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Joaquin Candela, Director of Applied Machine Learning, Facebook
As a Director of Engineering in AI at Facebook. Joaquin built the AML (Applied Machine Learning) team, driving product impact at scale through applied research in machine learning, language understanding, computer vision, computational photography, augmented reality and other AI disciplines. AML also built the unified AI platform that powers all production applications of AI across the family of Facebook products. Joaquin is now focused on new AI challenges, including the ethics of AI.
Prior to his current role, Joaquin built and taught a new machine learning course at the University of Cambridge, worked at Microsoft Research, and conducted postdoctoral research at three institutions in Germany, including the Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics. He received his PhD from the Technical University of Denmark. Joaquin is a passionate runner (and new to triathlons), likes to play and sing folk songs on the guitar, and is devoted to his wife and three kids.