Presented By O'Reilly and Cloudera
Make Data Work
Feb 17–20, 2015 • San Jose, CA
Michelangelo D'Agostino

Michelangelo D'Agostino
Vice President, Data Science and Engineering, ShopRunner


Michelangelo D’Agostino is a Senior Data Scientist with Civis Analytics, where he works on statistical models and writes software for data analysis.

As a reformed particle physicist turned data scientist, Michelangelo loves mungeable datasets, machine learning, and long walks on the beach (with a floppy hat, plenty of sunscreen, and a laptop). He comes to Civis from Braintree, a Chicago-based online payments company that was recently acquired by PayPal. Prior to Braintree, Michelangelo was a senior analyst in digital analytics with the 2012 Obama re-election campaign. He helped to optimize the campaign’s email fundraising juggernaut and analyzed social media data.

Michelangelo holds a PhD in particle astrophysics from Berkeley and got his start in analytics sifting through neutrino data from the IceCube experiment. Accordingly, he spent two glorious months at the South Pole, where he slept in a tent salvaged from the Korean War and enjoyed the twice-weekly shower rationing. He’s also written about science and technology for the Economist. Michelangelo is a native of Chicago. Despite his name, does not speak Italian.


2:20pm–2:40pm Thursday, 02/19/2015
Data Science
Location: LL20 A
Average rating: ****.
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If we want to use data to understand human behavior and to design successful interventions to change that behavior, social scientists and data scientists will need to work together. However, the two often approach problems differently and speak strikingly different languages. This talk will present success stories and tips for productive collaboration between social scientists and data scientists. Read more.