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Data Science Seminar with DJ Patil

About this event

DJ Patil, the first White House Chief Data Scientist and Deputy Chief Technology Officer for Data Policy in the Office of Science and Technology Policy, will speak on Friday, May 1, 2015 2-3pm as part of the Data Science Seminar Series @ NSF organized by the AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellows.

This series offers one-hour informational presentations and discussions about Data Science, Big Data, and the Internet of Things as addressed by government agencies, academia, industry, and non-profit sectors. These informative presentations are open to all and meant to be timely and adaptable to current Data Science activities and the needs of our community.

DJ Patil Bio:

Dr. DJ Patil advises on policies and practices to maintain U.S. leadership in technology and innovation, fosters partnerships to maximize the Nation’s return on its investment in data, and helps to attract and retain the best minds in data science to serve the public. Since joining OSTP, DJ has collaborated with colleagues across government, including the Chief Information Officer and the U.S. Digital Service as part of the Administration’s commitment to open data and data science. He is leading data science efforts related to the Precision Medicine Initiative, which focuses on utilizing advances in data and health care to provide clinicians with new tools, knowledge, and therapies to select which treatments will work best for which patients, while protecting patient privacy.

DJ joins the White House following an incredible career as a data scientist — a term he helped coin — in the public and private sectors, and in academia. Most recently, he served as the Vice President of Product at RelateIQ, which was acquired by Salesforce. DJ also previously held positions at LinkedIn, Greylock Partners, and eBay Inc, where he oversaw initiatives at eBay, PayPal, and Skype. Prior to his work in the private sector, DJ was a AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellow for the Department of Defense, where he directed efforts to bridge computational and social sciences in fields like social network analysis to help anticipate emerging threats to the United States.

As a doctoral student and faculty member at the University of Maryland, DJ used open datasets published by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to make major improvements in numerical weather forecasting. He holds a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from the University of California, San Diego, and a PhD in applied mathematics from the University of Maryland College Park. DJ has also authored a number of influential articles and books explaining the important current and potential applications of data science. In 2014, the World Economic Forum named DJ as a Young Global Leader.

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