Data & Design
Suman Giri, PhD
I am passionate about impactful problem-solving at scale through intelligent use of data and design. I am a tinkerer at heart, and like to spend my time dabbling in new things. Statistician Peter Bickel when asked to summarize his life, once described it as a random walk with a drift, and I can’t think of a better way to describe my own path. That said, I have spent a significant portion of my career in various data related leadership roles in the healthcare domain. Lately, my interest has been in driving innovation in organizations through development of analytic products. When I am not doing that, I am either writing (prose or poetry), playing soccer, or reading a book. I spend an inordinate amount of time thinking about human behavior, systems, history of civilizations, and inefficiencies in our day-to-day life. If you reach out to me about any of these topics, I will probably respond.
My research focused on Machine Learning applications of IoT data in residential settings. For my thesis, I worked on the problem of energy disaggregation where the goal is to estimate appliance-level energy consumption by using building level electricity data collected at a single point.
I serve two primary functions as part of my role. On the client side, I lead pre-sales, technical design, and delivery of our data science engagements. And on the innovation side, I lead the development of analytic products for the healthcare market. I am also involved in growth, transformation, strategy, and recruitment.
In this role, I led a team of PhD data scientists that built products to enable customer engagement focused analytics throughout the organization using technologies like AI, NLP, RPA, etc. My proudest achievement was my contribution in architecting and executing Highmark’s $1 M portfolio of collaborative research ventures with Carnegie Mellon University.