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John F. Elder IV, Ph.D.
Elder Research Incorporated

Dr. John Elder heads a data mining consulting team with offices in Charlottesville, Virginia and Washington DC (www.datamininglab.com).  Founded in 1995, Elder Research, Inc. focuses on investment, commercial, and security applications of advanced analytics, including stock selection, image recognition, process optimization, text mining, cross-selling, biometrics, drug efficacy, credit scoring, marking timing, and fraud detection.

John obtained a BS and MEE in Electrical Engineering from Rice University, and a PhD in Systems Engineering from the University of Virginia, where he’s an adjunct professor, teaching Optimization or Data Mining.  Prior to 15 years leading ERI, he spent 5 years in aerospace defense consulting, 4 heading research at an investment management firm, and 2 in Rice's Computational & Applied Mathematics department. 

Dr. Elder has authored innovative data mining tools, is a frequent keynote speaker, and will be General Chair of the 2009 Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining conference in Paris.  John’s courses on data analysis techniques -- taught at dozens of universities, companies, and government labs -- are noted for their clarity and effectiveness.  Dr. Elder was honored to serve 5 years on a panel appointed by the President to guide technology for National Security.  His book on practical data mining, with Bob Nisbet and Gary Miner, was published in June 2009.