My passion has always been, and always will be, predictions. During my PhD and my work in Microsoft Research I was leading research in the field of Web Dynamics and Temporal Information Retrieval. I developed algorithms that leverage web knowledge and dynamics to predict future events, that enable early warning of globally impactful events (e.g. riots or diseases) by spotting clues in past and present news reports.
Currently, I am thrilled to be the director of data science of eBay, where we are building the next generation predictive data mining, deep learning and natural language processing solutions that will transform eCommerce. Previously, I co-founded SalesPredict, one of the fast-growing companies in Israel, with global presence and sales, which was acquired by eBay in 2016. We lead in the field of predictive marketing by building solutions leveraging large-scale data mining to predict sales conversions.
I write about the application of Predictive Analytics both for general good (Predictive Analytics Blog) and in business (HBR articles). I remain involved in research activities including: publishing work, organizing workshops and tutorials, and speaking at the world’s leading data mining conferences, WWW, SIGIR, AAAI and WSDM among others, and serve as a visiting Professor at the Technion.