Jay Shah Podcast

Recommendation systems, being an Applied Scientist & Building a good research career | Mina Ghashami

September 14, 2022 Jay Shah, Mina Ghashami Season 1 Episode 35
Jay Shah Podcast
Recommendation systems, being an Applied Scientist & Building a good research career | Mina Ghashami
Show Notes

Mina Ghashami is an Applied Scientist in the Alexa Video team at Amazon Science alongside being a lecturer at Stanford University. Prior to joining Amazon, she was a Research Scientist at Visa Research working on recommendation systems built on transactions from users and a few other projects. She completed her Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Utah followed by a PostDoctoral position at Rutgers University. At Amazon, she is mainly focused on Video-based ranking recommendation systems, something we talk about in detail in this conversation. 

Time stamps of the conversation
00:00:50 Introductions
00:01:40 Alexa Video - Ranking and Recommendation research
00:05:25 Feature engineering for recommendation systems
00:08:30  Ground truth for training recommendation systems
00:12:46 What does an Applied Scientist do? (at Amazon)
00:19:17 What got you into AI? And specifically recommendation systems
00:24:30 Matrix approximation
00:27:15 Challenges in recommendation research
00:32:00 What's more interesting, theoretical or applied side of research?
00:37:10 Over parametrization vs generalizability 
00:39:55 Managing academic and industry positions at the same time
00:46:26 Should one do a Ph.D. for research roles in the industry?
00:50:00 Skills learned while pursuing a PhD
00:54:22 Deciding industry vs academia
00:56:20 Coping up with research in deep learning
01:02:14 What makes a good research dissertation?
01:04:16 Advice to young students navigating their interest in machine learning

To learn more about Mina:
Homepage: https://mina-ghashami.github.io/
Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/minaghashami
Research: https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=msJHsYcAAAAJ&hl=en

About the Host:
Jay is a Ph.D. student at Arizona State University.
Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/shahjay22/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/jaygshah22
Homepage: https://www.public.asu.edu/~jgshah1/ for any queries.

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