Session at Strata Data Conference, NY, September 23-26, 2019

An In-Depth Look at the Data Science Career: Defining Roles, Assessing Skills

Usama Fayyad (Open Insights & OODA Health, Inc.), Hamit Hamutcu (Analytics Center)
1:15pm1:55pm Thursday, September 26, 2019
Location: 1E 12/13
Secondary topics:  Culture and Organization

Who is this presentation for?

Data scientists, analytics managers and executives




Initiative for Analytics and Data Science Standards (IADSS) was launched by Usama Fayyad and Hamit Hamutcu to support the development of standards regarding analytics role definitions, required skills and career advancement paths. The initiative kicked off a research study including a detailed survey for analytics executives and professionals, in-depth interviews with industry leaders and academicians as well as an extensive literature review. Advisory Board includes David Hand (Imperial College), Deepak Agarwal (VP of AI at LinkedIn), Jeannette Wing (Columbia Univ), Kjersten Moody (Chief Data Officer at StateFarm), Munther Dahleh (MIT), Tom Davenport (Babson College), and Yasaman Hadjibashi (Global Head of Data at Citi). You can see the full list and details at We plan to finish research by June 2019 and publish results in a comprehensive report.

At Strata we will present our findings from the research (500+ surveys and 50+ interviews) and the proposed framework for standardization of roles in data analytics. We held a very successful panel at KDD 2018 in London and a half-day workshop at IEEE ICDM 2018 in Singapore where we shared our approach and gathered feedback from participants. We believe Strata in NY will be a great venue to continue discussion on this important topic.

Prerequisite knowledge

Suitable for all professionals and academicians in the data analytics domain

What you’ll learn

A better understanding of the skills requirements for a variety of analytics roles, career paths in the industry, latest practices of organizations for recruiting, trainng and managing analytics resources.
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Usama Fayyad

Open Insights & OODA Health, Inc.

Usama is Co-Founder & CTO at OODA Health, Inc a VC-funded company founded in 2017 to bring AI/automation to create a retail-like experience in payments and processing to healthcare delivery. He is also Chairman at Open Insights – a technology and strategic consulting firm he founded in 2008 to help enterprises deploy data-driven solutions to grow revenue from Data assets. In addition to BigData strategy and building new business models on data assets, the company deploys data science, AI/ML, and bigData solutions for large enterprises. From 2013-2016 Usama served as Global Chief Data Officer at Barclays in London, after he launched the largest tech startup accelerator in MENA as Executive Chairman of Oasis500 in Jordan in 2010. His background includes Chairman and CEO roles at several startups, including Blue Kangaroo Corp, DMX Group and digiMine Inc. He was the first person to hold the Chief Data Officer title when Yahoo! acquired his second startup in 2004. At Yahoo! he built the Strategic Data Solutions group and founded Yahoo! Research Labs where much of the early work on BigData made it to open source and established the early collaborations that launched Hadoop and other open source contributions. He has held leadership roles at Microsoft (1996-2000) and founded the machine learning systems group at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (1989-2005), where his work on machine learning resulted in the top Excellence in Research award from Caltech, and a U.S. Government medal from NASA.

Usama has published over 100 technical articles on data mining, data science, AI/ML, and databases. He holds over 30 patents and is a Fellow of both the AAAI and the ACM. Usama earned his PhD in Engineering in AI and Machine Learning from the University of Michigan. Ann Arbor. He has edited two influential books on data mining and served as editor-in-chief on two key industry journals. He also served on the boards or advisory boards of several private and public companies including: Criteo, Invensense, RapidMiner, Stella.AI, Virsec, Silniva, Abe.AI, NetSeer, Choicestream, Medio, and others. On the academic front his is on advisory boards of the Data Science Institute at Imperial College, AAI at UTS, and The University of Michigan College of Engineering National advisory Board.

Hamit Hamutcu

Analytics Center

Hamit has over 20 years of industry and consulting experience in the areas of analytics, customer relationship management and marketing strategies driven by data. He is a co-Founder of Analytics Center, a company focused on the use of data and analytics in business as well as an advisor or investor in several analytics related initiatives that work in developing vertical machine learning solutions for industries such as advertising and e-commerce.
Hamit was a Founding Partner for EMEA offices for Peppers & Rogers Group, the leading customer-led business strategy consulting firm based in the U.S. He then led the development of the firm in the region by serving clients across the Middle East, Africa and Europe. He also worked as a Partner for the firm’s US office heading up its global Analytics group. In this capacity he oversaw the growth of the analytics practice and helped his clients develop analytics functions, build data infrastructure and deploy analytical models to support business goals.
His industry experience includes several positions within Federal Express in Memphis in marketing analytics, and technology where he led IT and business teams to leverage the enormous amount of data the company generated to serve its customers better.
Hamit is also a frequent speaker, writer and board member at various start-ups and non-profit organizations. He earned his B.Sc. degree in Electronics Engineering at Bogazici University in Istanbul and his MBA degree at University of Florida.

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