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June 1, 2018: Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning: What’s new and what’s not new? & Real Life Use Cases from Local Businesses in the Community

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Dear TDWI Carolinas BI/DW and Analytics Professionals,
We cordially invite you to attend our upcoming TDWI Carolinas Chapter meeting on Friday June 1, 2018 to exchange career advice while listening to quality presentations in a vendor-neutral setting, which is the hallmark of TDWI education. Please see our detailed meeting agenda below.


Friday June 1, 8:30 AM – 12:00 PM


A Metlife - Grace Hopper auditorium in Met1

 Met1: 101 MetLife Way, Cary, NC, 27513
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9000 Weston Parkway, Cary, NC 27513
From points East (Raleigh & surrounding areas) : Take I-40 West towards Durham to exit 287 for Harrison Avenue. Turn left onto Harrison, travel 0.5 miles, and turn right onto Weston Parkway. The entrance will be on your right in 1.7 miles.
From points West (RDU Airport/Durham & surrounding areas) : Take I-40 East towards Raleigh to exit 285 for Aviation Parkway. Turn right onto Aviation, travel 1.4 miles, and turn left onto Evans Road. Travel 0.7 miles and turn left onto Weston Parkway. The entrance will be on your left in 0.4 miles.



Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning: What’s new and what’s not new?

Just when you thought you thought you had a good game plan for Data Science within your organization, the target seemingly has moved again. AI is in the news and it seems that everything has changed. That are indeed some new trends, and a couple of the new trends are revolutionary in nature, but the AI and Machine Learning story has evolved relatively slowly over several decades.

The truth is that for most businesses their main focus should still be being “brilliant at the basics”, and the basics are not undergoing major change. For most organizations, the simple act of providing carefully curated data to “supervised learning” algorithms will produce the greatest ROI. It is simply not true that it is time yet for humans to step aside and let the machine learning algorithms do the work for us. Supervised Machine Learning can produce tremendous results but only with human analysts translating business problems into a form that the algorithms understand.

We will focus our attention on a few important themes:

  • What are AI and Machine Learning?
  • What are the most common AI application areas?
  • What new trends are inspiring all of the renewed enthusiasm?
  • What are the most practical traditional Machine Learning algorithms?
  • What is the single most important machine learning technique for most organizations?
  • What are some examples of use cases that blend traditional techniques with machine learning?
  • How can we establish repeatable patterns and models with one project and scale them across the enterprise?



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8:30 AM – 9:00 AM

Networking and Registration

9:00 AM – 9:10 AM

Introductions and Chapter Business

9:10 AM – 10:40 AM

Keith McCormick (Senior Consultant and Trainer @ The Modeling Agency): Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning: What’s new and what’s not new?

10:40 AM – 10:50 AM


10:50 AM – 11:05 AM

Simanta Goel (Enterprise Analytics Architect @ NTT DATA Services): Rx Outlier Detection using autonomous analytics concepts

11:05 AM – 11:20 AM

Mark Heid (Director of Product Management & Machine Learning @ Fidelity Center for Applied Technology):
Insights and Ideas: AI Use Cases at Fidelity Investments

11:20 AM – 11:50 AM

Panel Discussion

11:50 AM – 12:00 PM


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Bios of Presenters

Keith McCormick
Senior Consultant and Trainer @ The Modeling Agency

Keith has leveraged statistical and machine learning software since the early 1990s along with deep expertise using popular commercial and open source solutions involving structured data, text, and big data analytics. As a senior consultant with The Modeling Agency, LLC, McCormick guides organizations to establish highly effective analytical practices across industries, to include public sector, media, marketing, healthcare, retrial, finance, manufacturing, and higher education. He is a highly accomplished professional mentor and trainer, having served as keynote speaker and moderator at international conferences focused on practitioners and leadership alike. He possesses a unique blend of tactical and strategic skills along with the business acumen to ensure superior project design, oversight, and outcomes that align with organizational targets.
Simanta Goel
Enterprise Analytics Architect @ NTT DATA Services

Simanta, has 14 + years of experience in the field of Data Warehousing & Analytics covering industrial domains like Health Care & Life Science, IT Research, Retail, Banking & Finance. He holds a Bachelors in Engineering in Computer Science and is currently attending Northwestern for his Master of Science in Data Science. His nickname is the “Idea Guy”. He lives in Cary, NC with his wife and son.

Mark Heid
Director of Product Management & Machine Learning, Fidelity Center for Applied Technology

Mark Heid has been working in analytics for the past decade – including IBM Watson and more recently Fidelity Investments.  Mark is currently leading a large cross-functional Fidelity Labs data science team to conceptualize, create, test and deploy innovative AI models and capabilities for a large, fast-growing business unit.  During a career spanning several decades, his background has been mostly in product management, with significant tours-of-duty in engineering, business development and sales.  Mark has an MBA in quantitative marketing from Carnegie Mellon University and a BS in biomedical engineering and computer science from Northwestern University.  He lives in downtown Raleigh with his wife, teenage daughter and a cat named Wesley.  Mark likes traveling a lot – either to urban environments steeped in cultural history or to remote natural areas for car-camping, backpacking or mountaineering. 

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