E05 Adam Bermingham, Engineering Lead at Zalando

Zalando’s engineering lead Adam Bermingham is the guest on episode 5 of AI in Action where we discuss how their recommender system is put together, challenges their data science team faces, how they stay ahead of the competition and much more

Welcome to episode five of AI in Action, the podcast that breaks down the hype and explores the impact that Data Science, Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence are making on our everyday lives.

Our goal is to share with you the insights of technologists and data science enthusiasts to showcase the excellent work that is been done within AI in Ireland.

In this episode, my guest is Adam Bermingham who is the Engineering lead at Zalando.  Adam is responsible for managing the delivery of data science products across five teams focused on image and text analysis, insights applications and microservices on Zalando’s Content Platform.

After originally working as a Software Engineer, Adam completed a PhD in Sentiment Analysis and Information Retrieval from DCU. He continued in academia as a Principal Investigator on several projects in areas such as social media analytics, personalization of reminiscence therapy and real-time sports summarization. He then worked as a Data Scientist at Independent News and Media developing predictive analytics technology, generating deep data insights, and developing and optimizing data-driven products.

Now he delivers data science products at Zalando, which is Europe’s leading online fashion platform. Zalando offers their customers a one-stop, convenient shopping experience with an extensive selection of fashion articles including shoes, clothing and accessories with free delivery and returns. Data science is heavily used to provide data-driven recommendations, which helps them better understand their customers and gain deep insights into their behaviour and purchasing patterns to provide them with a more personalised, compelling offering.

In this fascinating episode, you will learn:

  • An overview of what Zalando is all about
  • What Adam’s role as Engineering Lead in Zalando involves
  • The importance of their personalised recommender systems
  • The challenges of bringing data scientists and data engineers to work together
  • Advice to those looking to forge a career in data science
  • How Zalando stay on top of things and ahead of their competition
  • What excites Adam most about working with such a large scale company
  • His predictions on where data science and AI is heading in the next few years



What did you make of Adam’s podcast? Where do you see the future of AI and data science heading in the next few years? I would love to hear your thoughts so please leave a comment below.

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The AI Awards is a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to promoting, advancing and rewarding corporate and academic excellence in Artificial Intelligence (AI) innovation, research & development and products.

It is our mission to support the AI community by recognising the hard work and dedication of those working in the field and to help promote and market Ireland globally as the first-choice home for AI investment and job creation in research and product development.

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Author: AI Ireland

AI Ireland is a non-profit, community-led initiative that aims to showcase and share the knowledge in Data Science, Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence. We host monthly meetups, run the AI in Action podcast and will hold the AI Awards this November. Our goal is to bring together players in the field of AI in order to forge and strengthen ties, and to celebrate the development of AI for the greater good.

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