Ram Sriharsha

Ram Sriharsha

Ram is the head of Machine Learning at Splunk. His group applies and advances state of the art machine learning in areas relevant to Splunk. They also develop machine learning based insights that power Splunk’s core products. Prior to Splunk, he worked at Databricks where he led all engineering and product development for the Genomics Vertical and started the R&D center for Apache Spark in Amsterdam. Prior roles also include Principal Scientist at Yahoo Research where he focused on large scale machine learning and real time machine learning in search and display advertising, as well as login risk detection. He holds a PhD in Theoretical Physics from the University of Maryland. He is also an Apache Spark PMC Member and Committer, and in his spare time he creates and maintains open source projects like Magellan (fast geospatial analytics on top of Spark).

Official Title:

Senior Director, Head of Machine Learning

What You Really Do:

What my title says :) — I lead all aspects of machine learning inside product at Splunk. I also lead our R&D efforts around ML.

First Day At Splunk:

Sometime in early October 2018...I remember going to .conf and being surprised just how huge this thing was!


Theoretical Computer Science, ML, Math, Physics, History, Anthropology — you name it!

Favorite Quote:

"What I cannot create, I do not understand."

— Richard Feynman

Favorite Movie:

The Godfather