Past Meetup

NYAI#7: DS to Operationalize ML (Matthew Russell) & Comp. Creativity (Dr. Cole)

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1) Networking - 6:30pm-7:00pm (Beer, Wine and Pizza will be provided)

2) Speaker 1: Using Data Science to Operationalize Machine Learning - (Matthew Russell, CTO at Digital Reasoning)

Matthew currently serves Digital Reasoning as its Chief Technology Officer at Digital Reasoning, a fast-growing cognitive computing company that specializes in structuring unstructured data and making human language computable. Matthew’s passion extends to several entrepreneurial ventures including angel investment and start-up advisement for novel applications of machine learning and data science. Matthew is based in Nashville, TN and spends most of his time outside of work training for CrossFit, riding motorcycles, and listening to Hamilton.

Matthew's thesis is that data science is the fundamental methodology for operationalizing machine learning models. In his talk, Matthew will define and underscore the importance of the scientific method as part of his methodology and share what he believes is the most important key indicator for cultivating high-performing data science teams that produce results that translate into business value.

3) Rapid Q/A

4) Brief Intermission

5) Speaker 2: Top-down vs. Bottom-up Computational Creativity - (Dr. Cole D. Ingraham DMA, Lead Developer at Amper Music, Inc.)

Originally from the San Francisco bay area in California, American composer and multimedia artist Cole D. Ingraham holds a B.M. in Music Composition from the University of the Pacific (, an M.F.A. in Electronic Music and Recording Media from Mills College (, and a D.M.A. in Music Composition from the University of Colorado at Boulder ( Currently Cole is living in Shanghai, China teaching music composition, theory, technology, and flute at FaceArt Institute of Music ( He is an active performer, improviser, creative programmer, both as a soloist and a collaborator. His aesthetic involves experimentalism, noise, drone, programming as performance, and all things abstract.

Since 2008 Ingraham has performed around the world as part of the international network laptop quartet Glitch Lich ( As a group they have developed a large amount of software to allow them to perform their unique brand of audio/visual art in real time, with our members distributed across the US, UK, and China. The quartet has been very active internationally with notable performances including the 2010 SuperCollider Symposium ( Berlin Germany, the 2011 and 2013 Network Music Festivals ( in Birmingham UK, the 2012International Computer Music Conference ( in Ljublana Slovenia, New Interfaces for Musical Expression ( Seoul, Korea in 2013, and the first ever Algoraves in Tokyo, Japan in 2014.

Beyond the realm of acoustic instruments, he regularly writes software instruments and systems to realize his musical ideas. These range from stand-alone programs, to custom synthesized instruments and effects, to novel analogue and/or digital interfaces for controlling the software. Particularly of note is a custom app for the iPad called Un:Limit. This is a multitouch interface with a variable number of “virtual strings” and visual guides to aid in locating various tunings. The app also responds to the amount of surface area the performer’s finger is covering, adding an extra level of expression control. Un:Limit has been used in a number of performances of works written both specifically for it and those originally for other instruments.

Creative coding, programming as a means of creating art, is a central part of Ingraham’s work. This is not only true for his live coding performances, but for all aspects of his creative output. This stems from the idea that code is the most direct way to interact with the computer itself (Ingraham’s instrument of choice). This allows a great deal of flexibility and creativity not always present with pre-made software. Because of this, most of his creative work is created entirely from code, with minimal reliance on commercial software.

6) Rapid Q/A

7) Social Event (8:45PM): The Storehouse (downstairs) - 69 W 23rd Street, New York, NY 10010

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