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.

Jason Hong

Professor, Carnegie Mellon University

Jason is a professor in the Human-Computer Interaction Institute, part of School of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University. Jason was a co-founder at Wombat Security Technologies (acquired by Proofpoint in 2018 for $225M).

Jason has been a long time advisor to Qokka, since the product and technologies were still being developed at CMU.

Jason's research has been featured in the New York Times, MIT Tech Review, CBS, CNN, Slate, the World Economic Forum, and more. Jason is on the editorial board for ACM Transactions on Human Computer Interaction and the Communications of the ACM, and previously IEEE Pervasive Computing. He is an author of the book The Design of Sites, a popular book on web design using web design patterns. Jason received his PhD from Berkeley and his undergraduate degrees from Georgia Institute of Technology. Jason has participated on DARPA's Computer Science Study Panel (CS2P), is an Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow, a Kavli Fellow, a PopTech Science fellow, a New America National Cybersecurity Fellow, and previously held the HCII Career Development fellowship.

Why Qokka?

Past success

Our founding team brings more than a decade of experience in language technologies, ML research, and AI products, from distinguished organizations such as Google AI (Strategic Technologies), Baidu AI Research USA, NICTA, Scaled Inference, Language Technologies Institute at Carnegie Mellon University, and more. The technologies we previously invented have been adopted by industry leaders in their products and research, such as Google, Microsoft, Amazon, Tencent, Flipboard, Petuum, as well as government research agencies such as NICTA, Australia Defence Science and Technology Group, and more than 10 leading university labs such as CMU. Some of us started our AI research long before AI started to hit news headline, in areas such as reinforcement learning, topic models, large scale machine learning, distributed systems, Bayesian inference, and more.

What is Qokka?

Quokka (on the right) is the happiest animal in the world. We want to make AI approachable just like Quokka, and make our customers happy!


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