Dr Louis Monier is a Silicon-Valley based computer scientist who is widely recognized for his contribution to search, machine learning and data mining. Louis received a Ph.D. in Mathematics and Computer Science from the University of Paris XI, France and worked at Carnegie Mellon University, Xerox PARC, and DEC’s Western Research Laboratory before founding the Internet search engine AltaVista in 1995.
After AltaVista, Louis served as Co-Founder and CTO of Qwiki, which was sold to Yahoo in 2010. Since then, Louis has been a Venture Advisor to Wellington Partners, acting as Chief Scientist or Chief Technology Officer to big data and AI companies, including Proximic (acquired by ComScore), Onfido and Import.IO as well as serving as head of the Artificial Intelligence Lab at AirBnB in San Francisco. He joined Astanor as advisor in 2018.