Interview with Usama Fayyad

Posted in Companies, Science on September 14, 2008

Interview with Usama Fayyad

Dr. Usama Fayyad is Yahoo!'s Chief Data Officer and Executive Vice President, Research & Strategic Data Solutions. Dr. Usama Fayyad is responsible for Yahoo!'s overall data strategy, architecting Yahoo!'s data policies and systems, prioritizing data investments, and managing the Company's data analytics and data processing infrastructure. Here he discusses on son=me contemporary topics such as academy and industry cooperation, privacy policy and his beginings as a young researcher and his first algorithms. ; In this interview the Videolectures.Net team spoke to him about his starts as a young researcher, the distinction between researchers and engeneers in data mining or whether he felt as a scientific businessman. It was very interesting to her what was his opinion on privacy policy, if he does remember his first algorithm and his message to the community. : "It is my fundamental belief that the most elegant theoretical problems are tipically embedded in the most mundane real applications, so you really dont have to think too fancy or hard, all you have to do is you have to embedd yourself in a real problem and try to solve the real problem with real constraints."

Interviewer: Davor Orli?, Center For Knowledge Transfer, Jožef Stefan Institute Interviewee: Usama Fayyad, Yahoo! Research, Yahoo!

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