About Leonid Zhukov

Leonid Zhukov, Ph.D. is leading Data Science team at Ancestry.com focused on application of large-scale machine learning to business analytics and new Ancestry's products. He has extensive experience in information retrieval, data mining and visualization. He has previously done academic research at Caltech and Scientific Computing and Imaging Institute at the University of Utah and worked on web search and computational advertising at Yahoo Research. He also co-founded and served as a CTO at information security startup Trafica.

Past Articles

Visualizing Family Trees

Posted on January 17, 2014 in Big Data

A company’s data set is a unique asset and it is very advantageous for companies to know what one of its most valuable assets looks like to make product and business decisions.  That is where data scientists come in: we like to study data.  At Ancestry.com, we have a large and unique set of data, which… Read more

Data Science with Billions of Historical Records

Posted on June 14, 2013 in Big Data, Data Science, Technology Conferences

A couple of months ago I presented at the Big Data Innovation Summit in San Francisco along with  Scott Sorensen,  CTO at Ancestry.com . There we got a chance to talk about some of the ways Ancestry.com is handling big data. In the Data Science team we spend a lot of time working with raw data.… Read more