Wayne Thompson
Chief Data Scientist, SAS Institue


Life, the Universe, and the AI Enterprise of the Future



Dr. Wayne Thompson is a globally renowned presenter, teacher, practitioner and innovator in the fields of artificial intelligence and machine learning. He has worked alongside some of the world's biggest and most challenging organizations to help them harness analytics to build high performing organizations. Over the course of his 26-year tenure at SAS, he helped bring several market landmark SAS analytics technologies to market (SAS Text Miner, SAS Credit Scoring for Enterprise Miner, SAS Model Manager, SAS Rapid Predictive Modeler, SAS Scoring Accelerator for Teradata, SAS High Performance Analytics (Data Mining) SAS Analytics Accelerator for Teradata, SAS Visual Statistics).

His focus is on self-service machine learning APIs for healthcare practitioners. His goal at SAS is to embed AI throughout the software and enable the human to truly have a useful fun interaction with the machine.

Dr. Wayne Thompson received his Ph.D. and M.S from the University of Tennessee in 1992 and 1987, respectively. During his PhD program, he was also a visiting scientist at the Institut Superieur d'Agriculture de Lille, Lille, France.