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The Responsible Data Working Group is a passionate group of professionals who generously volunteer their time to define and map out responsible data science practices for organizations and leadership. They come from all walks of life - academia, government, tech, and health care.
In collaboration with the DSA, the Working Group is entrusted with administering the Responsible Data Science Framework. The Framework is a document that charts the path for responsible data science practices, focusing on these 4 pillars: Fairness, Transparency, Privacy, and Veracity. It embodies the importance and the heart of our cause. The Framework is our call to action for organizations and individuals - like yourself.
Membership to the Working Group is by invitation only.  Members are 1) Arbiters of responsible data science, 2) Executors of the Framework, and 3) Representatives of diverse data sectors. The Working Group meets roughly once a month, with in-person events occurring approximately once a quarter.
We all have a role to play in achieving responsible data science. If you are interested in joining the Working Group, please contact us!

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About Patricia

Patricia is a tenacious tech entrepreneur with over 15 years of executive experience. Prior to joining Data Science Alliance, she was the CEO and co-founder of NotesFirst, a cloud-based platform that helps doctors capture and improve the quality of health data in emerging markets of the world. She was selected as a Fellow and Speaker at the 2018 Women’s Entrepreneurship Summit held by the United Nations in New York City, and was featured in Forbes’ “60 Women-Led Startups That Are Shaking Up Tech Across The Globe”. At the age of 21, Patricia started her first company, LFC Solutions.Net – the first online accounting platform in the Philippines. With her boundless energy and passion for Responsible Data Science, she is determined to help DSA grow.

About Taner

Data scientist, startup pioneer, and DSA founder Taner Halıcıoğlu has always been fluent in the practical and the visionary. To solve intractable problems, he embraces both. Taner practiced the art of data science before it had a name - leveraging data in concert with his skills as a software developer and systems engineer, helping tech giants Cisco, LoudCloud and eBay scale their capacity to match their goals. He continued to turn founders’ visions into realities when he joined Facebook as its first full time employee. As a software and operations engineer, Taner architected key hardware and software infrastructure that enabled the social network’s explosive growth, laying the groundwork for its now more than 2.5 billion users worldwide. After leaving Facebook in 2009, he was recruited to launch Starcraft 2 successfully for Blizzard - a dream job for a longtime gamer and worldbuilder. In 2017 he established the Halicioglu Data Science Institute at his alma mater UCSD, to expand the practice of data science to solve problems worldwide.

About Ilkay

Dr. Ilkay Altintas earned the moniker “Lady of Fire” for her groundbreaking work using real time data to predict and contain wildfires. However, as Chief Data Science Officer of the San Diego Supercomputer Center, it’s hardly the first thing she’s set ablaze. At UCSD, Ilkay is Chief Data Science Officer of the San Diego Supercomputer Center, and Founder and Director of the Workflows for Data Science (WoRDs) Center. Ilkay’s research has performed drug testing simulations to isolate genes to fight cancer, created tools being used to build the world’s first commercial scale fusion reactor, and designed modular workflows to analyze the human biome. She is a scientist’s scientist—her innovation accelerating the process of discovery for others. Ilkay is also an educator, teaching the next generation of big data experts as a Fellow at the Halıcıoğlu Data Science Institute and breaking sign-up records with her Big Data Specialization MOOC course for learners worldwide. She faces her toughest students, however, when she testifies before Members of Congress, providing instruction on the impact and value of national investment in science.

About Bradley

Before Dr. Bradley Voytek was a respected UCSD Professor and neuroscientist, he was a renegade data scientist revolutionizing transportation at Uber. Brought in to bring direction to the chaos at the nascent startup, he helped Uber use data to change how we move through cities worldwide. Following his exit, Brad dusted off his PhD in Neuroscience from UC Berkeley determined to bring a data scientist’s acumen to traditional research. By aggregating and examining the data of fellow neuroscientists, his award winning research has isolated neural activity critical to understanding cognition and disease. An evangelist for the power of data science to create cross disciplinary advances, Brad serves as both a start-up investor and advisor. Cognizant of the need to build a pipeline of talent in the field, he also teaches the next generation of data scientists as a founding faculty member at the Halıcıoglu Data Science Institute and the Neurosciences Graduate Program at UC San Diego. Brad also moonlights as a consultant to the United States National Academy of Sciences Science & Entertainment Exchange - aiding and abetting the talents of writers and filmmakers in their portrayals of science.

About Nedim

Not many people who understand cognitive neuroscience become attorneys, and not many attorneys become founders. Nedim Halicioğlu has defied the odds. Comfortable wearing both the hats of investor and entrepreneur, Ned has founded several startups, and evaluated the prospects of hundreds more with the head of a researcher and the heart of a founder. Ned has an eye for finding and elevating talent, and brings an attorney’s acuity to the companies he shepherds. Having conducted research and practiced medical litigation, he applies his understanding of each to evaluating early stage companies. Ned currently handles investment strategies for Keshif Ventures, LLC and serves on the board of NotesFirst, Inc, a state-of-the-art medical record app bringing access to underserved communities and emerging markets around the world. Continuing to confound norms as a composer, Ned’s genre is digital music - when in life he is more of a metalhead.

