Top 10 AI Experts in 2022

from | 22 April 2022 | Basics

In 2022 we will celebrate the 10th anniversary of [at] - Alexander Thamm.

In 2012, we were the first consultancy in the German-speaking world to take up the cause of Data & AI. Today, it can be said that artificial intelligence (AI) has the potential to make an important contribution to some of the major economic and social challenges of our time. AI plays a role in the energy transition and in responding to climate change, in autonomous driving, in the detection and treatment of diseases or in pandemic control. AI increases the efficiency of production processes and increases the adaptability of companies to market changes through real-time information and predictions. The economic significance of the technology is growing rapidly. More than two thirds of German companies now use artificial intelligence and machine learning.

With our #AITOP10 we show you what's hot right now in the field of Data & AI. Our TOP10 lists present podcast highlights, industry-specific AI trends, AI experts, tool recommendations and much more. Here you get a broad cross-section of the Data & AI universe that has been driving us for 10 years now.

Artificial intelligence (AI) is one of the fastest growing industries in the world today. It is changing the way we work and live. Leading this industry are various experts from industry and academia who are making the seemingly impossible possible. They are driving the development of new data-driven innovations and products. Meet our TOP10 AI experts to keep an eye on this year:

Rank 10 Elon Musk

One of the most well-known people associated with AI is Elon Musk. The CEO, co-founder and product architect of Tesla is considered a pioneer of some very productive technology projects such as Neuralink, an implantable brain computer, and SpaceX, a revolutionary space company. With self-driving cars, he developed an outstanding example of the use of AI in the real world. With OpenAI, he is the co-founder of a non-profit organisation that deals with the research of AI and the emerging consequences for humanity. The currently richest person in the world is also very active on social media, causing confusion on the market with provocative statements and setting new trends.

Place 9 Peter Norvig

Norvig is a celebrity in the world of AI. As Director of Research at Google, he is perhaps the most influential person when it comes to the direction that concrete AI technologies might take when they enter the mainstream. Norvig is currently a Council member and AAAI Fellow at the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence and worked for many years as a professor and researcher at various universities. He has written more than 50 papers on AI, computer science, information retrieval and natural language processing. He was also instrumental in the development of robotics and autonomy at NASA.

Place 8 Geoffrey Hinton

Together with Yann LeCun and Yoshua Bengio, Geoffrey Hinton was awarded the Turing Award in 2018. Due to their groundbreaking work on artificial neural networks, the three are often referred to as the 'Godfathers of AI'. Hinton divides his time between the University of Toronto, Google Brain and the research lab he co-founded, the Vector Institute of AI. He explores various ways neural networks can be used for machine learning, symbol processing and memory perception. As a result, Hinton has (co-)authored over 200 peer-reviewed publications. He is researching artificial neural networks that can learn without human intervention. The research offers the first insights into brain-like structures that are truly autonomous and intelligent.

7th place Andrew Ng


Andrew has long been a household name in the AI business as the co-founder of Google Brain and former Chief Scientist at Baidu, the Chinese equivalent of Google. He is considered a pioneer of digital learning and, among other things, founded the world's largest online learning platform, Coursera. On Coursera, countless courses can be taken on the topics of AI, deep learning and machine learning. His best-known works also include the Stanford Helicopter Project and the Stanford AI Robot Project, which were made available as open-source robot software and are the basis of many innovations today.

Place 6 Cassie Kozyrko


As a Data Scientist and Statistician, she is on a mission to "democratise decision intelligence and safe, reliable AI". She leads the Decision Intelligence division at Google, which she founded, and ensures that Google uses AI-powered technologies safely and effectively. As a Decision Scientist, she is also responsible for ensuring that the outcome of the AI model developed fulfils its purpose and aligns with business objectives. She has taught over 15,000 analysts and decision-makers and is one of the pioneers at the software company Google. With her course 'Making Friends with Machine Learning', she has already taught thousands of students about machine learning and AI.

Place 5 Fei-Fei Li


The Stanford University professor and Chief Scientist at Google Cloud has had a stunning career. She founded the non-profit organisation AI4ALL - a company that advocates for non-discriminatory educational opportunities and expands access to AI and technology education. As one of the best-known researchers in the field of artificial intelligence, she has received several awards for her more than 200 publications. She also developed ImageNet, a huge dataset of classified images that today contributes to the latest artificial intelligence developments in image recognition.

Place 4 Rana el Kaliouby


She is considered a pioneer in the field of AI and is CEO of one of the most interesting AI software companies at the moment: Affectiva deals with the research of human emotions and tries to understand emotions by means of AI. In doing so, the AI software analyses facial expressions and voice pitch and thus tries to recognise and interpret emotions. To achieve this, it has created a database containing over 2 million faces - currently the largest in the world. On a mission to help autistic people communicate more easily, she has already developed emotion-reading glasses at MIT as well as hearing aids

3rd place Alex Smola


As Director of Machine Learning (ML) at Amazon Web Services (AWS), Smola works on ML, data analytics, computer vision, deep learning and natural language processing (NLP) to develop tools for data scientists. Previously, he worked as a researcher with tech companies such as Yahoo and Google. With an eye on AWS - one of the largest and fastest developing companies in the field of consumer AI as well as AI developer services - we are eagerly awaiting the latest developments in various fields.

2nd place Greg Brockman


Greg Brockman, the co-founder and CTO of the start-up OpenAI and one of the first employees of the payment provider Stripe, is a rather unknown candidate on our list. In his current position at the non-profit company OpenAI, he is currently researching interesting projects in the field of deep learning, natural language processing (NLP) and general artificial intelligence. OpenAI recently made a sensational breakthrough with the autoregressive language model GPT-3, which uses Deep Learning to generate texts that are remarkably similar to human-written texts. He and his team are also researching further developments in the field of artificial intelligence, especially in connection with computer vision and NLP.

1st place Demis Hassabis


Demis Hassabis is co-founder and CEO of DeepMind, a neuroscience-inspired artificial intelligence company. DeepMind has made some remarkable breakthroughs with artificial intelligence in recent years. For example, AlphaGo Zero was the first AI to beat professional players in Go. With the AI system Alphafold, which predicts the folding of proteins based on their amino acid sequence, Hassabis and his company recently solved a decades-old scientific problem. As one of the leading AI researchers, he has published sensational work on the episodic memory system and work on how memory and imagination are related, among other things. We are eagerly following the scientific problems Hassabis and his team are currently researching.

These are our top 10 experts to keep an eye on in 2022 - inspiration guaranteed! Who are you looking at this year?


Luke Lux

Lukas Lux is a working student in the Customer & Strategy department at Alexander Thamm GmbH. In addition to his studies in Sales Engineering & Product Management with a focus on IT Engineering, he is concerned with the latest trends and technologies in the field of Data & AI and compiles them for you in cooperation with our [at]experts.

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