Top Data Science Influencers on Twitter to Follow in 2020

Top Data Science Influencers on Twitter to Follow in 2020

Social Media and information sharing is something every internet user will know about. The presence and popularity of Twitter, LinkedIn, and many other platforms have made it convenient to spread knowledge all around the globe in a couple of clicks. It is because of the extensive usage of these networking sites by various Thought leaders, achievers, and change-makers that Data Science and AI knowledge has spread across the globe. IPFC online has recently come up with a list of Top 50 Digital influencers to follow out of which we are going to talk about the ones concerned with Machine Learning and AI. Additionally, we have provided some more influencers worth following. Provided below are the top Data Science influencers on Twitter to follow in 2020.

Kirk Borne –

Kirk Borne is not only listed as #1 Digital influencer for 2019 going into 2020: via @ipfconline1 and but also continues to be a worldwide top influencer since 2013. Currently, he is working as Principal Data Scientist and Executive Advisor at Booz Allen Hamilton. He has been very active on his blog here till July 2019. There are several categories to explore, namely Artificial Intelligence, Big Data, Blockchain, Data Science, Internet of Things, Machine Learning, Products, Training, etc. One of the very useful post by him for Data Science aspirants is Data Science Training Opportunities. Kirk has taught Data Science, statistics, data ethics, computational modeling and more for 12 years at Mason University. One can explore more about him on his LinkedIn profile or on twitter @KirkDBorne where there are 252k + followers.

Kirk Borne Top Influencer Data ScienceImtiyaz Adam –

Imtiaz Adam is another top influencer in the field of Data Science. With over 128.6K Followers on Twitter @DeepLearn007, he is highly active with his tweets and posts relevant to all that is latest in this field. He is the Founder and Director of Machine Learning and Digital Strategy in Deep Learning Strategies Limited. The focus is on 5G and Edge Computing use cases. One of his recent works related to the future of AI can be read here.

Andrew Ng –

Andrew Ng Top InfluencerAll the Data Science aspirants must have come across this legendary name somewhere or the other. Andrew is one of the co-founders of Coursera which has been instrumental in spreaCding the knowledge of Data Science across the world through innumerable online courses. He has also founded Landing AI and Highly active on twitter @AndrewYNg, he is a must-follow for all the learners in this area. Find more about him and his various courses on the website

Yann LeCun –

Yann is the chief AI Scientist at Facebook and a professor at NYU. He is chosen one among the top digital influencers in 2019 and has around 174k followers on twitter @ylecun. Yann researches on AI, machine learning, deep learning, and robotics and is associated with the invention of Convolutional Networks. People interested in AI and Deep Learning research work can surely benefit by following him and his works. 

Bill Schmarzo – Dean of Big Data

Another top influencer with the latest book named “The art of thinking like a Data Scientist” published is Bill Schmarzo. He is highly active on Twitter @schmarzo and LinkedIn. Read an interesting post by him ‘Will AI force Humans to become more Human‘. Follow him to transform yourself into a Data Science Think Tank.

Ian Goodfellow –

Ian is the inventor of Generative Adversarial Networks (GAN), an approach to machine learning frequently used at Facebook. A very useful application of GAN is in its use to generate synthetic data for supervision. Currently, Ian is the Director of Machine Learning in Apple’s Special Projects Group. He is a lead author of a very useful book on Deep Learning. Ian can be found on twitter @goodfellow_ian. An example of face creation using GAN is shown below. 

GAN Face Generation

Gregory Piatetsky – KDnuggets

Gregory is another top influencer and he was #1 on LinkedIn Top Voices in 2018 on Data Science and Analytics. He is the President of a very popular website named KDnuggets. This site covers Analytics, Data Mining, and Data Science area and comprises jobs, certificates, training, courses and everything a Data Science enthusiast would require. For example here is a very useful post on how to become a Data ScientistKDNuggets is a must-follow for budding Data Scientists.

Fei-Fei Lin –

One of the highly recognized and accomplished female faces in the world of AI, Fei is the Co-Director of Stanford Human-Centered AI Institute. In 2017, she co-founded AI4ALL, a nonprofit organization working to increase diversity and inclusion in the field of artificial intelligence. She brings with her immense knowledge and expertise in the Computer Vision Machine Learning and AI area. She was the leading scientist and principal investigator of ImageNet which later on helped Deep Learning massively. Her twitter account @drfeifei is being followed by 336.2K strong followers. You sure do not want to stay aloof such a mammoth source of knowledge.


Bob E. Hayes –

Bob is a Senior Director of Research and Analytics at at Indigo Slate and is one of the top influencers in the world of Machine Learning and AI. He likes to involve these technologies with customer experience to solve business challenges. You should follow him if you are business inclined. Find more about him at

Terence Mills –

Terence, an extraordinary AI thought leader, has been recognized as one of the top 50 AI influencers on Twitter in 2018 and 2019. Currently, he is the CEO and Chairman of the Board at His recent post is about ‘How AI is revolutionizing Healthcare‘. One should follow him on LinkedIn and Twitter @terence_mills to know what is happening in the world of AI and how it impacts Health Care, start-ups and businesses.

Hillary Mason –

Another renowned woman in this area is Hillary Mason who believes that technology should give us superpowers. She is the Founder of Fast Forward Labs, a machine intelligence research company, and the Data Scientist in Residence at Accel. Previously, she was the Chief Scientist at bitly. Mason is an avid blogger, speaker, and influencer with over 121k twitter followers and is the co-author of Data-Driven.

Carla Gentry –

Posting everything current and relevant to Data Science, Carla is very active and influential on Social Media. She has around 20 years of experience with Analytics and is the owner of Analytical Solution. Not only has Carla got a massive 384k followers on LinkedIn, she has got a very active presence on twitter as well. On these social media sites she shares several news and articles related to Data Science from across the globe. Following her on various platforms is sure to give you a wide variety of latest global information.

Randy Lao –

A very popular Data Science Mentor generating energetic ripples from his knowledge sharing in the field of Data Science and Analytics is Randy Lao. His website Claoudml has got amazingly helpful materials, free resources and excellent recommended courses that can be utilized by beginners and experts alike. ‘The Ultimate Data Science Starter Kit‘ is his latest blog and Randy is very active on LinkedIn. It’s noteworthy that he is so popular that he has reached the maximum limit of LinkedIn’s connections. So do ensure that you are following him here immediately to learn Data Science with the best of materials before the maximum limit of followers is hit. 🙂

Conclusion –

The above list of top influencers can vary from person to person or based on what one is looking for. Now that you know about these fantastic thought leaders, do update your social media feeds right away. Additionally, if you want to learn more about Data Science, do visit our post named A Beginner’s Guide To Data Science.

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