Interview with Mark Hoffman: NASA JPL Data Scientist

This week’s guest Mark Hoffman shares how exposure to data analysis in a nuclear physics lab led to him joining years later NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory as a data scientist. At NASA, he’s repurposed ML work he delivered on fraud detection for one of the country’s largest healthcare orgs for NASA’s projects where spacecraft sensors deliver many false alarms. Included in this episode is Mark’s experience launching a successful startup applying ML for black car services. This startup was successfully sold. Some of the computing infrastructure challenges our guest solved as part of his startup foreshadows our future guest Kenny Daniel’s episode. Kenny a founder of Algorithmia is working hard to save data sciences from the overhead of wrestling with computing infrastructure and concentrate on delivering more data science, ML, and AI, faster.

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