Biography

Dr. Guy Zinman combines experience in applied machine learning (ML), information technology (IT), software development, and computational biology to build tools and find insights into challenging data problems. In his new role as a data scientist and director of healthcare at SparkBeyond, he is leading data analysis projects in a wide variety of industries including healthcare, telecom, websearch, energy, and e-commerce. The data analysis is based on a combination of a novel feature engineering technology and machine learning algorithms he is helping to develop, that make a smart use of external knowledgebases and leads to extraordinary results in short turnaround time. Previously, in his role as a research scientist at Carnegie Mellon University, he lead the development of the Clinical Genomic Expert – an open source learning system that provides predictive analytics and decision support in a clinical setting, by combining patients DNA and electronic medical record. During his PhD he developed ExpressionBlast – a search engine for gene expression data that is based on an automatic curation and natural language processing (NLP) analysis of over 1M high-throughput experiments. He also published several research papers in highly acclaimed journals (including Nature and Nature Methods) that span from theoretical analyses of network biology, to novel clustering methods, and computational web-accessible tools development for the benefit of the community.

Biography

Sam is the co-founder and CEO of NuRelm, Inc., where he has worked with many of the internet technologies that have shaped our world over the past 15 years.  At NuRelm, Sam and his team work with clients of all sizes to solve business challenges with carefully designed solutions implemented with the right web and mobile technology.  Examples include the design and implementation of web and mobile products, cloud-based computational strategies for diverse applications from computer vision to financial analysis, and e-commerce systems integrated with other enterprise tools.  Sam also works with clients on strategic aspects of their web or mobile products, helping conceptualize product ideas and providing advice on the business elements necessary to launch a successful technology.  Prior to founding NuRelm, Sam designed computer chips for IBM and Cypress Semiconductor. At IBM, Sam worked in a team to patent a method of improving circuit testing accuracy, resulting in higher utilization of expensive machines and less expensive products thrown away.

 

Biography

Dr. Yoder combines experience in information technology (IT), software development, data
modeling, and advanced mathematics to develop concise, practical solutions to multi-faceted problems
faced by companies and decision makers in the 21st century. His professional experience spans
industries as diverse as Insurance, Healthcare Informatics, software development, IT, and Earth science.
Dr. Yoder received his Bachelor degree in Physics from Wesleyan University and both his Masters in
Astrophysics and Ph.D. in Statistical Physics from the University of California Davis.
As a developer of software and data services, Mark engineered algorithms, IT infrastructure, and
web-based applications designed to streamline business operations, mitigate support requirements, and
improve customers’ online experience. In addition to software development, Dr. Yoder has experience
developing business intelligence reports and real-time decision support tools.
Dr. Yoder’s doctoral and postdoctoral research focuses on “extreme event” statistics and chaotic
systems. Dr. Yoder has published several research papers that develop new statistical methods of
detecting trends, patterns, and anomalies in complex data sets and innovative models to characterize the
salient behaviors of chaotic phenomena. Dr. Yoder has also worked closely with research groups from
NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory to develop web based data-driven decision support tools for
decision makers and first responders to natural disasters. Dr. Yoder has been invited to present his work
at numerous domestic and international meetings, including the 2013 Association of the Pacific Rim
Universities (APRU) meeting in Taipei, Taiwan and the 2010 APEC ACES meeting in Hokkaido,
Japan.