SVP, Head Scientist at Amazon Alexa
Rohit Prasad is a senior vice president (SVP) in Amazon and the head scientist for Amazon Alexa, the Artificial Intelligence (AI) service that powers Amazon’s family of Echo products, Amazon Fire TV, and third-party products. Rohit leads research and development (R&D) in AI technologies aimed at making interaction with Alexa a magical experience for customers.
Prior to joining Amazon, Rohit was the deputy manager and senior director of the Speech, Language and Multimedia Business Unit at Raytheon BBN Technologies. In that role, he directed foundational US Government sponsored R&D initiatives in several machine learning applications such as speech-to-speech translation, psychological health analytics, text classification, and STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) learning.
Rohit earned his master’s degree in Electrical Engineering at the Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, and a bachelor’s degree in Electronics and Communications Engineering from Birla Institute of Technology, India. He is a named author on more than 100 scientific articles and holds several patents. He was ranked at Number 9 in Fast Company’s 100 Most Creative People in Business in 2017 for leading the “voice-controlled revolution”. The same year he also made the Recode top-100 list, ranked at Number 15 for making Alexa a household name.