Recent honors and awards for Amazon scientists

Researchers honored for their contributions to the scientific community.

Kostas Bimpikis honored with the Revenue Management and Pricing Section Prize

Kostas Bimpikis, an Amazon Scholar working with Amazon Flex, won the 2022 INFORMS Revenue Management and Pricing Section Prize for the 2019 paper, “Spatial Pricing in Ride-Sharing Networks”.

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Kostas Bimpikis

The paper, coauthored by Ozan Candogan, professor of operations management at the University of Chicago, and Daniela Saban, associate professor of Operations, Information, and Technology at Stanford, was awarded for being “the best contribution to the science of pricing and revenue management published in English.”

The paper, published in Operations Research in 2019, explores “spatial price discrimination in the context of a ride-sharing platform that serves a network of locations.” The paper addressed the issue of location-based pricing and found that, by setting different prices across their networks, ride-sharing companies and drivers would benefit from more balanced demand patterns.

The award was presented at INFORMS 2022, the world’s largest operations research and analytics conference.

Bimpikis is an associate professor of Operations, Information, and Technology and a Winnick Family Faculty Scholar at the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

Bimpikis, who joined Amazon as a Scholar in July 2020, also currently serves as an associate editor for Management Science, Operations Research, and Manufacturing and Service Operations Management.

Anton van den Hengel earns Pattern Recognition Journal’s Best Paper Award

Anton van den Hengel, Amazon director of applied science, has won Pattern Recognition Journal’s Best Paper Award for a 2019 paper on deep-learning architectures.

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Anton van den Hengel

The paper, “Wider or Deeper: Revisiting the ResNet Model for Visual Recognition”, undermined conventional wisdom by demonstrating that increasing depth may not be the best way to improve the performance of a deep neural network. Van den Hengel, who was also a professor of computer science at the University of Adelaide, coauthored the paper with fellow university researchers Zifeng Wu and Chunhua Shen.

Since its publication, the paper has received more than 1,000 citations. The model published with the paper has been included in many primary deep learning packages and in MATLAB.

Van den Hengel joined Amazon as director of applied science in March of 2020. At Amazon, he leads a research team working in machine learning and computer vision, with specific focus on vision and language, as well as on natural language processing.

Van den Hengel was the founding director of the Australian Institute for Machine Learning (AIML), Australia’s first institute dedicated to machine learning research. He continues to work part-time as director of AIML’s new Centre for Augmented Reasoning, whose mission is to build core artificial intelligence (AI) capability in Australia.

Established more than 50 years ago, Pattern Recognition accepts papers that make original contributions to the theory, methodology, and application of pattern recognition.

Sergei Kalinin named an Asia-Pacific Artificial Intelligence Association fellow and winner of Foresight Institute Feynman Prize in Experiment

Sergei Kalinin, an Amazon principal research scientist, has been named a fellow of the Asia-Pacific Artificial Intelligence Association (AAIA).

Sergei Kalinin
Sergei Kalinin

The AAIA selected Kalinin for his “outstanding achievements in the area of application of machine learning and artificial intelligence in atomically resolved and mesoscopic imaging.”

Traditionally, mesoscopic imaging allows scientists to explore objects ranging from materials microstructure to organization of biological tissues. Kalinin applied mesoscopic imaging to guide the development of advanced materials for energy and information technologies.

Kalinin earned his master’s degree in materials science from Moscow State University in 1998. He went on to earn his PhD in materials science from the University of Pennsylvania in 2002. He spent nearly 20 years at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), where his initial research centered around scanning-probe microscopy methods for probing ferroelectric and energy materials, including batteries and fuel cells. In 2016, Kalinin began working on machine learning methods in electron microscopy for applications such as real-time image analytics, automated and autonomous microscopy, and direct atomic fabrication.

Kalinin left ORNL in March of 2022 to become a research professor at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. At that time, he also joined Amazon as a principal research scientist working on special projects. In addition to AI, his areas of interest include photovoltaics, physics, and electrochemistry.

Kalinin also has served on the board of directors of the Materials Research Society and in 2019 was a founding member of the American Physical Society Topical Group on Data Science. He is a fellow of the American Physical Society, Materials Research Society, the Institute of Physics, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), and AVS: Science and Technology of Materials, Interfaces, and Processing (formerly the American Vacuum Society).

