Data Science Post-Secondary Education Roundtable Member Biographies
Kathleen R. McKeown is the Henry and Gertrude Rothschild Professor of Computer Science at Columbia University and she also serves as the Director of the Institute for Data Sciences and Engineering. She served as Department Chair from 1998-2003 and as Vice Dean for Research for the School of Engineering and Applied Science for two years. McKeown received a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Pennsylvania in 1982 and has been at Columbia since then. Her research interests include text summarization, natural language generation, multi-media explanation, question-answering and multi-lingual applications. In 1985 she received a National Science Foundation Presidential Young Investigator Award, in 1991 she received a National Science Foundation Faculty Award for Women, in 1994 she was selected as a AAAI Fellow, in 2003 she was elected as an ACM Fellow, and in 2012 she was selected as one of the Founding Fellows of the Association for Computational Linguistics. In 2010, she received the Anita Borg Women of Vision Award in Innovation for her work on text summarization. McKeown is also quite active nationally. She has served as President, Vice President, and Secretary-Treasurer of the Association of Computational Linguistics. She has also served as a board member of the Computing Research Association and as secretary of the board.
Eric Kolaczyk is a professor of Mathematics and Statistics at Boston University. He obtained a BS degree in mathematics from the University of Chicago, and MS and PhD degrees in statistics from Stanford University. He has been on the faculty in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at Boston University since 1998, and was faculty in the Department of Statistics at the University of Chicago before that. He also has been visiting faculty at Harvard University and l'Universite Paris VII. He currently teaches an annual short course at l'Ecole Nationale de la Statistique et de l'Administration Economique (ENSAE) in Paris. Professor Kolaczyk's main research interests currently revolve around the statistical analysis of network-indexed data, and include both the development of basic methodology and inter-disciplinary work with collaborators in bioinformatics, computer science, geography, neuroscience, and sociology. Besides various research articles on these topics, he has also authored two books in this area: Statistical Analysis of Network Data: Methods and Models (Springer, 2009) and, joint with Gabor Csardi, Statistical Analysis of Network Data in R (Springer, 2014). Prior to his working in the area of networks, Professor Kolaczyk spent a decade working on statistical multiscale modeling. He is an elected fellow of the American Statistical Association (ASA), an elected senior member of the Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), an elected member of the International Statistical Institute (ISI), and a member of the Institute of Mathematical Statistics (IMS).
John M. Abowd is the Edmund Ezra Day Professor of Economics, Professor of Statistics and Information Science at Cornell University and the Associate Director for Research and Methodology and Chief Scientist at the United States Census Bureau. At the Census, he leads a directorate of research centers, each devoted to domains of investigation important to the future of social and economic statistics. At Cornell, his primary appointment remains in the Department of Economics in the ILR School. He is also Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research, Research Affiliate at the Centre de Recherche en Economie et Statistique (CREST, Paris, France), Research Fellow at the Institute for Labor Economics (IZA, Bonn, Germany), and Research Fellow at IAB (Institut für Arbeitsmarkt-und Berufsforschung, Nürnberg, Germany). Abowd is the Director of the Labor Dynamics Institute at Cornell. He is the past President (2014-2015) and Fellow of the Society of Labor Economists. He is past Chair (2013) of the Business and Economic Statistics Section and Fellow of the American Statistical Association. He is an elected member of the International Statistical Institute. Abowd is also a fellow of the Econometric Society. He served as a Distinguished Senior Research Fellow at the United States Census Bureau (1998-2016). He served on the National Academies’ Committee on National Statistics (2010-2016). He currently serves on the American Economic Association’s Committee on Economic Statistics (2013-2018). He served as Director of the Cornell Institute for Social and Economic Research (CISER) from 1999 to 2007. Prof. Abowd has taught and done research at Cornell University since 1987, including seven years on the faculty of the Johnson Graduate School of Management. His current research and many activities of the LDI focus on the creation, dissemination, privacy protection, and use of linked, longitudinal data on employees and employers. In his earlier work at the Census Bureau he provided scientific leadership for the Longitudinal Employer-Household Dynamics Program, which produces research and public-use data integrating censuses, demographic surveys, economic surveys, and administrative data. The LEHD Program’s public use data products include the Quarterly Workforce Indicators, the most detailed time series data produced on the demographic characteristics of local American labor markets and OnTheMap, a user-driven mapping tool for studying work-related commuting patterns. His original and ongoing research on integrated labor market data is done in collaboration with the Institut National de la Statistique et des Etudes Economiques (INSEE), the French national statistical institute. Prof. Abowd’s other research interests include network models for integrated labor market data; statistical methods for confidentiality protection of micro-data; international comparisons of labor market outcomes; executive compensation with a focus on international comparisons; bargaining and other wage-setting institutions; and the econometric tools of labor market analysis. Prof. Abowd served on the faculty at Princeton University, the University of Chicago, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology before coming to Cornell.
