Alyssa Simpson Rochwerger on responsible machine learning in the real world

05.20.2021 - By Gradient Dissent - A Machine Learning Podcast by W&B

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From working on COVID-19 vaccine rollout to writing a book on responsible ML, Alyssa shares her thoughts on meaningful projects and the importance of teamwork.


Alyssa Simpson Rochwerger is as a Director of Product at Blue Shield of California, pursuing her dream of using technology to improve healthcare. She has over a decade of experience in building technical data-driven products and has held numerous leadership roles for machine learning organizations, including VP of AI and Data at Appen and Director of Product at IBM Watson.

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Topics Discussed:
0:00 Sneak peak, intro
1:17 Working on COVID-19 vaccine rollout in California
6:50 Real World AI
12:26 Diagnosing bias in models
17:43 Common challenges in ML
21:56 Finding meaningful projects
24:28 ML applications in health insurance
31:21 Longitudinal health records and data cleaning
38:24 Following your interests
40:21 Why teamwork is crucial


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"Turn the Ship Around!":


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