R. Sambasivam, PhD

Chief Data Scientist

Dr. Rajamani Sambasivam is the Chief Data Scientist in Petronas Group, Malaysia.

Throughout his career, Dr Sambasivam has solved many challenging, multi-disciplinary, complex problems across multiple business value chains. He has developed solutions combining Artificial Intelligence with first principle analysis, improving process efficiency, cost optimization, engineering system redesign, logistics, supply chain, retail and process safety. Dr. Rajamani Sambasivam has been part of major Digital transformation initiatives of large corporations, such as Tata Steel Group (India) and Petronas Group, Malaysia. He currently leads a 130+ member strong, multi-national team of data scientists at Petronas, one of the largest data science teams in the ASEAN region. In addition to delivering many AI products and solutions across the group, this team has also accelerated the dissemination of data science knowledge and skills across the group by upskilling 12,000+ employees through award-winning Citizen analytics program.

Dr. Rajamani Sambasivam was a mechanical engineer with 24+ years of experience in Data Science, Digital Transformation, Engineering and Technology and mechanical maintenance, spread across Chemicals, Steel and Oil and Gas industries. From his experience, he strongly believes that data science complemented by first principle-driven engineering analysis and human expertise will pave the way for early adoption of AI and its sustained usage in manufacturing, O&G and process industries. He is well-versed in the Theory of Constraints and problem-solving frameworks.

Dr Sambasivam completed his Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical), followed by M.S. (Mechanical Engineering, specialization in Thermal Engineering) from Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur. Dr Sambasivam received his PhD in Fluid Mechanics from Institute of Fluid Mechanics (LSTM), Friedrich Alexander Universitaet Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany. He holds 17+ international publications and six patents.

His interests are Tamil literature, philosophy, history, travel, photography and wildlife.

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