Data Science Gurus to Follow

This list was compiled by Abhijat Shukla.

On the occasion of Teachers’ Day, we want to recognise some of the best data science gurus in the world.

1. Peter Norvig

Starting his career as a research scientist, Peter is currently appointed as the Research Director at Google. Prior to Google. he worked for 6 years with NASA as Head of Computational Science Division. In fact, he’s been awarded the NASA Exceptional Achievement Award, ACM Fellow, AAAI Fellow and many others to mention. He holds a PhD degree in Computer Science from University of California, Berkeley. His interest area includes artificial intelligence, natural language processing, machine learning etc.

2. Andrew Ng

Andrew Ng co-founded Coursera with Daphne Koller. He is currently working as a Chief Scientist at Baidu where he’s involved in carrying out researches in Deep Learning and in scalable approaches to Big Data and AI. In addition, he’s associated with Stanford University as an Associate Professor. He’s also the Founder and Lead of Google’s Deep Learning Project. Through Coursera, along with other disciplines, he made the data science knowledge accessible to all for free! Above all, he’s widely known for his Machine Learning Course.

3. Geoffrey Hinton

Geoffrey is the brain (co-inventor) behind this algorithm for training neural nets and deep learning simulations. He invented the term ‘Dark Knowledge’. Its inspired by the idea that most of the knowledge is in the ratios of tiny probabilities that have virtually no influence on the cost function used for training or on the test performance. He is widely known for his work on Artificial Neural Networks. Geoff holds a PhD in Artificial Intelligence from Edinburgh. He and his research group have been the driving force behind the resurgence of neural networks and deep learning.

4. Yann LeCun

Yann has worked on several deep learning projects and has multiple US patents registered. He’s also associated with New York University as a Professor and is the founding director of NYU Center for Data Science. He holds a PhD in Computer Science from Université Pierre et Marie Curie. His interest area lies in Machine Learning, Deep Learning, Computer Vision, Computational Neuroscience. Yann is currently working at Facebook as VP & Chief AI Scientist.

5. Jürgen Schmidhuber

Since age 15 or so, the main goal of professor Jürgen Schmidhuber has been to build a self-improving Artificial Intelligence (AI) smarter than himself, then retire. His lab’s Deep Learning Neural Networks (since 1991) such as Long Short-Term Memory (LSTM) have transformed machine learning and AI, and are now available to billions of users through the world’s most valuable public companies. Jürgen’s continual research works on RNN, Deep Learning & Computer Vision, Machine Learning is currently in use at Google, Microsoft, IBM, Baidu and many other companies. He has published 333 peer-reviewed papers, earned seven best paper/best video awards, the 2013 Helmholtz Award of the International Neural Networks Society, and the 2016 IEEE Neural Networks Pioneer Award. He is currently the Chief Scientist of the company NNAISENSE, which aims at building the first practical general purpose AI.

6. Daphne Koller

Daphne is the President and Co-Founder of Coursera. She holds a PhD degree in Computer Science from Stanford. Over the years, Daphne has been honoured with various awards such as ONR Young Investigator Award, ACM Infosys Award, MacArthur Foundation Fellowship etc. She served as a Professor at Stanford University for almost 18 years. Her interest are Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence, Pattern Recognition etc.

7. Hilary Mason

Hilary is the Founder of Fast Forward Labs which was acquired by Cloudera in Sep 2017. She also co-founded and DataGotham. Previously, she worked as a Chief Scientist at Bitly, and Assistant Professor at Johnson & Wales University. She got featured in the list of Fortune 40 under 40 ones to watch 2011, Craig’s 40 under Forty 2012. Along with many other awards, she was the recipient of TechFellow Engineering Leadership Award 2012. Her interest are lies in Machine Learning, Data Mining, Python.

8. Sebastian Thrun

Sebastian is the CoFounder and President of Udacity. Previously, he founded Google[x] and worked as VP, Fellow at Google for 7 years. In addition, he’s associated with Stanford University as a Research Professor. At Udacity, he aims to democratize education so that everyone in this world can have world-class education. He dreams of making this world a better place by empowering all people in the world through better education. His key areas include Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence. Sebastian is currently the CEO of Kitty Hawk, a company that is focusing on reducing vehicular traffic across the world. Kitty Hawk, with over 1,000 successful flights has built multiple vehicles that can take off vertically, fly, and land, all powered electrically.

9. Jeff Hammerbacher

Jeff along with DJ Patil coined the term ‘Data Scientist’. Jeff is the CoFounder of Cloudera and has previously led the Data Team at Facebook. The Data team was responsible for driving many of the applications of statistics and machine learning at Facebook. He is currently the Principal Investigator at Hammer Lab. He holds a Bachelor Degree in Mathematics from Harvard University. His interest areas lie in Big Data, Machine Learning, Hadoop, Data Mining.

10. Gregory Piatetsky-Shapiro

Gregory Piatetsky-Shapiro, Ph.D., is a well-known expert in Business Analytics, Data Mining, and Data Science. Gregory is the President of KDnuggets and is a Top Influencer in Big Data, Data Mining, and Data Science. Gregory co-founded KDD (Knowledge Discovery and Data mining conferences) and SIGKDD, a professional organization for Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining. Gregory has over 60 publications and edited several books and collections on data mining and knowledge discovery.

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