Past Event

Nico Steir, Co-Director of Core Data Science, Facebook

April 16, 2019
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
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Nicolas Stier; Co-Director of Core Data Science, Facebook

Data Science, Business Analytics and Operations at Scale

Through a series of projects conducted by the Core Data Science team at Facebook, we will illustrate how data driven techniques can be used to generate impact. Examples include designing 5G wireless networks to connect people to the Internet, producing maps that help first responders address a crisis, planning fiber-optic networks robust to failures, using advanced experimentation techniques to optimize the user experience in a cell phone app, helping social good initiatives leveraging matching theory, and modeling the ad marketplace and its auctions.

I’m a Co-Director of Facebook Core Data Science. Our work leverages innovative research to drive impact to the products, infrastructure and processes at Facebook (the company). We draw from a rich and diverse set of backgrounds including Operations, Statistics, Economics, Mechanism Design, Machine Learning, Experimentation, Algorithms, and Computational Social Science (in no particular order). Between 2014 and 2017, I supported the Business and Operations team, which is one the areas of focus of Core Data Science.

Prior to coming to Facebook, I was an Associate Professor at the Decision, Risk and Operations Division of Columbia Business School and at the Business School of Universidad Torcuato Di Tella. I received a Ph.D. degree from the Operations Research Center of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.