Head of Data Science
Ya Xu has been at LinkedIn for 6 years, and currently heads the Data Science team at LinkedIn. This centralized group has 250+ data scientists distributed across US (Sunnyvale, Mountain View, San Francisco, New York), India and Dublin. Their work covers metrics, insights, inference and algorithms, and we tackle data science challenges across product, sales, marketing, economics, infrastructure and operations. Prior to LinkedIn, Ya was an Applied Researcher at Microsoft in Washington.
She has a BS in Economics and Mathematics from Williams College, and PhD in Statistics from Stanford University.
In her free time, Ya enjoys spending time with her loving husband and two sons. She’s a spicy food lover, a runner, and a skier on the LinkedIn team.
Technical Vision Talk Abstract: Creating Global Economic Opportunities with Responsible Data
At LinkedIn, data plays an essential role in achieving our vision of creating economic opportunity for every member of the global workforce. It is critical that we are not just using data to create opportunities, but creating them responsibly. This goes beyond just complying with regulations. It starts with taking data privacy protection seriously with Differential Privacy, and avoiding unintended consequences in both our products and ML models to ensure fairness. In this talk, Ya will share perspectives from her experience addressing these challenges at LinkedIn.