Ron Brachman is the Director of the Jacobs Technion-Cornell Institute and a professor of Computer Science at Cornell University. He is responsible for the oversight of all Institute activities and programs, continuing to develop its vision and strategy and grow it into a completely new role model of innovation for graduate education, while training new leaders who use deep science to change the world. Dr. Brachman received his B.S.E.E. from Princeton University (1971), from which he graduated Summa Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa. He was captain of the Heavyweight Crew his senior year. He received his S.M. (1972) and Ph.D. (1977) degrees in Applied Mathematics from Harvard University. His research specialization was Artificial Intelligence, specifically, Knowledge Representation and Reasoning, an area in which he went on to become a world-renowned authority, authoring dozens of highly-cited research papers, creating the new field of Description Logics, and co-authoring a leading textbook. Before coming to Cornell Tech, Ron had an outstanding career in research and research leadership at world-leading institutions like Bell Labs, AT&T Labs, DARPA, and Yahoo Labs – at these institutions he was responsible for recruiting world-class research teams and creating and leading innovative research and academic relationship programs. Ron has served as President of AAAI and currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Computing Research Association. He is a Fellow of ACM, IEEE, and AAAI.
Alok Choudhary is Henry and Isabel Dever Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and a professor at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. He is the founding director of the Center for Ultra-scale Computing and Information Security (CUCIS), which involves several schools, national labs and universities. Professor Choudhary is a fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), fellow of the Association of Computing Machinery (ACM), and a fellow of the American Academy of Advancement of Science (AAAS). Professor Choudhary is the founder, chairman and chief scientist of 4C, which is a big-data science and social media analytics company. 4C is formerly known as VoxSup Inc., and Professor Choudhary served as its chief executive officer from 2011 to 2013. Professor Choudhary was a co-founder and vice president of technology of Accelchip Inc., in 2000, which was eventually acquired by Xilinx. Professor Choudhary served as the chair of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science department from 2007 to 2011. From 1989 to 1996, Dr. Choudhary was on the faculty of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at Syracuse University. He is the recipient of the prestigious National Science Foundation's Presidential Young Investigator Award in 1993. He has also received an IEEE Engineering Foundation award, an IBM Faculty Development award, and an Intel Research Council award. In 2006, he received the first award for "Excellence in Research, Teaching and Service" from the McCormick School of Engineering. Professor Choudhary received his PhD in electrical and computer engineering from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, in 1989, an MS degree from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, in 1986, and his BE (Hons.) degree from the Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani, India in 1982.
Brian Caffo is a professor in the Department of Biostatistics at the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health. He received a PhD from the Department of Statistics at the University of Florida in 2001. He works in the fields of computational statistics and neuroinformatics and co-created the Statistical Methods and Applications for Research in Technology (SMART) working group. He has been the recipient of the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists (PECASE), as well as the Engineers and Bloomberg School of Public Health Golden Apple teaching award and the Advising, Mentoring, and Teaching Recognition Award (AMTRA).
Ronald Coifman, NAS, is the Phillips Professor of Math and Computer Science at Yale University. His research interests include nonlinear Fourier analysis, wavelet theory, singular integrals, numerical analysis and scattering theory, and real and complex analysis. He is also interested in new mathematical tools for efficient computation and transcriptions of physical data, as well as their applications to numerical analysis, feature extraction recognition, and denoising. He is currently developing analysis tools for spectrometric diagnostics and hyperspectral imaging. Dr. Coifman served on the National Research Council Board on Mathematical Sciences and their Applications and its Committee on the Analysis of Massive Data. He is a recipient of the 1996 Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Sustained Excellence Award, the 1996 Connecticut Science Medal, the 1999 Pioneer Award of the International Society for Industrial and Applied Science, and the 1999 National Medal of Science. Dr. Coifman is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Connecticut Academy of Science and Engineering, and the National Academy of Sciences. He received his PhD from the University of Geneva.
