Get to Know Geoff Webb

Professor Geoff Webb is the Director of the Monash University Centre for Data Science. He was editor-in-chief of the premier data mining journal, Data Mining and Knowledge Discovery from 2005 to 2014. He has been Program Committee Chair of the two top data mining conferences, ACM SIGKDD and IEEE ICDM, as well as General Chair of ICDM. He is a Technical Advisor to BigML Inc, who have incorporating his best of class association discovery software, Magnum Opus, as a core component of their cloud based Machine Learning service. He developed many of the key mechanisms of support-confidence association discovery in the late 1980s. His OPUS search algorithm remains the state-of-the-art in rule search. He pioneered multiple research areas as diverse as black-box user modelling, interactive data analytics and statistically-sound pattern discovery. He has developed many best-of-class machine learning algorithms that are widely deployed. Professor Webb recently won the 2017 Eureka Prize for Excellence in Data Science in recognition of his research project investigating unification of discriminative and generative approaches to machine learning. Click here to see an announcement on the award and find a short video on his work. Continue…

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Get to Know Nita Patel

Nita describes herself as the black sheep of her family. While her family studied biology and medicine, she showed no interest. While growing up, if she cut herself, her sisters would want to closely examine it and look inside. She could never understand why they wanted to look inside; she just wanted to make it heal faster.  Her parents always said she thought like an engineer, trying to improve everything. With a lot of hard work and encouragement from her parents, her path was set to become one. Continue…

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Get to Know Jill Gostin

“I didn’t know much about it, but I knew it involved computers.” That’s what stuck out in my mind when I asked her how she had first become interested in computers, and she told the story of seeing computer punch cards for the first time.

Today, Jill is a Principal Research Scientist and the Deputy Director of the Information and Communications Laboratory at the Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI) and is currently on the Society’s Board of Governors and the Membership and Geographic Activities Board as the Vice Chair for Geographic Activities. In 2016, Jill won the Georgia Women in Technology (WIT) Woman of the Year award for the medium business category (251 to 2,500) employees.

But we are skipping to the end of the story, so let’s go back to the beginning…. Continue…

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