Vice President of Engineering, Google
Behshad Behzadi, PhD, is a distinguished computer scientist with expertise in algorithms, web search ranking, natural language understanding, speech recognition and machine learning.
He leads Google Cloud Conversational AI, focusing on applying Google’s latest advancements in AI to reimagine and automate customer services and operations for large enterprises. Behzadi joined Google Zurich in 2006 and has played a key role in Google’s AI-first strategy as co-founder of the Google Assistant, Google Lens, Google Smart Display and more recently, the Next Gen Assistant, a breakthrough in mobile assistant technology with on-device Machine Learning for a lightning fast experience. Prior to that, he led several core web search ranking teams such as Safesearch and pioneered usage of Entities, Context, and ML in Search. Behzadi holds a PhD in Bioinformatics from Ecole Polytechnique in Paris, and did post-doc research at the Max Planck Institute for Molecular Genetics.