Our Team

Andrew Fast, Ph.D.

Chief Scientist

Andrew Fast directs the research and development of new tools and algorithms for mining data, text, and networks. Dr. Fast earned his MS and Ph.D. degrees in Computer Science from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, specializing in algorithms for causal data mining, and for analyzing complex relational data such as social networks.

Andrew has published on an array of applications including detecting securities fraud using the social network among brokers, understanding the structure and behavior of criminal and violent groups, modeling peer-to-peer music file sharing networks, understanding how collective classification works, and predicting playoff success of NFL head coaches (featured on ESPN.com). Written with Dr. John Elder and four others, his Practical Text Mining book won the PROSE Award for top book in the field of Computing and Information Sciences in 2012.