Scientists in the Los Angeles area, including offices in Culver City and Pasadena, have a particular focus on research related to Amazon Prime Video and Amazon Studios, as well as developing new products. The work scientists do here allows the use of innovative techniques to solve fascinating problems.
Pasadena is also a hub for Amazon’s research on artificial intelligence and quantum computing, including the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Braket service. The AWS Center for Quantum Computing, a state-of-the-art facility located on the California Institute of Technology’s campus in Pasadena, opened in 2021. Here, hardware engineers, quantum theorists, and software developers work together to solve the challenges of building better quantum computers.
Research in the Los Angeles area spans a variety of disciplines, including data science, economics — including applied microeconomics and behavioral economics — forecasting, machine learning, quantum computing, computer vision, natural language processing, document analysis, speech analysis, speech-to-text, localization, mapping, and operational research, among others.
Working in Los Angeles
Amazon provides scientists room to take risks and fail; a community for collaboration and support for continued learning; and the opportunity to have an impact at global scale. Scientists are encouraged to engage with the research community in many forms, from attending conferences and writing research papers, to contributing to open-source code, and public datasets.
With five of the 15 most populous counties in the United States, the Southern California metropolitan area, stretching from San Luis Obispo to the San Diego/Mexico border, is famed for its film and television industry, but the software, automotive, finance, tourism, biomedical, farming, and shipping industries all play a part in the region’s economy.
Southern California is home to Disneyland, Legoland, SeaWorld, and Universal Studios. There are also thousands of festivals and events of every conceivable type, and a rich selection of national, state, and historic parks including the Mojave National Preserve.
Our Los Angeles-area scientists collaborate with universities and other institutions around the globe. To see a summary of some of Amazon’s scientific collaborations, visit our academic collaborations page.