2023 AWS DeepRacer Championship Finalists

Get to know some of our finalists, how they found this year’s competition, their history with DeepRacer, goals for the Championship and some hobbies!

re:Invent 2022 finalists

Bobby Stenly – BSi

I started my Deepracer journey since May 2019, but I didn’t join the competition from 2020 to 2022. This year, I decided to try it again since the first month with “final ticket” as the target.

How did you qualify for the DeepRacer 2023 Championship Cup?

August virtual race – Asia Pacific Region

Have you competed in the DeepRacer Championship Cup before?

In 2019, my best result was 7th in September race.

What is your company and role?

Bitro.id – CTO

Is Machine Learning a part of your day-to-day work?

No, but I have deployed a simple search engine (text and image) for e-commerce app based on machine learning model.

What is your goal for the DeepRacer 2023 Championship Cup?

Finish in top 6.

What are your hobbies outside of DeepRacer?

Watch movies and traveling.


Mark Ross – Eviden-Mark-Ross

My daughter has been helping me test some physical models on a small home set-up, if I’m lucky enough to make the prize money places I think I’m going to have to share it!

For 2024 to keep up the excitement and make it more interesting for those earlier in their learning journey some form of handicap system like in horse racing might be beneficial to avoid the same people qualifying with ease.

How did you qualify for the DeepRacer 2023 Championship Cup?

September, Europe

Have you competed in the DeepRacer Championship Cup before?

Had a go at wildcard event in 2022

What is your company and role?

Eviden, Chief Architect

Is Machine Learning a part of your day-to-day work?

Small part in relation to cloud operations

What is your goal for the DeepRacer 2023 Championship Cup?

To get past the virtual qualifying and compete physically. As a first time finals qualifier I want to get to the physical racing, where my previous attempts at summits have been terrible! I’d like to show our Eviden leadership the opportunities DeepRacer provides as an entry to AI/ML learning and rollout a global competition for our own staff and get some of them to re:Invent next year!

What are your hobbies outside of DeepRacer?

Rugby Union – England out performed at the recent Rugby World Cup, can I do the same?


Leon Zilverstand (davincidriver)

How did you qualify for the DeepRacer 2023 Championship Cup?

May Virtual League qualifier

Have you competed in the DeepRacer Championship Cup before?

Not in the finals

What is your company and role?

Ericsson, AIML Team Lead

Is Machine Learning a part of your day-to-day work?

Yes, team lead in a small development team

What is your goal for the DeepRacer 2023 Championship Cup?

Pass round 1, meet fellow deepracers and enjoy the event 馃檪

What are your hobbies outside of DeepRacer?

Slot car racing, running, mountain biking, indoor hockey


Robin Castro (RobinCastro-DBS)

How did you qualify for the DeepRacer 2023 Championship Cup?

July monthly regional

Have you competed in the DeepRacer Championship Cup before?

Yes, middle of the pack

What is your company and role?

DBS Bank, Engineering Manager

Is Machine Learning a part of your day-to-day work?

No

What is your goal for the DeepRacer 2023 Championship Cup?

To win it! Although low chance as I don鈥檛 have track to practice


Mike Gu – IcePandaBoom

How did you qualify for the DeepRacer 2023 Championship Cup?

Monthly Europe Regional July

Have you competed in the DeepRacer Championship Cup before?

Finals in 2020 top 32. Took a hiatus last 2 years

What is your company and role?

Telia Cygate Finland, Cloud Engineer/Consultant

Is Machine Learning a part of your day-to-day work?

Just ChatGPT 馃榾

What is your goal for the DeepRacer 2023 Championship Cup?

Have fun and take names in Vegas

What are your hobbies outside of DeepRacer?

Beach volleyball, badminton and hanging out in the clouds


Henry Gotzinger, Version-Infinite

How did you qualify for the DeepRacer 2023 Championship Cup?

April regional competition

Have you competed in the DeepRacer Championship Cup before?

Yes, I came 7th in 2021.

What is your company and role?

Student

Is Machine Learning a part of your day-to-day work?

No

What is your goal for the DeepRacer 2023 Championship Cup?

Traditionally physical racing has been difficult for me, so I will be happy if I can get a model which can set a decently competitive time.

