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Ishola Babatunde Isaac

Freelance AI Engineer

United StatesToptal Member Since May 2, 2019

Isaac has experience developing and deploying machine learning solutions to problems across various domains including computer vision, signal processing, failure prediction, time series forecasting, network security, natural language processing, and 3D reconstruction. Isaac has worked in both small and large organizations and has led projects from idealization to product deployment.

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Alex Risman

Freelance AI Engineer

United StatesToptal Member Since September 6, 2018

In Alex's current role, he uses artificial intelligence to automatically detect diseases in 2D and 3D medical images along with some algorithms to achieve superhuman performance. Previously, he worked as a data scientist at an eCommerce company, where he built and deployed a deep-learning-based product search engine.

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Mohideen Kader

Freelance AI Engineer

United StatesToptal Member Since May 4, 2017

Mohideen is a motivated technical lead, analyst, and architect in various phases of complete SDLC: web, open source, OLTP, business intelligence, ETL, cloud, and product development. He has developed for companies in diverse industries, such as the government, elections, CRM, eCommerce, finance, big data, health care, biotech, HIPAA, survey, auto, federal and social networks.

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Nolan McCafferty

Freelance AI Engineer

United StatesToptal Member Since August 3, 2022

Nolan has worked on everything from back-end web development, front-end web development, mobile development, and machine learning (ML). After graduating, he got a job as an automation engineer at Ford, where he made a significant impact by delivering an essential proof of concept (POC) for management. Now Nolan would like to take on new challenges and projects!

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Emmanuel Tsukerman

Freelance AI Engineer

United StatesToptal Member Since January 13, 2020

Emmanuel graduated from Stanford University. In 2017, his ML-based anti-ransomware product was awarded Top 10 Ransomware Products of 2018 by PC Magazine. In 2018, he designed an ML-based malware detection system for Palo Alto Network's WildFire service (over 30,000 customers). In 2019, Emmanuel authored the Machine Learning for Cybersecurity Cookbook and launched the Cybersecurity Data Science Course on Udemy.

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Abay Bektursun

Freelance AI Engineer

United StatesToptal Member Since July 27, 2022

Abay is an engineer with a relaxed yet determined approach, specializing in computer vision and end-to-end models. He led the creation of a large computer vision product for Apple and built products for governments and global corporations. He also leads a community of over 3,000 AI enthusiasts. Abay's expertise in research and engineering keeps him at the forefront of the latest advancements while remaining grounded in his passion for helping others.

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Nicholas Roth

Freelance AI Engineer

United StatesToptal Member Since March 10, 2020

Nicholas is an efficient machine learning engineer and data scientist with experience in data curation, classical machine learning algorithms, and statistical modeling. Starting an engagement, he searches for data and works with the customer on what to build. Once an algorithm and intuition show the most crucial areas, Nicholas shifts gears to get the "juice" out of that data before testing and deploying models in a client's infrastructure, delivering exceptional and detail-oriented work.

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Owen L Brown

Freelance AI Engineer

United StatesToptal Member Since April 6, 2020

Owen is an experienced software/firmware architect and engineer. He has 20+ years of experience developing automation and control systems with an emphasis on mobile app integration using BLE/Wifi/Cellular for consumer IoT and IIoT. He's also an author of an iOS/BLE/PIC book and frequently writes tutorials on RayWenderlich.com. Owen enjoys IoT and wireless control projects ranging from large industrial equipment to handheld devices. He specializes in cross-platform, turn-key product development.

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Felice Rando

Freelance AI Engineer

United StatesToptal Member Since June 15, 2021

Felice is an expert in machine learning, predictive analytics, and big data, having built dozens of solutions across multiple verticals, including finance, fraud, telecommunications, and pharmaceutical research, deriving business value from raw data. He has served both as a practitioner and analytics executive in organizations such as OECD, the University of Washington, First Data, ID Analytics, and multiple start-ups. Felice has a Master's degrees in theoretical and applied statistics.

