distributed computing, and neuromorphic computing. He has worked at a number of successful technology startups and started his career trading derivatives.

Silvio Savarese

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Assistant Professor, Computer Science Department
Stanford University

Silvio Savarese

Silvio Savarese is an Assistant Professor of Computer Science at Stanford University. He earned his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the California Institute of Technology in 2005 and was a Beckman Institute Fellow at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign from 2005–2008. He joined Stanford in 2013 after being Assistant and then Associate Professor (with tenure) of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, from 2008 to 2013.

His research interests include computer vision, object recognition and scene understanding, shape representation and reconstruction, human activity recognition and visual psychophysics.

He is recipient of several awards including the James R. Croes Medal in 2013, a TRW Automotive Endowed Research Award in 2012, an NSF Career Award in 2011 and Google Research Award in 2010. In 2002 he was awarded the Walker von Brimer Award for outstanding research initiative.

He served as workshops chair and area chair in CVPR 2010, and as area chair in ICCV 2011 and CVPR 2013. He was editor of the Elsevier Journal in Computer Vision and Image Understanding, special issue on “3D Representation for Recognition” in 2009. He co-authored a book on 3D object and scene representation published by Morgan and Claypool in 2011. His work with his students has received several best paper awards including a best student paper award in the IEEE CORP workshop in conjunction with ICCV 2011, a Best Paper Award from the Journal of Construction Engineering and Management in 2011 and the CETI Award at the 2010 FIATECH’s Technology Conference.

Monica Anderson

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CTO and co-founder
Sensai Corporation

Monica Anderson of Sensai


Monica Anderson is co-founder and CTO at Sensai Corporation ( She has worked with computer based language understanding systems for Google, Kosmix, Kanisa, and Syntience. She directed independent research of “West Pole” style Deep Learning systems for natural language understanding and conversational social media 2001 – 2012 and has received several patents for chat-like systems. She ran the Silicon Valley AI Meetup for five years and 115 meetups and is a frequent public speaker on topics of Artificial Intuition, Model Free Methods, Epistemology of AI, Language Understanding Systems, and the future.

Ilya Gelfenbeyn

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CEO and co-founder

Ilya GelfenbeynIlya Gelfenbeyn is the CEO and co-founder of, the conversational UX platform that 25K+ companies use to voice-enable connected devices, apps and services. has also created and powers, the largest and highest rated independent voice assistant in the world with 30M+ users. He’s an expert in machine learning, natural language processing and conversational interfaces. Gelfenbeyn has a BSc in Mathematics from Novosibirsk State University and an MBA from the University of Brighton.

Dr. Sayandev Mukherjee

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Senior Research Engineer Data Mining
DOCOMO Innovations Inc., Palo Alto, CA

Sayandev MukherjeeDr. Sayandev Mukherjee is a Senior Research Engineer in the Data Mining team of the Network Services Innovations Group at DOCOMO Innovations Inc., in Palo Alto, CA. Dr. Mukherjee received his Ph.D. from Cornell University, Ithaca, NY in 1997. He has worked at Bell Laboratories, Marvell Semiconductor Inc. and SpiderCloud Wireless Inc., has over eighty publications in journals and conferences, and has been awarded thirteen patents. He is the author of “Analytical Modeling of Heterogeneous Cellular Networks — Geometry, Coverage, and Capacity,” published by Cambridge University Press.

Jeffrey T. Kreulen, PhD

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Distinguished Engineer
IBM Watson Group

Jeff KreulenDr. Kreulen is responsible for the cognitive systems architecture and methodology for IBM Watson Group.  Previously, he led research and development focused on discovery analytical services in IBM Research Almaden.  His work specializes on large scale structured and unstructured information analytics and machine learning applied to industry applications.  This work has also been applied to life sciences, social media, materials science, client relationship management, intellectual property, marketing, and investigative applications.  The recipient of three IBM Outstanding Technical Achievement Awards, Dr. Kreulen holds more than 25 patents and has published extensively including co-author of the book “Mining the Talk”.

He received his B.S. in applied mathematics (computer science) from Carnegie-Mellon University and his M.S. in electrical engineering and Ph.D. in computer engineering from Pennsylvania State University.

Dr. Noah Goodman

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Assistant Professor of Psychology, Computer Science and Linguistics
Stanford University

Noah Goodman

Noah D. Goodman is Assistant Professor of Psychology, Computer Science (by courtesy), and Linguistics (by courtesy) at Stanford University. He studies the computational basis of human thought, merging behavioral experiments with formal methods from statistics and programming languages. His research topics include language understanding, social reasoning, concept learning, as well as applications of these ideas and enabling technologies such as probabilistic programming languages. Professor Goodman received his Ph.D. in mathematics from the University of Texas at Austin in 2003. In 2005 he entered cognitive science, working as Postdoc and Research Scientist at MIT. In 2010 he moved to Stanford where he runs the Computation and Cognition Lab. He work has been recognized by the J. S. McDonnell Foundation Scholar Award, the Roger N. Shepard Distinguished Visiting Scholar award, the Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship in Neuroscience, and six computational modeling prizes from the Cognitive Science Society.

Dr. Jeffrey J. Welser

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Vice President & Lab Director
IBM Research – Almaden

Jeff WelserDr. Jeff Welser, Vice President and Lab Director, IBM Research – Almaden in San Jose, California oversees scientists and engineers performing exploratory and applied research. Home of the relational database and the world’s first hard disk drive, the Almaden laboratory today continues its legacy of advancing data technology & analytics, specializing in areas including: Watson cognitive technologies, brain-inspired computing, augmented intelligence, data curation and platforms, computing as a service, fundamental science and nanotechnology in the areas of magnetics, spintronics, polymers and theory. Almaden’s Accelerated Discovery Lab, focusing on data-centric systems, ad-hoc infrastructure and analytics, is part of the IBM Research THINKLab client innovation experience, focused on providing industry solutions in areas including finance, retail, food safety, water management and healthcare.

In his prior position, Dr. Welser was the Director of Strategy and Program Development for the Accelerated Discovery Lab and simultaneously the Director of Almaden Services Research, managing a portfolio of research into improved business processes, software and technology to enable IBM’s Global Business and Technology Services organizations.

Dr. Welser joined IBM Research in 1995, working on novel silicon devices at the T.J. Watson Research Center, and served as adjunct professor at Columbia University, teaching semiconductor device physics at the same time. In 2000, he took an assignment in IBM’s Technology Group, and then joined IBM Microelectronics in 2001, as leader of high-performance CMOS device design. In 2003, he was named Director of high-performance SOI and BEOL technology development, in addition to continuing work as the IBM Management Committee Leader for the Sony, Toshiba, and AMD development alliances. In late 2003, Welser returned to Research as the Director of Next Generation Technology Components, looking at technology, hardware, and software components for future IT systems. Starting in 2006, Welser was on assignment to the Semiconductor Research Corporation (SRC) as the Director of the Nanoelectronics Research Initiative (NRI), a consortium of leading U.S. Semiconductor firms which partners with NIST, NSF, and state governments to support university-based research on future nanoscale logic devices.

Dr. Welser received his PhD in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University. Welser holds 21 US Patents and has published over 75 technical papers and presentations. He is a member of the IBM Academy of Technology, IBM’s Growth and Transformation Team, an IEEE Fellow, a member of the American Physical Society, Chairman of the Bay Area Science and Innovation Consortium and has served on numerous Federal agency and Congressional panels on advanced semiconductor technology.

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