What are your hobbies outside of DeepRacer?

Aviation, cloud computing and IT in general, orienteering.


Ross Williams (rosscomp1)

Excited to be coming into the 2023 championship as the 2023 Virtual Global Season Title Holder/Champion.

I was very close to being on the podium last year and hope to be the physical champion this year. I’ve started training again on my ‘garage track’ – a track made in my garage using exercise tiles and gaffe tape – I’m going to be doing some linkedin posts in the lead up re:invent showing my training space.

I’m AWS certified with other certs, but about to receive my AWS Machine Learning Specialty cert right before re:invent. I’ve been leading the research and POCs of Gen AI applications within my company, and my experience with Deepracer has been very beneficial toward those endeavors.

Also, I’m looking forward to give back to the Deepracer and AWS ML community.

How did you qualify for the DeepRacer 2023 Championship Cup?

Preseason race

Have you competed in the DeepRacer Championship Cup before?

Yes, 3rd place in 2021 and top (4-6) in 2022.

What is your company and role?

Aqfer, Director of CX Engineering

Is Machine Learning a part of your day-to-day work?

Yes – currently building multiple Gen AI tools using AWS bedrock to empower clients and internal teams.

What is your goal for the DeepRacer 2023 Championship Cup?

1st Place Champion!

What are your hobbies outside of DeepRacer?

Gaming, Homebrewing, BBQ/Cooking, Kayak Fishing


Matias Kreder (MattKreder)

How did you qualify for the DeepRacer 2023 Championship Cup?

April Virtual Race

Have you competed in the DeepRacer Championship Cup before?

Yes, finalist in 2020, wasn’t able to make it on 2011 and 2022

What is your company and role?

MechanizedAI, CTO

Is Machine Learning a part of your day-to-day work?

I lead the product development of our ML/AI related product

What is your goal for the DeepRacer 2023 Championship Cup?

Get as far as I can in the competition while I network with people from all around the world.

What are your hobbies outside of DeepRacer?

I’m part of the AWS Community Builder program.


Parnell White (ferrite)

How did you qualify for the DeepRacer 2023 Championship Cup?

June montly regional

Have you competed in the DeepRacer Championship Cup before?

Yes in 2022 I finished either 36th or 37th

What is your company and role?

Georgia Tech Research Institute, Engineer

Is Machine Learning a part of your day-to-day work?

No

What is your goal for the DeepRacer 2023 Championship Cup?

Make it to the 2nd round


Daryl Jezierski (PolishThunder)

I’m excited to be back at the AWS DeepRacer Championships for the fourth time in my five years of participating in DeepRacer.

How did you qualify for the DeepRacer 2023 Championship Cup?

2023 AWS re:Invent Open at the 2022 AWS re:Invent – First person to qualify for the 2023 season.

Have you competed in the DeepRacer Championship Cup before?

2019 – 5th Place @ the Toronto AWS Summit
2020 – Top 8 @ re:Invent
2021 – Top 16 @ re:Invent / 1st Place @ Atlanta AWS Summit
2022 – 24th @ re:Invent

What is your company and role?

The Walt Disney Company, Lead Site Reliability Engineer

Is Machine Learning a part of your day-to-day work?

Some around observability, but Python is a very large part of my day-to-day work.

What is your goal for the DeepRacer 2023 Championship Cup?

Make it to round 2

What are your hobbies outside of DeepRacer?

Flying, Travel, Golf


Rober-rNiubo

How did you qualify for the DeepRacer 2023 Championship Cup?

October 2023 Europe Virtual League Winner

Have you competed in the DeepRacer Championship Cup before?

Winner of the 2020 Accenture Deepracer Cup (wildcard to Vegas) and September 2021 Europe Virtual League Winner (finalist)

What is your company and role?

Unisys, Salesforce Developer & Tech Lead

Is Machine Learning a part of your day-to-day work?

Not at all, but trying to implement some AI/ML projects for optimizing flows for other teams/projects in my company

What is your goal for the DeepRacer 2023 Championship Cup?

Be competitive at the physical race if I have the chance to get there and maybe get into the top 50% of the Europe finalists

What are your hobbies outside of DeepRacer?

