Interview with Aleksey Gruzdev, Deep Learning R&D Engineer

What is your role at Intel?

I’ve worked in two teams since I joined Intel. Most of the time I worked as a developer of computer vision algorithms based on neural networks: this included detecting pedestrians, face recognition, and identifying license plates (mostly in China). During these three years, I was also involved in other tasks, but, in any way, all of them were related to deep learning and computer vision. The work done by our division has finally resulted in the product named OpenVINO™, and now I am part of the team that is interacting with companies who use OpenVINO™ in their solutions. We try to understand what tasks our colleagues are solving, in what particular way they use OpenVINO™, what problems they face and what we can improve in our product.

What did you know about Intel prior to working here?

386 was the first thing in my mind when I thought of Intel. Intel 80386 (“i386”) is the processor that was inside my first computer. On top of that, Intel was a large company that many of my friends wanted to work for, and I was no exception.

How did your opinion about the company evolve over the years?

I have been working at Intel for three years. During this time my perception about the company has seriously changed. I have learned that Intel is huge, and it is different across the globe. There are two images of Intel—global and local. Global Intel is a huge corporation, with plenty of business processes, technologies, various divisions, and products. Local Intel is the place where you create your own atmosphere and can easily see how quickly the company can change due to your contribution.

What are your hobbies??

After I started to work at Intel, I was invited to become a lecturer at the Higher School of Economics. I share the practical side of our work with my students: how we train neural networks, what tools we use and how we work with data—all of that will be useful in their future career. I hope this will help students to become more aligned with today’s industry demands and be able to forecast the future trends. I did not have this opportunity during my university time, so I am happy to share my knowledge and experience with the younger generation.

Why should young engineers be interested in working at Intel?

  • People are the key. There are a huge number of employees working at Intel whom you can learn from. Most of them have unique expertise, so working with them is a real gift for a newbie in engineering.
  • You can choose the development area and together with your manager identify skills to be learned. Also, you can change area of expertise inside the company, so you’re sure to find plenty of opportunities in new areas.
  • You will learn what is it like to work in an international company from the inside. You will work with different people not only from Russia, but also from other countries, improve your skills in speaking foreign languages, and visit places all over the world.
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