On Dec 13, 2012 BigML’s
Chief Technology Officer Hacker-at-Large Jose Antonio Ortega (better known by his initials ‘jao’) will give a Big Data & Cloud Computing Seminar at the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, Sala A6203 (módulo A6, segunda planta), Campus Nord de la UPC in Barcelona. The seminar is open to anyone who is interested and is scheduled to start at 15:00. You’ll find more details here.
Asking Jao what he intends to cover in this seminar: “This seminar is about our experience in BigML, a startup creating a Machine Learning platform geared towards intelligent, distributed processing of big data in the cloud, offered as a SaaS platform for the non-initiated. We’ll see our current platform in action and discuss the algorithms and machine learning techniques (such as decision trees) that are used under the rug, as well as the knobs and fine tuning available to advanced users of the service. We’ll also touch upon our technology choices (such as clustering, messaging or storage systems) and non-choices (e.g. Hadoop) and how they’ve been influenced not only by technical constraints, but also by the need to quickly evolve and transform the system as we grow to understand our problems and their solutions better.”
So if you want to know more from under the BigML hood, make sure to be there. Barcelona is a great place to visit any time of year.
Before jao co-founded BigML, he was hacking for Oblong. Before that, he worked for Google. He has also worked on critical aerospace and communications software at Indra Space, cryptographic protocols at Scytl, and embedded software development for the scientific payload of the LISA Pathfinder space probe. He holds a Ph.D. in Theoretical Physics from Universitat de Barcelona. Jao is author of GNU MDK: GNU MIX Development Kit. And he is also learning to play the piano.