Shailesh Kumar

Dr Shailesh Kumar, Chief Data Scientist, CoE AI/ML at Reliance Jio

Dr Shailesh Kumar has over twenty years of research, academic, entrepreneurship, and industrial experience in building innovative solutions and platforms across various Industrial and Societal verticals, including Telecom, Retail, Banking, Fleet Management, Insurance, Manufacturing, Education, Healthcare, Agriculture, Genomics, etc. He has published over 20 conference papers, journal papers, and book chapters and holds more than 20 patents in these areas. His current interests are in building large-scale, real-time AI Platforms for Complex Ecosystems spanning these societal and industrial verticals to bring the benefits of AI to the masses.

Dr Kumar is currently the Chief Data Scientist at AICoE / Reliance Jio, Mentor and Program Chair for the AI & DS Program at the Jio Institute of Eminence, and visiting faculty of Machine Learning at Indian School of Business. Prior to this, he served as a Distinguished Scientist at Ola, Co-Founder at ThirdLeap, Researcher in the Google Brain team, Principal scientist at Microsoft Bing, Senior Scientist at Yahoo! Labs, and Principal Scientist at Fair Isaac Research. 

Dr Kumar was recognised as one of the Top 10 data scientists in India in 2015, top 50 Analytics Leaders in India in 2018, and top 10 most influential Analytics leaders in India in 2020 by the Analytics Science Magazine.


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Dr Kumar received his PhD and Masters in Computer Science from the University of Texas at Austin and B.Tech. in Computer Science from IIT-Varanasi.

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