A total tech freak with passion for learning and play with new stuff (VR, 3D printers, AI/ML stuff…). I was member of a “white hat” hacklab at our city. Photography (cosplay photo oriented setup). Video editing. Videogames (Final Fantasy XIV, Destiny 2, sim-racing games like Forza or Gran Turismo…). I also play the electric guitar in my spare time with some british rock inspiration (Muse, Royal Blood…). Movies and TV shows (especially going to the cinema or theater with my gf). Technology events like LAN parties (profile pic is me giving a speech about AWS DeepRacer in the Euskal Encounter ’22, a LAN Party with ~4000 seats in Bilbao, Spain)


Andy Milluzzi, AJM-Model-1

Let鈥檚 make deepracer even better!

How did you qualify for the DeepRacer 2023 Championship Cup?

April NA winner

Have you competed in the DeepRacer Championship Cup before?

Yup, 10th place last year

What is your company and role?

Walt Disney Imagineering, Ride Control Systems Engineer

Is Machine Learning a part of your day-to-day work?

Nope

What is your goal for the DeepRacer 2023 Championship Cup?

To not embarrass myself

What are your hobbies outside of DeepRacer?

Amateur Radio, LEGO, Scuba Diving, coaching Robotics teams


James Jennens – JJ

How did you qualify for the DeepRacer 2023 Championship Cup?

Winner North America March

Have you competed in the DeepRacer Championship Cup before?

5th? maybe..

What is your company and role?

Scotiabank, Automated Trading System Design

Is Machine Learning a part of your day-to-day work?

Prototyping ML trading systems

What is your goal for the DeepRacer 2023 Championship Cup?

Top 6

What are your hobbies outside of DeepRacer?

Golf, heating the house with old server hardware


Sorin Busegeanu, ZoD

How did you qualify for the DeepRacer 2023 Championship Cup?

March regional

Have you competed in the DeepRacer Championship Cup before?

2022 finalist, top 59

What is your company and role?

Swiss Re, Enterprise Architect

Is Machine Learning a part of your day-to-day work?

No

What is your goal for the DeepRacer 2023 Championship Cup?

Top 8

What are your hobbies outside of DeepRacer?

Family, games, hiking


Matt Camp (MattCamp)

AWS Community Builder, DeepRacer Community github maintainer, two-time London Summit winner.

How did you qualify for the DeepRacer 2023 Championship Cup?

Finally won August Virtual (EU) after coming 2nd and 3rd at Summits this year.

Have you competed in the DeepRacer Championship Cup before?

Yes. I think I finished 28th overall last year

What is your company and role?

Unitary, Head of Platform Engineering

Is Machine Learning a part of your day-to-day work?

Yes, we train AI to detect harmful content online so my job often involves wrangling thousands of GPUs

What is your goal for the DeepRacer 2023 Championship Cup?

Better than 28th would be nice!

What are your hobbies outside of DeepRacer?

Snowboarding, Diving, but mostly renovating my house in France.


Darren Broderick – DBro

Started as a wildcard racer in the 2019 Championship, been a racer since.

How did you qualify for the DeepRacer 2023 Championship Cup?

April European Virtual Winner

Have you competed in the DeepRacer Championship Cup before?

Yes I started way back in 2019 were I came 4th, in the virtual championships of 2020/21 I got into the top 32 and top 16, then in 2022 I placed 5th.

What is your company and role?

OpenData Belfast, Scrum Master II

Is Machine Learning a part of your day-to-day work?

While not a daily pursuit, my foray into DeepRacer ignited my journey into mastering machine learning (ML) and comprehending essential modeling and training principles. This newfound knowledge and confidence empowered me to initiate an ML guild in my previous workplace. Now, at OpenData Belfast, I aspire to replicate this success, leveraging my expertise as a foundation to guide others and myself deeper into the realms of AI and data science.

DeepRacer serves as my playground for exploring innovative ideas, enhancing competitiveness, and contributing constructive feedback to developers, UI specialists, and product designers. I am passionate about shaping the future not only of DeepRacer but also of various ML domains.

What is your goal for the DeepRacer 2023 Championship Cup?

