Simpplr appoints Aykut Firat as Chief Data Scientist

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simplerThe leading employee experience platform for internal communications, human resources and IT professionals, is pleased to announce the appointment of Aykut Virat as its first Chief Data Scientist.

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“Aykut’s role at Simpplr will allow us to dig deeper into how Simpplr customers can leverage advanced technologies such as artificial intelligence, sentiment analysis and sentiment analysis to understand their employees and act on this information in real time,” says Dheeraj Sharma (CEO of Simpplr)

Aykut’s addition to Simpplr’s executive team indicates a deeper focus on advanced analytics and artificial intelligence for the company. Prior to Simpplr, Aykut held the position of Chief Data Scientist at Brandwatch, a leading social listening platform. At Brandwatch, Aykut has developed advanced capabilities for artificial intelligence, including deep learning-based sentiment analysis, audience interest identification, and intelligent entity demystification-assisted search that uses advanced language models such as GPT-2. These technology accomplishments were the direct drivers of Brandwatch as the technology leader—a feat that accelerated its revenue to more than $100 million in ARR and eventual acquisition.

Prior to his role in Brandwatch, Aykut held several major data titles at companies such as Crimson Hexagon, iAggregate, Affinnova, and others. He holds a Ph.D. of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and advises other companies within the Tula Capital portfolio.

“Aykut’s role at Simpplr will allow us to dig deeper into how Simpplr’s customers can leverage advanced technologies such as artificial intelligence, sentiment analysis and sentiment analysis to better understand their employee base and act on this real-time information” (CEO, Simpplr): “It is rare to find a data leader with deep knowledge of Aykut, and even rarer, to find someone who can apply this knowledge with such passion to make professionally experienced professionals more effective in their jobs.”

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“The value of Simpplr customers’ use of cutting-edge AI to gain real-time insights into their employee base and act on that data in real time is enormous,” says Aykut Firat (CDS, Simpplr). “I am energized by the opportunity our team has to use advanced deep learning models for sentiment analysis, emotion and neural research, to help the entire employee experience industry gain more understanding of their teams and turn those insights into the right data-driven actions.”

The Aykut team will continue to develop the advanced learning, governance, and analytics capabilities of the Simpplr platform, allowing Simpplr customers to gain a level of detailed insight never before seen in the employee experience space.

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