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Datacast follows the narrative journey of data practitioners and researchers to unpack the career lessons they learned along the way. James Le hosts the show.

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Episode 63: Real-World Transfer Learning with Azin Asgarian

May 6th, 2021

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Episode 62: Leading Organizations Through Analytics Transformations with Gordon Wong

April 28th, 2021

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  • (02:09) Gordon briefly talked about his undergraduate studying Psychology and Philosophy at Rutgers University in the early 90s.
  • (03:24) …

Episode 61: Meta Reinforcement Learning with Louis Kirsch

April 18th, 2021

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  • (2:05) Louis went over his childhood as a self-taught programmer and his early days in school as a freelance developer.
  • (4:22) Louis …

Episode 60: Algorithms and Data Structures for Massive Datasets with Dzejla Medjedovic

April 5th, 2021

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Episode 59: Bridging The Gap Between Data and Models with Willem Pienaar

March 24th, 2021

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  • (1:45) Willem discussed his undergraduate degree in Mechatronic Engineering at Stellenbosch University in the early 2010s.
  • (2:34) Willem …

Episode 58: Deep Learning Meets Distributed Systems with Jim Dowling

March 19th, 2021

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  • (1:56) Jim went over his education at Trinity College Dublin in the late 90s/early 2000s, where he got early exposure to academic research …

Episode 57: Building Data Science Projects with Pier Paolo-Ippolito

March 6th, 2021


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Episode 56: Apprehending Quantum Computation with Alba Cervera-Lierta

February 21st, 2021



  • (1:55) Alba shared her background growing up interested in studying Physics and pivoting into quantum mechanics.
  • (3:33) Alba went over her …

Episode 55: Making Apache Spark Developer-Friendly and Cost-Effective with Jean-Yves Stephan

February 11th, 2021

  • (2:07) JY discussed his college time studying Computer Science and Applied Math at Ecole Polytechnique — a leading French institute in …

Episode 53: Algorithms and Data Structures In Action with Marcello La Rocca

January 25th, 2021

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  • (2:09) Marcello described his academic experience getting a Master’s Degree in Computer Science from the Universita di Catania in the early …

Episode 52: Graph Databases In Action with Dave Bechberger

January 17th, 2021

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Episode 51: Research and Tooling for Computer Vision Systems with Jason Corso

January 8th, 2021


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  • (2:13) Jason went over his experience studying Computer Science at Loyola College in Baltimore for undergraduate, where he got an early …

Episode 50: Reducing Data Downtime with Barr Moses

December 25th, 2020


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  • (2:23) Barr discussed growing up in Israel and serving as a commander of the Data Analytics unit at the Israeli Air Force.
  • (4:10) Barr …

Episode 49: Computational Neuroscience, Quantitative Finance, and Churn Prediction with Carl Gold

December 14th, 2020

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Episode 48: AI Ethics, Open Data, and Recommendations Fairness with Jessie Smith

November 27th, 2020


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Episode 47: Math and Machine Learning In Pedestrian Terms with Luis Serrano

November 9th, 2020


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  • (2:12) Luis shared how he got excited about learning mathematics and specialized in combinatorics.
  • (4:26) Luis discussed his experience …

Episode 46: From Building Recommendation Systems To Teaching Online Courses with Frank Kane

October 29th, 2020


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Episode 45: Teaching Artificial Intelligence with Amita Kapoor

October 21st, 2020


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  • (2:02) Amita described her educational background, studying Electronics at universities back in the 90s. She also professed her love for

Episode 44: Computer Systems, Machine Learning Security Research, and Women in Tech with Shreya Shankar

October 12th, 2020


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Episode 43: From Economics and Operations Management to Data Science with Francesca Lazzeri

September 28th, 2020


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  • (2:37) Francesca discussed her educational background in Italy, studying Economics and Institutional Studies at LUISS Guido Carli University

Episode 42: Privacy-Preserving Natural Language Processing with Patricia Thaine

September 11th, 2020


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  • (2:55) Patricia talked about his interest in learning languages and living in different cultures.
  • (4:05) Patricia talked about her …

Episode 41: Effective Data Science with Eugene Yan

September 3rd, 2020


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Episode 40: Biological Aging, Probabilistic Programming, and Private Machine Learning with Matthew McAteer

August 22nd, 2020


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  • (2:22) Matthew shared his childhood growing up interested in the field of biology.
  • (5:29) Matthew described his undergraduate experience …

Episode 39: Serverless Machine Learning In Action with Carl Osipov

August 7th, 2020


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  • (2:22) Carl talked about his early exposure to programming and his Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science at the University of Rochester in …

Episode 38: Designing For Analytics with Brian O'Neill

July 27th, 2020


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  • (2:40) Brian discussed his career as a musician and his mission as a consultant to bring design principles into the analytics world.
  • (5:25) …

Episode 37: Machine Learning In Production with Luigi Patruno

July 20th, 2020


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  • (2:19) Luigi got his Bachelor’s in Mathematics and Master’s in Computer Science from Fordham University, with a break working as a Data …

Episode 36: Machine Learning Bookcamp with Alexey Grigorev

July 3rd, 2020


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  • (2:00) Alexey studied Information Systems and Technologies from a local university in his hometown in eastern Russia.
  • (4:54) Alexey …

Episode 35: Data Science For Food Discovery with Ankit Jain

June 20th, 2020


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Episode 34: Deep Learning Generalization, Representation, and Abstraction with Ari Morcos

June 14th, 2020


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  • (2:32) Ari discussed his undergraduate studying Physiology and Neuroscience at UC San Diego, while doing neuroscience research on adult …

