Matt McIlwain interviews Carlos Guestrin. Drawing on his experience as an AI pioneer and the founder of Turi, an early leader in helping any team of data scientists and programmers apply data and machine learning to build intelligent applications (recently acquired by Apple), Carlos discusses the intelligent applications powered by data and data science that are being built and deployed at a rapid pace, including on smartphones and edge devices, and shares consumer, commercial, and embedded examples.
Matt McIlwain is a managing director at Madrona Venture Group and one of the top VCs in the world when it comes to investing in AI and ML. A longtime venture capitalist focusing on software-driven companies, Matt is currently investing in companies in the cloud, machine learning, and intelligent apps spaces. He serves on the boards of a number of Madrona companies, including 2nd Watch, Apptio, Booster, ExtraHop, Igneous Systems, Placed.com, Qumulo, Smartsheet, and Skytap. Matt is also on the boards of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and Washington Policy Center. Previously, Matt served on the boards of Isilon Systems (acquired by EMC), Turi (acquired by Apple), Farecast (acquired by Microsoft), World Wide Packets (acquired by Ciena), PayScale (acquired by Warburg Pincus), iConclude (acquired by Opsware), Performant (acquired by Mercury Interactive), and Tier3 (acquired by CenturyLink Savvis). He is a graduate of Dartmouth College and holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a master’s degree in public policy from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.
Carlos Guestrin is the director of machine learning at Apple and the Amazon Professor of Machine Learning in Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Washington. Carlos joined Apple through its acquisition of Turi (formerly Dato and GraphLab), a machine learning company of which he was the cofounder and CEO. Previously, he was the Finmeccanica Associate Professor at Carnegie Mellon University and senior researcher at the Intel Research Lab in Berkeley. A world-recognized leader in the field of machine learning, Carlos was named one of the 2008 brilliant 10 by Popular Science. His work has been recognized by over a dozen best-paper awards at top conferences and journals. He is the recipient of the Alfred P. Sloan Fellowship, IBM Faculty Fellowship, IJCAI Computers and Thought Award for his contributions to artificial intelligence, and the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE). He is a former member of the Information Sciences and Technology (ISAT) advisory group for DARPA. Carlos holds a PhD and master’s degree from Stanford University and a degree in mechatronics engineering from the University of Sao Paulo, Brazil.
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