innovation@amazon

What is it?

The third edition of Innovation@Amazon by Amazon Development Center Poland is coming up! Join our technical conference held in Gdansk to meet our top-notch engineers and tech pioneers, who are responsible for the development of Amazon’s products and solutions including Amazon Web Services, Machine Learning, IoT, Amazon Game Studios and Amazon Alexa.


Our event will take place in Stary Maneż, Gdansk on September 29th. Deep-dive technical lectures will be followed by the networking activities. This autumn you will spend a quality time with first-class speakers, who will gladly share their knowledge over a cup of coffee.

 

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29 SEP 2018 GDANSK

Previous speakers

David Hardcastle

Sr. Manager Alexa Information

David Hardcastle

Sr. Manager Alexa Information

Dave Hardcastle leads the Evi team in Cambridge, UK, which is responsible for answering questions in English and German on Alexa. He has worked in a variety of industries over the last 20 years, including technology, academia, finance, and the voluntary sector. He has a PhD in Computational Linguistics (specifically NLG) and an interest in NLP and Corpora that dates back to working on the British National Corpus in 1990. He enjoys working at scale, working with diverse teams on seemingly insurmountable problems.

    Vikas Enti

    Sr. Manager, Amazon Robotics

    Vikas Enti

    Sr. Manager, Amazon Robotics

    Vikas is passionate about complex systems, robotics and human augmentation.  He is the Head of International Programs at Amazon Robotics and is responsible for the launch and performance of robotic fulfillment centers in Europe and Japan. Prior to joining Amazon Robotics, Vikas founded a company to distribute bio-resorbable implants in India,  designed low-cost robots for humanitarian landmine detection and was at the forefront for leveraging cloud computing for social robots.

      Jeff Barr

      Director, AWS Evangelism

      Jeff Barr

      Director, AWS Evangelism

        Staszek Pasko

        Principal Engineer for Amazon Alexa

        Staszek Pasko

        Principal Engineer for Amazon Alexa

        Responsible for the elements of the Alexa service dealing with speech recognition (ASR), natural language understanding (NLU) and speech synthesis (TTS). As a Principal Engineer, Staszek supports the development teams in the Amazon Development Center Poland in Gdansk, he is involved with the platform architecture and in the research of new projects connected to Alexa.

        A Computer Science graduate from the Faculty of Mathematics, Informatics and Mechanics at the University of Warsaw. Before joining Amazon in 2015, he was at Google, working on Cloud Platform, Blogger, GoogleTV and AdWords.

          Max Amordeluso

          Senior Manager, Alexa Skills Kit

          Max Amordeluso

          Senior Manager, Alexa Skills Kit

          The Alexa Skills Kit (ASK) team is responsible for adding new skills to Alexa, working with third party developers to ensure that new skills provide the most natural and delightful voice experience possible. Max Amordeluso is part of the ASK team in Luxembourg, from where he led the teams that launched ASK in UK and Germany.  Max is currently focusing on launching new countries in Europe. Originally from Florence, Italy, Max spent the bulk of his 18-year career in the US, covering several technical leadership roles.  Prior to his current Alexa role, Max spent two years leading the Solutions Architects team for Amazon Web Services in Europe. Max holds a Computer Science degree and an MBA from the University of Miami.  His passions include Human Computer Interaction, the Internet of Things and the realization of science fiction predictions.

            Ruhi Sarikaya

            Director of Applied Science

            Ruhi Sarikaya

            Director of Applied Science

            Ruhi Sarikaya joined Amazon Alexa team as the Director of Applied Science in September 2016. With his team that he has largely built from the ground up, he has been building core capabilities around ranking, relevance, natural language understanding, contextual understanding and personalization. Prior to that, he was a principal science manager and the founder of the language understanding and dialog systems group at Microsoft, Redmond, WA between 2011 and 2016. His group has built language understanding and dialog management capabilities of Cortana, Xbox One, Skype (Bots) and the underlying platform supporting both 1st and 3rd party. Before Microsoft, he was a research staff member and team lead in the Human Language Technologies Group at IBM T.J. Watson Research Center, Yorktown Heights, NY for ten years. Before IBM, he worked as a researcher at the Center for Spoken Language Research (CSLR) at the University of Colorado at Boulder for two years.  He received his BS (1995) degree from Bilkent University, MS (1997) degree from Clemson University and Ph.D. (2001) degree from Duke University all in electrical and computer engineering.  He has published over 100 technical papers in refereed journal and conference proceedings and, is inventor of over 70 issued/pending patents.

              Anandkumar, Animashree

              Principal Scientist, Deep Learning

              Anandkumar, Animashree

              Principal Scientist, Deep Learning

              Anima joined AWS in November 2016, as Principal Scientist on Deep Learning. She is currently on leave from the EECS Department at UC Irvine, where she has been an associate professor since August 2010. Anima has earned several prestigious awards, including the Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship, the NSF CAREER award, and Young Investigator Research awards from the Army Research Office and the Air Force Office for Sponsored Research. Her research interests include large-scale machine learning, non-convex optimization, and high-dimensional statistics. In particular, she’s been spearheading the development and analysis of tensor algorithms.
              “My mission is to make machine learning accessible to everyone on the planet, and AWS is an awesome place to achieve that.” She went on to explain that she wants to remove the guesswork for launching large-scale machine learning jobs, so that you don’t have to be an expert in machine learning, application domains, or programming, especially because it’s humanly impossible for one person to have all these skill sets.

                Julien Simon

                Principal Technical Evangelist at Amazon Web Services

                Julien Simon

                Principal Technical Evangelist at Amazon Web Services

                Before joining AWS, Julien served for 10 years as CTO/VP Engineering in top-tier web startups. Thus, he’s particularly interested in all things architecture, deployment, performance, scalability and data. As a Principal Technical Evangelist, Julien speaks very frequently at conferences and technical workshops, where he meets developers and enterprises to help them bring their ideas to life thanks to the Amazon Web Services infrastructure.

                  Rafał Kukliński

                  Site Leader

                  Rafał Kukliński

                  Site Leader

                  Rafał Kukliński is a Senior Software Development Manager at Amazon leading the Amazon Text-to-Speech technology team and the Managing Director of the Amazon Development Center in Poland. Rafal has been with Amazon for 5 years working on speech synthesis systems that power a wide range of Amazon products and services, including Amazon Polly (an AWS TTS service), Amazon Fire tablets, Kindle Readers and Amazon Alexa. He works on application of Deep Learning and signal processing techniques for prosody modeling of Speech Synthesis and NP.

                  Prior to Amazon, Rafal held a variety of technical and leadership positions at companies such as General Electric and Lufthansa, working on technologies ranging from flight planning systems to video compression and analysis systems.

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