Top 10 AI Experts to watch in 2022

by | 22. April 2022 | Basics

In 2022, we are celebrating the 10th anniversary of [at] – Alexander Thamm.
10 years ago, we were the first consultancy in the German-speaking area to take up the cause of Data & AI. Today, we can say that artificial intelligence 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 climate change, autonomous driving, the detection and treatment of diseases and in pandemic control. AI increases the efficiency of production processes and makes companies more adaptable to market changes through delivering real-time information and predictions.

The economic significance of this technology is growing rapidly: More than two-thirds of German companies now use artificial intelligence and machine learning. With #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. You get a broad cross-section of the Data & AI universe that has been driving us for 10 years now.

Enjoy the reading – and feel free to expand the list!

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

#10 Elon Musk

One of the most well-known people associated with artificial intelligence is Elon Musk. As the CEO, co-founder, and product architect of Tesla, Musk is considered a pioneer of some very productive technology projects. Some of his companies besides the automaker Telsa are Neuralink, researching implantable brain computers, and SpaceX, the revolutionary space company. With self-driving cars, he is developing an outstanding example of the use of artificial intelligence in the real world. At OpenAI, he is the co-founder of a non-profit organization that researches artificial intelligence and the emerging consequences for humanity. Also active on social media, Musk often causes confusion in the market and sets new trends with his provocative statements as the current richest person in the world.

#9 Peter Norvig

Norvig is something of a celebrity in the world of AI. As the 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 has worked for many years as a professor and researcher at various universities. He has authored more than 50 papers on AI, computer science, information retrieval, and natural language processing (NLP), and has also been instrumental in NASA’s development of robotics and autonomy. Together with Stuart J. Russel, he released the book “AI: A modern approach”, which is considered the standard text in the field of artificial intelligence by today.

#8 Geoffrey Hinton

Together with Yann LeCun and Yoshua Bengio, Hinton was awarded the Turing Award in 2018. Due to their ground-breaking work on artificial neural networks, the three are often referred to as the “Godfathers of AI”. He divides his time between teaching at the University of Toronto, working at Google Brain Team, and a research lab he co-founded: the Vector Institute of AI. Hinton researched various ways artificial neural networks can be used for machine learning, symbol processing and memory perception. He has authored and co-authored over 200 peer-reviewed publications, with research providing one of the first glimpses of brain-like structures that are truly autonomous and intelligent.

#7 Andrew Ng


As the co-founder of Google Brain and former Chief Scientist at Baidu, the Chinese Google, Andrew has long been a well-known figure in the AI business. He is considered a pioneer of digital learning and, among other things, founded the world’s largest online learning platform Coursera. This platform provides countless learning courses – also on the topic of AI, deep learning, and machine learning. His best-known work also includes the Stanford Helicopter Project and the Stanford AI Robot Project, which was ultimately made available as open-source robot software and is the basis of many AI robot innovations today.

#6 Cassie Kozyrko


The data scientist and statistician is on a mission to “democratize decision intelligence and safe, reliable AI”. Leading the Decision Intelligence Division she founded at Google, she is ensuring that Google uses AI-powered technologies safely and effectively. As a Decision Scientist, she is responsible for ensuring that the outcome of the AI model developed is fit for purpose and aligned with Google’s business objectives. Meanwhile, she has taught over 15,000 analysts and decision-makers. Her courses on AI are also available online and worth a try, especially for beginners. She is one of the pioneers in such a position at the software company Google.

#5 Fei-Fei Li


As a concurrent professor at Stanford University and Chief Scientist at Google Cloud, Dr. Li has had a breath-taking career so far. She founded the non-profit organization AI4ALL, a company that advocates for non-discriminatory educational opportunities and expands access to AI and technology education. As one of the most prominent researchers in the field of artificial intelligence, she has received multiple awards for her more than 200 publications. She also developed ImageNet, a vast dataset of classified images that contributes to the latest artificial intelligence developments in image recognition.

#4 Rana el Kaliouby


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

#3 Alex Smola


As Smola is the Director of Machine Learning at Amazon Web Services, he works with ML, data analytics, computer vision, deep learning, and natural language processing (NLP) to develop tools for data scientists. Previously, he worked with tech companies such as Yahoo and Google as a researcher. With AWS being one of the largest and fastest evolving companies in the consumer AI space, as well as AI Developer Services, we are excited to see the latest developments in various areas of AI.

#2 Greg Brockman


Co-founder and CTO of the start-up OpenAI and one of the first employees of the payment provider Stripe, Greg Brockman is still a rather unknown candidate on this 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 huge breakthrough with the autoregressive language model GPT-3, which uses Deep Learning to generate texts that are remarkably close to human-written texts. He and his team continue to research further developments and milestones in the field of artificial intelligence, especially in computer vision and NLP.

#1 Demis Hassabis


Demis Hassabis is the 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 professionals 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 published, among other things, sensational papers in the media about the episodic memory system and how memory and imagination are connected. We are curious to see what scientific problem Hassabis and his team are currently researching to shed light on with the help of artificial intelligence.

These are the experts we’ve put together that you should keep an eye on in 2022 – inspiration guaranteed!
Who are you taking a closer look at this year? 


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