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Maryam Fazel-Zarandi is the Research Engineering Lead for North America for core ML and responsible AI at Facebook AI Research (FAIR) Labs. Prior to this, she was the US east coast NLP, Speech and Core ML researchers. Her research interests are in the areas of natural language understanding and dialog systems and her current research focuses on reasoning in large language models and self-supervised learning for speech. She has over 10 years of industry experience and extensive experience in collaborating with engineering teams to deliver science solutions to production. Prior to joining FAIR in 2021, she was an Applied Science Manager at Amazon working on Conversational AI for Alexa, where she supported the development of Alexa Conversations and led a team of scientists and engineers working on data-driven dialog management, incremental learning in dialog systems, and reasoning for language understanding and dialog management. Before joining Amazon in 2017, she was a Senior Research Scientist at Nuance Communications, working on open-domain natural language understanding and dialog systems and question answering. Maryam received her Ph.D. in Computer Science from University of Toronto in 2013.

  • 2021 - Present: Research Engineering Manager, Meta AI - Facebook AI Research (FAIR)

  • 2017 - 2021:      Applied Science Manager and Senior Machine Learning Scientist, Amazon Alexa

  • 2013 - 2017:      Senior Research Scientist, Nuance Communications

  • 2007 - 2013:      PhD, Department of Computer Science, University of Toronto

  • 2005 - 2007:      MSc, Department of Computer Science, University of Toronto

  • 2001 - 2005:      BASc, Department of Computer Engineering, Sharif University of Technology


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