Gerhard Pilcher Spoke at Federal Government’s Data Strategy Forum
Gerhard Pilcher Quoted in CIO Australia Article
Robert Pitney's Article on A Blueprint for Effective Analytics Programs Published in PA Times
Senior Data Scientist Robert Pitney's article "Analytics Assessment: A Blueprint for Effective Analytics Programs" was published in Predictive Analytics Times. The article discusses the importance of doing an Analytics Assessment to developing a well-conceived analytics strategy to achieve a sustainable competitive advantage and generate significant return on investment using analytics.
Tom Shafer Wins Blackmarker Machine Learning Modeling Contest
Data Scientist Tom Shafer has been declared the winner of its Blackmarker ML Modeling Contest. Tom’s model outperformed all other contest entries and was validated with a 250 document out-of-sample evaluation set which produced an F-measure that exceeds the threshold for a doubling of the prize money.
According to Zach Buckner, CEO of Blackmarker, “Tom’s model leveraged innovative features that he developed over top of the original data, including some NLP-based features. It also employed some clever tactics, such as altering the shape of the page targets that were provided by a commercial OCR package and by our proprietary Glyphic processing engine. This result is a testament to his exceptional talent as a data scientist. We’re delighted with his work and with the results of the contest, which will be incorporated into our application to drive even greater accuracy.”
Dustin Hux Receives Alfred C. Weaver Award for Industry
Dustin Hux received the Alfred C. Weaver Award for Industry. The award is presented by the University of Virginia Applied Research Institute to three individuals, one each from government, industry, and academia who serve as examples of one of the Applied Research Institute’s primary missions, to support and encourage collaboration in research and development among these three groups.
Dr. Alfred Weaver, Professor of Computer Science and Founding Director of the Applied Research Institute, has worked throughout his career to create new research programs, educational opportunities and collaborative work environments to support the broader Defense and Intelligence Communities. As Founding Director of the Applied Research Institute, Dr. Weaver recognized the opportunity to bring together the resources of the University of Virginia, with those of industry and government alike, to harness the collective power of these diverse groups.
Dr. Aric LaBarr Teaching a Course on Product Demand Forecasting in R at Datacamp
Director and Senior Scientist Dr. Aric LaBarr designed and is the instructor for a course in Product Demand Forecasting in R at Datacamp. The course unlocks the process of predicting product demand through the use of R and students will learn how to identify important drivers of demand, look at seasonal effects, and predict demand for a hierarchy of products from a real world example.
Elder Research Team Wins Data Story Telling Component of Charlottesville Open Data Challenge
Anna Godwin, Halee Mason, Cory Everington, Danny Brady, and Kazlin Mason, aka Team HACK’D, won the Data Story Telling component of the Charlottesville Open Data Challenge. The team presented at the Tom Tom Founders Festival Machine Learning Conference as one of two finalist. Using open data, the goal of the Challenge was to engage the growing data science community within Charlottesville and the surrounding areas to help the City better understand pedestrian use of the Downtown Mall. For the data storytelling portion, each team was asked to use the data to craft a narrative and visualizations that explain what is happening in the data (trends, anomalies, outliers, etc.). The goal of data storytelling is to enlighten members of the target audience to insights that would not be clear without charts or graphs. The team also finished in fourth place for the Best Predictive Model component of the challenge. View the winning story here.
Trent Bradberry, Ph.D. Receives Award from the Journal of Neural Engineering
Trent Bradberry, Ph.D., received an Outstanding Reviewer Award from the Journal of Neural Engineering. The annual award is given to reviewers who are judged by the editorial team to have provided high quality neuroscientific/engineering reviews of manuscripts under consideration for publication. Trent is one of only 24 award recipients for 2017 selected from an international community of reviewers. Journal of Neural Engineering was created to help scientists, clinicians and engineers to understand, replace, repair and enhance the nervous system.
Elder Research Sponsors Tom Tom Festival Applied Machine Learning Conference
Elder Research will be a Theme Sponsor for the Applied Machine Learning Conference on April 12, 2018 at the Violet Crown theater in downtown Charlottesville. Machine Learning is a technology that helps make sense of the massive amounts of data and, in today’s world, it is the key to survival for businesses. This day-long conference will convene researchers, entrepreneurs, and practitioners who use big data and machine learning applications on a wide variety of topics.
Jennifer Schaff Announced as a Winner of the DREAM Parkinson’s Disease Digital Biomarker Challenge
Data Scientist Jennifer Schaff, Ph.D. was announced as one of the winners of the DREAM Parkinson’s Disease Digital Biomarker Challenge. Jennifer used statistical methods to derive features and feature selection to develop the top performing submission in predicting dyskinesia severity with a 59% improvement over baseline models. More than 440 data experts participated in the challenge worldwide. The DREAM Challenge is funded by the Michael J. Fox Foundation and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.