Yad Faeq

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Hello. I’m Yad.

I do computer science for living.

Previously, my work have been around building distributed software and leading engineering teams. Currently, I do applied research in machine learning on several scales of depth. I use the wisdom I’ve gained on the way towards what’s coming next (it’s not Winter).

I am looking for and open to ambitious projects and research around applying ML to the hard sciences. Ping Me? I love what I do and I do it best with people who are passionate about their work. I also work with some amazing collaborators :), if not me, then I can ping friends to advise.

 

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My decision to work and focus on machine learning:
This decision comes after realizing that I can make the very best use of different fields of computer science that I’ve enjoyed working in for years.

Current Status:
Pretty much reading and studying several papers in a week, step by step from the question it’s asking to how far I can get to implement these papers.

 

WORK EXPERIENCE

2017

Applied Researcher within Deep Learning / AI

4th n Town

I'm a founder of this company, one of the main goals in starting this entity is to do applied research in machine learning with other research teams. My research interests are mentioned on here.

my work covers

  • Implementing models from papers.
  • Working on Neural Machine Translation models.
  • Improving upon Seq2Seq Architectures.

  • projects I work(ed) during this time:

    Research Engineer

    I collaborated with a team of data scientists to build an Engineering Assistant using different approaches of machine learning, from linear models to deep learning.

  • Matching Issues with commits to avoid duplicate work.
  • Predicting labels for issues, whether; Bug, Feature or a Chore.
  • Generating commits from code.
  • Collecting Daily Stand Ups and summarizing them.
  • Issue Dup-Detector Demo Issue Labeler Demo

    2015

    Tech Lead & Web Architect

    Draper University

    I started from software engineering, then to lead the incredible technical team to build the following products:

    my work covers

  • Draper University Site
  • Draper TV
  • Draper U Online School

  • projects I work(ed) during this time:

    Web Architect

    I built a video streaming service end to end, to serve about 17 Terabyte of videos.

  • S3 with Elastic Transcoder right after video uploaded.
  • Lambda Service with EC2 instances to fetch the videos to application side.
  • Generating commits from code.
  • CloudFront with SQS to cache and expire videos streamed.
  • 2012

    Founder, Software Architect

    Easy Route

    Easy Route was a short lived startup that I founded during my school years working with Microsoft with the help of my Professor (Dr.Hemin Latif). It’s purpose was to find critical and faster routes using close friends routes that shared on the network. Mostly to report traffic accidents. Now, it’s a little tiny feature on Nokia Maps.

    my work covers

  • Introduced the use of GSM / GPRS data for geo-location without real Internet coverage in developing countries.
  • Built end to end hybrid graph algorithm to offer routing using GSM / GPRS data.
  • Used C#, ASP.net and lots of real graph algorithms.
  • EDUCATION HISTORY

    2013

    Bachelor of Science in Computer Science

    The American University of Iraq, Sulaimani

    my work covers

  • The classes I loved; HTTP Protocol & Web Architecture, Algorithms Ground Up, Advanced Network Security, Research (Graph Algorithms) and finally Capstone Project in NLP.
  • AUI-S's CS program follows the ACM based curriculum.
  • I Built my first startup out of a research project here as well.

  • projects I work(ed) during school:

    Design Editor - (AUIS Voice)

    I helped starting an independent student newspaper for the first time in North Iraq.

    President - (ASITA)

    I started a computer science club on campus that worked on several applied CS projects.

    President / Member - (ACM Chapter)

    I opened the ACM student chapter in Iraq for the first time as well.

    2012

    Game Design / IAM(Interactive Art in Media)

    Columbia College Chicago

    😐 , nope, game design wasn’t the right one, dropped out back to CS degree at AUIS, though I learned about these topics in the meantime over there:

    my work covers

  • AI; Basic of AI algorithms within Video Games.
  • Literature; Studied ‘Hero With A Thousand Faces’ by Joseph Campbell.
  • I Built my first startup out of a research project here as well.
  • BONUS MATERIAL

    2017

    Foresight Institute Fellow

    Foresight Institute

    Joined the annual Foresight Institute in 2017, to brainstorm the impact of AI on different aspects of science.

    2016

    Clinton Foundation Panelist (Educating Refugees and Children in Crisis)

    The Clinton Foundation

    During the panel, I focused on how much education and sense of connections from outside world is needed with the generation left behind, in case of wars and catastrophes.

    2016

    Top Writer 2016

    Quora

    "Combine the best answers to any question in one place". That’s what the goal is on Quora and I tend to share my part.

    2012

    AMENDS Fellow

    The American Middle Eastern Network for Dialogue at Stanford (AMENDS)

    The American Middle Eastern Network for Dialogue at Stanford (AMENDS) is a collaborative student-led initiative interested in the promotion of understanding and respect around the Middle East, and the support of a generation of leaders who are working to ignite concrete social and economic development in the MENA region.

    2016

    Microsoft YouthSpark Advocate

    Microsoft

    YouthSpark Advocates are young leaders who have been selected to represent YouthSpark through online and offline activities. Advocates become subject matter experts in Microsoft YouthSpark world.

    2010

    Imagine Cup Winner / Microsoft Student Partner

    Microsoft

    Won the 1st place for regional in 2011, 2nd Place for 2010 and became MSP to start the ACM chapters.

    Path To Improved Sequence To Sequence Learning

    Yad Faeq

    Learning to learn experiments as a catalyst for reasearch.

    My research interests relies in building a toolkit to faciliatate and allow researcher to move forward 10 steps ahead than what they were at 5 years ago, the ratio of steps to increase with every year.

    The recent advancement in Aritifal Intellgence and Deep Learning is not evenly disturbuted among the scientific fields, meaning that there still are missing research work and results that cover hard sciences and computer science as well.

    Chemists, Physicists and perhaps anyone who spends an amount of time in a lab still lacks the power of deep learning among their tool-bet. The real results of AI comes only when we all apply them, get results and start over for bigger goals.

    My interest is inspired from the true brilliant work of Sustekver, Bahdanau and DeepMind researchers in this area. Seq2Seq is a great starting point, then we have the addition of attention mechaisim, from Bahdanu, that have been implemented in places such as [NMT papers].

    In specific and brief, here are some of the fields that facinates me and still don’t have support of machine intellgence. Nanoscale laser and Microscopy, this rather a hard task to tackle, but the fact that still expensive scanners by scientists use (Delta time lost) over several expierements is dunting. The hands on research goals I have applied to building Meta-Agents that allow a researcher to control.

    Research for Research, this is where the utlimate task of finding relevant work and refernces step in. As a researcher there are many risks of re-doing someone’s work, not finding enough resources and support in brief time. The artistic side of research is loosing inspiration to write and cover research topics. Having an assitant that allows researcher discover this is going to an amzing outcome.

    Most junior researchers end up doing mundance, repetitve expeirments with or without supervision. This is where Deep RL agents can step in learning to learn expierements. Overtime it can go from learning as a meta-agent to a super-visor to junior researchers.

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