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Benjamin Wilson, Ph.D., Tornado Developer in Berlin, Germany
Benjamin Wilson, Ph.D.

Tornado Developer in Berlin, Germany

Member since August 27, 2016
Ben is a Ph.D. mathematician and computer scientist with exceptional practical skills and extensive experience with machine learning systems. He has worked extensively with large clients in real-time bidding, recommender systems, knowledge management, and NLP (from research to implementation of the system in production).
Benjamin is now available for hire

Portfolio

Experience

  • Linux, 6 years
  • SQL, 6 years
  • Sklearn, 5 years
  • Python, 5 years
  • Pandas, 4 years
  • Google Cloud Engine, 3 years
  • AWS EC2, 3 years
  • Tornado, 3 years
Berlin, Germany

Availability

Part-time

Preferred Environment

Linux, Vim, Git

The most amazing...

...project I've worked on is the design and implementation of machine learning pipelines and APIs that serve millions of requests per day in production.

Employment

  • Instructor for Machine Learning in Python

    2016 - PRESENT
    DataCamp
    • Designed a workshop-style course on unsupervised learning methods.
    • Created the course content, including videos and exercises.
    Technologies: Python, Scipy, Numpy, Sklearn
  • Co-Founder

    2013 - PRESENT
    Lateral GmbH
    • Implemented APIs using Python/Tornado.
    • Provided R&D in knowledge management using machine learning and NLP.
    • Optimized machine learning pipelines.
    • Evaluated statistical models.
    Technologies: Python, Tornado, Machine Learning, NLP
  • Machine-Learning Specialist

    2012 - 2013
    MBR Targeting
    • Created predictive modeling of prices in a real-time bidding marketplace using Python/Sklearn using data science and huge amounts of behavioral data to hunt down and block click bots.
    Technologies: Python, Jupyter, Sklearn, NLP
  • Data Scientist | Software Developer

    2012 - 2012
    Tinyclues
    • Analyzed client data.
    • Produced predictive models.
    • Provided business insight.
    Technologies: Python, Sklearn

Experience

  • Lateral GmbH (Development)
    https://lateral.io/

    I provided machine learning R&D for knowledge management and implemented the back-end APIs in Python/Tornado. In addition I created predictive models, parsed documents, and worked with NLP.

  • MBR Targeting (Development)
    https://mbr-targeting.com/

    As a machine-learning specialist for this product, I created predictive modeling of prices in a real-time bidding marketplace and tuning of a recommendation engine.

  • Building Babylon (R&D) (Other amazing things)
    http://building-babylon.net/

    A blog where I post my notes, thoughts and learnings on machine learning.

  • Controlled Experiments for Word Embeddings (R&D) (Other amazing things)
    https://arxiv.org/abs/1510.02675

    A paper where we propose experimental methods for investigating to properties of word embeddings like word2vec and GloVe. Co-authored with Adriaan Schakel.

  • Berlin Machine Learning Seminar (R&D) (Other amazing things)
    http://berlin-machine-learning-seminar.org/

    I founded and continue to organize the Berlin ML seminar, which focuses on the mathematical foundations of machine learning.

Skills

  • Languages

    Python, HTML, JavaScript, SQL, Java, PHP
  • Libraries/APIs

    Sklearn, Pandas, SciPy, NumPy
  • Paradigms

    Data Science, Object-oriented Programming (OOP)
  • Storage

    PostgreSQL, AWS S3, Relational Databases, AWS DynamoDB, AWS RDS
  • Other

    Machine Learning, Statistical Modeling, Data Engineering, Data Analysis, Data Engineer, Data Analyst, Tornado, Numerical Methods
  • Tools

    Gensim, Jupyter, Git
  • Platforms

    Amazon Web Services (AWS), Google Cloud Engine, Azure, Linux, AWS EC2

Education

  • Ph.D. in Mathematics
    2004 - 2008
    University of Sydney/Universidade de São Paulo - Sydney/São Paulo
  • Honors (1st Class and University Medal) in Mathematics
    2003 - 2003
    University of Sydney - Sydney, Australia
  • Bachelor of Science (Advanced) in Computer Science and Mathematics
    2000 - 2002
    University of Sydney - Sydney, Australia
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