Reza Bosagh Zadeh is an Adjunct Professor at Stanford University and Founder and CEO at Matroid. His work focuses on machine learning, distributed computing, and discrete applied mathematics. Reza received his PhD in computational mathematics from Stanford University under the supervision of Gunnar Carlsson. His awards include a KDD Best Paper Award and the Gene Golub Outstanding Thesis Award. He has served on the technical advisory boards of Microsoft and Databricks.
As part of his research, Reza built the machine learning algorithms behind Twitter’s who-to-follow system, the first Twitter product to use machine learning. He is the initial creator of the Linear Algebra Package in Apache Spark. Through Apache Spark, his work has been incorporated into industrial and academic cluster computing environments. In addition to research, he designed and teaches two PhD-level classes at Stanford: Distributed Algorithms and Optimization (CME 323) and Discrete Mathematics and Algorithms (CME 305).