Larry Wai

Head of Data Science

Larry Wai is an avid scientist who’s currently the principal data scientist at Udemy, a global marketplace for learning and teaching, where he’s pushing the frontiers of education technology. Larry has designed a unique scalable framework that allows multiple individual data scientists to become “full stack,” taking control of their own destinies from the exploration and research phase, through algorithm deployment, experiment set-up, and deep analytics. Prior to joining Udemy, Larry was a lead data scientist at Groupon and, earlier, a principal analyst at Yahoo Search. He has published and pending patents related to search and discovery data science methods. Before moving into the consumer Internet field, he was a scientist working on particle astrophysics, with physics experiments ranging from neutrino oscillations to detection of dark matter. He was recently awarded a portion of the 2016 Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics for fundamental discovery and exploration of neutrino oscillations.