Ralf Herbrich

Is Director of Machine Learning, at Amazon

Ralf is Director of Machine Learning at Amazon and Managing Director of the Amazon Development Center Germany. His team works on problems scalable and resource-aware machine learning, probabilistic learning algorithms (including forecasting), linking structured content, and computer vision. In 2011, he worked at Facebook leading the Unified Ranking and Allocation team. From 2000 – 2011, he worked at Microsoft Research and was co-leading the Applied Games and Online Services and Advertising group which engaged in research at the intersection of machine learning and computer games. 

Ralf was Research Fellow of the Darwin College Cambridge from 2000 – 2003. He has a diploma degree in Computer Science (1997) and a PhD in Statistics (2000). Ralf’s research interests include Bayesian inference and decision making, reinforcement learning, computer games, kernel methods, and statistical learning theory. He is one of the inventors of the Drivatars system in the Forza Motorsportseries as well as the TrueSkill ranking and matchmaking system in Xbox 360 Live. He also co-invented the adPredictor click-prediction technology.