Speaker "Kevin Sun" Details Back



Breaking into Data Science - Advise for Junior and New Data Science Practitioners


Ever since the Harvard Business Review deemed data scientist as the “sexiest job in the 21st century”, there have been an influx of advice on the web telling you how to start down the path of becoming a data scientist and the 100 things that you need to master. This talk focuses on giving new and junior data scientists practical advice that may not be easily accessible from a simple web search, and will give you a clearer understanding of what you need to succeed in your career path as a data scientist. Kevin has interviewed hundreds of data scientists, interviewed at dozens of data science roles, and worked as a data scientist in both research and business-oriented roles, and will highlight the most common misleading and confusing items entering the field. Specific examples will be showcased during this talk as well as tips to how to make your data science career successful.


"Kevin Sun is a data scientist at RealSelf, a cosmetic healthcare marketplace company that allows consumers to research aesthetic treatments and connect with trusted physicians. His work involves using statistical and predictive modeling techniques to better understand RealSelf’s customers and improve their experience. Prior to joining RealSelf, he worked at Deloitte as an internal lead data scientist, using data to improve Deloitte’s workforce. Kevin received his Master in Data Science at University of Virginia in 2017 and during his time there, he partnered with UVA’s Center for Brain Immunology and Glia Medical Institute to design a ML algorithm that discovers novel gene sets predictive of cell types. His side interests include NBA analytics, stock analytics, and deep learning."