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For fun, I fly planes as a private pilot, climb rocks, and run.

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Reza Bosagh Zadeh is Founder CEO at Matroid and an Adjunct Professor at Stanford University. His work focuses on Machine Learning, Distributed Computing, and Discrete Applied Mathematics. Reza received his PhD in Computational Mathematics from Stanford under the supervision of Gunnar Carlsson. His awards include a KDD Best Paper Award and the Gene Golub Outstanding Thesis Award. He has served on the Technical Advisory Boards of Microsoft and Databricks.

As part of his research, Reza built the Machine Learning Algorithms behind Twitter's who-to-follow system, the first product to use Machine Learning at Twitter. Reza is the initial creator of the Linear Algebra Package in Apache Spark. Through Apache Spark, Reza's work has been incorporated into industrial and academic cluster computing environments. In addition to research, Reza designed and teaches two PhD-level classes at Stanford: Distributed Algorithms and Optimization (CME 323), and Discrete Mathematics and Algorithms (CME 305).


Stanford University, Ph.D. in Computational Mathematics, 2010 - 2013, Stanford, California
Gene Golub Outstanding Thesis Award. Student Leadership Award. President of C2.

Twitter, Senior Data Scientist, 2011-2013, San Francisco, California
Graph Completion for Who To Follow, large scale machine learning, random walks on large graphs.

Carnegie Mellon University, Master of Computer Science, 2008 - 2010, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Research masters. Clustering Theory. Applications of machine learning to social science.

Morgan Stanley, Financial Engineering, Jan 2008 - May 2008, Manhattan, New York
Implemented models for Credit Derivatives pricing.

Google, Researcher, Jan 2006 - Aug 2007, Mountain View, California
Statistical Machine Translation (SMT) alignment models. Language modelling for SMT. Large scale machine learning.

IBM, Software Engineer, May 2005 - Sep 2005, Toronto, Ontario
iSeries Development Studio team. Built plugins for Eclipse and WDSC.

University of Waterloo, Bachelor of Mathematics, Honors Computer Science, 2004 - 2008, Waterloo, Ontario
Graduated with Distinction on Dean's Honor list. Awarded several RAships. Active in programming contests.


Erdős number: 3 | Bacon number: 3 | Erdős-Bacon number: 6 [details].

I enjoy generating prefactored random numbers, among other things.

Reviewer for JMLR, PRJ, NIPS, ECML PKDD, COSN, and KDD

Lived in 3 continents, 4 countries, 8 cities:
Ahvaz [8y] → London [5y] → Tehran [2y] → London [2y] → Toronto [1y] → Waterloo [8m] → Toronto [4m] → Waterloo [4m] → Mountain View [4m] → Waterloo [4m] → Mountain View [4m] → Waterloo [4m] → Mountain View [4m] → Waterloo [4m] → New York [4m] → Waterloo [4m] → Pittsburgh [2y] → Palo Alto [?].

Stanord University