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Atlas Distinguished Speakers: Jan Pedersen, Chief Scientist @ Bing

October 11, 2016 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm


Come down to Galvanize for a series of thought-provoking talks on data science and applications. For this event, we have two excellent speakers:

Opening Speaker – Trent Hauck – Conducting a Bayesian Analysis

Bayesian analysis has historically been elegant theoretically, but somewhat challenging practically, especially with large datasets.  However, in the last several years somewhat new approaches to conducting inference at scale along with the proliferation of graph based computation a la Theano have made things easier.

This talk will first discuss in more detail the situation described above and review a few models fit using a Python package called Edward, which can be used to programmatically specify the model. Finally we will perform inference based on the available data.

Keynote Speaker – Dr. Jan Pedersen, Chief Scientist at Microsoft Bing

Pedersen began his career at Xerox’s Palo Alto Research Center (PARC) where he led a research program on information access technologies.  In 1996 he joined Verity (recently purchased by Autonomy) to manage their advanced technology program.  In 1998 Dr.Pedersen joined Infoseek/Go Network, a first generation Internet search engine, as Director of Search and Spidering.  In 2002 he joined Alta Vista as Chief Scientist. Alta Vista has later acquired acquired byYahoo!, where Dr. Pedersen served as Chief Scientist for the Search and Advertising Technology Group. Prior to joining Microsoft, Dr.Pedersen was Chief Scientist at A9, an Amazon company.  Currently, Dr. Pedersen is a Microsoft Technical Fellow and Chief Scientist for Core Search at Bing. 

Dr. Pedersen holds a Ph.D. in Statistics from Stanford University and a AB in Statistics from Princeton University. He is credited with more than ten issued patents and has authored more than twenty refereed publications on information access topics, seven of which are in the Special Interest Group on Information Retrieval (SIGIR) proceedings.

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October 11, 2016
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm


Galvanize Seattle – Pioneer Square
111 South Jackson Street
Seattle, WA 98104 US


Galvanize Seattle