How I Became a Data Scientist

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Abstract: This non-technical talk will describe how the presenter transitioned from a software developer in a corporate IT to a data scientist in a startup, with a focus on the practical lessons learned and interesting points observed along the way.

Bio: Owen Zhang is the Chief Product Officer at DataRobot, and is ranked #1 on the Kaggle leaderboard out of a community of 200,000 data scientists. Owen spent most of his career in the Property & Casualty insurance industry, most recently serving as Vice President of Modeling in the newly formed AIG Science team. After spending several years in IT building transactional systems for commercial insurance, Owen discovered his passion in Machine Learning and started building insurance underwriting, pricing, and claims models. Owen has a Masters degree in Electrical Engineering from University of Toronto and a Bachelors degree from University of Science and Technology of China.