Hootan Nakhost received his PhD in computing science from the University of Alberta. In 2014, the Canadian Artificial Intelligence Association (CAIC) awarded him the best PhD thesis of the year award. Following graduation, he joined Google as a software engineer and started building large-scale machine learning models optimizing ads. Next, Hootan joined Cloud Healthcare and led the effort to launch the cloud healthcare NLP API. Currently Hootan is working as part of Cloud AI research working on research projects empowering Google Cloud AI products. His main areas of interests includes natural language processing and reinforcement learning.