What is the Future of Data Science in the D.C. region?

A Conversation with Kirk Borne

Kirk Borne
Dr. Kirk Borne, Principal Data Scientist and Executive Advisor, Booz Allen Hamilton

GW will host a conversation with global leader in data science Kirk Borne. Dr. Borne is Booz Allen Hamilton’s Principal Data Scientist and Executive Advisor and is consistently listed among the top worldwide social media influencers in big data and data science.

Before joining Booz Allen Hamilton in 2015, Dr. Borne was a professor of astrophysics and computational science at George Mason University for 12 years, where he did research and taught students in the undergraduate and graduate data science programs. Prior to that, Dr. Borne spent nearly 20 years supporting data systems activities for NASA space science missions, including a role as NASA's Archive Project Scientist for the Hubble Space Telescope.

He will be in conversation with GW School of Business Dean Anuj Mehrotra.

Topics will include:

  • The impact of Amazon’s decision to expand in the region;
  • The role academia will play in supporting the evolution of the data science ecosystem; and
  • How the practice of data science will evolve in industry in response to AI and automation.

This event is co-sponsored by OVPR’s Office of Industry and Corporate Research and the GW Data Science Institute.

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About the Participants

Kirk Borne

Dr. Kirk Borne is the Principal Data Scientist and an Executive Advisor at global technology and consulting firm Booz Allen Hamilton based in McLean, Virginia. In those roles, he focuses on applications of data science, data management, machine learning, A.I., modeling, and simulation across a wide variety of disciplines. He also provides training and mentoring to multi-disciplinary teams of scientists, modelers, and data scientists. In addition, he consults with numerous external organizations, industries, agencies, and partners in the use of large data repositories and machine learning for discovery, decision support, and innovation. Previously, he was Professor of Astrophysics and Computational Science at George Mason University for 12 years where he did research, taught, and advised students in data science. Prior to that, Kirk spent nearly 20 years supporting data systems activities on NASA space science programs, which included a period as NASA's Data Archive Project Scientist for the Hubble Space Telescope and 10 years as a contract manager in NASA's Space Science Data Operations Office. Dr. Borne has a B.S. degree in Physics from LSU, and a Ph.D. in Astronomy from Caltech. In 2016 he was elected Fellow of the International Astrostatistics Association for his lifelong contributions to big data research in astronomy. As a global speaker, he has given hundreds of invited talks worldwide, including conference keynote presentations at many dozens of data science, A.I. and big data analytics events globally. He is an active contributor on social media, where he has been named consistently among the top worldwide influencers in big data and data science since 2013. He was recently identified as the #1 digital influencer worldwide for 2018-2019. You can follow him on Twitter at @KirkDBorne.

Dean Anuj Mehrotra

Anuj Mehrotra is the dean of the George Washington University School of Business (GWSB). Prior to coming to GWSB in July 2018, he was the senior vice dean, the vice dean for faculty development and research, the Leslie O. Barnes Scholar and a professor of management science at the University of Miami Business School. Dr. Mehrotra’s research interests are in large-scale optimization and interdisciplinary applications. His research has been published in top-tier academic journals, including Management Science, Mathematical Programming, Naval Research Logistics, and the INFORMS Journal on Computing. He has been invited to present his research at national and international meetings and co-edited a book, Extending the Horizons: Advances in Computing, Optimization, and Decision Technologies, as well as a special issue of Discrete Applied Mathematics on computational methods for graph coloring and its generalizations. He has also co-chaired several conferences in optimization and related application areas. Dr. Mehrotra’s research projects include his work with the U.S. Coast Guard to optimally locate air stations to respond to distress calls and his work on determining routing and staffing decisions for distributed call centers. He has also developed models for making an optimal choice from a mix of channels for sales and marketing. His research has included developing specialized methods for congressional districting, for forming marine reserves for fishery management, and for forming optimal newspaper delivery zones. This type of research is designed to achieve maximum possible benefit from limited resources.

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