Data Science and the Transportation Tech Revolution

Event Date:
3/18/2019 - 3/18/2019

Event Time:
6:00 pm

Club Programs

Sparked by the growth of ridesharing startups (Uber, Lyft), the transportation tech sector has already produced some of the highest valued startups in history.  Soon after this initial ridesharing wave, attention turned to autonomous vehicles with significant R&D efforts launched by tech giants (Google, Telsa, Apple), major automakers (GM, Daimler, Ford, FCA), ridesharing companies (Uber, Lyft) and mobility startups (Adaptiv, Nutonomy, Mobileye).  Over the past year, the tech world pivoted yet again to scooters (Bird, Lime) and bikes (Jump, Motivate), birthing yet another round of billion-dollar startups. In this talk, Professor Garrett van Ryzin will examine the technological and economic forces behind this wave of innovation and investment in transportation and why it creates an unprecedented opportunity for the field of data science.

Garrett van Ryzin is the Charles H. Dyson Family Professor of Management at Cornell Tech in New York City. He is also Head of Marketplace Labs at Lyft. Prior to joining Cornell, we was the Paul M. Montrone Professor of Decision, Risk and Operations at the Columbia University Graduate School of Business. From 2015 to 2017, he was Head of Marketplace Optimization Advanced Development at Uber. Garrett?s research and professional work focuses on algorithmic pricing and marketplace optimization. He is coauthor of the leading scientific book on revenue management, The Theory and Practice of Revenue Management, which won the 2005 Lanchester prize for best published work in operations research. He is an INFORMS and MSOM Fellow and served as Editor in Chief of Manufacturing & Service Operations Management from 2003-2005, and Area Editor for Operations Research 1999-2002 (Service and Supply Chain Operations), 2006-2012 (Revenue Management). Garrett received the B.S.E.E. degree from Columbia University, and the degrees of S.M. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and Ph.D. in Operations Research from MIT.

6:00pm reception; 6:30pm lecture, gratis. Members and one guest per member are invited to dine at The Club with Professor van Ryzin following the lecture. The cost is $45 per person, inclusive of tax, service charge, and one glass of wine with dinner. Dinner reservations are required 48 hours prior to the program.


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