Dr. Yana Volkovich is a Principle Data Scientist Manager at Microsoft Advertising.  She is leading Supply Side and Identity work streams: supervising projects such as Auction Logic, Supply Path Optimization, Cross Device Graphs, Future Ad Id solutions, Cookieless Optimization and Measurement.  

Before joining Xandr, Yana was a Senior Scientiast at Eurecat, one of the largest Technology Centers in Spain. In 2014 she was the visiting Marie Curie Research fellow at Cornell Tech. She received her PhD in Applied Probability from the University of Twente (the Netherlands) and her MSc (summa cum laude)  in Computer Science from the Saint Petersburg State University (Russia). She graduated from the Saint Petersburg Lyceum 239, ranked the best high school in Russia. 

Yana's research interests include Graph theory, Machine/Deep Learning, Computational Social Science, and Heavy-tailed distributions. Dr. Volkovich has served as a senior/program committee member in a number of top scientific conferences (KDD 2022, 2020-18, WWW 2021-18, RecSys 2020-18, ic2s2 2020-10, ICWSM 2016-12, AdKDD 2022, 2020-18, LocWeb 2021-15, WAW 2023, 2020-09, IEEE CryptoEx 2023) and as a reviewer for scientific journals in the fields of Probability, Computer Science, and Computational Social Science. Her publications could be found on Google Scholar.

Yana speaks 5 languages: Russian, English, Spanish, Dutch, and Catalan.



Yana Volkovich is a self-taught artist and photographer. She was born in Kohtla Jarve, Estonia and grew up in Saint Petersburg, Russia. She lives and works between New York and Barcelona.  She has made a number of book illustrations (e.g. "999 abroad" on Amazon) and her work has been exhibited at the Russian State Museum Photo Biennale in 2016. 


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