The AAIA is a nonprofit, nongovernmental interdisciplinary organization of industries that use AI in their applications, such as computing, communication, medical, transportation, agriculture, and many others. Incorporated in Hong Kong in 2021, the organization’s primary mission is to help scientists enhance the development and application of AI through academic research, exchanges, conferences, publications, and other activities.

Additionally, Kalinin recently won the 2022 Foresight Institute Feynman Prize in Experiment for his work in nanotechnology.

Nanotechnology studies materials and systems by focusing on the manipulation of individual atoms and molecules at nanoscale, or less than 100 millionth of a millimeter.

Awarded annually since 1993, the Feynman Prize is named in honor of the pioneer American theoretical physicist Richard Feynman, who won the Nobel Prize in physics in 1965 for his contributions to the development of quantum electrodynamics. Many nanotechnology advocates recognize Feynman’s 1959 lecture, “There’s Plenty of Room at the Bottom: An Invitation to Enter a New Field of Physics”, as a seminal inspiration for the burgeoning field of nanotechnology.

The Foresight Institute Feynman Prize for Experiment is awarded for excellence in experimentation to the researchers whose recent work has most advanced the achievement of Feynman’s goal for nanotechnology. This goal centers around molecular manufacturing, which is the construction of atomically precise products through the use of molecular machine systems.

Vinícius Loti de Lima wins Brazil’s Best PhD Thesis Award

The Brazilian Computer Society has awarded first place in the XXXV Theses and Dissertations Contest (CTD 2022) to the doctoral thesis of Vinícius Loti de Lima, an Amazon applied scientist. His thesis was also awarded best thesis by the Brazilian Society of Operational Research and received honorable mention from the Brazilian Society of Computational and Applied Mathematics.

Vinícius Loti de Lima
Vinícius Loti de Lima

The thesis, “Integer Programming Based Methods Applied to Cutting, Packing, and Scheduling”, studied solution methods for combinatorial optimization. The thesis proposed several general methods for deriving algorithms that are fundamental to computer science and operations research.

In the paper, de Lima applied his methods to many well-studied cutting, packing, and scheduling problems. He also proposed solutions to facilitate future research on two-dimensional cutting and packing.

Established in 1978, the Brazilian Computer Society (or SBC, for Sociedade Brasileira de Computação in Portuguese), is an educational organization dedicated to the advancement of computer science in Brazil. SBC is the largest computer society in South America and serves as a forum for researchers, students, and professionals in computer science and information technology.

On average, there are about 300 PhD defenses in computer science each year in Brazil. The Brazilian Computer Society chose 43 candidates for evaluation for the award.

In December 2021, de Lima earned his PhD in computer science from Universidade Estadual de Campinas in São Paulo. His primary research interests included the development of mathematical programming methods, combinatorial algorithms, and decomposition schemes to solve large-scale optimization problems of general relevance.

In April 2022, de Lima joined Amazon as an applied scientist on the capacity planning team. At Amazon, de Lima works on solving real-world optimization problems at scale, applying in practice the theories he developed during his doctoral research.

Gérard Medioni elected as NAI fellow

The National Academy of Inventors (NAI) has named Gérard Medioni, vice president, and distinguished scientist, AWS Applications, as an NAI fellow. Election as an academic fellow is the highest professional distinction awarded to academic inventors.

Gérard Medioni
Gérard Medioni

Medioni has spent more than 40 years researching computer vision and has received more than 52 patents for his work.

He joined Amazon in 2014 to lead the development of the “just walk out” technology for Amazon Go grocery stores. More recently, he has been working on Amazon One, a service that lets people use their palms as a contactless method to pay at a store, present a loyalty card, badge into work, or enter a stadium. He also led the development of the recommendation system for Amazon Style, Amazon’s first-ever physical store with clothing, shoes, and accessories for men, women, and kids.

Medioni, who earned his PhD in computer science from the University of Southern California (USC) in 1983, is also professor emeritus of computer science in the USC Viterbi School of Engineering. Medioni served as chair of the USC Viterbi Department of Computer Science from 2001 to 2007.

