Google’s ‘chief decision scientist’ to speak at Data Summit in Edinburgh

Cassie Kozyrkov, chief decision scientist at Google, has been announced as the latest speaker at Data Summit, the two-day international conference that forms part of the data innovation festival DataFest19, being held in Scotland in March.

Kozyrkov advises Google’s teams on decision processes, AI strategy, and building data-driven organisations. She previously held the role of chief data scientist in Google’s Office of the CTO.

She will be joined on the Data Summit programme by Oxford University Economist, Dr Daniel Susskind, as well as Forbes Technology Council member Sally Eaves.

Susskind is a Fellow in Economics at Balliol College, Oxford University, where he teaches and researches. He is the co-author of the best-selling book, The Future of the Professions and his TED Talk on ‘the future of work’ has been viewed more than 1.3 million times.

Eaves is an author who regularly contributes to leading business, technology, and academic publications and has a new book scheduled for release this year. She is a thought leader in emergent technology such as Blockchain, AI, Machine Learning and VR/AR, and was recently shortlisted for the UK IT Woman of the Year Business Role Model Award.

The three join an “already stellar line-up”. said organisers, of some of the world’s most renowned and respected data science leaders, innovators and researchers. They include Christopher Wylie, the whistle blower in the Facebook-Cambridge Analytica data scandal, and Dr Sue Black OBE, Professor of Computer Science and Technology Evangelist at Durham University.

Gillian Docherty, chief executive at The Data Lab, said: “Cassie, Daniel and Sally are three high-profile speakers with exceptional backgrounds and reputations. They will undoubtedly leave their unique mark on Data Summit this year. We’re excited that our line-up for Data Summit is now complete. We can’t wait to welcome them and the rest of the speakers to Edinburgh next month.”

Also speaking at Data Summit are Liberty Vittert, of the Harvard Data Science Review, researcher and broadcaster Stephanie Hare, and Rob McCargow, Director of AI at PwC. Maggie Philbin, Host of Tomorrow’s World and CEO at TeenTech, returns as host of Data Summit.

The theme for DataFest19 is collaboration and doing #datatogether. It is a celebration of the groups, collectives, communities and teams who together have envisioned a path for the future of data and are taking steps to implement it.