There a few features at Amazon.com website whose algorithms were created by me or by my team, including several query rewriting mechanisms (e.g. to generalize queries), query classification and redirection mechanisms, automatic layout adaptions (impact of several hundred million USD). For voice shopping (Alexa) I contributed with algorithms to detect the complexity of the request made by the customer so as to respond appropriately in accordance to that complexity. At Portugal Telecom, I lead the team in building probably the first Big-Data Analytics framework in industry in Portugal, which was then used to power a TV recommender system for the major cable network. This work was considered pioneering and is still a reference in Portugal.
At Fundação Computação Cientifica I began building (and then lead a team in expanding it) the first linguistic analysis tool running on the web which assisted hundreds of students and professionals in building terminological resources from corpora.
I know Luis Sarmento for many years. He combines a unique mix of Computer Science, NLP and Data Science background. He is a seasoned and respected researcher in the field of Natural Language Processing and Data Science, with an impressive resume in academia and industry, together with an international track record that includes Google and Amazon. His passion and drive were always inspiring to me, as well as his competence and creativity when approaching problems. His latest achievements at Amazon make him an outstanding addition to any C-level team or leadership role.
I have known Tonic and its CEO Daniela since I was in a panel that evaluated their application to a seed VC financing, and I have been following their path ever since. The panel decided favorably, to a large extent due to Daniela’s obvious capacity to lead, her intelligence and her vision. This, together with Tonic’s innovative approach to communication between MDs and the Company’s track record so far, leads me to strongly recomment the project and its team to any startup program they may apply to. Any program will gain by having Daniela and Tonic App.