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Navigating Ambiguity: Identifying the Right Problem to Solve with Dean Malmgren

October 25, 2017 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

NOTE: Please sign-in at the registration area at the entrance. Thank you! 

Data science is inherently ambiguous. Yes we can quantify uncertainty with sophisticated models or statistical techniques, but it requires human intuition, thoughtfulness, and empathy to identify the right problem to solve in the first place. This talk will share some of the lessons that we’ve learned from the human-centered design community that we believe are critical to doing good data science and conveniently avoiding pitfalls along the way.

6:30 – 7:00 – Meet and Greet
7:00 – 8:00 – Event Content
8:00 – 8:30 – Wind-down and Q&A

What to Know and Bring
An open mind, questions, and probably some post-its.

About the Speaker

Dean Malmgren is a co-founder and data scientist at Datascope, a data science consulting firm in Chicago, where he has helped organizations of all shapes and sizes use data to solve the right problem. Dean received a BS and BSE from the University of Michigan and a PhD from Northwestern University and previously held research positions at Yahoo! Research and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. 

Dean’s work has been featured in places like Crain’s, TIME, Wired, and US News & World Report and, whenever possible, he shares his experience and perspective through his writing and speaking. Dean further contributes to the open source community and is the primary maintainer of packages like textract, scrubadub, and flo. Beyond his responsibilities at Datascope, Dean serves as an advisor for Metis, NUvention Analytics, and the School of Information at the University of Michigan.

About Metis

Metis (thisismetis.com) accelerates careers in data science by providing full-time immersive bootcamps, evening part-time professional development courses, online resources, and corporate programs based in Seattle, New York, Chicago, and San Francisco.

Brought to you by Kaplan, Metis focuses primarily on Python, machine learning, data visualization, deep learning, big data processing, statistical foundations, and more. Students and alumni of the bootcamp program receive continuous support from our career advisors, empowering them to pursue a successful career in the fast-growing field of data science.

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October 25, 2017
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
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626 W. Jackson Rd.
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