Partner, PwC Advisory Services
Anand Rao is a Partner in PwC’s Advisory practice and is the Innovation Lead for the US firm’s Data and Analytics Group. As part of this role he leads the design and deployment of Artificial Intelligence and other advanced analytical techniques and decision support systems for clients, including, natural language processing, text mining, social listening, speech and video analytics, machine learning, deep learning, intelligent agents and simulation. As the innovation lead for the analytics group he is responsible for research and commercial relationships with academic institutions and start-ups, research, development and commercialization of innovative AI, big data and analytic techniques. With his PhD and research career in Artificial Intelligence and his subsequent experience in management consulting he brings business domain knowledge, statistical and computational analytics, and core business consulting skills to generate unique insights into the practice of ‘data science’.
Prior to joining management consulting, Anand was the Chief Research Scientist at the Australian Artificial Intelligence Institute. He was also the Program Director for the Center of Intelligent Decision Systems, University of Melbourne, Australia and a Student Fellow at IBM’s T.J. Watson Research Center, Yorktown Heights, USA. He has co-edited four books and published over fifty papers in refereed journals and conferences. Anand was awarded the Most Influential Paper Award for the Decade in 2007 from the Autonomous Agents and Multi-Agent Systems (AAMAS) organization for his work on intelligent agents. He is a frequent speaker on AI, behavioral economics, autonomous cars and their impact, analytics, and technology topics in academic and trade forums.
Anand holds a MSc (Tech) in Computer Science from Birla Institute of Technology and Science in India and PhD in Artificial Intelligence from University of Sydney, where he was awarded the University Postgraduate Research Award. He was also awarded an MBA from Melbourne Business School with Distinction.