our workshop facilitators

Jennifer Walker

she/her

Python Beginner Workshop

Jennifer is an environmental scientist who uses data science to study the Earth's atmosphere and climate. Her favourite programming language is Python and she loves to spread the joy of Python to others as a workshop instructor. She also enjoys volunteering with Data for Good, using data science to support local non-profit organizations that are working to improve our community.

Kiri Nichol

she/her

Python Advanced Workshop

After a PhD in physics and postdoctoral work in medical imaging, Kiri Nichol got into machine learning by tackling problems on Kaggle. Kiri has worked variously as a data scientist, as a machine learning engineer and as an ML researcher. Kiri’s current interests include doing very badly at the abstraction and reasoning challenge (https://www.kaggle.com/c/abstraction-and-reasoning-challenge) and developing semi-supervised methods to reduce the amount of labeled data needed to train neural networks. Kiri is also interested in helping companies design mechanisms for generating feedback on the quality of the predictions made by ML tools, as well as designing ML products so that the cost of bad predictions isn’t paid by the user.

Raïssa Phillbert

she/her

Git Workshop

Raïssa is an environmental data scientist with a background in chemical oceanography. On a day-to-day basis, she contributes to the design, maintenance and management of environmental databases. She also works on analyzing big environmental monitoring datasets for various sectors including government and mining industries. Her main message in this event is that data science includes a variety of fields and has many points of entry.

Travis Blimkie

he/him

R Beginner Workshop

Travis is a bioinformatics tech at the Hancock Lab at UBC. He was studying biochemistry before he got into bioinformatics. He has been working with R for the last couple years, been involved in teaching R through study groups and workshops for almost as long.

Yuka Takemon

she/her

R Beginner Workshop

Yuka is a PhD student in the Genome Science and Technology program at UBC. On a regular day she works in the Marra lab at the Canada's Michael Smith Genome Sciences Centre to better understand genetic interactions in cancers. Yuka is also a certified instructor at The Carpentries and RStudio, and is one of the organizers of RLadies Vancouver. When she's not in the lab, Yuka is teaching introductory workshops in bioinformatics and programming to help "wet lab" sciences make the transition over to the "dry lab".

Zaid Haddad

he/him

R Advanced Workshop

Zaid Haddad is a data scientist at Aurora Cannabis in the Business Intelligence and Analytics department focusing on developing and deploying enterprise data science solutions. Prior to joining Aurora, Zaid was in the biotech and molecular diagnostics field developing and validating biomarkers and genomic classifiers in urological oncology. At Vancouver Datajam 2020, Zaid will be teaching an introductory workshop on decision trees and random forest and leading a team.

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