Pravin Shankar is a Director of Data Science at Facebook, where he oversees data science teams responsible for search, recommendations, and news within Facebook app. He has been at Facebook since 2014, and during this time helped evolve Facebook search from a navigation utility to a general purpose discovery engine for users to explore their interests, via launch of several successful initiatives, such as keyword search on mobile (2014), news search (2015) and video search (2016). Under his leadership, the team delivered sustained huge improvements in search and recommendations relevance, via combination of adopting state-of-art ML techniques, along with strong metrics driven engineering culture.
Pravin holds a Ph.D. from Rutgers University in Computer Science. His research on mobile computing, machine learning, and social network analysis led to 12 peer-reviewed publications with over 1000 citations.