SILICON SLOPES, Utah – Oct. 28, 2014 – XANT, the leading cloud-based sales acceleration technology company, today announced that Dr. Yu Hu, senior research engineer, has earned the distinction of Smartest Data Scientist in Utah.
Dr. Hu won $7,200 by taking first place in the first Utah Data Competition, sponsored by Utah’s high-tech titans, including HireVue, Domo, XANT, Overstock.com, Skullcandy and AtTask.
“XANT is, first and foremost, a data science company,” CEO and founder Dave Elkington said. “All of our sales acceleration technology is powered by a proprietary predictive analytics and machine-learning engine called Neuralytics™. We’re grateful to have brilliant data scientists, like Dr. Hu, who continuously make our technology smarter and more sophisticated.”
In this year’s data science challenge, participants were asked to develop innovative approaches to predict semiconductor yield. Dr. Hu applied an augmented Lagrangian method, specifically the alternating direction method of multipliers, to predict yields.
Dr. Hu holds a bachelor’s of science in mathematics from Nankai University in China and a Ph.D. in mathematics from Brigham Young University. He completed his doctoral research in mathematical finance. After earning his Ph.D. in 2013, he joined XANT, where his research focuses on machine learning and data mining to enable the world’s top companies to accelerate sales through data science.
About XANT, Inc.
XANT offers cloud-based sales acceleration technology, harnessing the power of more than 10 billion sales interactions using Neuralytics™ in the industry’s first comprehensive sales acceleration platform. Through its breakthrough technology, the XANT platform creates high-performance sales teams by offering communications for immediate response, gamification for sales motivation, data visualization for an immersive experience with sales data, and predictive analytics for lead prioritization and hiring. XANT has received numerous accolades for its technology and has been named as one of the fastest growing companies by Inc. XANT enterprise customers include Microsoft, Groupon and Marketo.