Brendan Duncan

Computer Science PhD Student


I am a PhD student in Computer Science at UCSD, where I work with Professor Charles Elkan on machine learning applications to economic data. I am currently taking a leave from my PhD to work as a data scientist on LinkedIn's Sales Solutions team. Before this, I worked in a similar role at Fliptop, which was acquired by LinkedIn in August 2015.

I earned an MS from Stanford University and a BS from UCSD. I am originally from the wine country in Northern California, and my first job in high school was working in a wine lab.

When I get the chance, I get out on the ocean. Either surfing the waves near campus or crewing for sailboat races in the area.





  • Nowcasting with Numerous Candidate Predictors, Brendan Duncan and Charles Elkan, ECML 2014
  • Probabilistic Modeling of a Sales Funnel to Prioritize Leads, Brendan Duncan and Charles Elkan, KDD 2015

Pending Patents

  • System and Method for Full Funnel Modeling for Sales Lead Prioritization, Brendan Duncan, March 16, 2015.
  • System and Method for Using Marketing Automation Activity Data for Lead Prioritization and Marketing Campaign Optimization, Brendan Duncan, June 30, 2015.
  • System and Method for Lead Prioritization Based on Results from Multiple Modeling Methods, Dan Chiao, Brendan Duncan, Liang-Yu, June 30, 2015.

Invited Talks

Machine Learning Blog Posts

I wrote a series of blog posts for Fliptop aimed at non-technical readers.
They introduce machine learning concepts using a minimum of mathematical notation.