Emily B. Fox is an assistant professor in the Statistics Department at the University of Washington, and was formerly at the Wharton Statistics Department at the University of Pennsylvania. She received the SB degree in 2004, MEng in 2005, EE in 2008, and PhD in 2009 from the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Her PhD was advised by Professor Alan Willsky in the Stochastic Systems Group, and from 2009 to 2011 she was a postdoc in the Department of Statistical Science at Duke University working with Professors Mike West and David Dunson. Emily is a recipient of the Sloan Research Fellowship, the Office of Naval Research Young Investigator award, the National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER award, the National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate (NDSEG) Fellowship, the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship, and the NSF Mathematical Sciences Postdoctoral Research Fellowship. She has also been awarded the 2009 Leonard J. Savage Thesis Award in Applied Methodology, the 2009 MIT EECS Jin-Au Kong Outstanding Doctoral Thesis Prize, the 2005 Chorafas Award for superior contributions in research, and the 2005 MIT EECS David Adler Memorial 2nd Place Master's Thesis Prize. Her research interests are in large-scale Bayesian dynamic modeling and computations.
James Frew is an associate professor in the Bren School of Environmental Science and Management at the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB), and a principal investigator in UCSB's Earth Research Institute (ERI). His research interests lie in the emerging field of environmental informatics, a synthesis of computer, information, and Earth sciences. He is interested in information architectures that improve the discoverability, usability, and reliability of distributed environmental information. Trained as a geographer, he has worked in remote sensing, image processing, software architecture, massive distributed data systems, and digital libraries. His current research is focused on geospatial information provenance, science data curation, and applications of array databases, using remote sensing data products as operational test beds. He has affiliate appointments in UCSB's Departments of Geography and Computer Science. He received his PhD in geography from UCSB in 1990. As part of his doctoral research, he developed the Image Processing Workbench, an open-source set of software tools for remote sensing image processing. He served as both the manager and the acting director of UCSB's Computer Systems Laboratory (ERI's predecessor), and as the associate director of the Sequoia 2000 Project, a 3-year $14M multi-campus consortium formed to investigate large-scale data management aspects of global change problems. He was a co-PI on the Alexandria Project (part of NSF's Digital Libraries Initiative), where he directed the development of the Alexandria Digital Earth Prototype (ADEPT) testbed system. He also served on the National Research Council's Committee on Earth Science Data Utilization, and as president (2009-2011) of the Federation of Earth Science Information Partners. During the 2005-2006 academic year, he was a visiting professor at the University of Edinburgh's Digital Curation Centre.
Constantine Gatsonis is the Henry Ledyard Goddard University Professor of Biostatistics, professor of Biostatistics, chair of Biostatistics, and director of Center for Statistical Sciences at Brown University. He also serves as chair of the Committee on Applied and Theoretical Statistics (CATS) at the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. He is a leading authority on the design and analysis of clinical trials of diagnostic and screening modalities and has extensive involvement in methodologic research in medical technology assessment and in health services and outcomes research. He is group statistician of the American College of Radiology Imaging Network (ACRIN), a National Cancer Institute (NCI)-funded collaborative group conducting multi-center studies of diagnostic imaging and image-guided therapy for cancer. In his ACRIN work, Dr. Gatsonis is the chief statistician of the Digital Mammography Imaging Screening Trial (a national study comparing digital to film mammography) and is also the chief statistician for ACRIN’s arm of the National Lung Screening Trial (NLST). Dr Gatsonis was the lead statistician of the International Breast MRI Consortium and of the Radiologic Diagnostic Oncology Group (RDOG). He is the founding editor-in-chief of Health Services and Outcomes Research Methodology and serves as a deputy editor of Academic Radiology and a member of the editorial board of Clinical Trials. Dr Gatsonis is an elected Fellow of the American Statistical Association and of the Association for Health Services Research.
