David Carlson

Data and Engineering Manager, Zurich North America

David Carlson is currently the Data & Engineering manager for Zurich North America’s Data and Analytics Department, managing an interdisciplinary team of data scientists and software engineers. He is responsible for developing the analytics platform and deployment capabilities for Zurich’s underwriting and claims analytics strategy. David has over 15 years of analytics and actuarial experience within the insurance industry. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Drake University.

Past sessions

Summit 2020 Cloud and Analytics – From Platforms to an Ecosystem

June 23, 2020 05:00 PM PT

Zurich North America is one of the largest providers of insurance solutions and services in the world with customers representing a wide range of industries from agriculture to construction and more than 90 percent of the Fortune 500. Data science is at the heart of Zurich's business with a team of 70-data scientists working on everything from optimizing claims-handling processes to protecting against the next risk to revamping the suite of data and analytics for the customers.

In this presentation, we will discuss how Zurich North America implements a scalable self-service data science ecosystem built around Databricks to optimize and scale the activities in the data science project lifecycle and integrates the Azure data lake with analytical tools to streamline machine learning and predictive analytics efforts.

Learn how Zurich North America:

  • Uses integrations between Spark, R/Python/ML tools, and the Alation Data Catalog to enable easy data exploration (with descriptions, lineage, and fast query execution), data transformation, and model building
  • Leverages Databricks/Spark as foundation of the end-to-end architecture from data ingestion to data curation to developing ML/analytical models
  • Adopts cloud services, containerization technologies, and DevOps processes to operationalize the models