Dr. Kirell Benzi got his Ph.D. in data science from École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) in 2016. He is now the founder and CEO of Kirelion, a creative data science startup based in Paris. Passionate about both computer science and art, he began his interest in digital creation by making abstract art from pictures at a young age. Combining both data analysis and network visualization, he captivates the audience in the exhibition « Singular Networks » by showing that algorithms, apart from their scientific necessity, also generate emotions. Art has been hiding in the unlikeliest of places!
Kirell’s primary interests revolve around data science, particularly in knowledge discovery and data mining using networks. He offers his expertise as data valorization specialist, helping companies and institutions improving their image by delivering creative experiences around their own data. Moreover, he also gives lectures on Data visualization to more than 150 Master’s students at Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL).
His work has been featured in more than 100 websites around the globe in 10 languages including Gizmodo, Engadget, Daily Mail, The MarketPlace, Wired.it, TechRadar, Co.Design, Phys.org, VICE or Digital Trends for his Star Wars expanded universe analysis and the Pokemon Go interactive data-viz.
In another creative register, Kirell is the main inventor of Genezik, a music recommendation application based on networks and machine learning. Used during the Montreux Jazz Festival for the delight of the ears, Genezik allows everyone to navigate in the festival archive from its early creation to this day.
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