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Welcome to the Conversations on Applied AI Podcast where Justin Grammens and the team at Emerging Technologies North talk with experts in the fields of Artificial Intelligence and Deep Learning. In each episode, we cut through the hype and dive into how these technologies are being applied to real-world problems today. We hope that you find this episode educational and applicable to your industry and connect with us to learn more about our organization at AppliedAI.MN. Enjoy!
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Bias in Machine Learning models is a real problem, but also is the lack of representation of women and minorities in the more general Data Science field. Join me this week as I speak with Jessica Meyer about going from the start of her career working at Best Buy in their Marketing department to today being a Principal Data Scientist at Optum.Jessica shares with us both her story and her passion for helping women and minorities be represented in the field of Machine Learning and Data Science. She hosts a popular podcast called Women in Technology Twin Cities and speaks at conferences such as the Women in Analytics & Data Science Virtual Conference this past fall. She is also an Adjunct Faculty Associate at Columbia University working in the School of Professional Studies Analytics Program.If you are interested in learning about how AI is being applied across multiple industries, be sure to join us at a future AppliedAI Monthly meetup and help support us so we can make future Emerging Technologies North non-profit events! Emerging Technologies NorthAppliedAI MeetupResources and Topics Mentioned in this EpisodeBest BuyOptumML OpsAutonomous DrivingNeuralinkThe Moment of Lift ( book )Becoming ( book )WIT Twin CitiesEthics of AIBias in Amazon's Recruiting ToolCourseraKaggleMinneAnalyticsWomen in Analytics ConferenceEnjoy!Your host,Justin Grammens
One of the areas in which Artificial Intelligence is making a huge impact on our lives is the areas of biomedical analysis. In this episode, I'm joined by Mike Hugo - CTO, and Co-founder at Vyasa Analytics. We discuss all of the latest and greatest trends going on in this amazing field and discuss everything from Transformer Models to his favorite books and what a Pteranodon is! I hope you enjoy this conversation and huge thanks to Mike for taking the time to break this complex subject down and explain it in clear and simple terms.If you are interested in learning about how AI is being applied across multiple industries, be sure to join us at a future AppliedAI Monthly meetup and help support us so we can make future Emerging Technologies North non-profit events! Emerging Technologies NorthAppliedAI MeetupResources and Topics Mentioned in this EpisodeRDFSmall CompoundsClassificationBERTTransformer ModelsGraph QLKnowledge GraphLife SciencesClinical TrialsMechanical TurkGraphics Processing UnitsTensorFlowPyTorchDeepfakeTuring TestThe Eagle Has Landed ( book )PteranodonTriton ServerTensorFlow ServingHype CycleEnjoy!Your host,Justin Grammens
We've all heard the hype about Quantum Computing, but what does it really mean for Artificial Intelligence? In this episode, Danika Hannon breaks down what Quantum Computing is, how it's different from classical computing, and discusses real-world use cases of how it's going to change the landscape of what we'll be able to do with AI in the future. We also discuss women in technology and her work with a number of organizations such as Women in Quantum that are helping to be a resource for women to collaborate and have fun with fellow female quantum academics, students, entrepreneurs, investors, and government representatives. Danika continues to give back through her work with Girls on the Run and helping women have more confidence in life. If you are interested in learning about how AI is being applied across multiple industries, be sure to join us at a future AppliedAI Monthly meetup and help support us so we can make future Emerging Technologies North non-profit events! Emerging Technologies NorthAppliedAI MeetupResources and Topics Mentioned in this EpisodeSentiment AnalysisDigital TransformationData-Driven Decision MakingMinnesota Quantum ComputingBoltz.AIQuantum ComputingClassical ComputerDenise RuffnerAI and Climate ChangeAutomationGirls on the RunTeam PrometeoGreat on the Job ( Book )Atomic Habits ( Book )Minneapolis Institute of Art5 Second Rule ( Book )Mel Robbins TED TalkDeep BreathingEnjoy!Your host,Justin Grammens