Try to beat top 5 this year but have to respect I got very close to not making it through round 1 in 2022!

What are your hobbies outside of DeepRacer?

Tennis, running, rugby, gaming, playing around with AI personal projects.


Phil Jaquenoud – EnsonoErnesto

How did you qualify for the DeepRacer 2023 Championship Cup?

Won the June virtual race in Europe

Have you competed in the DeepRacer Championship Cup before?

2021 – final 8 ( 2019 – last 64 , 2020 – last 16 )

What is your company and role?

Ensono, Senior Director for AWS Product Engineering for Ensono – a managed service provider

Is Machine Learning a part of your day-to-day work?

No

What is your goal for the DeepRacer 2023 Championship Cup?

To have a few beers with the Deepracer community, enjoy the racing, and catchup with friends ( and beat last year’s time on the physical track ).

What are your hobbies outside of DeepRacer?

Snowboarding, golf, piano.


Jochem Lugtenburg – Jochem

How did you qualify for the DeepRacer 2023 Championship Cup?

Winner of the Paris summit

Have you competed in the DeepRacer Championship Cup before?

Didn’t make it past the first qualification rounds

What is your company and role?

Rlive Running & Cycling, Senior Data Engineer

Is Machine Learning a part of your day-to-day work?

No

What is your goal for the DeepRacer 2023 Championship Cup?

Have a good time!

What are your hobbies outside of DeepRacer?

Golf


Jose Luis Coronel Cortes (JPMC Speedy Gonzales)

I love to create robots using Lego. https://www.hackster.io/jcoronelcortes/battleship-interactive-game-using-amazon-alexa-and-lego-ev3-8ac604 and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mepB-EYo65w&t=300s

How did you qualify for the DeepRacer 2023 Championship Cup?

Jose Luis Coronel Cortes (JPMC Speedy Gonzales)

Have you competed in the DeepRacer Championship Cup before?

No

What is your company and role?

JP Morgan Chase, Vice President

Is Machine Learning a part of your day-to-day work?

No

What is your goal for the DeepRacer 2023 Championship Cup?

Participate at least on round 2 and meet all pro racer 馃檪

What are your hobbies outside of DeepRacer?

Lego


Sai Ram Naragoni, JPMC-Rogue-Col

I am currently pursuing my masters degree from University of Texas at Austin while working for JP Morgan Chase.

How did you qualify for the DeepRacer 2023 Championship Cup?

New York Summit

Have you competed in the DeepRacer Championship Cup before?

2021 Deepracer champion

What is your company and role?

JP Morgan Chase & Co. Software Engineer III

Is Machine Learning a part of your day-to-day work?

No, I wish

What is your goal for the DeepRacer 2023 Championship Cup?

A 2 time World Champion!!

What are your hobbies outside of DeepRacer?

Exploring Machine Learning, Pencil Sketching, gaming, Anime – Attack on Titan is my fav, NEW EXPENSIVE HOBBY – content creation with my new car for Instagram.


Tobey Gossen / DoomBuggy

How did you qualify for the DeepRacer 2023 Championship Cup?

October Virtual, seasonal accumulated points

Have you competed in the DeepRacer Championship Cup before?

2022 – knocked out first round. I don鈥檛 remember. It was not good.

What is your company and role?

The Walt Disney Company (but they have no part in my DeepRacer activities. Am an independent developer), Staff Engineer – Monitoring and Observability

Is Machine Learning a part of your day-to-day work?

No

What is your goal for the DeepRacer 2023 Championship Cup?

Goal achieved. Made it to Vegas. Just happy to be a part of this years finalists. Let鈥檚 keep it clean and fun!

What are your hobbies outside of DeepRacer?

Repairing / fixing broken objects, rockets and rocket accessories, API exploring of devices and services


Nicky Liang – Nicky

How did you qualify for the DeepRacer 2023 Championship Cup?

April first in greater China

Have you competed in the DeepRacer Championship Cup before?

Yes, 2022 first round 13, second 21

What is your company and role?

HSBC technology center, Programmer

Is Machine Learning a part of your day-to-day work?

No

What is your goal for the DeepRacer 2023 Championship Cup?

Complete first round

What are your hobbies outside of DeepRacer?

