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AI Talent News Roundup April 2020 Part 2

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This is TalentSeer’s AI News Roundup for the second half of April 2020. You can find the most relevant and recent news about AI talent, aimed specifically at tech leaders, VCs, and members of the AI field. Subscribe here to receive these roundups twice a month via email.

Waymo’s Former Head of Perception, Sacha Arnoud, Joins Lyft to Drive Autonomous Vehicle Innovation

Waymo’s Former Head of Perception, Sacha Arnoud, Joins Lyft to Drive Autonomous Vehicle Innovation - TalentSeer Robin.ly AI Talent News April 17 2020
Source: Monde Des Grande Écoles et Universités

Lyft recently hired Sacha Arnoud to strengthen their autonomous vehicle department. Arnoud’s experience included 3.5 years with Waymo leading the development of perception system for autonomous vehicles, and 7 years at Google deriving mapping data from geo imagery. In this new role, Arnoud will be working again with his former Google supervisor, Luc Vincent, now Lyft’s EVP of Autonomous Driving. [Read More]


Microsoft Hires Ruben Caballero, Former VP of Engineering at Apple, to Lead Mixed Reality and AI Technology

Microsoft Hires Ruben Caballero, Former VP of Engineering at Apple, to Lead Mixed Reality and AI Technology - TalentSeer AI Talent News April 17 2020
Source: AppleInsider

Ruben Caballero recently joined Microsoft as the corporate vice president to focus on mixed-reality hardware and AI technologies. Caballero previously spent 14 years at Apple in charge of developing wireless technologies and driving the global wireless product testing efforts. He also served as an adviser to Silicon Valley startups such as Keyess and Humane. [Read More]

Edge AI Solutions Provider, Kneron, Appoints Former Qualcomm Taipei’s Head of Engineering, David Chen, as VP of Engineering

Edge AI Solutions Provider, Kneron, Appoints Former Qualcomm Taipei’s Head of Engineering, David Chen, as VP of Engineering - TalentSeer AI Talent News April 17 2020
Source: Kneron

Kneron, a San Diego-based startup focused on providing edge AI solutions, announced David Chen as their new VP of Engineering. Chen previously spent 25 years at Qualcomm and managed six business units including Mobile, IOT/XR, Compute, Connectivity, Auto and Audio. He will now be leading Kneron’s engineering teams with reconfigurable edge AI technologies and the adoption of on-device AI. [Read more]

AI Startups Begin to Experience Layoffs as Coronavirus Affects the Economy and IDC Predicted 16% AI Job Increase by 2020

AI Startups Begin to Experience Layoffs as Coronavirus Affects the Economy and IDC Predicted 16% AI Job Increase by 2020 - TalentSeer AI Talent News April 17 2020
Source: DataRobot

AI startups have recently started to layoff employees despite forecasting an optimistic year. Enterprise AI platform, DataRobot, that has raised $431 million and hired 1,000 employees before the pandemic is now cutting back. AI software startups Textio Inc. and Yonder also cut jobs due to the COVID-19 impact on their users and uncertainty in the VC market. The International Data Corp. (IDC) recently estimated a 16% annual increase in AI jobs globally as companies combat the impact of the pandemic. [Read More] 

As Part of Energy Transition Plan, Shell to Reskill Workers in AI

As Part of Energy Transition Plan, Shell to Reskill Workers in AI - TalentSeer AI Talent News April 17 2020
Source: Wikipedia

The oil and gas company Royal Dutch Shell (mostly known as Shell) is collaborating with Udacity to virtually train their employees on AI and machine learning skills. The initiative started long before the pandemic and the shift to remote working. Shell sees AI as a necessity to drive more efficient operations and the development of alternative energy. Other oil and gas companies such as ExxonMobil, Chevron, and BP are also starting to incorporate AI into their business. [Read more]

India’s National Software Association and Ministry of Electronics & IT Partnered Together to Launch Free AI Learning Course

India’s National Software Association and Ministry of Electronics & IT Partnered Together to Launch Free AI Learning Course - TalentSeer AI Talent News April 17 2020
Source: Nasscom

The National Association of Software and Service Companies (Nasscom) of India recognized the unprecedented challenges COVID-19 has placed on the labor market. They created a free AI course with the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (Meity) via the e-learning platform SkillUp Online. The course was designed for  IT professionals, students, and anybody interested in technology. Nasscom plans to include learning modules for Big Data, the Internet of Things (IoT), and cybersecurity later on. [Read more]


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