NAI aims to benefit society through recognizing and encouraging inventors with US patents, enhancing the visibility of academic technology and innovation, encouraging the disclosure of intellectual property, and educating and mentoring students.

The 2022 class of NAI fellows spans 110 organizations, with research and entrepreneurship that cover a broad range of scientific disciplines.

IFIP confers distinction of fellow to Rustan Leino

The International Federation for Information Processing (IFIP) has named Amazon senior principal applied scientist Rustan Leino as an IFIP fellow, its most prestigious technical distinction. Leino earned the honor in recognition of “outstanding contributions in the field of information processing.”

Rustan Leino
Rustan Leino

IFIP fellowship recognizes members who contribute significantly to driving innovation, conducting research, and developing industry in the information communications technology sector.

Leino works for Amazon Web Services (AWS) as a senior principal engineer in the Automated Reasoning Group (ARG).

At AWS, Leino’s work focuses on formal verification, programming languages, and software-correctness tools for software engineers.

Leino, who earned his master’s degree and PhD in computer science the California Institute of Technology, began his professional career in 1989 on the Microsoft Windows LAN Manager team, and worked at Microsoft for nearly three decades before joining Amazon in 2017. He was named a fellow by the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) in 2016.

Established in 1960 under the auspices of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, the IFIP is a global organization for researchers and professionals working in information and communication technologies.

Leino is currently the chairperson of IFIP Working Group (WG) 2.3, “Programming Methodology.” He has been an active member of WG 2.3 for more than 20 years, serving as secretary for nine years and vice chair for six years. Other IFIP WG 2.3 members at AWS are Ernie Cohen, Rajeev Joshi, Serdar Tasiran, and Emina Torlak, as well as emeritus members John Harrison and Ken McMillan.

Association for Computing Machinery honors Matthew Lease as distinguished member

The Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) has named Amazon Scholar Matthew Lease as a distinguished member for Outstanding Scientific Contributions to Computing. Distinguished members are longstanding ACM members selected by their peers for specific, impactful work that has “spurred innovation, enhanced computer science education, and moved the field forward.”

Matthew Lease
Matthew Lease

Lease is one of 67 distinguished members named in 2022. Honorees are selected for their contributions in three separate categories: educational, engineering, and scientific. They must have at least 15 years of experience in computing, five years of professional ACM membership, and significant accomplishments in the field of computing. Distinguished members also have served as mentors or role models through guiding technical career development.

Lease is the head of the Laboratory for Artificial Intelligence and Human-Centered Computing at University of Texas (UT) Austin, where his research integrates AI with human-computer interaction techniques.

In addition, Lease is a faculty founder and leader of UT Austin’s Good Systems, an eight-year, university-wide initiative to design responsible AI technologies that include agency, equity, trust, transparency, democracy, and justice.

Lease, who earned PhD in computer science from Brown in 2009, has been at UT Austin since August 2009. As a professor in the School of Information, Lease has two principal research areas: information retrieval (IR) and crowdsourcing and human computation (HCOMP).

His IR research works to improve search engines through the development of new models and algorithms. His HCOMP works focuses on using machine learning to build hybrid systems that integrate AI and HCOMP.

Prem Natarajan and Sherief Reda named IEEE fellows

Prem Natarajan, vice president of Alexa AI, was elected to be a fellow of the IEEE Computer Society for his contributions to conversational AI systems, spoken language translation, and home voice-assistant systems.

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The holder of ten patents, Natarajan leads the development of technical vision and operations strategy for Alexa.

Natarajan earned a master’s degree and PhD in electrical engineering from Tufts University, and completed the executive program in business administration and management from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Sloan School of Management.

He spent 17 years at Raytheon BBN Technologies, a subsidiary of defense and civilian contractor Raytheon Company. While at Raytheon BBN, Natarajan launched the company’s computer vision, human social-cultural behavior modeling, and document image-processing business lines.

Natarajan is on leave from his position as senior vice dean of engineering at the USC Viterbi School of Engineering. He also is the founding executive director of the USC Computing Forum.

The IEEE also elevated Amazon principal research scientist Sherief Reda to IEEE fellow for “contributions to energy-efficient and approximate computing.”

