Hassan Sawaf

Silicon Valley, Ca, Usa

Hassan Sawaf

Silicon Valley, Ca, Usa

Hassan Sawaf has more than 21 years of business experience as an entrepreneur. He is also an internationally recognized scientist/engineer with more than 18 years of experience in research, development, management and strategic planning of Human Language Technology (HLT).

After his graduate studies, Hassan was a senior researcher at the University of Aachen (RWTH), and co-founder and CEO of the German company AIXPLAIN AG, a spin-off of the University of Aachen. In 2002 Hassan presented the first commercial speech-to-speech system to the public, translating spoken English from and into German and was featured in many publications in national newspapers as well as presentations in the national television news. AIXPLAIN was acquired by AppTek in November 2004.

Under his management as a COO/Chief Scientist in AppTek, the HLT team introduced in 2008 the first commercial hybrid machine translation system that fully integrates statistical and rule-based features into one single system that provides the performance and benefits of both worlds. Under his leadership the HLT group also developed numerous automated speech recognition engines, covering languages like Arabic, Spanish, Farsi and others for Media Monitoring, Telephony applications and Handheld Devices. AppTek’s technical team and assets were acquired by SAIC November of 2010.

From November 2010 till January 2013, as a Chief Scientist he leads the research and development in machine learning and human language technology at SAIC. In March 2011, the CEO of SAIC, Walt Halvenstein, and his executive management team awarded Hassan the title of “SAIC Technical Fellow” for his work in technology, and research and development management.

Since April 2013, Hassan joined eBay to setup, grow and lead the newly established machine translation team (MT team). Since then the MT team is establishing a robust knowledge base in natural language processing and machine translation, that enables the Geographic Expansion Initiative and the Cross Border Trade Initiative overcome the language barriers.

In his free time Hassan likes to chase novel business ideas and support the development of bleeding edge technology as an Angel investor. Hassan likes to travel and speaks English, German and Arabic fluently.

  • Work
    • Ebay
  • Education
    • Rwth Aachen University