What we're about

This group is for people interested in Machine Learning and Data Science. It is intended to provide engaging, hands-on experiences in these branches of information technology for beginners and experts alike. By holding one another accountable for our own educational goals, we can create a synergistic network of students, practitioners, and enthusiasts.

We received approval from the National WIMLDS organization to establish a local chapter. The national organization is intended to supplement successful local meetups to connect women with others in the field locally and nationally. Read more about them at http://wimlds.org (http://wimlds.org/). This learning community was created for women by women as a comfortable space to explore these fields, but we welcome all new members who are considerate of this mission.

Join us on our Slack channel! btvdev (http://btvdev-slackin.herokuapp.com/) #wimlds

If you have questions in the interim, feel free to contact me: jane@universalities.com or @janeadams on the BTVdev Slack channel.

Upcoming events (2)

Movie Night! WiDS Conference Pre-Party

Main Street Landing Performing Arts Center

Bring your PJs and we'll bring the snacks! Building up to our own Women in Data Science conference here in Burlington (get info and RSVP here: https://www.meetup.com/VT-WiMLDS/events/258279941/ ) we will be having a MOVIE NIGHT to watch some of the presentations from the WiDS Conference at Stanford. These recorded presentations are each about 20 minutes long, so as a group we'll pick a handful to watch. As an icebreaker, we'll encourage members to share for 5 minutes or less about a project (work or personal) they are developing. Optional, of course!

Women in Data Science Burlington Conference

Generator Makerspace

Join us at the Generator Maker Space, in the new Champlain College Flex Space, for an evening of fascinating talks by women in the fields of data science, machine learning, and creative computing. Also we will be featuring a panel discussion about creating inclusive spaces for women and non-binary folks in STEM. Come on down for pizza, drinks, and sweet knowledge! Lisa Soros: "Evolving Creative Neural Networks" Lisa Soros is an Assistant Professor of Computer Science and Innovation at Champlain College. She also serves on the Board of Directors for the International Society for Artificial Life. Donna Rizzo Dr. Rizzo is a fellow at the University of Vermont Gund Institute, where she performs research on the development of new computational tools to improve the understanding of human-induced changes on natural systems and the way we make decisions about natural resources. She holds a PhD in Civil & Environmental Engineering from UVM, and now teaches in that department as well as in the Department of Computer Science. Maureen McElaney: “Digital Discrimination: Cognitive Bias in Machine Learning” Maureen McElaney is a Developer Advocate at IBM Center of Open Source Data and Ai Technologies and enjoys broadening IBM's understanding and involvement in open source communities. Prior to joining the team, she worked as a QA Engineer at Dealer.com and is passionate about building tools that increase developer productivity and joy. She is an experienced community builder, co-organizing Vermont Code Camp, on the board of the Vermont Tech Alliance, and is passionate about building diversity (of all kinds) in tech. Narine Hall Narine Hall teaches computer science and data analytics at Champlain College. She has a Ph.D. in computer science from the University of Vermont. Dr. Hall was the Chief Data Scientist at Wolfram Research, founder/CTO of BlinkSecure, led data science and AI efforts at IBM’s Watson program, and works on core AI infrastructure at Faraday here in Burlington. Polly Mangan: "Data Science at Social Sentinel" Polly Mangan works as Lead Data Scientist at Social Sentinel, a local social media threat alert service. She is skilled in statistical modeling, advanced analytics, and effective communication. Polly excels at deconstructing complex material. She is a technical professional with a Master of Science focused in Applied Mathematics from the University of Vermont, and worked as a Senior Data Scientist at Dealer.com/Cox Automotive before joining the Social Sentinel team. We will also have a 30-minute panel discussion, featuring: Kristin McClure Kristin McClure is a graduate student at the University of Vermont in Data Science and Complex Systems, with a focus on machine learning and data visualization. Her undergraduate research was at the University of Pennsylvania in economics. For the majority of her professional career, she worked at IBM, most recently leading a team focused on strategic planning and data analytics. Dr. Linda Schadler, Dean of the University of Vermont College of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences Linda Schadler is the Dean of the University of Vermont College of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences. She obtained her PhD in materials science and engineering from the University of Pennsylvania. She has published over 170 journal articles on the mechanical, optical, and electrical behavior of nanofilled polymer composites. Recently she has been working with a team of 5 women to create a data resource in polymer nanocomposites called NanoMine. The goal of the Nanomine is to provide an open source resource to aid in both scientific understanding of composites and design of composites for commercial applications. Linda is a Fellow of the Materials Research Society and ASM International and is a former member of the National Materials Advisory Board. Many thanks to our sponsors: Generator, Social Sentinel, Champlain College, and Burlington Code

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