Seongjoon is Chief Data Officer at J.D. Power. He leads he creation of new capabilities in data engineering, data science, machine learning and artificial intelligence to support new as well as existing data products and services. He joined from Encore Capital Group, one of the largest global specialty finance companies with more than $1 billion in market capitalization, where he served as Director of Data Science. At Encore Capital Group, he led the development of numerous machine learning models that support the company's investment valuation and servicing operations. He also helped develop multiple data science centers of excellence across the globe to support the company’s global expansion.Previously, Dr. Koo was a Principal Scientist at CoreLogic, a leading provider to businesses of consumer, financial and property data, analytics and services and which has a $4 billion market capitalization. At CoreLogic, he partnered with the largest global banking clients in the United States and United Kingdom and led the development of numerous machine learning and optimization solutions in the areas of fraud risk, credit risk and rental value estimation. Earlier, Dr. Koo led quantitative research efforts, including the development of machine learning-based trading algorithms and strategies, at a boutique hedge fund in Newport Beach, Calif.
Prior to his financial services career, Dr. Koo made significant contributions to the medical diagnostics and pharmaceuticals industry. He worked at Hologic Inc., a $12 billion medical diagnostics company, and Ionis Pharmaceuticals, a $6 billion pharmaceutical company. He led the development of data-driven quantitative methods leveraging genomics, pre-clinical and clinical information for highly accurate cancer diagnostics and faster drug discovery and development.
Dr. Koo holds four U.S. patents and has been published in 18 academic publications on the subjects of machine learning, physics, chemistry and biomedicine. He received a Ph.D. for his research on the nonlinear dynamics of turbulent air flows from the University of California, Los Angeles. He holds B.S. and M.S. degrees from the Seoul National University in South Korea, the most prestigious university in that country.