Football


Werner Oscar (WernerOscar)

How did you qualify for the DeepRacer 2023 Championship Cup?

May 2023 Qualifier

Have you competed in the DeepRacer Championship Cup before?

No

What is your company and role?

T.I.A. Cloud, DevOps Engineer

Is Machine Learning a part of your day-to-day work?

No

What is your goal for the DeepRacer 2023 Championship Cup?

My goal is to advance my skills in reinforcement learning and ML in general.ace


Hins

How did you qualify for the DeepRacer 2023 Championship Cup?

June 2023 greater china

Have you competed in the DeepRacer Championship Cup before?

No

What is your company and role?

HSBC Tech China, Consultant Specialist

Is Machine Learning a part of your day-to-day work?

No

What is your goal for the DeepRacer 2023 Championship Cup?

Just enjoy

What are your hobbies outside of DeepRacer?

Running


Aniket Patel – Patelaniket

How did you qualify for the DeepRacer 2023 Championship Cup?

September Virtual Circuit race

Have you competed in the DeepRacer Championship Cup before?

No

What is your company and role?

Marico, Data Science Intern

Is Machine Learning a part of your day-to-day work?

Somewhat is. More like inferencing a pretrained model.

What is your goal for the DeepRacer 2023 Championship Cup?

Get to top 6


Benny Li – BennyLBS

How did you qualify for the DeepRacer 2023 Championship Cup?

March regional competition

Have you competed in the DeepRacer Championship Cup before?

Yes, got into 2022 final as well.

What is your company and role?

HSBC, Engineering Manager

Is Machine Learning a part of your day-to-day work?

No

What is your goal for the DeepRacer 2023 Championship Cup?

Not much, just enjoy the championship cup is good enough

What are your hobbies outside of DeepRacer?

Badminton, travel


Sileye Sarr – ( SilEye)

How did you qualify for the DeepRacer 2023 Championship Cup?

October virtual race

Have you competed in the DeepRacer Championship Cup before?

No

What is your company and role?

Babylon Business Solutions, Self-employed (small business)

Is Machine Learning a part of your day-to-day work?

No

What is your goal for the DeepRacer 2023 Championship Cup?

To be at the Top 馃敽

What are your hobbies outside of DeepRacer?

I like spending time outdoors with friends and family. I play soccer, and I enjoy cooking a bit of PS Fifa gaming on my lazy days馃槄


Igor – CodeMachine

I have been living in Australia for 7 years and recently an Australian citizen but I am originally from Chile. I also won the Sydney summit in 2022 but I didn’t make it to Vegas. This will be my first time!

How did you qualify for the DeepRacer 2023 Championship Cup?

Sydney summit

Have you competed in the DeepRacer Championship Cup before?

No

What is your company and role?

Commonwealth Bank of Australia, Product Owner advanced data capabilities

Is Machine Learning a part of your day-to-day work?

Yes. I am supporting setting up the infrastructure to execute ML models at scale (MLOps) at the bank.

What is your goal for the DeepRacer 2023 Championship Cup?

Be in the top 6! I love F1 and go karting so I would love to be part of the winners circle driving experience.

What are your hobbies outside of DeepRacer?

I love going to beach and swimming in the summer and skiing and snowboarding in winter. I also like photography.


Londoso – Monst

How did you qualify for the DeepRacer 2023 Championship Cup?

Monthly regional competition

Have you competed in the DeepRacer Championship Cup before?

It’s my first time

What is your company and role?

Bancolombia, Data Engineer

Is Machine Learning a part of your day-to-day work?

Yes, I work with Data Scientists, helping them in the data strategy and how can we put all of the products in production.

What is your goal for the DeepRacer 2023 Championship Cup?

Have a lot of fun, Improve my skill in machine learning and learn from the pro racers.

What are your hobbies outside of DeepRacer?

Video Games (fps like call of duty), Walk in the forest


BinBin QIU (MadCross)

How did you qualify for the DeepRacer 2023 Championship Cup?

Monthly Regional Competition

Have you competed in the DeepRacer Championship Cup before?

No

What is your company and role?

HSBC Technology China, Managing an operation team

Is Machine Learning a part of your day-to-day work?

