In our closing keynote for Day 2, hear from Census Bureau Deputy Director and Chief Operating Officer Ron Jarmin about how the Bureau has led innovation through its history, the mission ahead for the data community, and how the unknown future of technology will shape the Censuses of 2030 and beyond. Join us for a fireside chat between Ron Jarmin and Amazon AI's Chief Economist, Pat Bajari.
Closing Keynote: A Fireside Chat with Census Bureau Deputy Director & COO Ron Jarmin
Dr. Ron S. Jarmin is the U.S. Census Bureau’s deputy director and chief operating officer.
Jarmin performed the nonexclusive functions and duties of the Director from July 2017 to January 2019 and previously served as the associate director for economic programs. He led the team for the 2017 Economic Census, overseeing a move to 100 percent Internet data collection and leveraging enterprise investments to minimize system, application, and dissemination costs. Data products from the economic census provide the foundation for key measures of economic performance, including the nation’s gross domestic product.
From 2011 to 2016, Jarmin served as the assistant director for research and methodology. He oversaw a broad research program in statistics, survey methodology, and economics aimed at improving economic and social measurement within the federal statistical system. Since beginning his career at the Census Bureau in 1992, he has also served as the chief economist, chief of the Center for Economic Studies, and a research economist.
Jarmin holds a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Oregon. An elected fellow of the American Statistical Association, he has published papers in the areas of industrial organization, business dynamics, entrepreneurship, technology and firm performance, urban economics, data access, and statistical disclosure avoidance.
Patrick Bajari is Chief Economist and Vice President of Amazon Core AI. In this role, Mr. Bajari leads a team of approximately 120 software engineers and scientists in machine learning, statistics, operations research, and econometrics. His team is focused on delivering AI-enabled technologies throughout Amazon's businesses, from Alexa to Amazon Go. Since joining Amazon in 2010, his team has built scalable systems for pricing, supply chain, operations, automated marketing, search, and other systems at Amazon. Mr. Bajari is a Fellow of the Econometric Society, an elected Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research, and a Board Directors for the National Association of Business Economists. He also currently serves as Professor of Economics at the University of Washington. Prior to joining Amazon, Mr. Bajari was a faculty member in the economics departments at Harvard, Stanford, Duke, and University of Minnesota.