Data Science Day is held in collaboration with UCSD’s Halicioglu Data Science Institute and Rady School of Management. Tech San Diego works to highlight data science in the region by allowing local tech companies to talk about how they are using data science in their day-to-day operations. The day is broken into a panel discussion with three local organizations and a moderator followed by shorter “lightning talks”  provided by faculty from the two collaborative institutions. The second half of the day is an event geared towards connecting emerging graduates and students with their professional counterparts to provide them an opportunity to network and ask real questions.  We are so excited to return to the in-person format and look forward to see you all on campus again!


Date: November 14, 2023

Time: 7:30am – 12:00pm

7:30am Networking and Breakfast

8:30am Industry Panel moderated by Scott Zoldi, Chief Analytics Officer, FICO

  • This panel will discuss practical steps of building enterprise AI, including best practices in establishing corporate standards, explainable/ interpretable AI, ethics/bias, and auditable AI (model governance and model monitoring) The goal of the panel discussion is for three industry leaders to compare and share how AI applications are built enterprise tough and reliably
  • Panelists include:
    • Stephen Brobst, Teradata
    • Charles Yetman, NAVWAR

10:15am Faculty Talks

Halicioglu Data Science Institute

  • Rose Yu, Asst Professor CSE & HDSI, “Physics-Guided AI for Large-Scale Spatiotemporal Data Analysis”
  • Tiffany Amariuta, Asst Professor HDSI and UCSD Dept of Medicine, “Global equity in genomics and integration of global datasets to understand genetic impacts on human health”

Rady School of Management

  • Marta Serra-Garcia, Assoc. Prof of Economics and Strategy, “How do humans and AI create online content? Understanding the attention-information tradeoff”
  • Thales Teixiera, Assoc Prof, Rady School of Management, “Generative AI for Business Model Innovation”



Past Speakers


Joost van der Linden, Senior Data Scientist

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Nik at SD Hacks

Nikolai Devereaux, Engineering Project Manager

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Chris MacDonald, PhD, Vice President, Operations and Data Science


Sally Sadoff

Associate Professor of Economics and Strategic Management

Rady School of Management

Robert Sanders

Assistant Professor of Marketing

Rady School of Management

Ben Smarr

Assistant professor

Halicioğlu Data Science Institute

Department of Bioengineering

Arun Kumar,

Assistant Professor, Department of Computer Science and Engineering & HDSI Faculty Fellow

Uma R Karmarkar

Assistant Professor Marketing/ITO

Rady School of Management

James Deiotte, Executive Director

Michael Melvin, Executive Director

Vish Krishnan, Jacobs Family Chair in Management and Engineering Leadership

Margaret Roberts, PhD Associate Professor; Department of Political Science

Gordon Hanson, PhD Professor, School of Global Policy and Strategy & Department of Economics

Data Scientist, Dexcom


Images from Past Data Science Days