Chris von Csefalvay

Born on 15 July, 1986, in Budapest, Hungary and educated at Oxford and Cardiff, Chris von Csefalvay is a data scientist/computational epidemiologist with a special research interest in filoviruses and bat related coronaviruses. His work on COVID-19 has been featured in a number of international media outlets.

Following a career in corporate law and later in analysis, Chris von Csefalvay held a range of senior corporate data science roles, including as RB plc’s first Chief Data Scientist, a senior data science position at Volkswagen’s Munich Data Lab, as well as various senior roles in computational epidemiology. He was a founding partner and Head of Data Science and Medical Epidemiology of London-based global biosecurity consultancy CBRD. Since 2018, he has been serving as VP Special Projects of Starschema, a transatlantic IT professional services company headquartered in Arlington, VA.

The author of numerous studies, Chris von Csefalvay is currently working on his first monograph, The Thin Red Thread: a human, cultural and social history of ebolaviruses from Yambuku through Kikwit to Reston, the West African Ebola Epidemic and the outbreak still raging through Nord-Kivu and Ituri. He is a one-time winner of the Martin Wronker Prize at the University of Oxford, and a visiting lecturer in mathematics at the Budapest University of Technology and Economics, where he is supervising several MSc thesis students.

Chris von Csefalvay’s artificial intelligence research is largely focused on computer vision, in particular applications of computer vision that involve medical imagery, from cytopathological specimens to the complexity of MRI scans and ultrasound recordings.

He shares his life with his wife Kathryn von Csefalvay, an illustrator and art historian, their kitten River and Oliver, their Golden Retriever (aka Blissful Goldens Amber Shine).

He does not have any social media other than Instagram and LinkedIn. Any Twitter accounts claiming to be him are impersonations, and best ignored.

In the media

Pronunciation guide

From time to time, I am asked how to pronounce my name (I admit, it’s one of the less straightforward ones). There are roughly two main ways to pronounce my name, and both are equally valid. Myself and my wife both follow the first alternative. My dad uses the second.

  • /vɔːn ‘ʧeɪfʊlweɪ / (listen) – ‘waun CHAY-full-way’, roughly –, or
  • /fɔːn ‘tʃeɪfɒlvɒi/ (listen) – ‘phon CHEH-fall-wah-yee’, more or less.