If you ever wondered how Alexa, Siri, Google can be trained to recognize and process audio, this is the episode for you! In this episode, we speak with Bongjun Kim. Bongjun is an AI researcher at 3M. He completed his Ph.D. in Computer Science at Northwestern University and his research interests include Machine Learning, Audio Signal Processing (e.g. sound event recognition), interactive intelligent systems, multimedia information retrieval, and human-in-the-loop interfaces. He also enjoys working on a musical interface and interactive media art.I love this quote from him, "You need to look at the data before you choose your model. Please review the images, audio, or video to make sure your assumptions are valid." Wise words from an expert. I also highly suggest you pick up a copy of the book he recommends called Learning From Data listed in the liner notes below. I've started reading it and have found it fascinating and insightful! To connect with Bongjun, visit his personal website.If you are interested in learning about how AI is being applied across multiple industries, be sure to join us at a future AppliedAI Monthly meetup and help support us so we can make future Emerging Technologies North non-profit events! Emerging Technologies NorthAppliedAI MeetupResources and Topics Mentioned in this EpisodeNorthwestern UniversityHuman in the LoopAI Driven ArtMachine LearningData CleaningSupervised LearningSpectrogramTimbreInteractive Sound Event DetectorLabeled DataMechanical TurkMyers BriggsWeak SupervisionAudio SetCreative CodingArduinoTeachable MachineICASSPBook - Learning From DataTest-Driven DevelopmentEnjoy!Your host,Justin Grammens
I’m so happy that Nick Walton took time out of his busy schedule to join us and talk about human and AI collaboration. This was one of my favorite conversations on the Applied AI Podcast! Nick is the CEO and founder of Latitude, a company working to develop unique, immersive virtual experiences with cutting-edge machine learning technology. Nick attended Brigham Young University, where he received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Computer Science and since graduating has been working in the areas of autonomous driving and as an AI research assistant before starting Latitude in 2019.Latitude is currently hiring!If you are interested in learning about how AI is being applied across multiple industries, be sure to join us at a future AppliedAI Monthly meetup and help support us so we can make future Emerging Technologies North non-profit events! Emerging Technologies NorthAppliedAI MeetupResources and Topics Mentioned in this EpisodeAI DungeonAI Dungeon - HistoryGPT-2GPT-3NLPZorkDragon ModelOpen AITensorflowPytorchT5Transfer LearningGreedy AlgorithmJust For FunSkyrimHer ( Movie )Enjoy!Your host,Justin Grammens
Amazing topic and conversation! In this episode, Fatma Kocer talks with Justin Grammens about the fascinating work she and the team at Altair are by using Data Science and modeling to improve product design using structural optimization. Her quote that just being a Data Scientist, but needing to "know the domain" today, is spot on and very insightful. There are many other great quotes and insights from Fatma in this episode!Fatma has received a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the Middle East Technical University in Ankara, Turkey, and an MSc and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Iowa in Structural Optimization. Currently, she works as the Vice President for Engineering Data Science at Altair. In this role, she and her team work on engineering data science strategy, development, and execution which includes investigating and applying the latest technologies in the field, providing feedback into Altair's software, and supporting customer projects. Fatma is also a huge source of inspiration for women in the areas of STEM and education. as she is one of the recipients of Crain’s 2019 Notable Women in STEM recognition.If you are interested in learning about how AI is being applied across multiple industries, be sure to join us at a future Applied AI Monthly meetup and help support us so we can make future Emerging Technologies North non-profit events! Emerging Technologies NorthAppliedAI MeetupResources and Topics Mentioned in this EpisodeAppliedAI Meetup in July 2020Structural OptimizationLoss FunctionComputer SimulationCrash SimulationsA Whole New Mind by Daniel PinkDifferential EquationCADCourseraEnjoy!Your host,Justin Grammens
In this episode, Tyler Nigon shares with Justin Grammens his deep experience in production level agriculture and some of the cool ways AI is being applied to his field. Tyler is a Ph.D. Candidate in Land and Atmospheric Science at the University of Minnesota’s Department of Soil, Water, and Climate. Tyler is passionate about sustainable agricultural productivity. His research focuses on evaluating remote sensing and other precision agriculture tools to reduce fertilizer loss and keep our soil and water resources clean and productive.Tyler has been learning and applying AI techniques during his statistical training and graduate studies and he says that he finds AI to be a useful tool for the agricultural sector, not only in research but in practice as well.Tyler also recently co-founded Insight Sensing (together with a fellow Ph.D. candidate at the U) as part of the National Science Foundation Small Business Technology Transfer program.If you are interested in learning about how AI is being applied across multiple industries, be sure to join us at a future Applied AI Monthly meetup and help support us so we can make future Emerging Technologies North non-profit events! Emerging Technologies NorthAppliedAI MeetupResources and Topics Mentioned in this EpisodeGISRemote SensingHyper Spectral ImagingReprogramming the American DreamMulti SpectricalPlanet Scope ImageryRegression AnalysisSupport Vector MachinePetiole Nitrate SamplingPrecision AgricultureEnjoy!Your host,Justin Grammens
