Category: Machine Learning

My new job

It’s been a month since I started my new job! I am working as a Senior Machine Learning Engineer for a small Vancouver start-up named Bio-Conscious. Our main product is Diabits, which is an iPhone app used to monitor and predict blood glucose levels in diabetic patients. My job is to make sure that the predictions are accurate, which is really important since people with diabetes really need to pay attention to their current blood glucose levels and correct those by eating or insulin injections if necessary. Being able to know what the expected levels are within the next hour should make it easier for the patients to plan their actions.

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Update on my job search and some ideas on how to do it successfully

I haven’t written anything here in almost two months, but I have an excuse. I’ve been really trying to position myself to land a job in machine learning as quickly as possible by figuring out how to showcase my knowledge and abilities to potential employers. I think I have succeeded. I am supposed to receive a contract to sign sometime this weekend, so hopefully next week I will already be working for a company here in Vancouver! I also have some other inquiries from potential employers, but I believe I have made my choice. Anyway, I will write more about it once the situation resolves itself so as not to make any premature announcements.

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Setting up a deep learning environment

I have just finished my first Kaggle competition, the 2018 Data Science Bowl! For this competition I teamed up with another guy from Vancouver named Mahmoud, who was also new to Kaggle. We did really well, placing in the top 1.7% of all entrants (60/3634). We will probably make a presentation about this competition for the Vancouver Learn Data Science meetup. If we do, I will post the presentation slides on my GitHub page.

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Kaggle Competitions

I haven’t written much over the last few weeks because I’ve been really busy. As someone without substantial work experience in the field of machine learning, I need to come up with ways to prove to potential employers and/or customers that I am capable of solving real world problems. One of the best ways I see to achieve this goal is to perform well in online machine learning competitions with prizes. The site where most such competitions are held is Kaggle.

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