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: DJ Patil

DJ Patil

Devoted Health

A perspective from the first U.S. Chief Data Scientist

From digital photos to the internet of things , we are living in a sea of data. And now we're realizing how critical data is to transforming healthcare including related to COVID. Given the advancements that are coming in data collection, AI, and data science how do we ensure these new technologies works for us rather than against us? And how do we make sure that these technologies work on behalf of the entire population. The creation of the role of the U.S. Chief Data scientist was established to ensure the responsible use of data to benefit all citizens. As the first Chief Data Scientist, I'll walk through the diverse sets of cases of how data is being used in novel ways from new techniques in the fight against COVID, cancer, effective use of data in local cities to support improved policing, and mental health issues.

"DJ Patil is currently the Head of Technology at Devoted Health and a Senior Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School. Dr. Patil was appointed by President Obama to be the first U.S. Chief Data Scientist where his efforts led to the establishment of nearly 40 Chief Data Officer roles across the Federal government. He also established new health care programs including the Precision Medicine Initiative and the Cancer Moonshot, new criminal justice reforms including the Data-Driven Justice and Police Data Initiatives that cover more than 94 million Americans, as well as leading the national data efforts. He also has been active in national security and for his efforts was awarded by Secretary Carter the Department of Defense Medal for Distinguished Public Service which the highest honor the department bestows on a civilian. In industry, he led the product teams at RelateIQ which was acquired by Salesforce, was founding board member for Crisis Text Line which works to use new technologies to provide on demand mental and crisis support, and was a member of the venture firm Greylock Partners. He has also was Chief Scientist, Chief Security Officer and Head of Analytics and Data Product Teams at the LinkedIn Corporation where he co-coined the term Data Scientist. He has also held a number of roles at Skype, PayPal, and eBay. In 2104 he was selected by the World Economic Forum as a Young Global Leader and is also a Member of the Council of Foreign Relations. "