Dr. Niklas Karlsson is the Chief Scientist and Vice President of Research for Oath Inc’s Programmatic Ad Tech Demand Platform, where he creates and implements the research vision around AI applied to online advertising. Niklas received a Ph.D. in Engineering with a focus on Control theory, Dynamic Systems, and Robotics, and an M.A. in Statistics and Applied Probability from UC Santa Barbara (USA); and an M.S. in Engineering Physics from Lund University (Sweden). He is also an alumni of the Stanford Executive Program. Niklas holds 29 patents, and received the Distinguished Alumni Award from the Department of Mechanical Engineering at UCSB in 2015 in recognition of “outstanding application of systems engineering principles to the field of online advertising” and the Master Inventor award from Oath Inc. in 2017 (the highest technology/science recognition within the company).