Director, NLU Interpretations , Alexa AI-Natural Understanding
Alan Packer is Director of Engineering for the Alexa NLU Interpretations team at Amazon. His team builds the platform and core technology for NLU models used both by external and internal developers. He has over 20 years of experience building machine-learning systems at scale in security, search, speech recognition and natural language understanding. Prior to joining Amazon Alan worked at Facebook, managing horizontal ranking teams for Facebook’s search engine, as well as language technology teams like speech recognition and machine translation. Before that Alan was at Microsoft until 2012, most recently leading the Cortana back-end technology team within Bing. In his spare time Alan walks away from machine learning to help his wife at a winery they run in Seattle, Washington.