Salman Avestimehr is CEO and co-founder of FedML ( He has also been a Dean’s Professor and the inaugural director of the USC-Amazon Center on Trustworthy Machine Learning at the University of Southern California. Salman Avestimehr is a leading expert in machine learning, information theory, security/privacy, and blockchain systems, with more than 20 years of R&D leadership in both academia and industry. He is a United States Presidential award winner for his profound contributions in information technology, and a Fellow of IEEE. He has received his PhD from UC Berkeley/EECS in 2008, and has held Advisory positions at various Tech companies, including Amazon/Alexa-AI.