I'm Aron Szanto. I head the NLP division at Kensho Technologies in NYC and lead the nonprofit Zerobase Foundation. I studied applied math, computer science, and economics at Harvard, having worked jointly towards my Bachelor's and Master's degrees. Before working at Kensho, I was Product Engineering Manager at MarketFactory, a New York-based fintech startup. There, I led their R&D effort to merge cutting-edge research in machine learning and high-performance computing with macroeconomics to change the way that the world exchanges currencies. Overall, my work and experience has centered around NLP, fake news and misinformation detection, artificial intelligence and multi-agent systems, big data and distributed systems, and machine learning. My most recent published work focuses on the ways in which fake and real news spread differently, building models to allow us to identify fake news before it diffuses widely.
When I'm not working, you'll find me on the ultimate frisbee field, playing cello in an orchestra or chamber ensemble, or hacking on an open source project. Other things you should know about me: my first name is properly spelled Áron and pronounced ɑ'rõn (AH-rown), since my multicultural parents wanted to be very authentic. I love coffee, dogs, and cooking. I'm terrible at singing, but I'm a great whistler. And though many have tried, you'll never be able to convince me that there's a city better than New York.