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Chris Wiggins
prof, hackNY/Columbia

Website | @chrishwiggins

Chris Wiggins is co-founder of hackNY and an associate professor of applied mathematics at Columbia University.
and is also a founding member of Columbia’s Center for Computational Biology and Bioinformatics (C2B2).

His research focuses on applications of machine learning to real-world data,His research is at the intersection of data science and the natural sciences, particularly biology.

This includes inference, analysis, and organization of naturally-occurring networks; statistical inference applied to time-series data; applications of information theory and optimization in biological networks; and large-scale sequence informatics in computational biology.

He originally moved to NYC in 1989 to attend Columbia.

Prior to joining the faculty at Columbia he was a Courant Instructor at NYU and earned his PhD at Princeton University.

Since 2001 he has also held appointments as a visiting scientist at Institut Curie (Paris), the Hahn-Meitner Institut (Berlin), and the Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics (Santa Barbara).
At Columbia he serves as the faculty advisor for the Society of Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM), the Columbia Data Science Society (CDSS), as well as the Application Development Initiative (ADI).

He is a founding member of the Institute for Data Sciences and Engineering (IDSE), serving on the Executive Committee, the Entrepreneurship Committee, and as Advisor to the Education Committee in forming the IDSE Curriculum and a Certificate program.

He is also co-founder of, whose programs have introduced hundreds of students to New York City’s growing venture-backed startup environment.

He was awarded the Avanessians Diversity Award in recognition of his work enhancing diversity in departmental, school, and university programs at Columbia in 2007.

He has served as a mentor during each of the Techstars NYC programs.


Data Science Beekman Parlor - Sutton North
Moderated by:
Steve Lohr (The New York Times | Brown Institute for Media Innovation at Columbia University)
Chris Wiggins (hackNY/Columbia), Yann LeCun (NYU), Deborah Estrin (Cornell NYC Tech)
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What can Data Science do for NYC? What can NYC do for Data Science? Deborah Estrin, first faculty member at CornellTech NYC, Chris Wiggins, cofounder of hackNY and member of the Institute for Data Sciences and Engineering at Columbia, and Yann Lecun, Director of the Center for Data Science at NYU, will answer these questions and more about the current and future of Data Science in NYC. Read more.


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