Applied Data Science Invited Speakers

The Applied Data Science Invited Talks will provide a venue for leading experts in the world of applied data mining and knowledge discovery. These invited talks will feature highly influential speakers who have directly contributed to successful data mining applications in their respective fields. The talks and discussions will focus on innovative and leading-edge, large-scale industry or government applications of data mining in areas such as finance, health-care, bio-informatics, public policy, infrastructure, telecommunications, social media and computational advertising.

Keynote: Elena Grewal

Elena Grewal


Seven Years of Data Science at Airbnb

In this talk I will share my experience at the start of “Data Science” in 2012, joining one of the fastest growing early stage unicorns and then building data science over 7 years. What we think of when we think of data science has evolved rapidly during this time. At Airbnb we now use data across product and operations, and for decisions by humans and machines. I will share my predictions for the future and where I believe data science can make the biggest impact in the years to come.

Elena Grewal is an executive at Airbnb who has built one of the most diverse and highest performing data science functions in the industry. She started as data scientist #5, and has overseen the growth of the function to over 200 across the globe, with 42% women and 12% underrepresented minorities. The company valuation grew from 1.5B to 38B during this time. Elena graduated from Yale University with a degree in Ethics, Politics, and Economics, and received a Ph.D. from Stanford University in the Economics of Education. In her free time she enjoys playing the card game bridge, and has created a set of “How to” videos for YouTube with the brand Bridge BFF.

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