Sherief Reda
Sherief Reda

Reda’s research interests center around computer design optimizations, with focus on energy-efficient computing, electronic design automation of integrated circuits, embedded systems, and computer architecture.

He joined Amazon as a principal research scientist in July of 2021, working on optimization methods for supply chain systems. Amazon’s Supply Chain Optimization Technology (SCOT) team works on complex supply chain issues at the scale that Amazon requires.

After earning his PhD in computer science and engineering from the University of California, San Diego in 2006, Reda joined the faculty at Brown University. There he is a full professor of Engineering and of Computer Science. In addition, he leads Brown’s SCALable Energy-Efficient Computing Systems (SCALE) Laboratory. He has more than 135 publications, holds five US patents and has been a principal investigator (PI) or co-PI on more than $21 million worth of funded projects from federal agencies and industry.

John Preskill named to White House National Quantum Initiative Advisory Committee

John Preskill, the Richard P. Feynman Professor of Theoretical Physics at the California Institute of Technology and an Amazon Scholar, was named as a member of the National Quantum Initiative Advisory Committee (NQIAC). He will be providing assessments and recommendations for the National Quantum Initiative (NQI) Act.

John Preskill
John Preskill

The NQIAC, which is comprised of leaders in the field from industry, academia, and federal laboratories, is tasked with providing an independent assessment of the NQI Program and to make recommendations for the president, Congress, the National Science and Technology Council (NSTC) Subcommittee on Quantum Information Science, and the NSTC Subcommittee on Economic and Security Implications of Quantum Science when they’re reviewing and revising the NQI Program.

In the announcement, Preskill was cited for research contributions that include “proving security of quantum protocols, proposing and analyzing methods for reliable storage and processing of quantum information, identifying universal properties of quantum entanglement in quantum many-body systems, and applying quantum information theory to quantum gravity and black holes.”

In 2000, he founded Caltech’s Institute for Quantum Information, which is now the Institute for Quantum Information and Matter.

Preskill is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and an American Physical Society fellow.

Preskill joined Amazon Web Service’s quantum computing research effort in June 2020 as an Amazon Scholar.

