Born and raised in the Silicon Valley, Amil has worked since his father’s untimely passing when he was 18 with his first job as a software consultant developing optical mark recognition (OMR) software for automated grading of tests in K-12 schools.
After receiving his B.A. in Computer Science from University of California, Berkeley in 2012, Amil joined Hewlett-Packard (HP) in Silicon Valley to work full-time as a software engineer developing security log standardization software for the ArcSight, a Security Information and Event Management System (SIEM).
In 2014, Amil transferred to HP’s Tokyo headquarters to take on a role as cybersecurity consultant, in which he traveled across Hong Kong, Tokyo, and Australia to deploy SIEM solutions at customer sites in the banking industry.
In 2016, Amil returned to Silicon Valley to join Pivotal Software as a software engineer working primarily on the Postgres-based open source Greenplum OLAP database. In Pivotal’s extreme programming (XP) environment, Amil practiced several software development practices, including daily pair programming, test-driven development (TDD), and weekly retroactive meetings, while rotating across several teams, including DevOps, database backend, and workload management tooling.
In 2018, moved to the countryside of Japan. Living in Eiheiji town, the birthplace of Soto Zen, Amil meditated daily and learned Zen philosophy, while giving back teaching agile pair programming to young adults and children. Soon, Amil was appointed Evolution Ambassador of the town and sent to the One Young World conference in the Netherlands to represent Japan, amongst other young social impact leaders, country heads, and Nobel Laureates from 195 countries.
In late 2019, Amil left his job and pursued graduate studies in Artificial Intelligence at Stanford University, taking his first courses with Coursera founder Dr. Andrew Ng and ImageNet creator Dr. Fei-Fei Li. When the pandemic hit, Amil committed himself to pandemic relief efforts and soon founded Virufy.
Virufy is a nonprofit organization developing a smartphone app to prescreen for COVID-19 instantly through AI-powered analysis of voice and cough recordings. As of February 2022, the organization operates in a dozen countries with more than 200 volunteers and 30 partner organizations, including Amazon Web Services, Stanford COVID-19 Response Innovation Lab, and Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman Law.
2022. Using Deep Learning with Large Aggregated Datasets for COVID-19 Classification from Cough. arXiv: 2201.01669
2021. Using a Novel COVID-19 Calculator to Measure Positive U.S. Socio-Economic Impact of a COVID-19 Pre-Screening Solution (AI/ML). arXiv: 2201.11109
2020. Virufy: Global Applicability of AI Detection for COVID-19 from Cough Recordings. arXiv: 2011.13320
2020. Fusical: Multimodal Fusion for Video Sentiment. ACM ICMI; DOI: 3382507.3417966
2020. Facial Expression Recognition with Deep Learning. arXiv: 2004.11823