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The Seventh Annual Tom Tom Founders Festival is a week-long celebration of innovators, visionaries, and artists who are shaping small cities. The Festival occurs at dozens of venues throughout downtown Charlottesville. 

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Thursday, April 12 • 1:20pm - 1:35pm
The Art and Science of Bieberfinding Full

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Social media offers a diverse and intermeshed landscape of creators and consumers that cuts across traditional archetypes of genre and stardom. Given the speed of evolution, fractured landscape of delivery platforms, and sheer breadth of choices, discovering emerging talent becomes a now-classic big-data classification problem against a broad but shallow signal. Access to data remains the primary challenge to effective feature engineering in this space, and therefore to identifying the next Justin Bieber, political star, or terrorist leader. A cascade of models and feedback loops can address this problem by first scoring against a weak but suitably general source of information, such as Twitter, and then leveraging this rough set to prioritize subsequent, more-focused data collection. Once the search space has been sufficiently reduced, a deep learning (embedding) model can feasibly employed for similarity search and general inference.

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Alec Gosse

Lead Data Scientist, Metis Machine
Alec Gosse comes to data science from a study of how infrastructure investment and mobility patterns interact to drive environmental impacts. Prior to joining Metis Machine as Lead Data Scientist, Gosse worked to build unsupervised place understanding by fusing social media, GIS... 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 →

Thursday April 12, 2018 1:20pm - 1:35pm EDT
Violet Crown - Theater 4