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Amazon is looking for world class scientists and engineers to join its AWS AI Labs working within natural language processing. This group is entrusted with developing core data mining, natural language processing, and machine learning solutions for AWS services. At AWS AI Labs you will invent, implement, and deploy state of the art machine learning algorithms and systems. You will build prototypes and explore conceptually large scale natural language processing solutions. You will interact closely with our customers and with the academic community. You will be at the heart of a growing and exciting focus area for AWS and work with other acclaimed engineers and world famous scientists. AWS Utility Computing (UC) provides product innovations — from foundational services such as Amazon’s Simple Storage Service (S3) and Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2), to consistently released new product innovations that continue to set AWS’s services and features apart in the industry. As a member of the UC organization, you’ll support the development and management of Compute, Database, Storage, Internet of Things (Iot), Platform, and Productivity Apps services in AWS, including support for customers who require specialized security solutions for their cloud services. About the team Diverse Experiences AWS values diverse experiences. Even if you do not meet all of the qualifications and skills listed in the job description, we encourage candidates to apply. If your career is just starting, hasn’t followed a traditional path, or includes alternative experiences, don’t let it stop you from applying. Why AWS? Amazon Web Services (AWS) is the world’s most comprehensive and broadly adopted cloud platform. We pioneered cloud computing and never stopped innovating — that’s why customers from the most successful startups to Global 500 companies trust our robust suite of products and services to power their businesses. Inclusive Team Culture Here at AWS, it’s in our nature to learn and be curious. Our employee-led affinity groups foster a culture of inclusion that empower us to be proud of our differences. Ongoing events and learning experiences, including our Conversations on Race and Ethnicity (CORE) and AmazeCon (gender diversity) conferences, inspire us to never stop embracing our uniqueness. Mentorship & Career Growth We’re continuously raising our performance bar as we strive to become Earth’s Best Employer. That’s why you’ll find endless knowledge-sharing, mentorship and other career-advancing resources here to help you develop into a better-rounded professional. Work/Life Balance We value work-life harmony. Achieving success at work should never come at the expense of sacrifices at home, which is why we strive for flexibility as part of our working culture. When we feel supported in the workplace and at home, there’s nothing we can’t achieve in the cloud. Hybrid Work We value innovation and recognize this sometimes requires uninterrupted time to focus on a build. We also value in-person collaboration and time spent face-to-face. Our team affords employees options to work in the office every day or in a flexible, hybrid work model near one of our U.S. Amazon offices. We are open to hiring candidates to work out of one of the following locations: Santa Clara, CA, USA
US, WA, Seattle
Amazon Web Services (AWS) is building a world-class marketing organization, and we are looking for an experienced Applied Scientist to join the central data and science organization for AWS Marketing. You will lead AWS Measurement, targeting, recommendation, forecasting related AI/ML products and initiatives, and own mechanisms to raise the science and measurement standard. You will work with economists, scientists and engineers within the team, and partner with product and business teams across AWS Marketing to build the next generation marketing measurement, valuation and machine learning capabilities directly leading to improvements in our key performance metrics. A successful candidate has an entrepreneurial spirit and wants to make a big impact on AWS growth. You will develop strong working relationships and thrive in a collaborative team environment. You will work closely with business leaders, scientists, and engineers to translate business and functional requirements into concrete deliverables, including the design, development, testing, and deployment of highly scalable distributed services. The ideal candidate will have experience with machine learning models and causal inference. Additionally, we are seeking candidates with strong rigor in applied sciences and engineering, creativity, curiosity, and great judgment. You will work on high-impact, high-visibility products, with your work improving the experience of AWS leads and customers. AWS Sales, Marketing, and Global Services (SMGS) is responsible for driving revenue, adoption, and growth from the largest and fastest growing small- and mid-market accounts to enterprise-level customers including public sector. The AWS Global Support team interacts with leading companies and believes that world-class support is critical to customer success. AWS Support also partners with a global list of customers that are building mission-critical applications on top of AWS services. Key job responsibilities * Lead the design, development, deployment, and innovation of advanced science models in the strategic area of marketing measurement and optimization. * Partner with scientists, economists, engineers, and product leaders to break down complex business problems into science approaches. * Understand and mine the large amount of data, prototype and implement new learning algorithms and prediction techniques to improve long-term causal estimation approaches. * Design, build, and deploy effective and innovative ML solutions to improve components of our ML and causal inference pipelines. * Publish and present your work at internal and external scientific venues in the fields of ML and causal inference. * Influence long-term science initiatives and mentor other scientists across AWS. A day in the life Diverse Experiences AWS values diverse experiences. Even if you do not meet all of the qualifications and skills listed in the job description, we encourage candidates to apply. If your career is just starting, hasn’t followed a traditional path, or includes alternative experiences, don’t let it stop you from applying. Why AWS? Amazon Web Services (AWS) is the world’s most comprehensive and broadly adopted cloud platform. We pioneered cloud computing and never stopped innovating — that’s why customers from the most successful startups to Global 500 companies trust our robust suite of products and services to power their businesses. Inclusive Team Culture Here at AWS, it’s in our nature to learn and be curious. Our employee-led affinity groups foster a culture of inclusion that empower us to be proud of our differences. Ongoing events and learning experiences, including our Conversations on Race and Ethnicity (CORE) and AmazeCon (gender diversity) conferences, inspire us to never stop embracing our uniqueness. Mentorship & Career Growth We’re continuously raising our performance bar as we strive to become Earth’s Best Employer. That’s why you’ll find endless knowledge-sharing, mentorship and other career-advancing resources here to help you develop into a better-rounded professional. Work/Life Balance We value work-life harmony. Achieving success at work should never come at the expense of sacrifices at home, which is why we strive for flexibility as part of our working culture. When we feel supported in the workplace and at home, there’s nothing we can’t achieve in the cloud. Hybrid Work We value innovation and recognize this sometimes requires uninterrupted time to focus on a build. We also value in-person collaboration and time spent face-to-face. Our team affords employees options to work in the office every day or in a flexible, hybrid work model near one of our U.S. Amazon offices. We are open to hiring candidates to work out of one of the following locations: Arlington, VA, USA | Austin, TX, USA | New York City, NY, USA | Seattle, WA, USA