Ron Kohavi, PhD

I am a Microsoft Technical Fellow and VP of the Analysis and Experimentation team at Microsoft's Cloud and AI group. I was previously a Distinguished Engineer and GM, Partner Architect at Bing, General Manager for Microsoft's Experimentation Platform, director of data mining and personalization at Amazon.com, and VP of Business Intelligence at Blue Martini Software.

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Ronny Kohavi is a Microsoft Technical Fellow and VP of Microsoft's Analysis and Experimentation team at Microsoft's Cloud and AI group. He was previously a Distinguished Engineer and Partner Architect at Bing. He joined Microsoft in 2005 and founded the Experimentation Platform team in 2006. Prior to Microsoft, he was the director of data mining and personalization at Amazon.com, and the Vice President of Business Intelligence at Blue Martini Software, which went public in 2000, and later acquired by Red Prairie. Prior to joining Blue Martini, Kohavi managed MineSet project, Silicon Graphics' award-winning product for data mining and visualization. He joined Silicon Graphics after getting a Ph.D. 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. Kohavi received his BA from the Technion, Israel. He was the General Chair for KDD 2004, co-chair of KDD 99's industrial track with Jim Gray, and co-chair of the KDD Cup 2000 with Carla Brodley. He was an invited speaker at the National Academy of Engineering in 2000, a keynote speaker at PAKDD 2001, an invited speaker at KDD 2001's industrial track, a keynote speaker at EC 10 (2010), a keynote speaker at Recsys 2012, a keynote speaker at Emetrics 2014, and a keynote speaker at KDD 2015. He was an invited speaker at all four MIT Code conferences (Conference On Digital Experimentation) in 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017. His papers have over 39,000 citations and three of his papers are in the top 1,000 most-cited papers in Computer Science. In 2016, he was named the 5th most influential scholar in AI and the 26th most influential scholar in Machine Learning.

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