Denis Kazakov

Machine Learning Engineer

Denis Kazakov is a machine learning engineer at the Brown Institute’s Local News Lab. He started at Amazon Alexa as an NLP applied scientist, where he learned industry ML standards and worked on pushing cutting edge research into Alexa production. He has worked on such problems as data-efficient annotation, debiasing Alexa evaluation metrics, and semi-supervised learning. His professional goal is to produce technology that helps people; often, by complementing natural human creativity with AI algorithms and infrastructures.

Denis is Russian-American, feeling his cultural roots closely tied to both countries. His pursuit of mathematical elegance is what led him to major in Applied Math and Computer Science at the University of Colorado, Boulder. There, he did his thesis work in machine learning, advised by Michael Mozer. In his free time, Denis likes to appreciate nature and the design of things – everything from market design to photography.