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Meet The Panelists; High-impact Data Storytelling

4:05 pm - 4:45 pm | EST

Nate Nichols 
Chief Scientist
Narrative Science

As Chief Scientist, Nate is responsible for defining Narrative Science’s vision for AI and automated data storytelling, ensuring that our products are aligned to that vision, and articulating that vision outside of the company. Over his 11+ years at Narrative Science, Nate and other NS inventors have been granted 50 patents, with another 40 filed. Prior to NS, Nate earned his Ph.D. at Northwestern University in Artificial Intelligence with his thesis, “Machine-generated Content.” 

Patrick McQuillan  
Director of Analytics
Allen & Gerritsen 

Patrick McQuillan is a data scientist, economist, and consultant with a passion for using data to solve a broad array of real-world challenges. He began his career as a development economist with the United Nations, where his peer-reviewed research on stabilizing the European banking sector was published and used to support the functions of the UN General Assembly as well as the G8 and G20 summits. Patrick then served as a financial and strategic consultant for both Fortune 100 companies and smaller impact-driven organizations, supervising teams to provide data-driven guidance for clients navigating the competitive and legal landscapes of their respective industries. This included curating and governing multi-petabyte data lakes, developing AI and machine learning models, and using business intelligence to advise senior decision makers on the best courses of action for their businesses. He has also served as a lecturer at the University of Oxford's Saïd Business School. Patrick is currently the Director of Analytics at Allen & Gerritsen, a media firm located in the Boston seaport. 


Patrick believes that big data is the fundamental fuel for progress in the 21st century, and is committed to educating stakeholders about the importance of nurturing knowledge as their most valuable asset for delivering sustainably meaningful impacts on the world 

Tyler Shannon  
Data Scientist
Arrowstreet Inc.  

Tyler Shannon is a data scientist and consultant working in the architecture, planning, real estate, and government sectors. Tyler brings expertise in software development, digital modeling and organization change leveraging data analytics and automation. Based in Boston, MA as the Director of Data Science for Arrowstreet Inc., Tyler leads a small team of data scientists and software developers focused on building data-driven tools and workflows. 


Tyler is originally trained as an architect and received his license in Massachusetts. 

Gabi Steele
CEO, Co-Founder
Data Culture

Gabi Steele is the CEO and Co-Founder of Data Culture, a data engineering, strategy and visualization consultancy focused on helping organizations implement modern data infrastructure and solve problems using data. Previously Gabi led data visualization engineering at WeWork and The Washington Post and has taught and designed visualization curricula for Parsons School of Design and Columbia University. Data Culture is also committed to bringing more voices into the space of data science and engineering and partners with Karlie Kloss’ coding academy, Kode with Klossy, to run data science camps across the US for 13-19 year old girls.

Rahul Bhargava
Assistant Professor
Northeastern CAMD

Rahul Bhargava is an educator, researcher, designer, and facilitator who works on data storytelling and technology design in support of social justice and community empowerment. He has created big data research tools to investigate media attention, built hands-on interactive museum exhibits that delight learners of all ages, and run over 100 workshops to build data culture in newsrooms, non-profits, and libraries.


Rahul has collaborated with a wide range of groups, from the state of Minas Gerais in Brazil to the St. Paul library system and the World Food Program. His academic work on data literacy, technology, and civic media has been published in journals such as the International Journal of Communication, the Journal of Community Informatics, and Digital Humanities Quarterly. His museum installations have appeared at the Boston Museum of Science, Eyebeam in New York City, and the Tech Interactive in San Jose. Rahul has led workshops and made presentations at meetings such as Data for Black Lives, the FHNW Academy of Art and Design, IIIT New Delhi, the United Nations World Data Forum, TICTeC and the Designing Interactive Systems conference

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