About Alex

Alex Bates was drawn into the world of technology because it was rebellious. From hacking schematics from the early Internet as an 80's kid, to publishing a computational solution to diagnose early stage glaucoma as an undergraduate, Alex has combined data and industriousness to innovate. After applying analytics on some of the world’s largest data warehouses at Teradata, Alex was co-founder and CTO of Mtell, acquired by AspenTech in 2016.

About Sylvia

Sylvia, currently a PhD candidate in the department of Cognitive Science at UC San Diego, is researching the cognitive neuroscience of human visual perception. Born and raised in Henan, China, she moved to the United States 10 years ago to pursue bachelor's degrees in both Neuroscience and Cognitive Science at UC Davis, graduating with honors. In addition to her academic pursuits, Sylvia is interested in exploring the potential of new technologies and the cognitive impacts of technology and data science on society. As she builds her career in the field of data science, Sylvia aims to make a positive impact by helping others solve complex problems.

About Ugochi

Ugochi is currently earning her Master's degree in Business Analytics at the University of San Diego. With an undergrad degree in Computer Science, she worked 5 years as an IT Support Specialist in San Francisco; but she aims to transition into the data analytics field. Ugochi is very curious, always looking to discover something new. She is passionate about giving back to the community, utilizing her skills and any resources available to help individuals and businesses solve problems.

About Andrew

Andrew is currently in his last semester of graduate school at the University of San Diego, pursuing both an MBA and a Master’s of Business Analytics. He previously studied Industrial Engineering at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. Work experience and skills include knowledge of the Construction, Aviation, Electronics, Finance, Biotech, and Metals fabrication industries. He was previously a Manufacturing & Operations Manager—where he enjoyed building teams of people that had to rapidly adapt to ever-changing customer needs.

About Juan Pablo

Juan Pablo is in his last semester in the Master's of Science in Business Analytics program at USD. He was born from Mexican parents and is the first of his siblings to pursue a Master’s degree. He currently works part time as a personal trainer and is a Third Class Petty Officer in the United States Navy Reserve.

About Arjun

Arjun is a student in the Master’s of Science program in Business Analytics at the University of San Diego. He has worked in different roles in operations and supply chain, as well as in analytics. When he’s not working or in class, he enjoys going for hikes and playing golf.

About Gurman

Gurman is a third-year Data Science major and Political Science minor at UC San Diego. She’s an aspiring data scientist who enjoys deriving new insights with data and learning more about data ethics and privacy. She was a TRELS Research Scholar, where she earned funding to pursue independent research about maternal mortality and healthcare legislation. Throughout college, Gurman has applied her data science skills as a research assistant at the Department of Political Science and at the Center for Peace and Security Studies lab. She hopes to continue expanding her skill set and is excited to work with DSA to use data science for good.


The Data Science Alliance invites you to our Summer Mixer — an exhilarating exploration into the fascinating intersection of Interactive Games and Responsible Data Science. Network with special guests and our connected community of data-enthusiasts as we celebrate technology, creativity, and play.

Don’t miss out! Fill out the interest form below to receive event updates and ticket discount codes via email.

When: Thursday, July 20 from 4:30PM to 7:30PM
Location: TBA

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We regard honesty and transparency in our communication.


We are dedicated to nurturing an ecosystem that is engaged with our mission. We seek to develop as individuals and as a team, inspired to learn, innovate, and collaborate.


We endeavor to stay ahead of the curve as Responsible Data Science knowledge and practices evolve.





Rajesh Gupta
HDSI Director at UCSD
Maritza Johnson
Director of Center for Data Science, AI, and Society at USD
Dr. David Danks
Professor of Data Science and Philosophy at UCSD
Di Le
Sr. Staff AI/ML Design Strategist
Grant Kluzak
NAVWAR Data Director
Ryan Lopez
Technology Consultant
Irene Giannoumis
Senior Technical Program Manager at Google
G Anthony Reina
Senior Data Scientist at Resilience
Zhen Zhai
Sr. Manager of Data Science, Blizzard Entertainment
Ion Nemteanu
Executive Director, MS Business Analytics at UCSD
Maria Lupetini
ML/AI Leader & Data Science Consultant
Vitor Carvalho
Principal Applied Science Manager at Microsoft
Katie Shilton
Associate Professor, College of Information Studies, University of Maryland, College Park
Rakesh Senthilvelan
Data Scientist at Booz Allen Hamilton
Kayla Monnette
UX Designer at Epic
Dr. Amanda Lazar
Assistant Professor at University of Maryland
Haney Hong
CEO of San Diego County Taxpayers Association
Hajar Homayouni
Assistant Professor at San Diego State University
Ali Vatani
Director of Engineering at Blizzard Entertainment
Gina Harris
Executive Assistant at
Keshif LLC



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