Dr. Woodard is an authority in computational statistics and data science. As the Senior Director of Data Science for platform technologies at Uber, she is a working executive who leads cross-functional teams developing the experimentation, geospatial, and machine learning technologies that form the foundation of Uber’s user experience and pricing and dispatch systems.
Her publications include widely cited papers on machine learning for vehicle fleet management, pricing technologies for ride-sharing, and statistical methods for datacenter management. Prior to recruitment by Uber, Dr. Woodard was a tenured professor in the School of Operations Research & Information Engineering at Cornell. During her time in academia she also served as a consultant for TIBCO Software Inc. and Visiting Researcher at Microsoft Research. She holds a PhD in statistics from Duke University.