My name is Kay Rottmann and I’m supporting teams in building Artificial Intelligence products and solutions

I strongly believe that artificial intelligence can help improving people’s life and society. I’m driven by building products and solutions that have positive impact.

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Skills and interests

If you ask me about my skills and interests, I would probably answer:

Software Engineering

90%

Research

90%

Leadership

90%

Photography

70%

Diy / Maker

70%

Family

100%

Professional Experience

Stations where I gathered Industry Experience

 
 
 
 
 

Sr. Applied Scientist for Alexa AI

Amazon, LLC.

Jan 2021 – Present
Working on Artificial Intelligence projects for Alexa with focus on natural language understanding in the internationalization of Alexa.
 
 
 
 
 

Guest Lecturer

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)

Apr 2019 – Present
Giving lectures on Deep Neural Networks for Master course “Neural Networks” at KIT. Topics involving: “Parallel Computing for Neural Networks and Deep Learning Frameworks”, “Adversarial Attacks”, “Generative Adversarial Networks”, “Explainability”.
 
 
 
 
 

Head of AI for Manufacturing

Bosch GmbH, Center for Artificial Intelligence

Jan 2019 – Nov 2020 Renningen, Germany

Supporting teams to apply state of the art Artificial Intelligence methods in the manufacturing domain, besides others, working on

  • Automatic Optical Inspection
  • Manufacturing Analytics
  • Scheduling

Previously as Head of Research Engineers supported extraction of artifacts out of state of the art research

 
 
 
 
 

Co-CEO and Co-Founder

strukt.re GmbH

Jan 2017 – Dec 2018 Pfullingen, Germany
Consulting startup to bring artificial intelligence to small and medium businesses. Based on the observation that artificial intelligence is a big success factor in todays world, we provided services to small and medium businesses to make use of this without having their own research engineering team.
 
 
 
 
 

Engineering Manager

Facebook, Inc.

Jan 2014 – Nov 2016 Menlo Park, California, USA

Supported the multilingual text processing team. Our team was responsible for

  • ‘see translation’ scaling up to >1 Billion served translations per day
  • ‘auto translation’, identifying high quality translations and identifying people who need these translations to understand the content
  • scaling up from tens of supported languages to hundreds
  • Language Identification
  • Text classification
  • Multilingual composer allowing people to write posts in multiple languages and providing their own translations
  • Deep learning based translation
 
 
 
 
 

Technical Lead

Facebook, Inc.

Sep 2013 – Jan 2014 Menlo Park, California, USA
Building and launching of first in-house machine translation engine for translation of user posts in Facebook.
 
 
 
 
 

Research Scientist

Mobile Technologies GmbH / Jibbigo LLC

Oct 2007 – Sep 2013 Karlsruhe Germany
Built first completely on-device speech to speech translator for iOS as promoted by Apple: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oNyTWBrAr68

Academic Background

Education and academic activities

Neural Networks Guest Lecturer

Teaching 50% of master course on Neural Networks / Deep Learning. Topics covered

  • Deep Learning
  • Image Recognition / Segmentation / Classification
  • Generative Adversarial Networks
  • Adversarial Attacks

PhD in Computer Science (Artificial Intelligence)

“Online Incremental Machine Translation” Allowing automatic learning of improvements to speech to speech translation systems from user feedback across multiple users.

Built a distributed architecture that instantaneously updates and incorporates user feedback to improve translation quality without tedious training cycles.

Computer Science Diploma (comparable with Master)

Best Computer Science Diploma in 2007, winner of Klaus-Tschira Award Major: Computer Science, Artificial intelligence, Minor: Mathematics

Scholarship for writing Diploma Thesis at Carnegie Mellon University

Advisors Prof. Dr. Alexander Waibel and Dr. Stephan Vogel, Carnegie Mellon University, School of Computer Science

Recent Posts

Just some things I tried out

In 2022 we exchanged the heating in our house including solar thermal energy as well. Since I like to know what is going on in the house I was interested to read out and store the information from the heating. However as it turns out the manufacturer doesn’t allow this unless you pay for a subscription to send the data to their servers and then access it from there. Without the subscription all that was possible was to use an app to read the current state of the system. This got me thinking whether I could reverse engineer the app communication to extract the data I need without a subscription.

This is part of a lecture I gave at KIT (Karlsruhe Institute of Technology) in the master course “neural networks”. It is to show what adversarial attacks are and what they mean for machine learning based classification.

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