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From: Gregory Piatetsky-Shapiro
Date: 19 Nov 2007
Subject: Interview with Ronny Kohavi

Ronny Kohavi is one of the pioneers and leaders of the data mining and machine learning community. In the last 12 years he played key roles and led data mining efforts in several great companies: SGI, Blue Martini, Amazon, and currently Microsoft. Ronny is a great speaker, with quick wit, and energetic style. His full bio is at http://robotics.stanford.edu/~ronnyk/.

Ronny Kohavi is currently the GM for Microsoft's Experimentation Platform, a team whose mission is build a platform that will accelerate software innovation through trustworthy experimentation.

Prior to joining Microsoft in June 2005, Ronny was the director of data mining and personalization at Amazon.com, where he was responsible for personalization, automation, search engine marketing (SEM), consumer behavior / data mining, site experimentation, and automated e-mail. His teams introduced several features estimated to be worth several hundred million dollars in incremental revenue.

Prior to Amazon, Ronny was the Vice President of Business Intelligence at Blue Martini Software, where he led the engineering group responsible for the data collection, analysis, visualization, reporting, and campaign management modules in Blue Martini's applications.

Prior to joining Blue Martini, Kohavi managed the MineSet product, Silicon Graphics' award-winning product for data mining and visualization.

Ronny joined Silicon Graphics after getting a Ph.D. in Machine Learning from Stanford University, where he led the MLC++ project, the Machine Learning library in C++ used in MineSet and at Blue Martini Software.

Kohavi received his BA from the Technion, Israel. He was the General Chair for KDD 2004. Ronny has given many talks and tutorials and has about 80 publications.

Here is the KDnuggets interview with Ronny Kohavi.

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