March 19, 2015

Interview in March 2015 Newsletter of NTHU College of Technology Management

In my interview for the March issue of the College of Technology Management's newsletter (page 5) I share my thoughts on teaching in Taiwan, joining a Service Science research group, the role of English, and my attitude for seeking knowledge.

March 10, 2015

Seminar talk at National Health Research Institutes, Taiwan

This Thursday, I'll be presenting a talk on To Explain or To Predict? at the Institute of Population Health Sciences at NHRI, in Miaoli, Taiwan.

See time and place here.

October 26, 2014

Launching data mining contest using #EZTABLE data

Our Institute of Service Science in collaboration with Taiwan's restaurant reservation website EZTABLE, is launching a data mining contest using two years of EZTABLE bookings data. The goal is to predict repeat-booking customers. This Taiwan-based open data mining contest is the first of its kind!

EZTABLE's co-founder and VP of Growth Hack Brooky Yen and Data Scientist Hao-Kang Den will give at talk at NTHU's snazzy library on Thursday @5pm. Prof. Soumya Ray and myself will then introduce the Kaggle contest and describe the datasets, winning criteria, and more.

The talk and contest are open to the public. All welcome to join!

October 11, 2014

Joined editorial board of Big Data

Finally, some new avenues are opening for publishing work on analytics and big data that are not necessarily statistics journals, machine learning journals, or operations research journals. One such avenue is Big Data, an open-access peer-reviewed journal with Vasant Dhar as editor-in-chief. I'm glad to join the editorial board.

October 1, 2014

Awarded NTHU Distinguished Professor

Last week on Teacher's Day (coinciding with Confucious' birthday in Taiwan) I was awarded Distinguished Professor by President of National Tsing Hua University. A joyful event with lots of group photos, balloons, and peppy music. Video: Minute 13:07 announces "Shu Moli Laoshi" (Teacher Shmueli) Photos: With NTHU president Hong Hocheng and with Dean Chao-Hsi Huang of the College of Technology Management.