Johannes Gehrke is a distinguished engineer at Microsoft. Johannes' research interests are in the areas of database systems, data science, and data privacy. Johannes has received a National Science Foundation Career Award, an Arthur P. Sloan Fellowship, an IBM Faculty Award, the Cornell College of Engineering James and Mary Tien Excellence in Teaching Award, the Cornell University Provost's Award for Distinguished Scholarship, a Humboldt Research Award from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, the 2011 Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Computer Society Technical Achievement Award, and the 2011 Blavatnik Award for Young Scientists from the New York Academy of Sciences. He co-authored the undergraduate textbook Database Management Systems (McGrawHill , currently in its third edition), used at universities all over the world. Johannes was the Tisch University Professor in the Department of Computer Science at Cornell University and an adjunct professor at the University of Tromsø in Norway. Johannes was co-chair of the 2003 Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) Special Interest Group on Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining (SIGKDD) Cup, program co-chair of the 2004 ACM International Conference on Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining (KDD), program chair of the 33rd International Conference on Very Large Data Bases (VLDB) in 2007, and program co-chair of the 28th IEEE International Conference on Data Engineering (ICDE) in 2012. From 2007 to 2008, he was chief scientist at FAST, a Microsoft Subsidiary.
Alfred O. Hero III is the R. Jamison and Betty Williams Professor of Engineering at the University of Michigan. He received the BS (summa cum laude) from Boston University (1980) and PhD from Princeton University (1984), both in electrical engineering. His primary appointment is in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and he also has appointments, by courtesy, in the Department of Biomedical Engineering and the Department of Statistics. In 2008 he was awarded the Digiteo Chaire d'Excellence, sponsored by Digiteo Research Park in Paris, located at the Ecole Superieure d'Electricite, Gif-sur-Yvette, France. He is an Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Fellow and several of his research articles have received best paper awards. Professor Hero was awarded the University of Michigan Distinguished Faculty Achievement Award (2011). He received the IEEE Signal Processing Society Meritorious Service Award (1998) and the IEEE Third Millenium Medal (2000). He was president of the IEEE Signal Processing Society (2006-2008) and was on the Board of Directors of the IEEE (2009-2011) where he served as Director of Division IX (Signals and Applications). Dr. Hero’s recent research interests have been in detection, classification, pattern analysis, and adaptive sampling for spatio-temporal data. Of particular interest are applications to network security, multimodal sensing and tracking, biomedical imaging, and genomic signal processing.
Nicholas Horton is a Professor of Statistics at Amherst College. He has taught a variety of courses in statistics and related fields, including probability, mathematical statistics, regression and design of experiments and is passionate about improving quantitative literacy for students with a variety of backgrounds as well as engagement and mastery of higher-level concepts and capacities to undertake research. He is the Chair of the Committee of Presidents of Statistical Societies and has published more than 150 papers in statistics and biomedical research and four books on statistical computing and data science. He has been the recipient of a number of teaching awards. As an applied biostatistician, Dr. Horton’s work is based squarely within the mathematical sciences, but spans other fields in order to ensure that research is conducted on a sound footing. The real-world research problems that these investigators face often require the use of novel solutions and approaches, since existing methodology is sometimes inadequate. Bridging the gap between theory and practice in interdisciplinary settings is often a challenge, and has been a particular focus of Dr. Horton’s work. Dr. Horton earned his A.B. from Harvard College and my Sc.D. in biostatistics from the Harvard School of Public Health.
Eric Horvitz is a technical fellow and director of the Microsoft Research lab on Microsoft’s main campus. His interests include theoretical and practical challenges with developing computing systems that can learn from data and that can perceive, reason, and make decisions. His efforts and collaborations have led to fielded systems in the areas of online services, healthcare, transportation, ecommerce, operating systems, and aerospace. He has received the Feigenbaum Prize and the ACM-AAAI Allen Newell Prize for his contributions to artificial intelligence. He has been elected fellow of AAAI, ACM, and the National Academy of Engineering (NAE). He served as president of the AAAI and has served on advisory boards for the Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence, NSF, NIH, DARPA, the Computing Community Consortium (CCC), and the Computer Science and Telecommunications Board (CSTB). He is co-chair of the Partnership on AI to Benefit People and Society, recently announced by Amazon, Facebook, Google, IBM, and Microsoft. Eric did his doctoral work at Stanford University.
Bill Howe is an associate professor in the Information School, adjunct associate professor in Computer Science and Engineering, and associate director of the University of Washington (UW) eScience Institute. His research interests are in data management, curation, analytics, and visualization in the sciences. Howe played a leadership role in the Data Science Environment program at UW through a $32.8 million grant awarded jointly to UW, New York University, and University of California, Berkeley. With support from the MacArthur Foundation and Microsoft, Howe leads UW's participation in the national MetroLab Network focused on smart cities and data-intensive urban science. He also led the creation of the UW Data Science Master’s Degree and serves as its inaugural program director and faculty chair. He has received two Jim Gray Seed Grant awards from Microsoft Research for work on managing environmental data, has had two papers selected for Very Large Databases Journal's "Best of Conference" issues (2004 and 2010), and co-authored what are currently the most-cited papers from both Very Large Databases (2010) and Special Interest Group on Management of Data (2012). Howe serves on the program and organizing committees for a number of conferences in the area of databases and scientific data management, developed a first MOOC on data science that attracted over 200,000 students across two offerings, and founded UW's Data Science for Social Good program. He has a PhD in computer science from Portland State University and a bachelor's degree in industrial and systems engineering from Georgia Tech.
