EP22 – Data Scientist : Daphne Koller

Hello People,

Here is the tenth article of my series concerning famous Data Scientists. We will be focused on Data Scientist who turned Entrepreneur. Today we will talk about Daphne Koller. From Stanford to Coursera then Calico.

So we will follow the following steps.
(1) Who is this Data Scientist?
(2) What is his work & Entrepreneur project are about?
(3) How can I benefit of such learning insights in my career path & theme selection?

Who is this Data Scientist?

Daphne Koller is an Israeli-American Professor in the Department of Computer Science at Stanford University. Her general research area is artificial intelligence and its applications in the biomedical sciences.

Chronologically, Koller was awarded Arthur Samuel Thesis Award (1994),Sloan Foundation Faculty Fellowship (1996), ONR Young Investigator Award (1998), Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (1999), IJCAI Computers and Thoughts Award (2001), Cox Medal at Stanford (2003), MacArthur Fellow (2004), ACM/Infosys Award (2008), Newsweek’s 10 Most Important People (2010), Huffington Post 100 Game Changers (2010), Elected to National Academy of Engineering (2011), Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People (2013), Elected fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (2014), Fast Company’s Most Creative People in Business (2014), Elected fellow of the International Society for Computational Biology (2017).

What is his work about?

Initially a Professor at Stanford University, Koller was mostly in the academics. She published a textbook on probabilistic graphical models together with Nir Friedman (2009). Later on, spurred by this experience, she started to offer a free online course on the subject. Thus she co-founded Coursera (with Andrew Ng) where she served as the CEO and then President of Coursera. She left Coursera in 2016 to become chief computing officer at Calico.

25 millions learners | 149 universities | 2000+ courses | 180+ Specializations | 4 degrees.

Founding Coursera in 2012 with Andrew Ng, Koller wanted to share her knowledge and skills with the world. Thus, via Coursera, she published her courses online for anyone to take. This allowing him to teach more learners in a few months than she could have in an entire lifetime in the classroom. Since then, Coursera was upgraded into a platform where anyone, anywhere can learn and earn credentials from the world’s top universities and education providers.

How can I benefit of such learning insights in my career path & theme selection?

Koller is referred as a great Data Scientist for his initial contributions to artificial intelligence and biomedical sciences. Her awards tracks speaks from itself from the high level of thinking. On the other hand, co-founding Coursera, is indeed phenomenal. Because building such a database via a business model allowing to share knowledge from top notch universities  deserves a five star rating.

However, Koller belongs more to the Research Data Scientist rather than the entrepreneurs ones although having served as CEO & Chairman of Coursera. Because, she is more inclined to generate insights via machine learning, artificial intelligence and biomedical sciences than being business orientated, she does not fit as a role model for me on my DoctoRoad.



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