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Thursday, April 12 • 12:00pm - 12:15pm
Building an Applied Machine Learning Laboratory for Undergraduate Research and Education

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This presentation will detail the creation of the Data Science and Applied Machine Learning Laboratory and complementary Data Science curriculum for undergraduate research and education at James Madison University. The current state of the lab supports research, development and applications in four key areas: (i) small-scale autonomous vehicles, (ii) image classification and object detection, (iii) algorithm development for single-layer and multi-layer artificial neural networks, and (iv) introduction to deep neural networks (deep learning) with parallel distributed computing. The research focus areas of the lab are being designed to emphasize core underlying principles, techniques and methodologies specific to applied machine learning and data science. The curriculum development parallels this approach with courses that provide students with many of the foundational, translational, professional and ethical skills that will make it possible for them to become effective practitioners of data science and machine learning. Both research and pedagogy use two production-ready Python frameworks: Anaconda’s Data Science Platform and Google’s TensorFlow. It is envisioned that this integrated research and pedagogical approach may become a “best practice” that informs the development and assessment of new and emerging machine learning and data science programs at other institutions.

Speakers
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Anthony Teate

Professor and Director of the Applied Machine Learning Laboratory, JMU
Dr. Anthony Teate is currently a tenured Professor in the Department of Integrated Science and Technology at James Madison University, where he is also the Director of the Data Science and Applied Machine Learning Laboratory. His current areas of research include theoretical and computational... Read More →

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Capital One

Capital One is a diversified bank that offers a broad array of financial products and service to consumers, small businesses and commercial clients. 
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S&P Global

S&P Global Inc. (prior to April 2016 McGraw Hill Financial, Inc., and prior to 2013 McGraw Hill Companies) is an American publicly traded corporation headquartered in New York City. Its primary areas of business are financial information and analytics. It is the parent company of... Read More →




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