Hassan Sawaf

With more than 20 years of expertise in bringing cutting-edge technology from academia to market, Hassan Sawaf is well-recognized in the field of applied science and machine learning. He's worked in machine translation, speech recognition, computer vision, natural language understanding and dialog, process optimization and other applications. Hassan is Director at Facebook AI with a focus on building machine learning technology to leverage multimodal signals for comprehension, machine induction and personalization across applications in various domains, but particularly in AR and VR. Before joining Facebook, he was Director at Amazon Web Services for Applied Science and Artificial Intelligence. With his team, he drove science for existing machine learning services and incubated new technologies and services for customers. Prior to that, he established and headed the AI teams at eBay. Hassan enabled commerce business with machine translation, natural language understanding, computer vision, behavior modeling, and dialog processing to improve UX for shoppers and sellers. Hassan has held various management roles in his storied career with several companies in language solutions, including as CEO of AIXPLAIN AG, COO of AppTek Inc., CEO of Net2Voice, and Chief Scientist at SAIC. He holds a Master of Science degree in Computer Science from Rheinisch-Westfälische Technische Hochschule Aachen (RWTH) with a minor in Human Medicine. His Ph.D. is also from RWTH and focused on Machine Learning and Applied Artificial Intelligence.