Alan Patterson

Head of Applied Science

Alan is Head of Applied Science at HomeX, where he leads the efforts to solve some of the most difficult problems in stochastic optimization, routing, logistics, pricing, natural language processing, machine reasoning, and knowledge engineering.

Alan has worked in machine learning for over 25 years. Throughout his career, he has pushed the boundaries of possibility, from award-winning medical monitoring to online marketplaces and AI-driven systems. At, Alan helped build a question answering service that became a core part of Amazon Alexa. After that, he helped Google build a machine learning fraud detection system for display advertising. Most recently at eBay, Alan led a new AI-focused team and built a product knowledge graph to support machine learning efforts.

Alan holds an Honours BEng degree in Electrical & Electronic Engineering from the University of West of Scotland. Born and raised in Paisley, Scotland, Alan currently resides in Cambridge, UK with his wife Fiona and two children.

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