DARPA Leader Joins as its Newest Advisory Board Member | SambaNova

Posted by SambaNova Systems on July 28, 2021

Wade Shen, who has led a series of data science, machine learning and hardware for data analytics programs, joins the world’s most advanced AI solution platform company as it implements and expands new commercial and research initiatives.

PALO ALTO, Calif., July 29, 2021 – SambaNova Systems, the company offering the industry’s most advanced software, hardware and services to run artificial intelligence (AI) applications, today announced the addition of Wade Shen to its advisory board as the company expands its focus on implementing new commercial and research AI initiatives.

Shen joins SambaNova with a deep understanding of AI, machine learning and deep learning, and how the technologies can be applied to real-world problems to drive innovation. The announcement follows the appointment of SambaNova’s first chief marketing officer, Amy D. Love, who joined the company July 19.

“Shen’s years in the AI industry are a valuable addition to our advisory team as SambaNova works to revolutionize AI’s accessibility across industry and government sectors,” said Rodrigo Liang, CEO and co-founder of SambaNova. “With AI technology transforming global economic markets, SambaNova continues to draw in the keenest scientific, academic and industry talent to strengthen its position as the most advanced AI systems and services company in the world.”

Shen brings more than 20 years of experience in the AI industry, including his current role as the co-founder and chief program officer of Actuate, a nonprofit dedicated to R&D to solve today’s societal challenges. He previously led a portfolio of AI and machine learning programs at the federal Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA); managed a research team for human language technology at the MIT Lincoln Laboratory; and served as CTO of Vocentric, a mobile speech recognition startup he founded.

“Today, we stand at a critical junction with innovations in AI and ML technology that will impact our world like never before,” Shen said. “I am thrilled to join an AI company on the leading edge of such profound transformation. With unparalleled hardware and software — and the ability to jump start enterprise-wide initiatives overnight — SambaNova is truly pushing AI into the future.”

SambaNova’s flagship Dataflow-as-a-Service™ offering, an extensible AI services platform, enables organizations to jump-start AI initiatives overnight by augmenting existing capabilities and staffing, revolutionizing accessibility and empowering organizations in every industry to unleash AI’s vast potential with a simple subscription. The platform is powered by DataScale®, an integrated software and hardware system delivering unrivaled performance, accuracy, scale, and ease of use built on SambaNova’s Reconfigurable Dataflow Architecture™.

SambaNova is extremely well positioned for accelerated growth given its latest funding round, which launched the company to status as the best-funded AI systems and services platform in the world with over $1 billion in funding.

SambaNova continues to garner accolades throughout the industry, which includes recognition by Gartner as a Cool Vendor in its “Cool Vendors in AI Semiconductors” report, and industry awards for Best AI Product in Next-Generation Infrastructure by CogX and VentureBeat’s Innovation in Edge Award for 2021. The company was named one of CRN’s 10 Hottest AI Chip Makers in 2021 and one of CRN’s 20 Coolest Tech Startups Of 2020. SambaNova was also Great Place to Work certified in 2021.

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