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Derek Owens-Oas

Freelance AI Engineer
United StatesToptal Member Since January 21, 2020

Derek has a PhD in statistical science from Duke and has worked as a data scientist and software developer at Xylem. He's the founder of Tech Smart Magic. Published in the Journal of Classification and a TA of the year, he's an expert in research and teaching. He provides interactive apps, visualizations, and reports. Derek's Python and R programming, top AI and ML methods, and ability to communicate make him an asset to any company. His specialties include text data and online social networks.

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Michael Walker

Freelance AI Engineer
United StatesToptal Member Since November 16, 2021

Michael is a builder who has owned the entire front-end services at AWS. He loves working with go-to-market teams and UX teams collaborating on creative products. Michael is passionate about solving problems for clients and providing robust solutions to delight customers. He specializes in full-stack applications as well as ML and IoT development.

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Matthew Woods

Freelance AI Engineer
United StatesToptal Member Since December 21, 2020

For the past 12 years, Matthew has been creating applied machine learning and data-driven engineering projects in multiple industrial sectors, including agriculture, biotechnology, cybersecurity, and automotive. He is passionate about developing technologies that exploit his knowledge and experience with machine learning.

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Horia Mărgărit

Freelance AI Engineer
United StatesToptal Member Since November 16, 2021

Horia's industry experience extends across digital health, consumer finance, internet search, engineering software, and transportation logistics. He has over 10 years of expertise applying AI methods and approaches to tackle businesses problems. Horia's predictions for business applications of AI have been featured in CIO magazine and Forbes. He earned a master of science degree in statistics at Stanford University and two BAs specializing in cognitive and computer science at UC Berkeley.

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David Grayson

Freelance AI Engineer
United StatesToptal Member Since January 1, 2021

David is an experienced data and ML scientist with a PhD and demonstrated success at large and small companies. He published 12+ papers on computational neuroimaging, designed and built real-time ML apps for QuickBooks, improving product experience for over a million users. He led multiple initiatives at a biotech startup predicting neurological disease using novel computer vision, analytics, and ML methods. David is passionate about helping clients leverage data and AI to maximize their impact.

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Jana Dodson

Freelance AI Engineer
United StatesToptal Member Since May 20, 2022

In her more than eight years of experience, Jana has worked at both small and large companies and has been through many stages of growth. She has also collaborated with people across the tech industry, including executives, designers, product managers, engineers, business leaders, and marketers. Jana's job is to take loosely defined problems, design robust solutions, and find the quickest path to implementation while ensuring the solution is never a "black box" for the client.

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Robby Goetschalckx

Freelance AI Engineer
United StatesToptal Member Since December 12, 2017

Robby is a machine learning expert with 10+ years of experience in research and back-end software development for machine learning solutions. With master's degrees in computer science and artificial intelligence in addition to his Ph.D. in computer science, Robby is well equipped to provide solutions to a variety of issues in companies of all sizes.

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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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Kenneth Howard

Freelance AI Engineer
United StatesToptal Member Since April 11, 2024

Kenneth is a functional analyst with 15 years of experience in product lifecycle management (PLM) and end-to-end SAP implementations, including SAP S/4HANA. With a bachelor's degree in cloud computing and a cybersecurity certification, he's an expert at optimizing systems for cost reduction and workflow efficiency, specializing in planning, design, testing, deployment, and support. Kenneth is committed to simplifying technical complexities to enhance productivity and system performance.

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Amogh Lachake

Freelance AI Engineer
United StatesToptal Member Since January 8, 2024

Amogh is a Microsoft-certified hands-on Azure IoT architect with nearly a decade of experience working on end-to-end solutions using Azure offerings for clients like Microsoft, Caterpillar, 3M, Navistar, and Chevron. In addition to working on IoT solutions, he has extensive experience using the Microsoft technology stack. Amogh specializes in Azure IoT Hub, Azure IoT Edge, device management, setting up data ingestion pipelines, and D2C and C2D messaging.

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Belal Esawe

Freelance AI Engineer
CanadaToptal Member Since June 21, 2023

Belal is a senior machine learning engineer with over eight years of experience who has successfully delivered cutting-edge solutions to renowned brands like Gucci and Armani. His expertise in image classification, segmentation, NLP, and data analysis enables him to drive innovation and enhance businesses. With a PhD in computer engineering focusing on machine learning, Belal brings to the table a strong research background that successfully prompts him to tackle complex challenges.

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