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Ebay Pushes AI Strategy

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By Published On: February 16, 20180 Comments

Ebay US is aggressively pushing its personalisation and AI strategy to deliver to new and enhanced customer experiences across its online platform.

Ebay has hired a new chief scientist to lead its artificial intelligence (AI) strategy in the US, including computer vision, natural language understanding and machine learning, to deliver new customer experiences across the eBay platform.

Jan Pedersen will be the new vice president and new chief scientist of AI at Ebay US, responsible for charting eBay’s technology strategy as it relates to AI, including enhanced ways in which eBay interacts with its consumers. He will set the agenda for AI and research and development investments, lead a team of research, data and applied scientists and further Ebay’s leadership in AI-enabled commerce.

“Jan is a true pioneer in the industry, with over thirty years developing search, deep learning, machine learning and AI technologies at scale,” said Devin Wenig, president and CEO of eBay Inc.

“He joins us at a pivotal moment when AI sciences including computer vision and deep learning are now capable of transforming personalised, immersive shopping experiences. Ebay runs on AI and our continued innovation under Jan’s leadership will transform each meaningful moment we have with our buyers and sellers.”

Pedersen’s most recent position was vice president of data science at Twitter where he led the company’s investment in machine learning infrastructure and data analytics. Prior to that, he spent close to a decade at Microsoft in various search related leadership roles and was a technical fellow and chief scientist for Core Search.

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