Deeper Things: How Netflix Leverages Deep Learning in Recommendations and Search

In this talk, we will provide an overview of Deep Learning methods applied to personalization and search at Netflix. We will set the stage by describing the unique challenges faced at Netflix in the areas of recommendations and information retrieval. Then we will delve into how we leverage a blend of traditional algorithms and emergent deep learning methods to address these challenges. We will conclude with a note on future directions we plan on pursuing at Netflix.

Sudeep Das, Senior Researcher at Netflix

Sudeep Das is a Senior Researcher at Netflix, where his main focus is on developing the next generation of machine learning algorithms to drive the personalization, discovery and search experience in the product. Apart from algorithmic work, he also takes a keen interest in data visualizations. Sudeep has had more than ten years of experience in machine learning applied to both large scale scientific problems, as well as in the industry.. He holds a PhD in Astrophysics from Princeton University.

Aish Fenton, Research Manager at Netflix

Aish is a Research Manager at Netflix. He leads the machine learning research team there for recommender systems and search algorithms. Aish has over 22 years of experience at the intersection of mathematics and software engineering. Prior to Netflix, Aish headed data science at Opentable, Foodspotting, iVistra, and founded the company, vWork, solving large-scale logistics optimization problems.

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