Ruhi SarikayaDirectorAmazon Alexa
Speaker BioRuhi Sarikaya joined Amazon Alexa team as the Director of Applied Science in 2016. With his team that he has largely built from the ground up, he has been building core capabilities around ranking, relevance, natural language understanding, dialog management, contextual understanding and personalization. Prior to that, he was a principal science manager and the founder of the language understanding and dialog systems group at Microsoft, Redmond, WA between 2011 and 2016. His group has built language understanding and dialog management capabilities of Cortana, Xbox One and the underlying platform supporting both 1st and 3rd parties. Before Microsoft, he was a research staff member and team lead in the Human Language Technologies Group at IBM T.J. Watson Research Center, Yorktown Height, NY for ten years. Before IBM, he worked as a researcher at the Center for Spoken Language Research (CSLR) at the University of Colorado at Boulder for two years. Ruhi received his PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Duke University, his MS in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Clemson University, and his BS in Electrical Engineering from Bilkent University. He has published over 100 technical papers in refereed journal and conference proceedings, and is inventor of over 70 issued/pending patents.