Ronny Kohavi is a Microsoft distinguished engineer and the general manager for the analysis and experimentation team within Microsoft’s Artificial Intelligence and Research Group. Previously, he was partner architect at Bing and founder of the experimentation platform team. Prior to Microsoft, he was the director of data mining and personalization at Amazon; the vice president of business intelligence at Blue Martini Software (acquired by Red Prairie); and manager of the MineSet project, Silicon Graphics’ award-winning product for data mining and visualization. Ronny was the general chair for KDD 2004, cochair of KDD 99’s industrial track with Jim Gray, and cochair of the KDD Cup 2000 with Carla Brodley and has been an invited or keynote speaker at a number of conferences around the world. His papers have over 34,000 citations; three of them are in the top 1,000 most-cited papers in computer science. In 2016, he was named the fifth-most-influential scholar in AI and the twenty-sixth most influential scholar in machine learning. Ronny holds a PhD in machine learning from Stanford University, where he led the MLC++ project (the machine learning library in C++ used in MineSet and at Blue Martini Software), and a BA from the Technion, Israel.
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