Aykut Firat is the Chief Data Scientist at Crimson Hexagon, a Boston-based leading social media analytics company. He is advancing technology and innovating products by leading research at the intersection of statistics, machine learning, and big data. Prior to Crimson, Aykut held senior roles at two start-up companies, as a co-founder of IAggregate, a Web software provider (acquired by RedHat Linux); and as a Chief Scientist at Affinnova (acquired by Nielsen), an innovation technology company using evolutionary algorithms and crowd-intelligence. A native of Istanbul, he holds engineering and science degrees from Bogazici (B.S.), Miami (MS), and MIT(PhD).