Abstract: The rise of data science has been largely fueled by the promise of changing the business landscape - enhancing one's competitive advantage, increasing business optimization and efficiency, and ultimately delivering a better bottom-line. This promise reaches across sectors as machine learning methods are getting better, data access continues to grow, and computation power is easily accessible. However, because the practice of doing data science can be expensive, there is a danger that this so-called promise of data science may only be available to the most well-resourced organizations with sophisticated data capabilities and staff. For the past five years, DataKind has been working to ensure social change organizations too have access to data science, teaming them up with data scientists to build machine learning and artificial intelligence solutions that aim to reduce human suffering. In doing so, DataKind has learned what it takes to apply data science in the social sector and the many applications it has for creating positive change in the world. This session presents DataKind projects showcasing the wide range of applications for ML/AI for social good. From using satellite imagery and remote sensing techniques to detect wheat farm boundaries to protect livelihoods in Ethiopia, to leveraging NLP to automate the time consuming process of synthesizing findings from academic studies to inform conservation efforts and to classifying text records to better understand human rights conditions across the world to using machine learning to reduce traffic fatalities in U.S. cities, learn about some of the latest breakthroughs and findings in the data science for social good space and learn how you can get involved
Bio: Karry has volunteered as a Data Ambassador with DataKind and is the lead data scientist at Plated, a meal-kit delivery company based in New York. His current work focuses on forecasting models, natural language processing and recommendation systems. He has undergrad and graduate degrees in economics and statistics, as well as a number of side hustles: food writing, volunteering with DataKind, and class struggle.