Avery Wang is best known as Founder and Chief Scientist at Shazam, where he was the primary inventor of the core technologies. He was instrumental in growing the company from a tiny Matlab demo in a coffee shop to a global scale service with currently over 50 million soundtracks and hundreds of millions active users.
He holds over 150 US and international patents. He earned a BS and MS in Mathematics and a MS and PhD in Electrical Engineering, all at Stanford. His main focus is in Applied Mathematics and Signal Processing. As a Fulbright Scholar in Germany, he studied Computational Neuroscience at the Institut für Neuroinformatik at the Ruhr Universität Bochum. He was also the recipient of a National Science Foundation Fellowship.
Avery has been an invited speaker at many scientific and entrepreneurial conferences. He has also appeared in a Super Bowl ad.
A nerd from birth, Avery is passionate about science and all things biological, especially in biological information processing and the origins of life. He is interested in mathematical problem solving and enjoys connecting people and ideas in order to watch sparks fly.
After Apple’s acquisition of Shazam, Avery is currently Principal Research Scientist at Apple.