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A Data Scientist’s Guide to FICO World

FICO World 2014 is opening in San Diego next week. With more than 100 sessions presented by experts from more than 80 companies around the world, it might seem overwhelming. Whether you’re an analytic scientist, a data wonk, a wannabe, or a tech-savvy business leader, there is something for everyone at FICO World. Below is our quick guide to help you navigate the leading international conference on analytics-powered customer engagement:

Riveting Keynotes

Wednesday kicks-off with keynotes from FICO CEO Will Lansing and Theresa Payton, former White House CIO, cybersecurity authority, identity theft expert and author of Privacy in the Era of Big Data. Both speakers will call on businesses to do more to protect customers’ data.

Thursday’s keynote features FICO CTO Stuart Wells, who will give attendees a sneak peak at some technologies and innovations under development, and Maribel Lopez, principal and founder of Lopez Research, enterprise mobility expert, and author of the forthcoming book, Right-Time Experiences: Driving Revenue with Mobile and Big Data.

Friday will conclude with a keynote panel discussion on the new age of analytics with chief analytics officers from Ford Motor Credit, Caesars Entertainment and Lithium Technologies, chaired by Dr. Andrew Jennings, FICO’s chief analytics officer.

Engaging Sessions

Running in parallel with the conference is the first-ever Decision Technology Forum. The Forum offers more than 20 sessions on how to accelerate development and deployment of analytic applications, implement smarter business decisions and take the best-possible action in real time. If you are dealing with Big Data, this Forum is right in your wheelhouse. You won’t want to miss the following sessions:

  • Product Showcase: Revolution in Customer Engagement
  • Product Showcase: Analytic Modeling in the Cloud
  • Product Showcase: FICO Big Data Analyzer
  • More Than a Numbers Game: Building Better Analytic Models
If you can pull yourself away from the Forum, be sure to check out the Analytic Innovation and Customer Growth and Retention tracks. We think you’ll like the following sessions:
  • Big Data Analytics Case Study: CIBC
  • Customer Loyalty on a Massive Scale
  • Understanding Sentiment Analysis
  • Addressing Attrition: Ultra-Dynamic, Multi-Dimensional Analytics
This fall, we’ve been previewing some of our favorite sessions to give you a taste of what to expect at FICO World. Here are a few you might be interested in: If you are attending FICO World, we look forward to seeing you there. If you can’t make it, you can catch up on the comings and goings in the FICO Newsroom, this blog, as well as by following @FICOWorld and @FICO on Twitter, and

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