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Spotlight on Innovation: Succeeding with Machine Learning with Alex Jaimes

Achieving synergy across data, metrics, and testing

Alex Jaimes

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Machine learning (ML) is absolutely critical to driving your business success—and more opportunities to integrate it in innovative ways are emerging every day. However, implementation isn’t always as easy as it seems. To effectively execute ML and make it work for your organization, you must solve for this new interdependency between data, metrics, and testing.

Join us for this edition of Spotlight on Innovation to find the solution and apply ML in your business so you can compete and win. You’ll also learn about machine learning opportunities and challenges—and why process improvements can be even more beneficial than algorithmic ones.

O’Reilly’s Spotlight Series explores emerging business and technology topics and ideas through a series of one-hour, live interactive events. You’ll engage in a live conversation with experts, sharing your questions and ideas, while hearing their unique perspectives, insights, fears, and predictions for the future.

In every edition of Spotlight on Innovation, you’ll learn about, discuss, and debate the future. Best of all, you’ll discover what successful companies have in common, and how you can follow their lead with small, practical steps to transform your organization and prepare for the Next Economy.

What you'll learn-and how you can apply it

  • The opportunities and challenges that machine learning presents
  • How to better apply ML in real-world scenarios, including selecting specific algorithms for different tasks

This training course is for you because...

  • You want to better understand machine learning from multiple perspectives
  • You want to successfully put ML to work in your organization


  • Come with your questions for Alex Jaimes
  • Have a pen and paper handy to capture notes, insights, and inspiration

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About your instructor

  • Alejandro (Alex) Jaimes is SVP of AI and data science at Dataminr. His work focuses on mixing qualitative and quantitative methods to gain insights on user behavior for product innovation. Alex is a scientist and innovator with 15+ years of international experience in research leading to product impact at companies including Yahoo, KAIST, Telefónica, IDIAP-EPFL, Fuji Xerox, IBM, Siemens, and AT&T Bell Labs. Previously, Alex was head of R&D at DigitalOcean, CTO at AiCure, and director of research and video products at Yahoo, where he managed teams of scientists and engineers in New York City, Sunnyvale, Bangalore, and Barcelona. He was also a visiting professor at KAIST. He has published widely in top-tier conferences (KDD, WWW, RecSys, CVPR, ACM Multimedia, etc.) and is a frequent speaker at international academic and industry events. He holds a PhD from Columbia University.


The timeframes are only estimates and may vary according to how the class is progressing

Wednesday, February 13, 2019 at 10:00am PT / 1:00pm ET

  • Introduction/Presentation (15 minutes)
  • Interactive discussion and Q&A (45 minutes)