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Ebay appoints AI leader

By Retail Technology | Thursday February 15 2018

Ebay has appointed Jan Pedersen to lead its artificial intelligence (AI) strategy

Pedersen – who will take the title of chief scientist, AI – was most recently vice president of data science at Twitter where he led the company’s investment in machine learning infrastructure and data analytics. 

“Jan is a true pioneer in the industry, with over thirty years developing search, deep learning, machine learning and AI technologies at scale,” said Devin Wenig, president and CEO of eBay. “He joins us at a pivotal moment when AI sciences including computer vision and deep learning are now capable of transforming personalised, immersive shopping experiences.” 

Technology strategy

Pedersen will be responsible for charting eBay’s technology strategy as it relates to AI, including enhanced ways in which eBay interacts with its consumers. He will set the agenda for AI R&D investments, lead a team of research, data and applied scientists and further our leadership in AI-enabled commerce.


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