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!

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Date: May 20, 2022

Keynote Speaker Sponsored by Qlik: Scott Kahn, Chief Data and Privacy Officer, LunaDNA


The Industry Panel featured speakers from local organizations:

Kevin Cockrell, Senior Technical Program Manager, TuSimple

Scott Zoldi, Chief Analytics Officer, FICO

Grant Kluzak, NAVWAR Data Director

Individual Speakers from Rady and HDSI:

“Bringing ethics into data science practice”,  David Danks, Professor of Data Science & Philosophy

“Fairness and bias—auditing prediction algorithms for bias”,  Zhe Zhang, Asst Professor of Innovation, Technology & Operations Management (ITO)

“Patients’ and physicians’ behavior in healthcare delivery systems”,  Danqi Luo, Asst Professor of ITO



Past Speakers


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


Joost van der Linden, Senior Data Scientist

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Nik at SD Hacks

Nikolai Devereaux, Engineering Project Manager

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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