Charles Isbell has been a leader in education efforts both at Georgia Tech's College of Computing, where he is Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, and nationally, where he has co-chaired the Computing Research Association's Subcommittee on Education and currently co-chairs the Coalition to Diversify Computing. At Georgia Tech, Dr. Isbell was one of the co-leaders of Threads. Threads is a successful, comprehensive restructuring of the computing curriculum that provided a cohesive, coordinated set of contexts or threads for teaching and learning computing skills, with a goal of making computing more inclusive, relevant and exciting for a much broader audience. Dr. Isbell has won numerous teaching awards. Dr. Isbell received his Ph.D. from MIT. His research focuses on artificial intelligence and machine learning.
Mark E. Krzysko is Deputy Director of Enterprise Information for the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics Acquisition Resources and Analysis. In this role, Mr. Krzysko champions and facilitates innovative uses of information technologies to improve and streamline the acquisition process. Prior to this position, he served as the Deputy Director of Defense Procurement & Acquisition Policy in the Electronic Business Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics. He also served as the Division Director of Electronic Commerce Solutions for the Naval Air Systems Command, in various senior level acquisition positions at the Naval Air Systems Command, and as Program Manager of Partnering, the Acquisition Business Process Reengineering Effort, and as Acquisition Program Manager for the Program Executive Office for Tactical Aircraft. Mr. Krzysko began his career in the private retail sector in various executive and managerial positions. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Finance and a Master of General Administration, Financial Management from the University of Maryland, University College.
Chris Mentzel is director of the Data-Driven Discovery Initiative at the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation. Previously, he led the grants administration department and also worked as senior network engineer for the foundation. He has also held positions as a systems engineer and integrator at the University of California, Berkeley, and at various Internet consulting firms in the Bay Area. An active member of the broader big data and open science communities, Chris serves on a number of advisory boards and program committees and speaks frequently at conferences and workshops on topics related to data-driven research. Chris received a BA in mathematics from the University of California, Santa Cruz, and an MSc in management science and engineering at Stanford University.
Nina Mishra is a Principal Scientist at Amazon in Palo Alto, CA. Her research interests are in data science, data mining, web search, machine learning and privacy. Mishra has over 16 years of experience leading projects in industry at Microsoft Research and HP Labs and over 6 years of experience in academia as Associate Professor at the University of Virginia and Acting Faculty at Stanford University. The projects that Mishra pursues encompass the design and evaluation of new data mining algorithms on real, colossal-sized datasets. She has authored ~50 publications in top venues including: Web Search: WWW, WSDM, SIGIR; Machine Learning: ICML, NIPS, AAAI, COLT; Databases: VLDB, PODS; Cryptography: CRYPTO, EUROCRYPT; Theory: FOCS and SODA. She has been granted 13 patent applications with a dozen more still in the application stage. Dr. Mishra received her Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.
Deborah Nolan is associate dean of mathematical and physical sciences and professor of statistics at the University of California, Berkeley. Her research has involved the empirical process, high-dimensional modeling, cross-validation, and most recently technology in education and reproducible research. Professor Nolan has been recognized at Berkeley for excellence in teaching and undergraduate student advising and is noted for working with and encouraging all students in their understanding of statistics. She co-directs the Cal Teach and Math for America, Berkeley programs. Deborah also organizes Explorations in Statistics Research, a multi-campus summer program to encourage undergraduates to pursue graduate studies in statistics. Deborah is elected Fellow of the American Statistical Association and Fellow of the Institute of Mathematical Statistics. She is co-author of Stat Labs with Terry Speed and Teaching Statistics with Andrew Gelman. Nolan joined the Department of Statistics in 1986. She received her AB from Vassar College in 1977 and her PhD in statistics from Yale University in 1986.
