Dr. Nashlie Sephus has recently joined the Amazon AI team focusing on “fairness in AI” and is based in Atlanta. She formally led the Amazon (A9) Visual Search and AR team in Atlanta, Georgia, which launched Part Finder (visual search for replacement parts) on the Amazon Shopping App in 2018.
Her team was acquired from Atlanta-based startup Partpic in 2016, for which she was the CTO.
Dr. Sephus received her Ph.D. from the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) at the Georgia Institute of Technology in 2014, after which she started a position with Exponent consulting firm in New York City. Her core research areas were digital signal processing (mainly music, speech, and image signals), machine learning, and computer engineering/science. She received her B.S. in Computer Engineering from Mississippi State University (2007).
Dr. Sephus is a proud native of Jackson, Mississippi, where she founded the nonprofit The Bean Path to provide individuals access to technical expertise and guidance. She’s had several internships and research experiences worldwide with companies and research labs, such as the IBM, Delphi, University of California at Berkeley, GE Research Center, GE Energy, and Kwangwoon University in Seoul, South Korea. During her leisure time, she likes to play tennis, play the piano, listen to music, bargain hunt, go bike-riding, and perform do-it-yourself (DIY) projects at home.