Dr. Usama Fayyad is the chairman and CTO of ChoozOn, a platform for fully personalized deal discovery and social shopping for deals. Prior to ChoozOn, Fayyad served as Yahoo!’s executive vice president of Research & Strategic Data Solutions and was 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. The analysis and management of data within Fayyad’s group enabled Yahoo to ensure customer satisfaction and develop innovative products and services that are essential to consumers’ lives.
Prior to joining Yahoo, Fayyad co-founded and led the DMX Group, a data mining and data strategy consulting company. In early 2000, he co-founded and served as CEO of digiMine Inc. (now Revenue Science, Inc.), a data analysis and data mining company that built, operated and hosted data warehouses and analytics for some of the world’s largest enterprises in online publishing, retail, manufacturing, telecommunications and financial services.
Fayyad’s professional experience also includes five years spent leading the data mining and exploration group at Microsoft Research and building the data mining products for Microsoft’s server division. From 1989 to 1996 Fayyad held a leadership role at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) where his work in the analysis and exploration of scientific databases gathered from observatories, remote-sensing platforms and spacecraft garnered him the top research excellence award that Caltech awards to JPL scientists, as well as a U.S. Government medal from NASA.
Fayyad earned his Ph.D. in engineering from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (1991), and also holds BSE’s in both electrical and computer engineering (1984); MSE in computer science and engineering (1986); and M.Sc. in mathematics (1989). He has published over 100 technical articles in the fields of data mining and Artificial Intelligence, is a Fellow of the American Association of Artificial Intelligence, has edited two influential books on the data mining and launched and served as editor-in-chief of both the primary scientific journal in the field and the primary newsletter in the technical community published by the ACM. He regularly delivers keynotes and talks at government, industry and academic conferences around the world.