Chris Kennedy

PhD student, Biostatistics
BIDS-Biomedical Big Data Training (BBDT) Data Science Fellow, Moore/Sloan

Real name: 
Chris Kennedy

Chris is a PhD student in biostatistics where he works with Alan Hubbard, and is an independent data science consultant. He is also a D-Lab instructor and consultant, a biomedical big data fellow, and an Open Insulin researcher.

His methodological interests encompass targeted machine learning, randomized trials, causal inference, deep learning, text analysis, signal processing, and computer vision. His applications are primarily in precision medicine, public health, genomics, and election campaigns. His software projects include the SuperLearner ensemble learning system and varImpact for variable importance estimation; he leverages high performance computing on Savio and XSEDE clusters to accelerate his work.

Prior to Berkeley he worked in political analytics in DC, running dozens of randomized trials and integrating machine learning into multi-million dollar programs to improve voter turnout for underrepresented Americans. He has also worked to support climate change action through Al Gore’s Climate Reality Project and the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication.

He holds an M.A. in political science from UC Berkeley, an M.P.Aff. from the LBJ School of Public Affairs, and a B.A. in government & economics from The University of Texas at Austin.