Peter Norvig is a Director of Research at Google Inc. He previously directed Google's core search algorithms group. He is co-author of Artificial Intelligence: A Modern Approach, the leading textbook in the field, and co-teacher of an Artificial Intelligence class that signed up 160,000 students, helping to kick off the current round of massive open online classes. He is a fellow of the AAAI, ACM, California Academy of Science, and American Academy of Arts & Sciences.
Antonio Ortega is a professor of Electrical Engineering at the University of Southern California (USC). He received the Telecommunications Engineering degree from the Universidad Politecnica de Madrid, Spain in 1989 and the PhD in electrical engineering from Columbia University in 1994. At Columbia he was supported by a Fulbright scholarship. He currently serves as associate chair of EE-Systems and was previously a director of the Signal and Image Processing Institute at USC. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and a member of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM). He has been chair of the Image and Multidimensional Signal Processing (IMDSP) technical committee and a member of the Board of Governors of the IEEE Signal Processing Society (2002). He has been technical program co-chair of the International Conference on Image Processing (2008), the Workshop on Multimedia Signal Processing (1998), and Institute for Computational and Mathematical Engineering (2002). He has been associate editor for the IEEE Transactions on Image Processing, the IEEE Signal Processing Letters and the EURASIP Journal on Advances in Signal Processing. He received the National Science Foundation CAREER award, the 1997 IEEE Communications Society Leonard G. Abraham Prize Paper Award, the IEEE Signal Processing Society 1999 Magazine Award, the 2006 European Association for Signal Processing Journal of Advances in Signal Processing Best Paper Award, and the ICIP 2011 best paper award. His research interests are in the areas of multimedia compression, communications and signal analysis. His recent work is focusing on distributed compression, multiview coding, error tolerant compression, wavelet-based signal analysis and information representation in wireless sensor networks. His work at USC has been or is being funded by agencies such as NSF, NASA, DOE, as well as a number of companies. Over 30 PhD students have completed their PhD theses under his supervision at USC and his work has led to over 250 publications in international conferences and journals.
Alex (Sandy) Pentland, NAE, directs the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Connection Science and Human Dynamics labs and previously helped create and direct the MIT Media Lab and the Media Lab Asia in India. He is one of the most-cited scientists in the world, and Forbes recently declared him one of the "7 most powerful data scientists in the world" along with Google founders and the Chief Technology Officer of the United States. He has received numerous awards and prizes such as the McKinsey Award from Harvard Business Review, the 40th Anniversary of the Internet from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), and the Brandeis Award for work in privacy. He is a founding member of advisory boards for Google, AT&T, Nissan, and the U.N. Secretary General, a serial entrepreneur who has co-founded more than a dozen companies including social enterprises such as the Data Transparency Lab, the Harvard-ODI-MIT DataPop Alliance and the Institute for Data Driven Design. He is a member of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering and leader within the World Economic Forum. Over the years, Sandy has advised more than 60 PhD students. Almost half are now tenured faculty at leading institutions, with another one-quarter leading industry research groups and a final quarter founders of their own companies. Together, Sandy and his students have pioneered computational social science, organizational engineering, wearable computing (Google Glass), image understanding, and modern biometrics. His most recent books are Social Physics, published by Penguin Press, and Honest Signals, published by MIT Press. Interesting experiences include dining with British Royalty and the President of India, staging fashion shows in Paris, Tokyo, and New York, and developing a method for counting beavers from space.
Claudia Perlich is the chief scientist at Dstillery, leading the machine learning efforts that power Dstillery’s digital intelligence for marketers and media companies. With more than 50 published scientific articles, she is a widely acclaimed expert on big data and machine learning applications, and an active speaker at data science and marketing conferences around the world. Claudia is the past winner of the Advertising Research Foundation’s (ARF) Grand Innovation Award and has been selected for Crain’s New York’s 40 Under 40 list, Wired Magazine’s Smart List, and Fast Company’s 100 Most Creative People. Claudia holds multiple patents in machine learning. She has won many data mining competitions and awards at Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining (KDD) conferences, and served as the organization’s General Chair in 2014. Prior to joining Dstillery in 2010, Claudia worked at IBM’s Watson Research Center, focusing on data analytics and machine learning. She holds a PhD in information systems from New York University (where she continues to teach at the Stern School of Business), and an MA in computer science from the University of Colorado.
