E05 Adam Bermingham, Engineering Lead at Zalando

    Welcome to episode five of the AI Ireland podcast, the show that breaks down the hype and explores the impact that Data Science, Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence are making on our everyday lives.

    Our goal is to share with you the insights of technologists and data science enthusiasts to showcase the excellent work that is been done within AI in Ireland.

    In this episode, my guest is Adam Bermingham who is the Engineering lead at Zalando.  Adam is responsible for managing the delivery of data science products across five teams focused on image and text analysis, insights applications and microservices on Zalando’s Content Platform.

    After originally working as a Software Engineer, Adam completed a PhD in Sentiment Analysis and Information Retrieval from DCU. He continued in academia as a Principal Investigator on several projects in areas such as social media analytics, personalization of reminiscence therapy and real-time sports summarization. He then worked as a Data Scientist at Independent News and Media developing predictive analytics technology, generating deep data insights, and developing and optimizing data-driven products.

    Now he delivers data science products at Zalando, which is Europe’s leading online fashion platform. Zalando offers their customers a one-stop, convenient shopping experience with an extensive selection of fashion articles including shoes, clothing and accessories with free delivery and returns. Data science is heavily used to provide data-driven recommendations, which helps them better understand their customers and gain deep insights into their behaviour and purchasing patterns to provide them with a more personalised, compelling offering.

    In this fascinating episode, you will learn:

    • An overview of what Zalando is all about
    • What Adam’s role as Engineering Lead in Zalando involves
    • The importance of their personalised recommender systems
    • The challenges of bringing data scientists and data engineers to work together
    • Advice to those looking to forge a career in data science
    • How Zalando stay on top of things and ahead of their competition
    • What excites Adam most about working with such a large scale company
    • His predictions on where data science and AI is heading in the next few years



    What did you make of Adam’s podcast? Where do you see the future of AI and data science heading in the next few years? I would love to hear your thoughts so please leave a comment below.

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