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Speaker Information

 Scott Zoldi
Scott Zoldi Chief Analytics Officer FICO
Scott Zoldi is Chief Analytics Officer at FICO responsible for the analytic development of FICO’s product and technology solutions, including the FICO™ Falcon® Fraud Manager product which protects about two thirds of the world’s payment card transactions from fraud.  While at FICO, Scott has been responsible for authoring 63 analytic patents with 35 patents granted and 28 in process.  Scott is actively involved in the development of new analytic products and Big Data analytics applications, many of which leverage new streaming analytic innovations such as adaptive analytics, collaborative profiling, and self-calibrating analytics.  Scott is most recently focused on the applications of streaming self-learning analytics for real-time detection of Cyber Security attack.  Scott serves on two boards of directors including Software San Diego and Cyber Center of Excellence.   Scott received his Ph.D. in theoretical and computational physics from Duke University.

January 28th, Day 2

8:20 AM The Future of Talent for Data Science and Analytics

Today Big Data has become foundational to nearly every industry on earth including retail, healthcare, manufacturing, telecommunications, energy, financial services, tourism, advertising, entertainment, and government.  As Big Data has become ubiquitous, the need for data scientists has grown exponentially, with demand far outpacing supply.  However, the educational infrastructure, for the most part, is not presently set up to produce the kind of data scientists needed by most industries: few academic data science programs exist, and those that do predominantly teach rote memorization of data analysis techniques rather than deeper problem-solving skills.  In this talk, I describe how we need to train the workforce differently to set both employees and businesses up for success in the new Era of Big Data.