The journey was a challenge. I started my industrial way as an analyst at Yandex Market. Then I worked on recommender systems. These jobs helped me a lot to dive into industrial ML, the approaches that are used in big tech companies. I also participated in numerous competitions. Two of them were devoted to the problem I work on now (Lyft Motion Prediction for Autonomous Vehicles and Waymo Motion Prediction Challenge
). Both times my team has shown a good result. Finally, the combination of academic background from Skoltech, industrial experience from Yandex, and the results from relevant competitions brought me to the Self-Driving Group.
Now I work as a Machine Learning Engineer at Yandex Self-Driving Group. More specifically I work on predicting the movements of other agents on the road. Surprisingly, it is exactly what I have been doing at Skoltech during the MSc program. A very direct application of university knowledge in the industry!