Speaker Spotlight Series: Dr. Jennifer Webster on Data Science aka Story Telling 101
4:00-5:00pm225 Terry Ave N - Room 402 San Juan
Please join us for a talk by Dr. Jennifer Webster of Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL). Refreshments provided!
Abstract: Data Science is a way to turn English language questions into combinations of math and algorithms. In this talk, we walk through several ways to view one data set (door opening data) and how different algorithms can help provide insight into the data.
Bio: Dr. Jennifer Webster is a Mathematician who joined the Applied Statistics and Computational Modeling group at PNNL in 2013. Her work spans machine learning; spectral analysis for nuclear engineering applications; uncertainty quantification; and network analysis methods. Currently, Dr. Webster is leading an internally funded research project entitled Project Oryx, which focuses on utilizing multiple data streams to build pictures of life as humans interact with physical building systems. She has previously worked on problems including models for designing robust traffic systems under natural disaster scenarios, fuzzy community detection methods, and modeling human interactions through multi-media data sets. Dr. Webster graduated in August of 2013 with a Ph.D. in Mathematics from Texas A&M University where she completed her dissertation on cost-sensitive classification methods as applied to the radiation portal monitor problem of Dr. Wolfgang Bangerth and funded by a DHS DNDO ARI Large Research Grant. She also has degrees in History (B.A.) and Applied Mathematics (B.A.) from University of California at San Diego.