Aaron Li

Founder, CEO

Aaron was a founding lead engineer at Scaled Inference, where he built core components in the first API-driven autonomous optimization platform. Before that, he built core components of large scale machine learning systems at Google Research, NICTA (CSIRO), and others.

He won multiple awards in AI, including KDD Best Paper Award. He received MSc in Language Technologies with a focus on machine learning research at Carnegie Mellon University, and BSc (Advanced) with First Class Honours at Australian National University with quadruple majors in Computer Science, Computer Science, Mathematics, and Statistics. He started coding at the age of 7, and started mining Bitcoin in 2011.

Aaron lived in Beijing, New Zealand, Australia, before he moved to the US (thanks to Einstein Green Card).

Here is a selected list of publications and presentations from Aaron.

Nina Wei

Co-founder, Product

Before joining Qokka, Nina was leading an AI-powered product at deeplearning.ai. Prior to that, she designed and launched multiple AI-powered products at Silicon Valley AI Lab at Baidu Research.

She holds a MS in Human-Computer Interaction and Design from the University of Washington, and completed a BS in Applied Psychology while doing HCI research at Zhejiang Sci-Tech University and Chinese Academy of Sciences. she was granted patent for multiple innovative designs, and authored a diverse portfolio of publications ranging from blog articles on Medium by invitation from multiple journals, scholarly articles in top venues such as IEEE Pervasive Computing and ACM Interactions.

Haolin Jiang

Software Engineer

Haolin has over 8 years of experience as a full stack engineer, which he spent the majority of his time as a core developer at Agile Digital in Australia. responsible for design and implementation of many systems ranging from smart farming solutions for Grain Growers, one of Australia's largest and oldest agricultural organizations, to VR / AR tools used by creative studios to deliver the next generation of shopping experience in some of the largest shopping malls in Australia. Haolin was also a key developer in multiple startups providing smart retail solutions, such as PotatOS (which he partnered with Aaron) and DataPOS.

Haolin holds a BSc (Honours) in Information Technology from Australian National University, and is currently on leave from MSc in Software Engineering.

Amal Duriseti

Software Engineer

Amal worked at many AI startups including Tesla, BaseHealth, Lumiata, Viditure. He made key contributions in multiple patents applications as an inventor. As an AI developer, he was responsible for projects such as systems that augment medical knowledge graphs, embedding and dimensionality reduction algorithms, and machine learning with medical data. As an AI enthusiast, he worked on automated trading bots, Starcraft AI for the ladder and tournament (e.g. SSCAIT), and text-to-speech (TTS) engines based on deep convolutional networks and guided attention, optimized to run in realtime under resource constraints.

Amal holds a dual BSc in Math and Computer Science from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Why Qokka?

Scale up language understanding

We have created opinion technologies adopted by governments and large companies since 2012. We want to make a greater impact and bring them to more businesses and developers, especially those who lack the tools or data to reap the benefit from AI and language technologies.

What is Qokka?

Quokka is the happiest animal in the world. We want to make AI approachable and bring people happiness just like Quokka.


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