Dr. José Quesada
Founder

Jose Quesada is the founder of DSR. Jose helps others to decide better, do better, or be better through data. Like everyone else, he doesn’t know what data science really is, but suspects it has to do with predicting the future before it catches you empty-handed.

He holds a PhD in Machine learning and has worked at top research labs (U. of Colorado, Boulder; Carnegie Mellon; Max Planck Institute for Human Development). Previously he was a data scientist consultant, specializing in customer lifetime value, and also head data scientist at GetYourGuide.

Marcel Ackermann
Director

I'm passionate about learning. I've been organizing various study groups and meetups since 2010, e.g. about machine learning and rationality. Machine learning topics I've been working on so far are natural language watermarking and recommender systems (at TU Darmstadt), ranking (at Bing), scalability and variational bayesian inference (at Amazon), real-time reinforcement learning (at Ocono) and deep learning model interpretability (at Fraunhofer HHI).

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arun kalarickal
hr specialist

Arun, originally from India, is currently pursuing his master’s in international business and consulting with a specialization in Human Resource Management at the Berlin School of Economics and Law. He has over 6 years of industry experience in Human Resource Management with special focus in Learning and Development. He is handling the human resource activities of Data Science Retreat (DSR) and is also assisting the director in smooth running of the daily operations at DSR.