Women in Data Science Burlington Conference

Public group


40 Sears Ln · Burlington, VT

How to find us

Park in the Gilbane lot off Lakeside Ave, and come in through the Generator porch entrance. We'll be off to the left, in the flex space

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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 breakout session about creating inclusive spaces for women and non-binary folks in STEM. Come on down for pizza, drinks, knowledge and friendship!

Event Code of Conduct: https://confcodeofconduct.com/

If you have questions or would like to speak with someone, you can identify an event organizer by the word “organizer” on their name tag. You can also email Jane Adams at [masked] or message Maureen McElaney Twitter, https://twitter.com/Mo_Mack.

Schedule Overview:
5pm - Registration, Pizza Served, Networking, Introductions
5:25pm - 7:25pm - Five 20-minute Talks (Listed in order below)
7:30pm - Breakout Session with Kristin McClure on "Inclusivity in Stem"
8pm-9pm - Afterparty at Queen City Brewery

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, and just last week spoke at the Northeast Regional Conference on Complex Systems about her work in computational creativity. She has a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Central Florida and previously worked as a generative design researcher at Autodesk.

Donna Rizzo: "Computational Models of Human Impact within Natural Systems"
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.

Narine Hall: "Data Analytics"
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.

Followed by a breakout session about "Inclusivity in STEM" facilitated by:

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.

At 8pm, join us next door at Queen City Brewery for drinks (cash bar)!

Many thanks to our sponsors: Vermont Innovation Commons, Dealer.com, Social Sentinel, Champlain College, Logic Supply, Generator, Burlington Code, Leonardo's Pizza, and Queen City Brewery