No

What is your goal for the DeepRacer 2023 Championship Cup?

Survive to second round

What are your hobbies outside of DeepRacer?

Computer Games like Dota, HeartStones


TonyJ – Tony jenness

How did you qualify for the DeepRacer 2023 Championship Cup?

June virtual race

Have you competed in the DeepRacer Championship Cup before?

31st in 2022

What is your company and role?

Kiwibank, Lead Engineer – Cloud

Is Machine Learning a part of your day-to-day work?

No

What is your goal for the DeepRacer 2023 Championship Cup?

To make it to Round 2

What are your hobbies outside of DeepRacer?

Weightlifting, home automation


Doug Wozniak (Off-Track)

I’m excited to meet up with the other DeepRacer finalists!

How did you qualify for the DeepRacer 2023 Championship Cup?

August North America race

Have you competed in the DeepRacer Championship Cup before?

Yes. I competed in 2021 and 2022 as a wild card. I did not pass the first round.

What is your company and role?

Accenture, Consultant

Is Machine Learning a part of your day-to-day work?

Not day-to-day but it is one of many solutions we can offer to clients

What is your goal for the DeepRacer 2023 Championship Cup?

My goal is to post a time I can be proud of. Hopefully I can make it out of round 1, but I know the competition will be very tough.

What are your hobbies outside of DeepRacer?

My kids!


RayG-DBS

My son Ryan (12 yrs old) was the national champion in the Singapore Nationwide DeepRacer League (Student Category) earlier this year

https://www.channelnewsasia.com/watch/singapores-first-autonomous-car-model-race-crowns-winners-video-3760181

How did you qualify for the DeepRacer 2023 Championship Cup?

May Virtual Race (Asia Pacific Region)

Have you competed in the DeepRacer Championship Cup before?

Round of 32 in 2020

What is your company and role?

DBS Bank – Senior Principal Engineer

Is Machine Learning a part of your day-to-day work?

I use ML techniques to perform data analytics at work to aid financial planning & analysis in the org

What is your goal for the DeepRacer 2023 Championship Cup?

Target to reach round 2 minimum, and stretch goal to win one of the Winner Circle Driving Experience slots

What are your hobbies outside of DeepRacer?

Hiking and going for nature walks


Kader Meera – JPMC-RacingRhino-SG

How did you qualify for the DeepRacer 2023 Championship Cup?

JPMC wildcard Entry

Have you competed in the DeepRacer Championship Cup before?

This is my first time.

What is your company and role?

JP Morgan Chase, Lead Software engineer

Is Machine Learning a part of your day-to-day work?

No

What is your goal for the DeepRacer 2023 Championship Cup?

I want to be in the Top 8

What are your hobbies outside of DeepRacer?

I play Sim Racing F1 Game


Elena (Shuhan WU); Ele1

How did you qualify for the DeepRacer 2023 Championship Cup?

Monthly regional competition

Have you competed in the DeepRacer Championship Cup before?

No

What is your company and role?

Student

Is Machine Learning a part of your day-to-day work?

No

What is your goal for the DeepRacer 2023 Championship Cup?

Enjoy the first time

What are your hobbies outside of DeepRacer?

Art Design, Guitar, Basketball


Yukiaki Ikeda / m45

How did you qualify for the DeepRacer 2023 Championship Cup?

October 2023 Qualifier

Have you competed in the DeepRacer Championship Cup before?

No

What is your company and role?

JDaiwa Institute of Research Ltd, Solution Architect

Is Machine Learning a part of your day-to-day work?

Sometimes engage in designing environments for machine learning

What is your goal for the DeepRacer 2023 Championship Cup?

To win once

What are your hobbies outside of DeepRacer?

Watching animes


Nathan Liang, AIDeepRacer

How did you qualify for the DeepRacer 2023 Championship Cup?

Monthly regional competition

Have you competed in the DeepRacer Championship Cup before?

I competed in the DeepRacer Championship last year, and I ranked #9 in the Field of 32 race.

What is your company and role?

I am an undergraduate student in college, Pasadena City College

Is Machine Learning a part of your day-to-day work?

No

What is your goal for the DeepRacer 2023 Championship Cup?

