Andy Lee, Bucknell ’99, will speak on his path from a degree in Physics to a career in Finance and how his undergraduate training influences his current work, including: the analysis that he works on and how it relates to physics/math (the system and the methods like Monte Carlo simulations); and how he gets from the analytics to financial decisions (fairly high level).
Open to all students and faculty; pizza will be provided…please bring your own water.
Using Maths to Save The World presented by Helen Greatrex, Professor of Geography and Statistics, Penn State University
ABSTRACT: Droughts kill thousands of people each year, especially in countries like Somalia where there is conflict and very little water to start off with. Humanitarian experts often have to decide which places need the most help and alongside working with local communities, they also have to know how much rain has fallen. But how do you map rainfall in places where it’s too dangerous to gather data from weather-stations? Or in the vast spaces where we don’t have any weather stations at all? We turn to satellites! In this colloquium, we will chat about how simple mathematics can turn “space-photos” into useful weather information, and what happens when different satellites disagree… Arrive early for free pizza!
The Bucknell MLA will hold its first meeting on Monday 9/5 at at 5.45pm in the Traditional Reading Room (BERT 213), for members to get to know each other and share their passion for machine learning. Prof. Keegan Kang will give an introductory talk on LSH Schemes.
ABSTRACT: There are some challenges with traditional machine learning in a Big Data world. Locality Sensitive Hashing (LSH) schemes are able to mitigate some of these challenges. The idea of LSH schemes will be briefly introduced in this talk by looking at an example of them: sign random projections. This will be followed briefly by an illustration of how LSH schemes can be improved, before concluding with several fun research areas using these schemes.