About Reza Olfati-Saber

About BigR.io's Software development Team and Leadership

Reza Olfati-Saber – Principal Data Scientist

Reza has over 25 years experience in machine learning, natural language processing (NLP), automatic speech recognition (ASR), distributed algorithms, and complex networks. He has extensive experience in extracting insights and knowledge from Big Data across multiple industries including eCommerce, healthcare and life sciences, finance and algorithmic trading, and defense.

Prior to joining BigR.io, he was a Sr. Scientist III at AbbVie’s Global Pharmaceutical R&D Division working on drug design & discovery and medical data science. He was a Co-founder and Sr. Portfolio Manager at a startup Hedge Fund and proprietary trading firm for nearly two years that specialized in applying algorithmic trading, modern portfolio theory, and machine learning to management of two funds with 50 and 150 holdings.

Dr. Olfati-Saber has had an extensive academic career as a pioneering control and robotics scientist with seminal contributions to consensus and coordination problems in networked multi-agent systems and distributed Kalman Filtering (DKF). His algorithms and architectural designs have been applied to multi-robot systems, motion planning and management of teams of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), mobile sensor networks, self-driving vehicles for Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS), and behavioral modeling in social networks. He was an Assistant Professor at Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth College (Hanover, NH), a Postdoctoral Scholar at California Institute of Technology (Caltech), and an intern at the speech group of IBM Watson Research Center.

Reza is the recipient of the prestigious PECASE award from President Obama at the White House in 2010 as well as NSF career award, NASA JPL robotics award, and Neukome Institute award. He has authored more than 60 publications with over 23,600 citations. Reza earned both his PhD and SM in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He also holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from the Sharif School of Technology.

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