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EECS Doctoral Student Nima Shahbazi Wins Second Prize at Worldwide Competition

Our PhD student, Nima Shahbazi, has just won a second prize and  $10,000 in a worldwide competition organized by Kaggle  
(https://www.kaggle.com/about). The goal of the competition was to  design an algorithm to forecast sales for up to six weeks in advance  
in Rossmann, a large drugstore chain in Europe  (https://www.kaggle.com/c/rossmann-store-sales). 3,303 teams  participated in the competition.

This is not the first time Nima has been successful in Kaggle  competitions (he placed 7th and 32nd in two other competitions). He is  
now ranked 61st out of 437,309 data scientists in Kaggle community.

An interview about Nima's experience in the competition can be found at 
 
http://blog.kaggle.com/2016/02/03/rossmann-store-sales-winners-interview-2nd-place-nima-shahbazi/