David Heigl – Data Scientist

Welcome to another Meet the Genies; an inside look at the people behind the ‘machine’. Today, we sit down with Data Scientist David to find out more about his role here at RoomPriceGenie as well as what keeps him going outside of work. Let’s dive in! 

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What is your role at RoomPriceGenie and how long have you been with us?

In October of last year,  I joined RPG as a master thesis student. In my thesis, I focused on the explainability of artificial intelligence in the hospitality sector. My goal was to shed light on complex but accurate approaches to modelling hotel prices. Last month, I then joined RPG full-time as a Data Scientist to implement the results of my thesis and support the team on future projects.

What is your background in?

I have just completed my master’s degree in industrial engineering at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology with a focus on renewable energies and design thinking.

What do you think makes the RoomPriceGenie solution unique?

We are focusing on smaller hotels and pay special attention to the simplicity and good usability of our app while optimising the hotel’s pricing.

What is something that hotel owners have to deal with that you would like to fix?

Our vision is to provide an easy and time-saving solution to the daily hassle of getting your pricing right. 

What's the coolest thing you're working on right now?

I am really excited to implement the results of my master thesis which will help hoteliers to find the optimal base price and explain how the individual hotel characteristics (e.g. facilities and online reviews) influence this price. 

What is your favourite and least favourite thing about working in the hospitality industry?

My favourite and least favourite thing are the same: smart technology has just started to reshape the industry.

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What are the values that drive you?

Happiness, honesty and enthusiasm

What’s the best advice you were ever given?

Enjoy what you are doing.

What three words would your friends use to describe you?

Passionate. Optimistic. Bavarian.

What would we most likely find you doing on the weekend?

During my free time, I try to find a second life for used wind turbine rotor blades. What many people do not know is that the turbines have to be replaced after about 20 years and that there is no sustainable solution for recycling the blade material. Together with friends, we started Bladesign, a platform that empowers creative people to repurpose rotor blades and build cool things from them. Now there are rotor blade shelves, tables, lamps & raised beds – soon to be featured in the RoomPriceGenie office in Mannheim.

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