University of Virginia Data Science Institute

Posted by Steven Aberle on August 28, 2018 at 12:12 AM
Steven Aberle

Join the Data Science Institute for the inaugural fall 2018 Distinguished Lecture Series talk with Oscar Wood, Founder & CEO of NNData.

With experience working for the United States Army Command and the Alaska Child Support Enforcement Division, UVA Data Science Board member Oscar Wood is well versed in how to discover useful information and find meaningful solutions in seemingly uninterpretable raw data.

Wood currently serves as the founder and CEO of NNData, a data management company that analyzes and organizes original raw data sets into meaningful statistics.

“We focus on data preparation and management tools,” Wood said of his role at NNData. “We want to enable data scientists to focus on the methods and techniques of their craft, rather than the mundane, though necessary, data tasks.”

Wood knows that this kind of behind-the-scenes data work may not seem glamorous, but he also understands that effective data tools are the backbone to any successful enterprise or initiative.

“We allow the data scientists to be rock star chefs, while our tools and services are the prep cooks and dishwashers,” Wood explained.

To learn more about Oscar Wood, visit

Thu, September 27, 2018
5:30 PM – 7:00 PM EDT

Bavaro Hall: Holloway Hall (116)
Emmet Street South
Charlottesville, VA 22904


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