From determining the most convenient rider pickup points to predicting the fastest routes, Uber aims to use data-driven analytics to create seamless trip experiences. Within engineering, analytics inform decision-making processes across the board.
One of the distinct challenges for Uber is analyzing geospatial big data. City locations, trips, and event information, for instance, provide insights that can improve business decisions and better serve users. Geospatial data analysis is particularly challenging, especially in a big data scenario, such as computing how many rides start at a transit location, how many drivers are crossing state lines, and so on. For these analytical requests, we must achieve efficiency, usability, and scalability in order to meet user needs and business requirements.
To accomplish this, we use Artificial Intelligence in our production environment to process the big data powering our interactive SQL engine.
Zhenxiao Luo is an engineering manager at Uber, where he runs the interactive analytics team. Previously, he led the development and operations of Presto at Netflix and worked on big data and Hadoop-related projects at Facebook, Cloudera, and Vertica. He holds a master’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a bachelor’s degree from Fudan University.
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