Zillow Economist to Speak Today in Inaugural Data Science Lecture Series

A Distinguished Lecture Series in Data Science, organized to showcase the cutting edge of data analytics and data-driven research at large corporations and government organizations, begins Friday at 3:30 p.m. when Stan Humphries, chief economist at Zillow, an online real estate marketplace, discusses his company’s perspectives on data science in Rice Hall, room 130.

Humphries’s lecture is the first in a series of six sponsored by U.Va.’s Data Science Institute. The speakers will share their experience of leading data research teams and making data-driven policy decisions.

Aviv Nevo, former deputy assistant attorney general at the U.S. Department of Justice and now a professor of economics and marketing at Northwestern University, will speak Nov. 20 at 11 a.m. in the auditorium of the Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library.

Steve Tadelis, senior director of economics and distinguished scientist at eBay and a professor and fellow at the University of California, Berkeley’s Haas School of Business, will speak Dec. 12 at 3:30 p.m. at Rouss & Robertson Halls, room 120. His talk is co-sponsored by the McIntire School of Commerce’s Center for Business Analytics.

Three additional lectures will be given in the spring.

“We are very proud to have highly accomplished and internationally recognized speakers from industry and academia for our inaugural Distinguished Lecture Series in Data Science who will describe how data and data science are transforming all aspects of society,” said Don Brown, director of the Data Science Institute.

The talks are designed to be of interest to a wide audience of undergraduate and graduate students, researchers and faculty from across disciplines.

For information, contact Arlyn Burgess, executive coordinator at the Data Science Institute, at arlyn.burgess@virginia.edu.

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