Leading Data Scientists to Follow in 2016

Due to the diversity of work, specialization, publications, experience and fan following of world’s leading data scientists it became very difficult for us to put across the names of leading Data Scientists to follow in 2016.

We finally decided to do a poll among ourselves (a group of bloggers at analyticscosm) and publish the initial list. Since this initiative is first of its kind at Analyticscosm, we’d keep updating the list based on the comments that we receive, and based on further research that we carry out.
I think the list we’ve come across is fairly representative of various industries and disciplines (from Sociometry ). So here’s our list of Leading Data Scientists and their Linkedin/Twitter profiles (not in any particular order):

    • Andrew Ng

  • Chief Scientist of Baidu; Chairman and Co-founder of Coursera; Assoc. Professor (Research) of Stanford University
    Social Media: Linkedin; Twitter; Quora

    • DJ Patil

  • U.S. Chief Data Scientist at White House Office of Science and Technology Policy; Co-coined the term “Data Scientist”
    Social Media:Linkedin; Twitter;Quora

    • Jeff Hammerbacher

  • Founder and Chief Scientist of Cloudera, Assistant Professor at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, and Director at Sage Bionetworks
    Social Media:Linkedin; Twitter;Quora

    • Brian Wilt

  • Director, Head of Data Science and Analytics at Jawbone
    Social Media:Linkedin; Twitter

    • Hilary Mason

  • Member of Board of Directors, Anita Borg Institute for Women in Technology; Founder, Fast Forward Labs; Data Scientist in Residence, Accel Partners
    Social Media:Linkedin; Twitter; Quora

    • John Akred

  • Founder & CTO @ Silicon Valley Data Science
    Social Media:Linkedin; Twitter; Quora

    • Alex `Sandy’ Pentland

  • MIT (Media Lab, Sloan Business School, Institute for Data, Systems, and Society), Cogito Corp, Thasos Group
    Co-Founder and Board of Directors, Cogito Corp
    Social Media:Linkedin; Twitter

    • Sebastian Thrun

  • Founder and CEO at Udacity; Research Professor, Stanford University
    Social Media:Linkedin; Twitter; Quora

    • Jure Leskovec

  • Chief Scientist at Pinterest; Assist. Professor at Stanford
    Social Media:Linkedin; Twitter

    • Kevin Novak

  • Head of Data Science Platform at Uber
    Social Media:Linkedin; Twitter

    • Riley Newman

  • Head of Data Science at Airbnb.com
    Social Media:Linkedin; Twitter; Quora

    • Yair Livne

  • Director of Product Management at Quora, Yair previously completed a PhD in Economics at Stanford GSB, after working at an Israeli hedge fund. He has a B.Sc. and masters in math from the Hebrew University.
    Linkedin; Twitter; Quora

    • Michelangelo D’Agostino

  • Data scientist at Civis Analytics, Reformed physicist turned data scientist. Science writer and teacher. Former member of the Obama 2012 data analytics machine
    Linkedin; Twitter; Quora

    • Diane Wu

  • Co Founder, Trace Genomics; Previously deep learning data scientist @ MetaMind, Machine Learning @ Palantir Technologies. PhD @ Stanford (’12) majoring in Genetics and specializing in Computational Biology
    Linkedin; Twitter; Quora

    • Sean Gourley

    CTO and cofounder of Quid
    Linkedin; Twitter; Quora

    Some Other Leading Data Scientists

  • Jonathan Goldman: Linkedin; Twitter
  • George Roumeliotis: Linkedin
  • Jace Kohlmeier: Linkedin; Twitter
  • John Foreman: Linkedin; Twitter
  • Usama Fayyad: Linkedin; Twitter
  • Jack Y. Chen: Linkedin; Twitter
  • Amy Gershkoff: Linkedin; Twitter
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