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Former Amazon chief scientist to lead eBay’s AI team

An online marketplace just appointed a new executive who will drive its artificial intelligence strategy.

eBay appointed Jan Pedersen as VP and chief scientist, artificial intelligence (AI), effective Feb. 20. He will report to the company’s CTO, Steve Fisher.

Pedersen will lead the company’s AI strategy, including computer vision, natural language understanding and machine learning, and use results to deliver new customer experiences across the eBay platform. He will be responsible for charting eBay’s technology strategy as it relates to AI, including enhanced ways in which eBay interacts with its consumers.

Pedersen will set the agenda for AI research and development (R&D) investments, lead a team of research, data and applied scientists, and expand the company’s position in AI-enabled commerce, according to eBay.

Before joining the online marketplace, Pedersen was VP of data science at Twitter, where he led the company’s investment in machine learning infrastructure and data analytics. Prior to that, he spent close to a decade at Microsoft in various search related leadership roles, as well as a technical fellow, and chief scientist for the company’s Core Search division.

Before joining Microsoft, Pedersen was chief scientist for Amazon A9, an Amazon subsidiary that develops search engine and search advertising technology.
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