Richard Downe

Director of Data Science , Loblaw Digital

Richard currently leads the data science team at Loblaw Digital, the e-Commerce arm of Loblaws, solving a diverse range of problems including search, recommendations, and tracking sales velocity against inventory in order to predict what products are available for purchase in store. Previously, he worked at Figure 1, a Toronto-based medical image sharing startup for doctors, and was an early employee at Casetext in Silicon Valley, where he worked on applying NLP analysis to legal documents. He also worked at IBM Research, doing both text mining and FPGA design work, and holds a PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Iowa.

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