Applied Data Science as Told by a Mathematician

CAM Speaker Fall 2016

Speaker: Wally Lo Faro, MasterCard

Date & Time:

Thursday, November 17, 2016
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM


Owens Science Center, 3M Auditorium (OWS 150)

Abstract: More and more we hear about Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning playing a bigger role in our daily lives but it's not always easy to see how exactly this is happening. In this talk, I hope to demystify the field from the perspective of a mathematician. I will also provide some examples of how MasterCard does (and doesn't) use these techniques.

Biosketch: Wally Lo Faro is Principal Data Scientist for MasterCard Operations and Technology. His responsibilities include architecting data science and analytics environments and applying data scientific principles to extract information from large volumes of data for process improvements, data quality, and product development. Wally has been with MasterCard for ten years in a variety of roles. Prior to joining MasterCard, Wally was a professor of mathematics at the University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point and Boise State University. He received his PhD in Pure Mathematics in 1998 from the University of Iowa with a specialization in the topology of three-dimensional manifolds. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mathematics from the University of Missouri in 1990.

Video: Contact CAM Associate Director, Prof. Magda Stolarska, for a link to view the video of this talk.


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