Unlocking Hidden Value: Data Science + Optimization (Real-world Examples & Practical Coaching)


Data science and optimization tools naturally complement each other: each can solve problems that the other can’t. Yet optimization and data science are typically taught in different degree programs and practitioners of one discipline often know less than they should about the other.​

This session will explain how the toolsets differ and what each brings to the table. We’ll show real-world examples of optimization and predictive models complementing each other, point out resources where you can learn more, and give advice on when you need one vs. the other.​

This session is aimed at both leaders and hands-on analysts who are interested in the big picture, but who also may want some very practical coaching.​


As part of the leadership team at First Analytics, Rob helps companies develop and execute programs to cultivate their analytics competency. He brings experience to bear stemming from more than thirty years as an analytics professional. His career has consisted of consulting, product development, client service, technical, and sales roles within software, consulting and market research firms.

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