gridgain-red-logoI’m pleased to announce that my new technology guide is now available for download HERE. I was contracted to research, develop and write “insideBIGDATA Guide to Hyperscaling your SaaS Infrastructure” sponsored by GridGain Systems, Inc. The technology guide is targeted at Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) companies wishing to increase scalability and performance of their applications using in-memory computing with a specific emphasis on GridGain’s products and solutions.

[Update 3/21/2015: I’m moderating an upcoming webinar with GridGain on this topic. Register HERE.]


UCLA Statistics Career Night

Posted: February 9, 2015 in Events, News, Uncategorized

Stat_UCLA2I was pleased to receive an invitation to be on a panel discussion for the upcoming UCLA Statistics Career Night. Hosted by the UCLA Undergraduate Statistics Club, the panel of experts in the field will convey their insights into statistics as a profession. As a practicing data scientist who routinely uses mathematical statistics in my work with machine learning, I’m looking forward to a lively discourse about this quickly growing field. As a UCLA alumnus, it will be great to interact with the next generation of data scientist.

UCDavis_logoI’m excited to announce that I’ve been contracted by UC Davis Extension to develop a new data science program aimed at working professionals wishing to make the transition to this growth field. I will be defining all aspects of the new program including: definition of intended audience, learning objects, learner outcomes, core course list plus electives, and weekly topical outlines for core courses. After having taught at UCLA Extension for 15 years, I’m eager to play a role in the success of the new UC Davis program.

Los Angeles R Users Group Meetup

Posted: October 11, 2014 in Uncategorized

useR_logoI will be giving a short talk on a panel of data scientists who attended the international useR! 2104 conference earlier this year at UCLA. Hosted by the Los Angeles R Users Group, I shall present my “Best of” list for the conference, all the cool sessions I attended and what I found compelling. If you’re in LA, come out for this meetup on November 11. Click HERE to access my slides for the presentation.


Ask the Data Scientist Series

Posted: September 25, 2014 in Projects

Ask Data ScientistI really had fun writing the “Ask the Data Scientist” series over at insideBIGDATA. The weekly Q & A series ran from October 1, 2014 through the end of the year for a total of 12 articles. Each week there was a compelling question asked by one of our readers, and I provided a detailed answer. Intel is the sponsor for this feature. To find the articles just visit, and select “Ask a Data Scientist” from the Special Sections menu. Please enjoy and learn!

Spark-logo-192x100pxI’m pleased to report that I was asked to moderate an upcoming Apache Spark panel discussion organized by the Los Angeles Apache Spark User Group. The event is hosted by Cross Campus in Santa Monica, a collaborative work environment that’s home to over 100 start-up tech companies. The event will be a rare opportunity to see a number of leading vendors on one panel, hear from their experts, and get their insight on best practices, real use cases, and solutions around Spark implementation. Scheduled for participation are: Cloudera, MapR, and Pivotal. I’m really looking forward to this evening event.

UPDATE! 10/3/2014 – The Spark panel event went off without a hitch. Here are the happy participants:


Attending the Tableau Conference 2014

Posted: September 13, 2014 in Events

Tableau_Conference_logoI happily accepted an invitation by Tableau Software to be their guest at their annual customer conference in Seattle, Sept. 8-11. I’ll be covering the show for insideBIGDATA. I’m really looking forward to attending the big event because: Seattle is in one of my favorite towns, Tableau is a wonderful data-centric tool, and because one of the keynote speakers is astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson. You can read my Field Report HERE.