Axon Hires Former Amazon Exec to Lead Artificial Intelligence Team
Wednesday, March 18, 2020 | Comments

Axon added Yasser Ibrahim as the company’s senior vice president of artificial intelligence (AI). Ibrahim joins Axon's leadership team from Amazon, where he most recently served as head of distributed machine learning at Alexa AI.

Ibrahim led applied science and machine learning (ML) engineering teams developing deep-learning frameworks and distributed algorithms powering Alexa's large-scale ML experimentation and production platforms. He also led multidisciplinary engineering and science teams building computer vision systems and computational imaging algorithms for Amazon Go, the world's first "Just Walk Out" store and technology platform.

Formerly at Microsoft, Ibrahim led computer vision system teams to deliver technologies such as Pixelsense and previously developed flight control and autopilot systems for flight simulators at CAE in Montreal.

Ibrahim will lead Axon's AI team, based in Axon's global software hub in Seattle, and will report to Axon Chief Product Officer and Executive Vice President of Software Jeff Kunins.

Axon's AI team is developing technologies that include video redaction, automatic license plate readers (ALPR), gunshot detection and automated transcription of body camera video, a statement said. In addition to leading that team, Ibrahim will work closely with Axon's independent AI ethics board to ensure the technologies are built and deployed with an ethical design framework.

"I am passionate about Axon's mission to protect life, and the products we are inventing and delivering on behalf of customers are at an incredibly exciting intersection of public safety, responsible AI and multimodal machine learning," said Ibrahim. "We already have an incredible team, and I look forward to leading and growing world-class science talent at Axon to bring all their creativity and grit to bear on these challenges and deliver transformative results for public safety agencies and the communities they serve."

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