Warren Hearnes, Chief Data Scientist, Best Buy
Warren Hearnes is currently Chief Data Scientist for Best Buy where he leads a team of 50+ data scientists that elevate the use of AI, ML, and optimization to solve important business problems. He has been an AI/ML researcher and leader for more than 30 years, holding two patents and numerous academic publications. Warren is a US Army veteran who earned his MS and PhD from Georgia Tech in 1999 for his innovation in reinforcement learning algorithms for robotic control, as well as award-winning research into asset replacement under uncertainty. Prior to Best Buy, Warren served in key analytics and data science roles at Lucent Technologies, UPS, The Home Depot, and Cardlytics.