Amina Shabbeer


I am a Machine Learning Scientist at Amazon Music where I lead machine learning research and development efforts for podcasts personalization. This is a cross-team effort building recommender models for customer engagement and acquisition and context-based ranking using consumption data and textual content. Previously I lead research on dialogue systems and spoken language understanding for Alexa. This work was widely praised and received international press coverage in TechCrunchFastCompanyThe VergeVentureBeat

My research interests are in convex, non-convex and combinatorial optimization, reinforcement learning and their applications to problems in bioinformatics, conversational AI, natural language processing, ranking and large-scale distributed systems. I received my Ph.D. in Computer Science in 2012 from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. My advisor was Prof. Kristin Bennett.

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