Super excited the share the conversation I had with Nicholas Heller. Nick is PhD student in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Minnesota -- Twin Cities.Nick's research focuses on the development and validation of clinical prediction models for risk stratification and treatment planning in genitourinary cancer, especially renal cell carcinoma. In particular, he's interested in the use of deep learning to incorporate tumor appearance into prediction models in more expressive and objective ways while maintaining transparency and biological plausibility.Nick shares some really good books that I have listed in the notes below. Please reach out to Nick on his personal UMN page.If you are interested in learning about how AI is being applied across multiple industries, be sure to join us at a future Applied AI Monthly meetup and help support us so we can make future Emerging Technologies North non-profit events! Emerging Technologies NorthAppliedAI MeetupResources and Topics Mentioned in this EpisodeMedical ImagingClassificationSegmentationAmazon Mechanical TurkBias and UnbiasedBraTS DatasetBraTS on KaggleKiTS ChallengeNick’s Github RepositoryNick’s KiTS DataTransfer LearningCross-Sectional Imaging510(K) ClearanceAndrew NgMichael NeilsonPattern Recognition and Machine LearningIntro to Statistical LearningDeep MedicineEnjoy!Your host,Justin Grammens
I’m so happy to have had the opportunity to interview Tina Nguyen for this podcast. In this episode, Tina shares how she came from humble beginnings in Vietnam to go to college, receiving multiple master's degrees, an MBA, and now is an ML/AI Portfolio Manager at U.S. Bank in their Data Science department. Tina calls the women in her life a major strength in helping set her work ethic to arrive where she is at today.She is also on the executive board of directors at Northpoint Health and Wellness Center and a Woman of the Year Legends Award Winner from the Leukemia and Lymphoma society.In an extremely inspirational interview, you'll learn that Tina is a real go-getter and I fully believe that everything she sets her sights on, she will achieve.If you are interested in learning about how AI is being applied across multiple industries, be sure to join us at a future Applied AI Monthly meetup and help support us so we can make future Emerging Technologies North non-profit events! Emerging Technologies NorthAppliedAI MeetupResources and Topics Mentioned in this EpisodeAugsburg UniversityPredictive ModelingMarketing Mix ModelingMulti-Touch AttributionGraph TheoryDifferential EquationsApplied MathematicsThe War on Normal People NIPS ConferenceATM SkimmingEthical AIGDPRICMLNeural IPSConflict ManagementOne Dimensional ManEnjoy!Your host,Justin Grammens
In this episode, we speak with Jake Mason, a Senior Data Scientist at Carrot Health. Prior to his current role, he was at United Health Group where he developed and lead teams building real-time machine learning applications. Outside of his professional work, Jake has been a cofounder of two awesome meetup groups here in the Twin Cities. The first is "Analyze This" a group that focused on creating data science challenges by teams from data scientists in the community to help non-profits or other organizations achieve what they would have not been able to do themselves. Likewise, his next group, StarEightyTwo was on a mission is to help individuals learn analytics while creating positive change for nonprofits, businesses, and the public sector.If you are interested in learning about how AI is being applied across multiple industries, be sure to join us at a future Applied AI Monthly meetup and help support us so we can make future Emerging Technologies North non-profit events! Emerging Technologies NorthAppliedAI MeetupResources and Topics Mentioned in this EpisodeVenn Diagram of Data ScienceReprogramming the American DreamNasim TalebDaniel KahnemanSignal & The NoiseVisual Studio CodeRStudioPythonRAnalyze This!Logistic RegressionMachine LearningXGBoostEnsemble LearningPJReddieMapping PrejudiceContinuous LearningMinneAnalyticsEnjoy!Your host,Justin Grammens
This episode is a followup from some of the great conversations we had with Dave Mathais back in Episode 6! This time around, Dave and I riff on all the various online courses, meetups ( Hint -- AppliedAI.MN ), and data challenges that both compies and communities are holding to help elevate and build a community around what's possible with Artificial Intelligence.Finally, if you are interested in learning about how AI is being applied across multiple industries, be sure to join us at a future Applied AI Monthly meetup and help support us so we can make future Emerging Technologies North non-profit events! Emerging Technologies NorthAppliedAI MeetupResources and Topics Mentioned in this EpisodeFast.AITWIMLTwin Cities Deep Learning Study GroupDeepLearning.AIPeter Thiel5AM ClubFlipped ClassroomSciTech ExperienceDevPostEnjoy!Your host,Justin Grammens