Patrick O. Perry is as an assistant professor of Information, Operations and Management Sciences (IOMS-Statistics) at the New York University Stern School of Business. His research interests are in modern multivariate statistics, a combination of high-dimensional inference and efficient methodology for emerging data sources. He has studied high-dimensional latent factor models, cross-validation for unsupervised learning and methodology for modeling and inference of network dynamics. He is currently focusing on applications to social and economic networks. His work has been published in the Annals of Applied Statistics and the Journal of Machine Learning Research. Prior to joining NYU Stern, Professor Perry was a postdoctoral researcher at Harvard University, working on modeling and inference for network data. Professor Perry received a BS in mathematics, an MS in electrical engineering and a PhD in statistics from Stanford University.
Victoria Stodden is an associate professor in the School of Information Sciences at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She is a leading figure in the area of reproducibility in computational science, exploring how we can better ensure the reliability and usefulness of scientific results in the face of increasingly sophisticated computational approaches to research. Her work addresses a wide range of topics, including standards of openness for data and code sharing, legal and policy barriers to disseminating reproducible research, robustness in replicated findings, cyberinfrastructure to enable reproducibility, and scientific publishing practices. Stodden co-chairs the National Science Foundation (NSF) Advisory Committee for CyberInfrastructure and is a member of the NSF Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) Advisory Committee. She also serves on the National Academies’ Committee on Responsible Science: Ensuring the Integrity of the Research Process. Previously an assistant professor of statistics at Columbia University, Stodden taught courses in data science, reproducible research, and statistical theory and was affiliated with the Institute for Data Sciences and Engineering. She co-edited two books released in 2014—Privacy, Big Data, and the Public Good: Frameworks for Engagement published by Cambridge University Press and Implementing Reproducible Research published by Taylor & Francis. Stodden earned both her PhD in statistics and her law degree from Stanford University. She also holds a master’s degree in economics from the University of British Columbia and a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Ottawa.
Mark Tygert is a Research Scientist for Facebook Artificial Intelligence Research. Prior to this position Dr. Tygert was on the faculty at NYU's Courant Institute, UCLA, and Yale. Dr. Tygert received his B.A. in Mathematics from Princeton University, and his Ph.D. from Yale University. His prior research focused on fast spherical harmonic transforms, randomized algorithms for linear algebra, and complements to chi-square tests. Dr. Tygert’s recent honors include the 2010 William O. Baker Award from the U.S. National Academy of Sciences and the 2012 DARPA Young Faculty Award and his current research interests are in machine learning, statistics, and computational science and engineering, particularly numerical analysis
Jeffrey D. Ullman, NAE, is the S.W. Ascherman Professor of Engineering (Emeritus) at Stanford University, where he taught in the Department of Computer Science from 1979 to 2002. He worked at Bell Laboratories from 1966 to 1969 and taught at Princeton University (from which he also received his PhD in 1966) between 1969 and 1979. He is the author or coauthor of widely read textbooks in compilers, databases, and algorithms, as well as the book in automata on which his automata course is based and the book on data mining on which his “Mining of Massive Datasets” course is based. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and winner of the ACM Karl V. Karlstrom Education award, the IEEE Von Neumann Medal, and the Knuth Prize.
Jessica Utts is a professor of statistics at the University of California at Irvine where she served as Chair from 2010 to 2016. She is also the 2016 President of the American Statistical Association. She received her BA in math and psychology at SUNY Binghamton, and her MA and Ph.D. in statistics at Penn State University. She is the author of Seeing Through Statistics and the co-author with Robert Heckard of Mind on Statistics and Statistical Ideas and Methods. Jessica has been active in the statistics education community at the high school and college levels. She served as a member and then chaired the Advanced Placement Statistics Development Committee for six years, and currently serves as the Chief Reader for AP Statistics. She was a member of the American Statistical Association task force that produced the Guidelines for Assessment and Instruction in Statistics Education (GAISE) recommendations for elementary statistics courses. She was a founding member of the Statistics Department at the University of California, Davis, and spent many years on the faculty before moving to UC Irvine in 2008. She is the recipient of the Academic Senate Distinguished Teaching Award and the Magnar Ronning Award for Teaching Excellence, both at the University of California at Davis. She is also a fellow of the American Statistical Association, the Institute of Mathematical Statistics, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Beyond statistics education, Jessica’s major contributions have been in applying statistics to a variety of disciplines, most notably to parapsychology, the laboratory study of psychic phenomena. She has appeared on numerous television shows, including Larry King Live, ABC Nightline, CNN Morning News, and 20/20, and appears in a documentary included on the DVD with the movie Suspect Zero.