Szilard Pafka combines a diverse academic background and extensive industry experience. He has studied Physics (BSc, MSc, PhD) and Computer Science (BSc) at Eotvos University, and Economics (MA) at CEU in Budapest. He has performed research in several areas, including computational physics, statistical modeling of financial prices, portfolio optimization and risk management. He has worked for a number of years at a bank in Hungary quantifying and managing market risk. About a decade ago he moved to California to become the Chief Scientist of a credit card processing company doing what recently has been called data science (data analysis, statistical modeling, data visualization, machine learning etc). He is the founder and organizer of several data science related meetups in Los Angeles.