New team members help Maluuba further natural language research and application


At Maluuba, we’re working towards a vision where machines can communicate naturally with people. 

Making this possible means that machines will need to be able to read, comprehend and reason as well as be able to communicate back to humans.

There are many valuable opportunities for natural language enabled AI in industries and verticals from customer experience to healthcare, automotive to education. Making this experience natural and seamless requires the combination of great research with robust applications.

This is challenging work. While we have a very clear vision and roadmap, it is only through the efforts of a strong team that we can achieve our goals. We’re continually hiring new talent to help us get there and we’re pleased to welcome a number of new team members.

We have strengthened our Research Team with three accomplished individuals based in expanding Montreal lab:

Harm van Seijen

Research Scientist

Harm’s research is centered on reinforcement learning, with the goal of addressing the fundamental machine learning challenges related to natural conversations between humans and bots. Harm did a postdoc at the University of Alberta, working alongside professor Richard Sutton on novel reinforcement learning techniques. In his free time, Harm enjoys the great outdoors, particularly going on hikes (some short, some longer!) in the national parks of Quebec and the Northeast United States.

Samira Shabanian

Research Scientist

Samira’s research concerns the study of deep generative models and showcasing the power of these models for semi-supervised learning problems. Samira completed her PhD in mathematics and is a graduate student at the Montreal Institute for Learning Algorithms (MILA). Samira enjoys many creative pursuits including dancing, poetry, hiking as well as playing chess.

Jeremie Zumer

Research Engineer

Jeremie is eagerly awaiting the judges’ decision on his Masters of Computer Science at Université de Montréal. Jeremie is part of Maluuba’s dialogue group and is working on models to identify semantically relevant embeddings for queries. Outside of work Jeremie is an avid reader so you may find him with his head in a book.


We’re also pleased to welcome a number of interns to assist in our research. Amjad Almahairi, Caglar Gulcehre and Rosemary Ke come to us from Université de Montréal.

It’s important that Maluuba clearly articulates our vision for a world where machines and humans can communicate and work together. To help articulate that vision and increase our presence in both research and applied, Paul Gray has joined as Director Product MarketingPaul has worked on developing and launching new technology products in communications, entertainment, gaming and financial services. He has worked in the UK, Europe, Australia and Canada, most recently helping to guide the launch of Kik’s bot platform. Paul loves writing in his free time and is (very slowly) working on a young adult novel. Paul is based in our Waterloo, ON office.

Growing our team is a major focus for us so we’re pleased to welcome Gayle Horyn, Human Resources Manager. With over fifteen years experience in every aspect of human resources, Gayle has worked at startups, fast-growing businesses and global companies such as Research in Motion, and continues to consult for several small companies in the area. Outside of work Gayle loves to run and has competed in several events including the Boston marathon in 2012. Gayle is based in our Waterloo, ON office.

We’re continually seeking new talent to join the team. Please see our openings.


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