Lecturer in Statistics
Head of Data Science,
“I live and breathe it.”
This is how Isaac Reyes describes his decade long relationship with data. And with over 3,000 hours of data science training experience at the world’s leading institutions, the numbers certainly add up.
Before stepping into the role of Lead Trainer at DataSeer, Isaac taught statistical theory at his alma mater, the Australian National University. He was also the Head of Data Science at Altis Consulting, Australia’s largest information management consulting firm.
Responsible for the design and delivery of the DataSeer training curriculum, Isaac is a big believer in what he calls ‘data driven education’: “We like to practice what we preach, so DataSeer’s whole training process is heavily data driven. We are big believers in pre and post training assessments that allow us to measure whether our clients are getting the specific training outcomes they need. We also encourage validation of the effectiveness of our courses by measuring the ROI or quality of analytics projects both before and after our training.”
Yet another method is used to validate DataSeer training outcomes: global data science competitions such as Kaggle. “I was nervous when the first batch of DataSeer graduates entered their first Kaggle competition”, Isaac says. “Turns out that I had nothing to worry about. Our first batch of DataSeer graduates ended up ranked in the top 2.6% of Data Scientists worldwide! I couldn’t have been more proud of our graduates.” Since then, DataSeer graduates have continued to post top 5% finishes in the world’s most competitive machine learning competitions, including those issued by industrial equipment giant, Caterpillar, and the large European retailer, Rossman.
More recently, Isaac shared his vision for Data Science with perhaps the biggest teaching stage of them all – TEDx. “I’ll admit I was nervous when speaking about the intersection of Data Science and world issues at a TED event was something that I’ve always wanted to do. My TED talk focused on how we can use Data Science to measure how much we really care about the issues that matter.”
So what does Isaac have in store for DataSeer training in 2017?
“2017 is the year we implement all of the feedback we collected from our course attendees in 2016.
We plan on creating more realistic workshop problems around commercial datasets that reflect the digital, high throughput and unstructured data environment of 2017. These workshop problems draw on the commercial analytics projects that the DataSeer team has delivered for our enterprise clients in the areas of machine learning and predictive analytics.
Finally, the vision is for our clients and course attendees to keep winning. Our training attendees will continue to win because they build analytical skills that increase their value in the labor market. Our clients will continue to win because they end up with staff capable of playing at the highest levels of the analytics value chain.”
Isaac holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Actuarial Science from Macquarie University and a Master’s Degree in Statistics from the Australian National University. He was previously a Data Scientist at Quantium, a Statistician at Datapharm and an Actuarial Analyst at PricewaterhouseCoopers.
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