Building an “Automation-First Data Science Team”

Abstract: The advent of the “citizen data scientist” has been both concerning and irritating to many so-called “real” data scientists at work in the business world today. Some argue that the prospect of new, less well-trained AI-builders has been made established data scientists threatened, insecure, and paranoid. Others argue that using untrained modelers to build AI is a recipe for disaster. In this talk, Dr. Greg Michaelson will discuss the truth and the hype of the citizen data scientist and will propose a framework for utilizing both skilled data scientists and citizen data scientists in the same organization.

Bio: Greg Michaelson is the Chief Success Coordinator for DataRobot. Prior to that role, he led the data science practice at DataRobot, working clients across the world to ensure their success using the DataRobot platform to solve their business problems. Prior to joining DataRobot, Greg led modeling teams at Travelers and Regions Financial, focusing on pricing and risk modeling. He earned his Ph.D. in applied statistics from the Culverhouse College of Business Administration at the University of Alabama. Greg lives in Charlotte, NC with his wife and four children and their pet tarantula.