Ben Wellington is the creator of I Quant NY, a data science and policy blog that focuses on insights drawn from New York City's public data, and advocates for the expansion and improvement of that data.
His data analysis has influenced local government policy including changes in NYC street infrastructure, the way New Yorkers pay for cabs and the design of NYC subway vending machines, and his talk on urban data was featured on TED. He is a contributor toThe New Yorker, and is a Visiting Assistant Professor in the City & Regional Planning program at The Pratt Institute in Brooklyn. As a quantitative analyst at Two Sigma, he helped launch the firm's pro bono Data Clinic, which helps non-profits leverage their data to advance their work. Ben also leads team building and workplace training workshops for Cherub Improv,a non-profit that uses improv comedy for social good.
Ben holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science (Natural Language Processing) from New York University.
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