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Data science: A view from the White House

DJ Patil (White House Office of Science and Technology Policy), Lynn Overmann (Office of the Chief Technology Officer)
9:40am–10:00am Thursday, 09/29/2016
Location: Javits North
Average rating: ****.
(4.64, 25 ratings)

Keynote by DJ Patil and Lynn Overmann

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DJ Patil

White House Office of Science and Technology Policy

DJ Patil is the chief data scientist and deputy chief technology officer for data policy at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, where he advises on policies and practices to maintain US leadership in technology and innovation, fosters partnerships to maximize the nation’s return on its investment in data, and helps to attract and retain the best minds in data science to serve the public. Since joining OSTP, DJ has collaborated with colleagues across government, including the chief information officer and the US Digital Service as part of the Obama administration’s commitment to open data and data science. He leads data science efforts related to the Precision Medicine Initiative, which focuses on utilizing advances in data and health care to provide clinicians with new tools, knowledge, and therapies to select which treatments will work best for which patients while protecting patient privacy.

DJ joined the White House following an incredible career as a data scientist—a term he helped coin—in the public and private sectors and in academia. Most recently, he served as the vice president of product at RelateIQ (acquired by Salesforce) and previously held positions at LinkedIn, Greylock Partners, and eBay, where he oversaw initiatives at eBay, PayPal, and Skype. Prior to his work in the private sector, DJ was an American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) science and technology policy fellow for the Department of Defense, where he directed new efforts to bridge computational and social sciences in fields like social network analysis to help anticipate emerging threats to the United States. DJ has authored a number of influential articles and books explaining the important current and potential applications of data science. In 2014, the World Economic Forum named DJ a Young Global Leader. He holds a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from the University of California, San Diego, and a PhD in applied mathematics from the University of Maryland, where he used open datasets published by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to make major improvements in numerical weather forecasting.

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Lynn Overmann

Office of the Chief Technology Officer

Lynn Overmann serves as senior policy advisor to the United States chief technology officer at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP). In this role, Lynn leads the White House Data-Driven Justice Initiative, focused on data-driven strategies to divert low-level offenders with mental illness out of the criminal system and change approaches to pre-trial incarceration so that low-risk offenders no longer stay in jail simply because they cannot afford a bond. She also oversees team CTO’s social and criminal justice reform efforts, including work on the White House Police Data Initiative, which focuses on using data to drive more effective community policing practices and opening police data to increase transparency and accountability.

Previously, Lynn was a presidential appointee at the US Department of Justice, helping to launch the Access to Justice Initiative, which focused on criminal and juvenile justice reform and improving legal services to the poor. She also spent a year deployed as a senior advisor to the mayor of New Orleans, helping to implement a range of reforms reducing the city’s jail size and launch the city’s first-ever plan to end homelessness and developing a project to link domestic violence legal service providers to local law firms for comprehensive pro bono representation. Before joining the Obama Administration, Lynn was a civil rights and criminal defense attorney in Miami, Florida, serving five years as a public defender. She graduated from the NYU School of Law and holds a BA from Bryn Mawr College.