6:00 - 6:45pm - Check-in and networking
6:45 - 8:00pm - Panel discussion
8:00 - 8:30pm - Networking
8:30pm - Doors close
Meet our panelists:
Patrick Smith - Patrick Smith is the data science lead for Excella, a technology consulting company based in Arlington, VA. At Excella, Patrick developed the company's artificial intelligence research initiative, which has lead to the creation of a new word embedding scheme, as well as a new type of neural network for text generation. He had previously worked in data science for Booz Allen Hamilton and Standard & Poor's, and has taught and advised on data science in both DC and NYC. Patrick is also the author of "A Hands of Introduction to Artificial Intelligence" by Packt Publishing.
He holds a bachelors in Economics from The George Washington University and is currently pursuing a masters in software engineering from Harvard University.
Aaron Schumacher - Aaron Schumacher is a data scientist and software engineer for Deep Learning Analytics. He has taught with Python and R for General Assembly and the Metis data science bootcamp. Aaron has also worked with data at Booz Allen Hamilton, New York University, and the New York City Department of Education. He studied mathematics at the University of Wisconsin–Madison and teaching mathematics at Bard College. Aaron's career-best breakdancing result was advancing to the semi-finals of the R16 Korea 2009 individual footwork battle.
Hope McIntyre - Hope McIntyre is a Data Scientist at Storyblocks, a media asset company selling millions of stock photos, videos, and audio clips through a industry-disrupting subscription model and digital platform. She specializes in text mining, image recognition, big data processing, and machine learning, working on the company's Data and Search team. She has a Master's of Data Science from the University of Virginia and a degree in Engineering from Dartmouth College. Hope has presented at conferences on wide-range of data science topics including computational linguistics, data ethics, and data visualization.
Meet our moderator:
Kathleen Perez-Lopez - Kathleen Perez-Lopez is the CTO of Mia Learning, a startup creating Mia, a secret agent – a chat bot – who helps kids chose books for they’ll love. Kathleen holds degrees in math, a PhD in Information Technology, and a grad certificate in Computational Social Science. She’s been a mathematical statistician, an image scientist, and a software engineer. She became interested in deep learning when she realized convolutional neural networks, built in days, could perform a dissertation’s worth of research from the time she was studying image science. She now co-organizes the meetup, DC Deep Learning Working Group.
Meet our sponsor:
Walmart Labs - One brand. One experience. Walmart Labs is the technology arm of Walmart re-imagining retail for our 260 million daily shoppers. Our teams of engineers, designers, and product leaders are experimenting for a smarter future—where online and in-store shopping is an interconnected, consistent, and customer-first experience.