Paul Burkard

Director of AI

Paul Burkard

Paul is the Director of AI at Blackbird.AI, where, as a founding engineer, he drives the company’s AI innovation vision. He is a data scientist with 14 years of experience in various topics, including natural language processing (NLP), big data, and general machine learning (ML). He studied physics and mathematics at MIT before pursuing a master’s in machine learning, which became his passion throughout his career.

Before Blackbird.AI, Paul worked as a data scientist across several different verticals, including government intelligence, commercial software, and education.  In those roles, the primary focus was building and deploying large-scale machine learning systems, most commonly with an emphasis on NLP.  While he has specialized expertise in NLP, his first love for the physicist in him is problem-solving in any domain. As a self-described generalist, he most enjoys dreaming up creative solutions to novel problem spaces, hence the obvious fit in the new frontier of disinformation science. Paul holds a B.S. in Physics and Mathematics from The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and an M.S. in Computer Science from George Mason University.

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