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Daniel Doyle

Freelance AI Engineer

United StatesToptal Member Since May 3, 2022

Daniel is a data scientist who builds predictive models, data visualizations, and dashboards on large datasets with expertise in the staffing and investment management fields. He made a graph neural network to predict risk on a construction site reducing errors by 60%. Daniel improved a predictive modeling framework, handling millions of records on policyholder behavior using R and H2O. His models are used in financial forecasts and dashboards to catch aberrant behavior as it unfolds.

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Jeremy Jacobson

Freelance AI Engineer

United StatesToptal Member Since January 20, 2022

Jeremy is a versatile data scientist with six years of experience that includes leading machine learning research projects and managing department teams. He has built data science and ML solutions used by faculty and external partners such as CareerBuilder and UPS. He was recognized by Google Education as a Google Cloud Faculty Expert and selected to the AWS Academy Cloud Council Faculty. Adept at picking up new skills quickly, Jeremy is committed to freelancing excellence.

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PriceBlink

Working with Marcin is a joy. He is competent, professional, flexible, and extremely quick to understand what is required and how to implement it.

André Fischer, CTO

POSTIFY

We needed a expert engineer who could start on our project immediately. Simanas exceeded our expectations with his work. Not having to interview and chase down an expert developer was an excellent time-saver and made everyone feel more comfortable with our choice to switch platforms to utilize a more robust language. Toptal made the process easy and convenient. Toptal is now the first place we look for expert-level help.

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Kognosi

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Applied Business Technologies, LLC

I'm incredibly impressed with Toptal. Our developer communicates with me every day, and is a very powerful coder. He's a true professional and his work is just excellent. 5 stars for Toptal.

Pietro Casoar, CEO

Ronin Play Pty Ltd

Working with Toptal has been a great experience. Prior to using them, I had spent quite some time interviewing other freelancers and wasn't finding what I needed. After engaging with Toptal, they matched me up with the perfect developer in a matter of days. The developer I'm working with not only delivers quality code, but he also makes suggestions on things that I hadn't thought of. It's clear to me that Amaury knows what he is doing. Highly recommended!

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Bulavard, Inc.

As a Toptal qualified front-end developer, I also run my own consulting practice. When clients come to me for help filling key roles on their team, Toptal is the only place I feel comfortable recommending. Toptal's entire candidate pool is the best of the best. Toptal is the best value for money I've found in nearly half a decade of professional online work.

Ethan Brooks, CTO

Langlotz Patent & Trademark Works, Inc.

In Higgle's early days, we needed the best-in-class developers, at affordable rates, in a timely fashion. Toptal delivered!

Lara Aldag, CEO

Higgle

Toptal makes finding a candidate extremely easy and gives you peace-of-mind that they have the skills to deliver. I would definitely recommend their services to anyone looking for highly-skilled developers.

Michael Gluckman, Data Manager

Mxit

Toptal’s ability to rapidly match our project with the best developers was just superb. The developers have become part of our team, and I’m amazed at the level of professional commitment each of them has demonstrated. For those looking to work remotely with the best engineers, look no further than Toptal.

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Livepress

Toptal makes finding qualified engineers a breeze. We needed an experienced ASP.NET MVC architect to guide the development of our start-up app, and Toptal had three great candidates for us in less than a week. After making our selection, the engineer was online immediately and hit the ground running. It was so much faster and easier than having to discover and vet candidates ourselves.

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We needed some short-term work in Scala, and Toptal found us a great developer within 24 hours. This simply would not have been possible via any other platform.

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WhatAdsWork.com

Toptal offers a no-compromise solution to businesses undergoing rapid development and scale. Every engineer we've contracted through Toptal has quickly integrated into our team and held their work to the highest standard of quality while maintaining blazing development speed.

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nifti.com

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A Toptal director of engineering will work with you to understand your goals, technical needs, and team dynamics.
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Within days, we'll introduce you to the right AI engineer for your project. Average time to match is under 24 hours.
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