In case you missed it in the news, last week Betterview announced the hiring of Dan Shoham, PhD, as its new Chief Science Officer (full press release). Prior to joining Betterview, Dr. Shoham was a Lead Data Scientist at Farmers Insurance.
Dr. Shoham will be based out of Betterview’s La Jolla office and will lead Betterview’s predictive analytics and computer vision teams with the goal of further enhancing our predictive analytic capabilities to help insurance carriers quantify and price property risk.
Pioneers in Computer Vision and Predictive Analytics
Dr. Shoham, who in 1986 earned a PhD in Mathematics from Temple University at age 21, making him one of the youngest doctorate awardees anywhere, joins Betterview having worked at organizations widely recognized as computer vision and predictive analytics pioneers, including:
- MIT Lincoln Labs where he was part of a team that pioneered computer vision science to detect Soviet mobile ballistic missile launchers during the Cold War.
- HNC Software (acquired by FICOⓇ), creators of one of the first predictive analytic models used to identify credit card fraud and the earliest provider of neural networks technology in a commercial setting.
- Edgeware Analytics (founded by Dr. Shoham), an angel-backed startup that developed predictive analytic small business creditworthiness scores.
In addition to his PhD, Dr. Shoham also holds a joint MBA from Columbia and London Business School, and is the inventor of numerous granted patents in the area of predictive analytics, as well as a licensed CPA.
Creating Value for the P&C Insurance Industry
“I feel the many roles in my life, from the far-ahead-of-its-time computer vision work at MIT in the 1980s, building some of the first commercially successful neural networks at HNC in the 1990s, founding predictive analytics startup Edgeware Analytics in the 2000s, and being a lead data scientist at Farmers Insurance in the 2010s, have all led to this day,” said Dr. Dan Shoham. “I am looking forward to the challenge of leading Betterview’s computer vision and predictive analytics teams, and more importantly, using this opportunity to create value for an entire industry,” said Shoham.
Over the next few months, Dr. Shoham will be sharing his extensive experience in computer vision, predictive analytics and insurance on Betterview’s blog. To get these posts delivered to your inbox, subscribe to our email updates.