Cassie Kozyrkov

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Cassie Kozyrkov
Cassie Kozyrkov at Web Summit 2019 (cropped).jpg
Kozyrkov speaks at the opening day of Web Summit 2019
Alma materUniversity of Chicago, Duke University
Known forDecision Intelligence
Scientific career
FieldsData science, AI, statistics, decision science

Cassie Kozyrkov is a South African data scientist and statistician. She founded the field of Decision Intelligence at Google, where she serves as Chief Decision Scientist.[1][2][3]

Early life and education[edit]

Kozyrkov was born in Saint Petersburg, Russia, and grew up in Port Elizabeth, South Africa.[4] As a child, Kozyrkov became interested in data when she discovered spreadsheet software and later became interested in the relationship between information and decision-making.[5] She began her studies in economics and mathematical statistics at Nelson Mandela University at the age of fifteen, and transferred to the University of Chicago to complete her undergraduate degree.[4] After graduation, Kozyrkov worked as a project manager and researcher at the University of Chicago Center for Cognitive and Social Neuroscience, then enrolled in graduate studies at Duke University in psychology and cognitive neuroscience with a focus on neuroeconomics.[4] Her research involves the neural processing of value and economic preferences.[6] After completing her graduate studies in the decision sciences, Kozyrkov studied data science, but was recruited by Google before she completed her PhD in mathematical statistics.[6][better source needed]


Cassie Kozyrkov during day two of Web Summit 2018

Kozyrkov joined Google as a statistician in the Research and Machine Intelligence division in 2014.[5] She originally worked for Google in Mountain View, before moving to New York City a few months later.[5] She was promoted to Chief Data Scientist in the Office of the CTO at Google in 2016 and to Chief Decision Scientist in 2017.[6] Her area of focus at Google is on applied AI and data science process architecture.[7]

Cassie Kozyrkov during the opening day of Web Summit 2019

Kozyrkov is also a technology evangelist and has been called a data science thought leader.[8] She has been a keynote speaker at large conferences, including Web Summit,[9] the world's largest technology event.[10][11] She publishes data science articles on her own blog,[4] and her writing also been featured on Harvard Business Review[12][13]and Forbes.[14]  She was selected by LinkedIn as the #1 Top Voice in Data Science and Analytics for 2019[8] and appeared on the cover of the Forbes AI data science issue.[15]


  1. ^ Ciara Byrne (2018). "Why Google defined a new discipline to help humans make decisions". FastCompany.
  2. ^ Emma Sheppard (2019). "Google's got a chief decision scientist. Here's what she does". WIRED.
  3. ^ Adrian Bridgewater (2019). "Google Decision Scientist Splits AI Science, From Science Fiction". Forbes.CS1 maint: date and year (link)
  4. ^ a b c d "Cassie Kozyrkov's Data Science Blog on Medium". Retrieved 2020-01-07.
  5. ^ a b c Shaikh, Reshama. "Interview with Cassie Kozyrkov, Chief Decision Scientist at Google". Retrieved 2020-01-07.
  6. ^ a b c "Cassie Kozyrkov: Chief Decision Scientist for Google". LinkedIn. 2020.
  7. ^ Decision Intelligence Podcast with Cassie Kozyrkov
  8. ^ a b "LinkedIn Top Voices 2019: Data Science & Analytics". LinkedIn. 2019.CS1 maint: date and year (link)
  9. ^ "AI and Decision Intelligence and Keynote". Web Summit. 2019.CS1 maint: date and year (link)
  10. ^ "Web Summit - What is Web Summit?". Archived from the original on 2019-03-06. Retrieved 2020-01-13.
  11. ^ DW - Lisbon hosts Web Summit: the Davos of the tech world
  12. ^ Kozyrkov, Cassie (2018). "What Great Data Analysts Do — and Why Every Organization Needs Them". Harvard Business Review.CS1 maint: date and year (link)
  13. ^ Kozyrkov, Cassie (2019). "The First Thing Great Decision Makers Do". Harvard Business Review.CS1 maint: date and year (link)
  14. ^ Kozyrkov, Cassie (2019). "Automated Inspiration". Forbes.CS1 maint: date and year (link)
  15. ^ "Forbes AI Issue 6". Forbes. 2019.CS1 maint: date and year (link)

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