Dr. Randal S. Olson


Full stack data scientist, artificial intelligence researcher, and consultant


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Dr. Randal S. Olson

Hi! I'm Dr. Randy Olson. I'm a full stack data scientist, AI researcher, and consultant based in the Portland, Oregon metropolitan area.

I specialize in artificial intelligence, machine learning, data science, and data visualization, and occasionally write about my latest work on my personal blog, where I've become known for computing optimal road trips around the world and solving Where’s Waldo?, among many other creative applications of machine learning. My work has been featured all over the world and in the news, including the New York Times, Wired, FiveThirtyEight, The Onion, and much more.

I work tirelessly to promote open and reproducible science, leading by example and openly publishing my work on GitHub and open access journals whenever I can. I'm also passionate about training the next generation of data scientists to be more efficient, effective, and collaborative in their work, and do so by writing online tutorials, recording video tutorials, teaching hands-on workshops, and mentoring local students in my research specialties.

If you'd like to talk data, ask about one of my projects, hire me to consult on a project, or anything else, feel free to contact me directly at the link below.


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