I'm the Co-Chair of the Ray Summit and the NLP Summit, and a Principal at Gradient Flow. I was 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 also an advisor to a few exciting startups and organizations: Databricks, Anyscale, Anodot, Matroid, Metaphor Data, BNH, Faculty, Pathmind, Graphistry, Yakit, and The Center for Data Intensive Science + Open Commons Consortium (University of Chicago). I am also an investor in CipherMode. I was also previously an advisor to Determined AI, Lattice Data, Alluxio, and to DeepScale. For my recent writings, please visit Gradient Flow and the Data Exchange podcast.
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 have been 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.
I enjoy writing and have written and published on topics ranging from Applied Mathematics and Statistics, Finance, Marketing Research, and Technology. I am a member of the Editorial Board of the Big Data Journal.