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Fighting Poverty with Data: Research at the Intersection of Machine Learning and Development Economics

From Joli Holmes ’17:

Next week the Digital and Computational Knowledge Initiative will host a
Friday lunch (April 15th) talk in Downey House 113 at noon, featuring
Wesleyan alumnus Joshua Blumenstock, a graduate of 2003 with a degree in
Computer Science and Physics. He was a Watson fellow.

Joshua Blumenstock is Assistant Professor in the Information School, with affiliations in Computer Science and Engineering, at the University of Washington. He is co-Director of the Data Science and Analytics Lab, where they work on methods to analyse large-scale behavioral data, keyed to trying to understand better poverty and economic development.

Fighting Poverty with Data: Research at the Intersection of Machine Learning and Development Economics.
He’ll show how he and his collaborators have worked in Afghanistan, Ghana, and Rwanda combining field-based experiments and interviews with terabyte-scale mobile phone data to gain insight into the distribution of poverty and wealth in order to improve policy decisions.

Date: Friday, April 15
Time: 12PM-1PM
Place: Downey House

Fast-A-Thon 2012

From Talia Baurer ’15:

Help fight food insecurity in our local community, and demonstrate solidarity against poverty across all boundaries. Don’t wait! Donate points/meals to Amazing Grace Food Pantry now – click here for the form! It’s super easy!

Donate 15 or more points and enter a raffle for a $100 Best Buy Gift Card. With guest performances by Onomatopoeia and Vocal Debauchery, free Haveli food, and t-shirts! Email Hira Jafri at hjafri(at)wesleyan(dot)edu with any questions.

Sponsored by: IJL MSA SALD SBC ORSL OCS BON APPETIT RESLIFE HAVELI INDIA CHI PSI

Date: Tuesday, November 13
Time: 6:00 pm
Place: Beckham Hall
Cost: Donate points PLZZZ