I am mainly interested in personalities, open source projects, topics, and companies in the world of data science, data engineering, artificial intelligence, and technology. I also host The Data Exchange podcast.
I am the Program Chair of the Spark+AI Summit and Co-Chair of the Ray Summit. I was previously the former Chief Data Scientist at O’Reilly Media, and the former Program Chair of: the Strata Data Conference, the O’Reilly Artificial Intelligence Conference, and TensorFlow World. I’m an advisor to a few exciting startups and organizations: Databricks, Anyscale, Anodot, Alluxio, Matroid, Pathmind, Determined AI, Faculty (formerly ASI Data Science), Graphistry, Yakit, and The Center for Data Intensive Science + Open Commons Consortium (University of Chicago). I was also previously an advisor to Lattice Data and to DeepScale. I am interested in the practical aspects of Ethics in Technology, and along with some friends, I help curate the newsletter Ethics.dev.
I occasionally give talks, here are some recent presentations.
I have applied Business Intelligence, Machine Learning and Statistical Analysis in a variety of domains including Financial Engineering, Direct Marketing, Consumer and Market Research, Targeted Advertising, Search Marketing, Web Analytics, and Text Mining. My background includes stints with an investment management company, internet startups, and financial services.
I’m an ex-academic: I was an Assistant Professor at U.C. Davis and was the founding Department Chair for Statistics and Mathematics at C.S.U. Monterey Bay. I was a visiting member of the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute in Berkeley and have taught at U.C. Santa Barbara and the University of the Philippines.