SWISS DATA SCIENCE CENTERHoused at both EPFL and ETH Zurich, the newly created Swiss Data Science Center (SDSC) will address the fragmentation within today’s data and analytics landscapes. The SDSC will be composed of a distributed multi-disciplinary team of data scientists and experts in domains including personalized health and personalized medicine, transportation, earth and environmental science, social science and digital humanities, and economics. The center aims to federate data providers, data and computer scientists, and subject-matter experts around a cutting-edge analytics platform offering domain-specific “Insights-as-a-Service” while addressing security and privacy issues inherent to the field of data science. The unique synergy that the center will enable among the institutions of the ETH Domain and between academic and industrial stakeholders in both data science and across carefully selected domains is expected to foster scientific breakthroughs with significant societal impact. To accomplish this vision, the center will: (i) develop a network of embedded data science support to work closely with research groups and foster collaboration between users and data scientists; (ii) offer end-to-end data science services to the research and development communities in Switzerland and beyond, specifically a set of hosted software solutions to provide “Insights-as-a-Service”; (iii) create a community to share tools, methods and knowledge in the field.
Olivier Verscheure received his Ph.D. degree in computer science from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Lausanne (EPFL), in June 1999. In July 1999 Olivier joined the IBM T. J. Watson Research Center, NY as a member of the research staff, and managed the Exploratory Stream Analytics research group from 2007 to 2010. In July 2010 Olivier transferred to the newly established IBM Research lab in Ireland, where he played major consulting role to the Lab Director in the formation of the new lab. He led a technical (analytics research and software engineering) and management team of about 40 people. Since May 2016 Olivier is the Executive Director of the newly created Swiss Data Science Center, a national R&D center organizationally hosted by both EPFL in Lausanne and ETH Zurich, whose technical and operational team will be distributed between the two institutions.
His current research interests include stream and big data mining, geospatial analysis, and large-scale data management applied to various sectors including personalized health and medicine, Intelligent Transportation System, Telco, Smarter Buildings, Smart Grid, Healthcare and Waste Water Management. Olivier received two IBM Outstanding Technical Achievement Awards, published nearly 100 research papers (garnering over 2,400 citations) in top international forums, two of which were awarded Best Paper, is regularly invited to speak nationally and internationally, has invented more than 40 US and international patents, chaired major international technical conferences and workshops in his research areas, and served on PhD committees in major universities.