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WiBD Wisconsin: Data Science Careers : A Primer for Academics looking to Switch to Industry

April 28, 2020 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm CDT

Hosted by
Maleeha Q.

Speaker Bio: Dr. J. Pocahontas Olson (Pokie) is a data scientist with the Data Science Analytics Lab at American Family Insurance. In her tenure at American Family Insurance, she has worked on a variety of projects, centering on NLP but also other endeavors such as latent trait modeling for the charitable analysis of financial insecurity in Wisconsin (http://insecurity-survey-wi.amfamlabs.com/).

Pokie earned an M.S. and Ph. D. degree in theoretical physics from the University of Notre Dame. Her research on numerically simulating the collapse of massive stars on the university’s cloud computing cluster first sparked her interest in the challenges of big data, distributed systems and making predictions at scale. Intrigued, she decided to pursue a data science career in industry. After an intensive data science boot camp, she became the first member of the data science team at Virtustream, a cloud service provider seeking to use machine learning to improve latency and storage requirements for their petabyte data warehouses. In early 2017 she started at American Family, where she gets to search for insights in data, still drawing on the resources of the cloud.

Event co-organizer: Big Data Madison Meetup (https://www.meetup.com/BigDataMadison/)

Sponsors: We would like to thank American Family Insurance for the food, drink, and venue.

NOTE: There will be non-sponsored drinks afterwards at Tangent with Pokie.

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April 28, 2020
5:30 pm - 7:30 pm CDT


Dreambank – American Family Insurance
821 E. Washington Ave.
Madison, WI 53703 United States
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