I’d like to get to top 8, but the competition is incredibly strong and I don’t have a good model ready yet for either the virtual race or the physical race. However, I do look forward to chatting with the rest of the community in person and attending some of the sessions.

What are your hobbies outside of DeepRacer?

I enjoy watching educational Youtube videos for entertainment and playing an occasional casual video game. I also enjoy coding various personal machine learning projects and tinkering with electronics when I have free time. Lastly, I like taking a light jog at the park to get some fresh air and exercise a few times a week.


Lars Lorentz Ludvigsen, Duckworth

How did you qualify for the DeepRacer 2023 Championship Cup?

Summit Berlin

Have you competed in the DeepRacer Championship Cup before?

#2 in 2020

What is your company and role?

Accenture, Managing a portfolio of projects for a large client

Is Machine Learning a part of your day-to-day work?

Not directly.

What is your goal for the DeepRacer 2023 Championship Cup?

Decent position in top-32, stretch goal is to reach top 8

What are your hobbies outside of DeepRacer?

Singing in a Choir, Flying Microsoft FlightSimulator


Tarun Teja ( JPMC-SmartAccelerators-HYD)

How did you qualify for the DeepRacer 2023 Championship Cup?

Winner of Mumbai Summit

Have you competed in the DeepRacer Championship Cup before?

No

What is your company and role?

JP Morgan Chase, Software Developer

Is Machine Learning a part of your day-to-day work?

No

What is your goal for the DeepRacer 2023 Championship Cup?

Good position in the physical races

What are your hobbies outside of DeepRacer?

Football, Cricket, and Badminton


Yuliya

How did you qualify for the DeepRacer 2023 Championship Cup?

Monthly Regional Competition

Have you competed in the DeepRacer Championship Cup before?

Not yet

What is your company and role?

Yandex, Lead Product Manager

Is Machine Learning a part of your day-to-day work?

No

What is your goal for the DeepRacer 2023 Championship Cup?

Networking

What are your hobbies outside of DeepRacer?

Snowboarding


Camilo Andr茅s De la Cruz Arboleda – Delarmonst

How did you qualify for the DeepRacer 2023 Championship Cup?

August regional competition Latam

Have you competed in the DeepRacer Championship Cup before?

No

What is your company and role?

Bancolombia – U Externado, Data Scientist – Marketing

Is Machine Learning a part of your day-to-day work?

Using ML to support the decisions of the marketing department, using models to predict sales, predict interested audiences, and to figure out attribution for different marketing channels.

What is your goal for the DeepRacer 2023 Championship Cup?

Learning a lot about the competition so I can do much better

What are your hobbies outside of DeepRacer?

Biking, running, generative AI (specially image generation) traveling, teaching


Vianney Kimuri, aka Gr1zzli3

How did you qualify for the DeepRacer 2023 Championship Cup?

Monthly regional competition for April

Have you competed in the DeepRacer Championship Cup before?

This will be my first time competing in the Championship cup

What is your company and role?

I鈥檓 currently freelancing as a backend engineer.

Is Machine Learning a part of your day-to-day work?

No

What is your goal for the DeepRacer 2023 Championship Cup?

To have fun really

What are your hobbies outside of DeepRacer?

Playing Fortnite, Traveling, Listening to Music


Shohm Kagawa / PITS_2

How did you qualify for the DeepRacer 2023 Championship Cup?

AWS Summit Tokyo

Have you competed in the DeepRacer Championship Cup before?

No

What is your company and role?

Panasonic ITS Co., Ltd, Hardware Engineer

Is Machine Learning a part of your day-to-day work?

No

What is your goal for the DeepRacer 2023 Championship Cup?

To finish a race

What are your hobbies outside of DeepRacer?

Photograhpy


Yutaka Kashiwabara – Kashi

How did you qualify for the DeepRacer 2023 Championship Cup?

Monthly regional competition

Have you competed in the DeepRacer Championship Cup before?

Yes, 33rd place in 2022

What is your company and role?

NTTDATA Corporation, Manager

Is Machine Learning a part of your day-to-day work?

No

What is your goal for the DeepRacer 2023 Championship Cup?

Champion

What are your hobbies outside of DeepRacer?

Baseball

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