Gilad Lotan: "Beyond the Buzz: impactful data science and machine learning at BuzzFeed"


Monday, October 16, 2017, 11:30am to 1:00pm


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Beyond the Buzz: impactful data science and machine learning at BuzzFeed

Over the past few years BuzzFeed has become the largest digital media network in the world, operating globally across multiple platforms including Facebook, YouTube, Snapchat, Instagram in addition to its’ own website and multiple apps. While the network is fueled by content generated from hundreds of creators around the world, it is supported and powered by a world class technology and infrastructure team that supports massive data collection, analysis, and productization.  In this talk we’ll discuss how data science, machine learning and neural networks are used across the company to power decisions, analyze audiences, run forecasts, and build powerful tools. 

Gilad is the Head of Data Science at BuzzFeed where he leads a team who work with journalists, content creators, product, and business folks to learn from and build data products. Previously Gilad led Data Science at betaworks, and built data products at Microsoft. Gilad’s work has been covered across a wide range of academic journals and publications, most recently focused on propaganda and bias within algorithmic ranking systems.