Our next speaker in the Know Thy Speaker series is Nirav Shah
He will be conducting a day-long workshop on tableau titled – Advanced Data Analysis, Dashboards And Visualization

What got you into Data Science/AI?
I got into Data Science ten years ago when I joined a Swedish company called Umetrics. It had it’s suite of software for data analytics, modeling and real-time analytics. We were not even called Data Scientist. My title was Application Engineer. As part of the job profile, I had to teach customers on data analytics methods and conduct workshops and training. I loved solving customer problems with their manufacturing and using data and insights it provided, I saw the value data analytics could bring to the customers.

What is most exciting for you in Data Science/AI?
Solving problems which we cannot without data is the most exciting part for me. Data is the new oil as Economist magazine said few years ago on it’s cover page. It’s exciting to be part of this data and AI revolution, especially in industries such as manufacturing, supply chain and operations. Data Science, Predictive Analytics, Machine Learning and AI can solve lots of problems and reclaim hidden value in existing processes.

What do you think is the biggest challenge faced by Data Scientist today?
I think the biggest challenge faced by Data Scientist is nothing different than any other professional. Things are moving at a fast space with new software, industry adoption of data science and self service analytics. Data Scientist cannot just write code and build models, they need to bring value to the organization with that analysis. Data Visualization and communicating your results is a key differentiator for good data scientists.

What do you think is the biggest obstacle for Data Science/AI adoption?
I think a key notion is you need to be a PhD or Math geek or statistics wizard or genius coder to be a Data Scientist. Companies think they need such people to adopt AI and Data Science and their organization is not equipped. But I think people have to come out of that mind set and focus on self service analytics, Enterprise adoption of Business Intelligence and other steps to have a buy in from internal stake holders.

Which is your favorite session at ODSC India that you looking forward to attend?
There are lots of interesting sessions and workshops. ODSC India Team has done a great job of getting amazing speakers and sessions lined up. Some of the ones I am looking forward to are Ujjyaini Mitra’s “When the art of entertainment ties the knot with Science”, Gaurav Godhwani’s “ District wise government spending” which should speak on social impact of using the data. Connected Vehicle by Savita Angadi is another one. Last day’s panel on creating an open ecosystem should be interesting.

You are traveling all the way from the US to Bangalore to present at ODSC India. What got you interested to present at this conference?
I have attended ODSC Boston from last three years and conducted a workshop at ODSC Boston in May 2018. I love going to ODSC conferences and my mission is aligned with ODSC’s. My mission is that every professional irrespective of their background should be able to use their data, analyze it and gather insights. You don’t need to be a PhD in Data Science.

Any personal message/remarks you want to share with the DS/AI community in India?
Come join us at ODSC, let’s learn from each other and create value and impact using Data Science and AI. Let’s make India a hotbed of innovative companies using Data Science and AI, thus empowering billion plus people in improving their lives