Episode 33: Domain Randomization in Robotics with Josh Tobin

June 3rd, 2020


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  • (2:02) Josh studied Mathematics at Columbia University during his undergraduate and explained why he was not set out for a career as a …

Episode 32: Economics, Data For Good and AI Research with Sara Hooker

May 21st, 2020


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  • (2:20) Sara shared her childhood growing up in Africa.
  • (4:05) Sara talked about her undergraduate experience at Carleton College studying …

Episode 31: From Quantum Computing to Epidemic Modeling with Colleen Farrelly

April 18th, 2020


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  • (1:58) Colleen gave a brief overview of her professional background and her path to data science.
  • (3:27) Colleen explained how her …

Episode 30: Data Science Evangelism with Parul Pandey

March 27th, 2020


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Episode 29: From Bioinformatics to Natural Language Processing with Leonard Apeltsin

March 13th, 2020


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  • (2:18) Leonard discussed his undergraduate experience at Carnegie Mellon - where he studied Biology and Computer Science.
  • (5:10) …

Episode 28: Excelling in Data Analytics with Vincent Tatan

March 1st, 2020


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Episode 27: Feature Engineering with Ben Fowler

January 24th, 2020


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Episode 26: From Cognitive Neuroscience To Reinforcement Learning with Arthur Juliani

January 8th, 2020


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Episode 25: Algorithmic Trading with Alexandr Honchar

December 22nd, 2019


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Episode 24: From Actuarial Science to Machine Learning with Mael Fabien

December 9th, 2019


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  • (2:08) Mael recalled his experience getting a Bachelor of Science Degree in Economics from HEC Lausanne in Switzerland.
  • (4:47) Mael …

Episode 23: Machine Learning for Finance with Jannes Klaas

December 3rd, 2019


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Episode 22: Leading Self-Driving Cars Projects with Jan Zawadzki

November 20th, 2019


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  • (2:15) Jan discussed his undergraduate experience studying Business Administration and Economics from Goshen College in Indiana.
  • (3:48) Jan …

Episode 21: How To Be A Data Science Writer with Admond Lee

October 30th, 2019


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Episode 20: Managing Data Scientists with Sunanda Parthasarathy

September 26th, 2019


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Episode 19: Data Science in South Africa with Tristan Bergh

August 13th, 2019


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  • (2:35) Tristan talked about his undergraduate experience studying Aeronautical Engineering from the University of Witwatersrand in South …

Episode 18: NLP at Crisis Text Line with Ankit Gupta

July 25th, 2019


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Episode 17: Computer Vision Research with Genevieve Patterson

July 16th, 2019


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  • (2:09) Genevieve discussed her undergraduate experience studying Electrical Engineering and Mathematics at the University of Arizona.

Episode 16: Bayesian Probabilistic Programming with Peadar Coyle

July 6th, 2019


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  • (2:02) Peadar discussed his undergraduate experience studying Physics and Philosophy at the University of Bristol.
  • (3:05) Peadar then …

Episode 14: Overcoming Impostor Syndrome with Conor Dewey

June 2nd, 2019


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Episode 13: Transition from Academia to Data Science with Martina Pugliese

April 30th, 2019


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Episode 12: Data Science in Consulting with Jim Leach

March 18th, 2019


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Episode 11: Psychology and Neuroscience in Data Science with Francisco Javier Carrera Arias

March 6th, 2019


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Episode 10: Linguist turned Data Scientist with Matthias Raess

February 22nd, 2019


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  • (2:22) Matthias recalled his experience getting a Master’s Degree in English, History, and Political Science from the University of …

Episode 9: Diving Into Data Engineering with Mark Sellors

February 1st, 2019


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  • (2:05) Mark revisited his brief stint during college back in the 90s.
  • (3:38) Mark’s first job as a Business Consultant at Dixon Stores …

Episode 8: From Underwater Communication to Data Science with Chintan Shah

January 25th, 2019


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Episode 7: Building Open-Source R packages with Thomas Lin Pedersen

January 11th, 2019


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  • (2:16) Thomas talked about the study of Food Science and Technology in which he focused on microbiology.
  • (3:15) Thomas stressed the …

Episode 6: Data Science in the Travel Industry with Ewan Nicolson

December 16th, 2018


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  • (2:00) Ewan recalled his undergraduate days at the University of Edinburgh studying Physics.
  • (2:43) Ewan talked about his first job out …

Episode 5: Applied Statistics in Data Science with Christopher Peters

October 28th, 2018


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  • (2:05) Chris recalled his Econometrics and Quantitative Economics study during his undergraduate days.
  • (4:14) Chris talked about his …

Episode 4: AI in Retail with Saurabh Bhatnagar

October 8th, 2018


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  • (3:20) Saurabh recalled his college experience.
  • (4:25) Saurabh talked about his first role out of school as a software engineer …

Episode 3: How to be a Social Media Data Whiz with Leni Krsova

September 16th, 2018


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  • (3:08) Leni explains how studying Theatre Critics in college help her develop analytical thinking.
  • (4:00) Leni briefly her first job out …

Episode 2: Becoming a Deep Learning Expert with Deep Narain Singh

September 8th, 2018


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  • (1:58) Deep gives a brief background of his career.
  • (3:42) Deep explains the discipline of civil engineering.
  • (4:24) Deep talks about …

Episode 1: Molecular Biologist turned Data Scientist with Jonathan Leslie

August 20th, 2018


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  • (2:10) Jon reflects on his academic career and explained why he pursued an advanced degree in Biology. He also went over his post-doc …
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