Meedan is pleased to welcome back Ahmed Mostafa to our wonderful engineering team as a machine learning engineer!

We had the great pleasure of having Ahmed on team in 2015, where he worked on Bridge, a social media translation app. While Bridge is no longer active, many of the key learnings we gained around interactions around annotating and translating social media and working with global content inform our work on Check today.

Learn more about Ahmed below:

1. What has been your experience before you rejoined Meedan?

I left Meedan to pursue a Masters degree in Data Science from Sapienza University of Rome. While I was studying for my masters degree, I started working as a data science and AI consultant, focusing extensively on deep learning. The biggest two projects I had were one related to time series prediction and the other one was generating music from humming and tapping. In my second year of the master’s degree, I co-founded Pigro.ai, a profitable startup in Italy as the CTO where I worked mainly in Natural Language Processing.

I’ve also been a technomad, or a digital nomad, visiting over 20 countries while working remotely in the past 4 years. Now that I’ve gotten my Masters, I wish to become a full-time technomad. Slow traveling suits the pandemic travel era more.

2. Tell us about one exciting and insightful experience that has shaped your perspective and work.

I stayed in India for 6 months doing an international internship there when I was 22 years old. I had the luck to meet and take trips in India with a great group of other interns from different countries around the world and new local friends. After that, I traveled solo around India for a week. I spent that week sleeping on buses and trains between cities and only stayed one night in a hotel. My experience in India is very close to my heart because it was the first time I traveled by myself. That’s how I discovered my love for traveling, both in my personal life and for my career.

3. What makes something worth solving, or approaching, with machine learning?

In my opinion, three cases:

  1. This problem is only solvable by machine learning
  2. Machine learning would provide a more time-efficient solution. So it will save time.
  3. Machine learning would provide a solution less prone to errors

4. What’s a project you’re excited about right now?

Right now, I am excited to see how Meedan is incorporating machine learning, data science and AI to fight misinformation and strengthen global journalism. I have worked before for Meedan and I am as excited to rejoin this group of people as I am excited about the work.I’m also excited about my side project to more accurately detect gravitational waves using machine learning. I have always been a physics nerd because this field opens a whole new window to see astrophysics and cosmology.

5. Tell us some fun facts about Ahmed.

  • In my early days at the masters degree in Sapienza University of Rome, despite that I didn’t speak any Italian, somehow I ended up playing the guitar with a band at the university. They didn’t speak English, but we managed to communicate!
  • For my 30th birthday, I took a course on paragliding.
  • I finished my bachelor degree when I was 20 years old and started university when I was 16 years old. Nah, I wish I escaped classes, it is just my birth date and the schooling system in Egypt when I was a kid.

Meedan is pleased to welcome back Ahmed Mostafa to our wonderful engineering team as a machine learning engineer!

We had the great pleasure of having Ahmed on team in 2015, where he worked on Bridge, a social media translation app. While Bridge is no longer active, many of the key learnings we gained around interactions around annotating and translating social media and working with global content inform our work on Check today.

Learn more about Ahmed below:

1. What has been your experience before you rejoined Meedan?

I left Meedan to pursue a Masters degree in Data Science from Sapienza University of Rome. While I was studying for my masters degree, I started working as a data science and AI consultant, focusing extensively on deep learning. The biggest two projects I had were one related to time series prediction and the other one was generating music from humming and tapping. In my second year of the master’s degree, I co-founded Pigro.ai, a profitable startup in Italy as the CTO where I worked mainly in Natural Language Processing.

I’ve also been a technomad, or a digital nomad, visiting over 20 countries while working remotely in the past 4 years. Now that I’ve gotten my Masters, I wish to become a full-time technomad. Slow traveling suits the pandemic travel era more.

2. Tell us about one exciting and insightful experience that has shaped your perspective and work.

I stayed in India for 6 months doing an international internship there when I was 22 years old. I had the luck to meet and take trips in India with a great group of other interns from different countries around the world and new local friends. After that, I traveled solo around India for a week. I spent that week sleeping on buses and trains between cities and only stayed one night in a hotel. My experience in India is very close to my heart because it was the first time I traveled by myself. That’s how I discovered my love for traveling, both in my personal life and for my career.

3. What makes something worth solving, or approaching, with machine learning?

In my opinion, three cases:

  1. This problem is only solvable by machine learning
  2. Machine learning would provide a more time-efficient solution. So it will save time.
  3. Machine learning would provide a solution less prone to errors

4. What’s a project you’re excited about right now?

Right now, I am excited to see how Meedan is incorporating machine learning, data science and AI to fight misinformation and strengthen global journalism. I have worked before for Meedan and I am as excited to rejoin this group of people as I am excited about the work.I’m also excited about my side project to more accurately detect gravitational waves using machine learning. I have always been a physics nerd because this field opens a whole new window to see astrophysics and cosmology.

5. Tell us some fun facts about Ahmed.

  • In my early days at the masters degree in Sapienza University of Rome, despite that I didn’t speak any Italian, somehow I ended up playing the guitar with a band at the university. They didn’t speak English, but we managed to communicate!
  • For my 30th birthday, I took a course on paragliding.
  • I finished my bachelor degree when I was 20 years old and started university when I was 16 years old. Nah, I wish I escaped classes, it is just my birth date and the schooling system in Egypt when I was a kid.