Distinguished Engineer, Google
Behshad is the Engineering lead for a team of engineers focused on developing the Google Assistant, one of the company's most innovative and challenging computer science projects. The Assistant is built on Google's efforts in machine learning, natural language understanding, and speech recognition which enables people to get things done by talking to Google in a natural way. Behshad joined Google Zurich in 2006 and has worked on various areas of Search, including Google Ranking, Alerts, Conversational Search, and Now on Tap. Prior to Google, Behshad graduated from Ecole Polytechnique, where he received his PhD in Bioinformatics in 2002. He was later a post-doc researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Molecular Genetics, focusing on algorithmic comparative genomics.