Baharak Soltanian is Vice President of Research and Development at Sanborn Map Company, a leading provider of geospatial solutions and data analytics services. She has over two decades of experience in machine learning and artificial intelligence, building and leading high-performing teams. Previously she held senior engineering and management roles at HERE Technologies, Byton and Velodyne Lidar. Baharak has driven innovation and delivered cutting-edge solutions in data analytics, machine learning and robotics. She is a respected thought leader and has published several patents and articles on topics such as autonomous driving and computer vision. Baharak holds a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Sharif University of Technology (Tehran, Iran), a master’s degree in Signal Processing and a PhD in Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering, both from the Tampere University of Technology (now Tampere University, Finland). She is a frequent speaker at industry conferences and is active as a mentor for the next generation of technology leaders.