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Alex Smola

Vice President and Distinguished Scientist
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I studied physics in Munich at the University of Technology, Munich, at the Universita degli Studi di Pavia and at AT&T Research in Holmdel. During this time I was at the Maximilianeum München and the Collegio Ghislieri in Pavia.

In 1996 I received the Master degree at the University of Technology, Munich and in 1998 the Doctoral Degree in computer science at the University of Technology Berlin. Until 1999 I was a researcher at the IDA Group of the GMD Institute for Software Engineering and Computer Architecture in Berlin (now part of the Fraunhofer Geselschaft).

After that, I worked as a Researcher and Group Leader at the Research School for Information Sciences and Engineering of the Australian National University.

From 2004 onwards I worked as a Senior Principal Researcher and Program Leader at the Statistical Machine Learning Program at NICTA.

From 2008 to 2012 I worked at Yahoo Research. In spring of 2012 I moved to Google Research to spend a wonderful year in Mountain View and I continued working there until the end of 2014.

From 2013-2017 I was professor at Carnegie Mellon University. I co-founded Marianas Labs in early 2015.

In July 2016 I moved to Amazon Web Services to help build AI and Machine Learning tools for everyone.

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