Marsal Gavalda

Head of Machine Learning, Commerce Platform Square

Marsal Gavalda is a senior R&D executive with deep expertise in speech, language, and machine learning (ML) technologies. Marsal currently leads the Commerce ML team at Square, where he develops ML-driven seller personalization and commerce intelligence features that serve Square's overarching purpose of economic empowerment. Previously, Marsal headed the Machine Intelligence team at Yik Yak and served as the Director of Research at MindMeld (acquired by Cisco). Marsal holds a PhD in Language Technologies and a MS in Computational Linguistics, both from Carnegie Mellon University, and a BS in Computer Science from BarcelonaTech. Marsal is the author of over thirty technical and literary publications, thirteen issued patents, and is fluent in six languages. He is also a frequent speaker at academic and industry conferences and organizes, every summer, a science and humanities summit in Barcelona on topics as diverse as machine translation, music, or the neuroscience of free will.