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: Taha Kass-Hout

Taha Kass-Hout


AI: Healthcare's prescription for transformation

Healthcare is at an inflection point. With increasing amount of health data getting generated, machine learning and AI are becoming key components in supporting predictive and preventative insights. In this session, we will explore how AI-powered applications are transforming the health sector by reducing spend, improving patient outcomes, and increasing accessibility to care. You will see examples of how to use data to securely develop digital front doors to improve the customer experience, make predictions for high-risk patient populations, and develop personalized care programs”

Taha is Director, Machine Learning & Chief Medical Officer at Amazon Web Services (AWS). Prior to joining Amazon, Taha was a public servant in the US Federal Government (2009-2016) bringing about change through his role as the first Chief Health Informatics Officer for US FDA (2013-2016), where he created openFDA and precisionFDA, part of President Obama’s 2015 Precision Medicine Initiative. Both efforts were referenced in the 2015 White House Strategy for American Innovation, and precisionFDA was awarded the top prize at the 2016 Bio-IT World Best Practices. Additionally, Taha spearheaded groundbreaking programs at the US CDC for electronic disease surveillance (2009-2013), including the quick disease surveillance scale-up during the H1N1 influenza pandemic taking it from less than 6% to >90% coverage of the US population ahead of the 2nd wave of the pandemic. During his one year transition from the US Federal Government, Taha served as SVP and Chief Digital Health and Analytics Officer at Trinity Health (2016-2017), one of the leaders in value-based health care systems in the US, and led the development of the American Heart Association Precision Medicine initiative. Taha received his medical training at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Harvard Medical School, and during his time there, was part of the BOAT coronary stent clinical trial. He holds a Doctor of Medicine and Master of Science (Bioinformatics) from the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston.