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Jesse Spencer-Smith

Interim Director, Data Science Institute
Chief Data Scientist, Data Science Institute
Professor In Practice, Computer Science

Dr. Jesse Spencer-Smith is the Interim Director and Chief Data Scientist of the Data Science Institute at Vanderbilt University. In addition to being a Computer Science Professor in Practice, Dr. Spencer-Smith leads a team of data scientists collaborating with researchers and industry partners while teaching courses on Artificial Intelligence. With a Ph.D. in Cognitive Psychology and Cognitive Science from Indiana University and a B.S. in Computer Science from the University of Florida, he brings a wealth of expertise to his roles. Previously, as the Director of Data Science at HCA Healthcare, he built the company’s first data science team and facilitated data science implementation throughout the enterprise. Dr. Spencer-Smith also served as an Assistant Professor of Psychology in Quantitative Methods at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and was a Beckman Fellow at the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology. His diverse background and extensive experience continue to drive advancements in data science and AI, empowering organizations and individuals to harness the power of data-driven insights.