Director of Data Science, Manzama
Dr. Andrew Duchon is the Director of Data Science at Manzama in Bend, Oregon. He is a project manager, researcher, and software engineer who has applied a wide variety of data science techniques in academic, government and commercial domains. Prior to Manzama, Dr. Duchon was a data scientist at Jama Software in Portland, OR, where he developed systems and models to collect, collate and normalize data from CRMs, support tickets and usage data to predict customer churn. He became a Distinguished Scientist at Aptima, Inc. in Boston where he authored patents for text analysis related to: matching personnel records to mission statements to create optimal teams; analyzing news trends to forecast terrorist activity and stock movements; integrating social network analysis and agent-based cultural modeling to forecast sentiment in Afghanistan; and assessing team states like cohesion, trust and situational awareness using patterns of communications. While working at the Basque Center on Cognition, Brain and Language in San Sebastián, Spain he created the largest Spanish word corpus in the world for use by the research community.
Previously, he was a co-founder and Director of Technology at Simpli.com in Providence, an early semantic search company, an NSF postdoctoral fellow at Brown University developing virtual reality, and a researcher at ATR in Japan creating neural networks for speech recognition. Dr. Duchon holds a Ph.D. in Cognitive Science from Brown University for his work on human and robot navigation, and a B.A. in Psychology and the Integrated Science Program from Northwestern University.