In this episode, we go deep with the always fascinating and expert in the field of data, Statistics, and Six Sigma Master Black Belt, Kevin Church.A chemical engineer by training and applied statistician by vocation, Kevin has more than 20 years of experience in the practical application of statistical thinking and the scientific approach to improve business performance. Kevin helps organizations by leading teams on Predictive Analytics, Executive Coaching, and everything in between. He’s spent the past 3 years at United Healthgroup / Optum and has been involved in co-founding and building multiple meetup groups that focus on educating attendees on data science through competitions that help non-profits.We cover a ton of ground this episode. Everything from where Kevin got his start, how he has been able to continually apply first principals from W. Edward Deming, Six Sigma to dozens of challenges in his career that involve data and touching on the applications of Artificial Intelligence to create profound knowledge and delighting the customer.If you are interested in learning about how AI is being applied across multiple industries, be sure to join us at a future Applied AI Monthly meetup and help support us so we can make future Emerging Technologies North non-profit events!Emerging Technologies NorthAppliedAI MeetupHere's just a few of the many fun and interesting topics discussed during this podcast:W. Edwards DemingProfound KnowledgeSix SigmaData Science Venn DiagramDecision Tree ModelsControl ChartFishbone DiagramIndependent & Dependent VariablesInteractionsWeapons of Math DestructionDan AtkinsOverfittingMinneAnalyticsAmy LindgrenBlack Swan TheoryThe Signal and the NoiseEnjoy!Your host,Justin Grammens
Our guest today is Parker Erickson! Parker is currently a student at the University of Minnesota pursuing a B.S. in Computer Science. Interested in machine learning, artificial intelligence, and graph databases. He’s also been a software engineering Intern at Optum and has developed, among many things a fraud detection system using graph databases and machine learning. The system is currently in the patent process.In this episode, Parker shares some of the projects he has built while his time at Optum and a number of others that he’s building in his own spare time. You can check out Parker’s Github account for all the gory details.Finally, if you are interested in learning about how AI is being applied across multiple industries, be sure to join us at a future Applied AI Monthly meetup and help support us so we can make future Emerging Technologies North non-profit events!Emerging Technologies NorthAppliedAI MeetupHere's just a few of the many fun and interesting topics discussed during this podcast:Graph Convolutional Neural NetworksAI Racing LeagueBaseball Pitch PredictionAlphaGo DocumentaryThe Master AlgorithmThe Book of WhyGenetic AlgorithmSoftware 2.0Linear RegressionStatCastPyBaseballWins Above Replacement ( WAR )Parker's Medium BlogEnjoy!Your host,Justin Grammens
In this episode, we are joined by Dave Mathias. Dave is a Data & Product Coach at Beyond The Data and host of the Data Able Podcast. He’s also a leader in the Data Science and Analytics community having founded many meetups, conferences and is on the board of MinneAnalytics. Dave shares with us his deep experience in using data within originations to make better product decisions. We also touch on AI and generalized learning along with what the world might look like if Artificial General Intelligence (AGI) becomes a reality and human relationships in movies such as Ex Machina and Her. We also touch on a few online courses that our listeners might be interested in taking to learn more about applying Artificial Intelligence to their particular domain.Since recording this, I had a followup conversation with Dave specifically on Education and AI, which will be coming in a future episode!Finally, if you are interested in learning about how AI is being applied across multiple industries, be sure to join us at a future Applied AI Monthly meetup and help support us so we can make future Emerging Technologies North non-profit events! Emerging Technologies NorthAppliedAI MeetupResources and Topics Mentioned in this EpisodeTwin Cities (Data) Visualization GroupTwin Cities Data Fluency GroupProduct Camp Twin CitiesCustomer Focus NorthGeneralized LearningThe Differences Between Artificial and Biological Neural NetworksHomo DeusData ( Star Trek )Radio Isn’t DyingAI for EveryoneLiberal Arts EducationEnjoy!Your host,Justin Grammens
