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Director of AI Research At Autodesk


Toronto, On

Job Description

Director of AI Research

Director of AI Research, Autodesk AI Lab
Location: Toronto, ON- Canada
Job ID: 18WD30318

Position Overview
We have an executive role in the Autodesk AI Lab opening up in Toronto!

A sampling of AI Lab projects:
  • BrickBot –
  • Auto Sketching and Vectorization –
  • Topology Optimization for Specific Manufacturing Processes –

The work we do at Autodesk gets to touch nearly every person on the planet. By building tools for designing buildings, developing machines and even the latest movie, we get to influence and empower some of the most creative people in the world to solve problems that matter. We love that very often these are solutions to some of the most pressing issues the world faces: housing more people, reducing impact on our environment, and dramatically reducing illness and death in developing parts of the world.

In serving these customers, we get to tap into and realize the potential of the rich streams of data from those worlds. Perhaps it’s real-time sensor data from cars or 3D scans of buildings as they are being constructed. In other cases, it’s about learning the language of 3D modeling from watching designers and then training the future intelligent design tools to make design more accessible. Or, it’s about automating and refining how things are physically made in the world, through advanced robotics, other times through controlling 3D printers or sophisticated milling machines.

This is the ideal environment for applying advanced Machine Learning techniques to: learn from an incredibly rich world of data; predict and synthesize solutions typically beyond human abilities; and to create new levels of automation in how things are physically built. Given the broad variety of AI problems faced by Autodesk we created a centralized facility to concentrate the research and engineering work behind these solutions … The Autodesk AI Lab.

The Lab brings together AI Researchers, Software Engineers and specialists in various problem areas to create novel AI solutions in all the areas mentioned above and more. They work closely with experts in: geometric modeling, simulation systems, robotics, knowledge representation, sensing and computer vision, industrial manufacturing and construction techniques.

The AI Lab works with both product teams and customers to realize these AI solutions, getting access to massive data streams and seeing our AI models come to life in the field!

  • Strategic thought leadership with other research executives
  • Guiding and leading teams of researchers working on the above-mentioned AI problems
  • Making prioritization decisions and strategically reasoning about AI research projects
  • Planning and designing research projects: specifying the problem, guiding the project scope and methods for tracking progress
  • Introducing creative approaches and new perspectives to research topics
  • Mentoring researchers and engineers
  • Connecting with academics and institutions to build relationships and collaborations
  • Exploring and developing new Machine Learning models and AI techniques
  • Constantly reviewing relevant Machine Learning literature to identify emerging methods or technologies and current best practices
  • Exploring new data sources and discovering techniques for best leveraging data
  • Publishing and talking at conferences
  • Working closely with product engineering teams to design, develop and incorporate AI solutions into new products
  • Connecting with Autodesk customers (with whom we do collaborative research)
  • Publishing and speaking at conferences

Minimum Qualifications
  • An MS or PhD in a field related to AI and Machine Learning such as: Computer Science, Mathematics, Statistics or Physics
  • Significant doctoral or post-doctoral research experience or 5 or greater years of work experience in AI research projects
  • Good leadership skills with a track record of leading teams of researchers
  • Be truly excited by the pace of advancement in AI research and technology
  • Good communication skills and an awareness of how to communicate data and results effectively
  • Comfortable working in newly forming ambiguous areas where learning and adaptability are key skills
  • Ability to rally stakeholders and team members
  • Hands-on experience with requirement analysis of AI/ML projects
  • Experience working with large data-lakes/data-sets
  • Solid background in statistical methods for Machine Learning: Bayesian methods, HMMs, Graphical Models, dimensional reduction, SVD, clustering, classification, forms of regression, etc.
  • Strong familiarity with Deep Learning techniques: various network architectures (CNNs, GANs, RNNs, Auto-Encoders, etc.); regularization; embeddings; loss-functions; optimization strategies; etc.
  • Familiarity with other AI methods and techniques: e.g. fuzzy logic, evolutionary computing, optimization, knowledge representation, RL, etc.

Preferred Qualifications
  • Reinforcement Learning and other areas of Control Theory
  • Distributed Systems and High-Performance Computing methods
  • Geometric Shape Analysis
  • Advanced simulation methods such as: FEA, CFD, Shape and Design Optimization, Photo-Realistic Rendering, etc.
  • Knowledge Representation (semantic models, graph databases, etc.)
  • Knowledge of the design, manufacturing or construction industries
  • Familiarity with modern ML frameworks and tools. e.g. TensorFlow, Caffe, MxNet, Spark, Ray, Chainer, etc.
  • Experience training and debugging networks
  • Strong coding abilities in: Python and C/C++

About Autodesk
With Autodesk software, you have the power to Make Anything. The future of making is here, bringing with it radical changes in the way things are designed, made, and used. It's disrupting every industry: architecture, engineering, and construction; manufacturing; and media and entertainment. With the right knowledge and tools, this disruption is your opportunity. Our software is used by everyone - from design professionals, engineers and architects to digital scientists, students and hobbyists. We constantly explore new ways to integrate all dimensions of diversity across our employees, customers, partners, and communities. Our ultimate goal is to expand opportunities for anyone to imagine, design, and make a better world.

At Autodesk, we're building a diverse workplace and an inclusive culture to give more people the chance to imagine, design, and make a better world.

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