Date: Tuesday, October 14, 2014
Location: Elder Research, Inc., 300 West Main St., Suite 301, Charlottesville (adjacent to Downtown Mall)
5:30-6:00 Arrival & Networking
6:00-7:00 Presentation by John F. Elder, IV, Ph.D. (see details below)
7:00-??? Dinner on the Downtown Mall (Exact location TBD)
RSVP Requested – please send an email to Norval Johnston at email@example.com by 4:00 PM on Tuesday, October 14.
Title: The Power (and Peril) of Predictive Analytics
Abstract: Learning from data is extremely powerful and its use is transforming business decision-making in multiple industries at an accelerating pace – saving money and even lives. It’s an exciting time to be a Data Miner! To be excellent at the work, we need to listen well – to transform a real-world challenge into a close, but solvable problem; we need to be expert in key technological methods, and we need to be keenly aware of our weaknesses in making judgments – including cognitive biases (for us humans) and lack of any sense (for our computer allies). I will share stories of warning and of encouragement, from a life in the field.
John Elder leads America’s largest and most experienced data mining consultancy. Founded in 1995, Elder Research (www.datamininglab.com
) has offices in Charlottesville, Virginia and Washington, DC and has solved projects in a huge variety of areas by mining data in tables, text, and links. Dr. Elder co-authored 3 books (on practical data mining, ensembles, and text mining), two of which won “book of the year” awards in Mathematics or Computer Science. John has created data mining tools, was a discoverer of ensemble methods, chairs international conferences, and is a popular keynote speaker.
Dr. Elder earned Engineering degrees from Rice and UVA and is an Adjunct Professor of Systems Engineering at UVA. He was honored to be named by President Bush to serve 5 years on a panel to guide technology for national security. John is grateful to be a follower of Christ and the father of five.