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NSF Data Science Seminar with White House Data Scientist DJ Patil

April 28th, 2015 / in Announcements, NSF / by Helen Wright

National Science Foundation (NSF) [credit: NSF]The AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellows at the National Science Foundation (NSF) have organized another talk in their new seminar series on Data Science, Big Data, and Internet of Things.

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 ET.

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.

This series is a monthly one-hour informational presentation that is open for all to attend in person or online. If you would like to attend in person, the meeting will be held in Room 110 at the National Science Foundation. There is no need to RSVP. If you would like to join the webinar online, please register here

For more information, please see the NSF Webinar Announcement.




NSF Data Science Seminar with White House Data Scientist DJ Patil

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