In this episode, we are joined by Josh Cutler, VP & Sr. Distinguished Engineer for AI Platforms & Transformation Team at Optum. Josh shared with us his 15+ years of experience in applying data and intelligence to solve hard business problems. I really liked Josh's definition of the application of AI being, "How can we help computers make good decisions". This cuts to the core of why we are building these systems and what the outcome should be.Besides the applications Josh is building with his team today, he shared with us how he got into the field, the startups he founded, and how Microsoft was actually ahead of their time in this space with their Live Labs initiative and so much more. Enjoy!Finally, if you are interested in learning about how AI is being applied across multiple industries, be sure to join us at a future Applied AI Monthly meetup and help support us so we can make future Emerging Technologies North non-profit events!Emerging Technologies NorthAppliedAI MeetupHere's just a few of the many fun and interesting topics discussed during this podcast:Computer VisionNLPChoose Your Own AdventureNate SilverOffice AssistantRamblTwitterComputational Frameworks for Political and Social Research with PythonMVPFast.aiEnjoy!Your host,Justin Grammens
Thank you to Joe Schnieder for taking the time to chat with me on his history of applying AI using Embedded Systems. As a fellow entrepreneur, educator to the community, Arduino enthusiast, and someone looking at how to apply AI at the edge, this was an awesome conversation.From his early times at John Deere to his current role as the founder of Dojo5, Joe brings passion, inspiration, and in some ways a much-needed levelheadedness ( is that a word? ) to the industry.By giving back with his presentations and learnings are well worth attending. I hope that through this podcast you are able to learn about some of the new areas in which AI is being pushed to the edge with smarter devices being able to interact and then react using data from sensors in real-time.Finally, if you are interested in learning about applying AI, be sure to join us at a future Applied AI Monthly meetup and help support us so we can make future Emerging Technologies North non-profit events!Emerging Technologies NorthAppliedAI MeetupHere's just a few of the many fun and interesting topics discussed during this podcast:Applied AI MeetupRadio Shack KitsTurbo C++Precision AgricultureImbioAgFuseSkynetSemtienceBrain-computer InterfaceDevsBorgCobolEmbedded SystemsParticle Asset TrackerEmbeddedFMTinyMLTopher WhiteRainforest ConnectionBoon LogicOpenAI Model Generates Python CodeTensorflow LiteDojo5 LearningsEnjoy!Your host,Justin Grammens
I'm thrilled to have had the opportunity to have this awesome conversation with Jon Herke, a leader, and technical evangelist based in the Twin Cities. In this episode, we cover a TON of ground on everything from how Emerging Technologies such as Artificial Intelligence is being taught in schools and how Jon is intimately involved in fixing that through the Futurist Academy, to what's ahead with AI and Graph Databases and the J.A.R.V.I.S project and the Neuralink Corporation, founded by Elon Musk. I hope you enjoy this fascinating conversation with one of the most humble and giving person I know. As he shared with me, the three words that he lives by are: "Learn. Create. Share".Finally, if you are interested in learning about applying AI, be sure to join us at a future Applied AI Monthly meetup and help support us so we can make future Emerging Technologies North non-profit events!Emerging Technologies NorthAppliedAI MeetupHere's just a small sample of the topics we discussed. Enjoy!National GuardUnited Health GroupGraph DatabasesTigergraphAI Racing LeagueGPU ServersEmerging TechnologiesCosine SimilarityNatural Language ProcessingComputer VisionPapers on Graph Convolutional Neural Networks (GCNN)Predicting IPO's using GCNNParker EriksonArtificial General IntelligenceJ.A.R.V.I.SNeuralink21 Lessons for the 21st CenturyDeepfake
In this episode, we talk with Senthil Kumaran, CIO/CTO for Virtuwell, a HealthPartners company. He is part of HealthPartners AI and Machine Learning and Enterprise architecture group and a key contributor to the HIPPA/HITEC security and a conference presenter on Predictive Data Analytics, Rules, and Web/Mobile initiatives. In this episode, we talk about the US Healthcare system and how AI is being used to provide better customer experience, better health outcomes for a lower cost."40 years ago, healthcare we 4% of GDP. Now it's 19% of our GDP... The US is rated at number 20 in the world for Healthcare." - Senthil KumaranTopics covered:AI TimelinePersonalized MedicineBabalon HealthIDXDRRetina ScanEmotional IntelligenceBeyond VerbalAffectivaCourseraKaggleSentiment AnalysisMinnebarInterested in learning more? Visit us at the Emerging Technology North website or an AppliedAI monthly event!
In this episode, Dan McCreary, Distinguished Engineer in AI and Graph at Optum shares with us his deep experience in Graph Databases, the AI racing league, and why Enterprise Knowledge Graphs will rule the world in the areas of Healthcare and Artificial Intelligence.Graph DatabasesEnterprise Knowledge GraphsAI Racing LeagueOptumIoTHackdayArduinoThank you, Dan, for the conversation and to you the listener for your continued support and interest in Artificial Intelligence and how it is being applied to the world in which we live.Interested in learning more? Please join us at an AppliedAI monthly event!
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