Frederick L. Hovde Dean of Science and the William F. and Patty J. Miller Professor of Statistics at Purdue University Patrick Wolfe leads the College of Science at Purdue University and was recently named the 2018 Distinguished Lecturer in Data Science by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. As a Royal Society Research Fellow and EPSRC Established Career Fellow in the Mathematical Sciences, he served as Executive Director of UCL’s Big Data Institute and its Centre for Data Science. A past recipient of the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers from the White House, he has provided expert advice on applications of data science to policy, societal and commercial challenges including to the UK and US governments and to a range of public and private bodies. He serves on the editorial boards of the Proceedings of the Royal Society A (Mathematical, Physical & Engineering Sciences) and the Journal of the Royal Statistical Society B (Statistical Methodology), and most recently was an organiser and Simons Foundation Fellow at the Isaac Newton Institute’s six-month scientific programme on Theoretical Foundations for Statistical Network Analysis.