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Ilya Ganelin

Senior Data Engineer, Capital One

I’m an electrical engineer turned data scientist. I started out doing robotics, then did a stint at the University of Michigan studying how to make robots that can learn and develop the way that human children do. This venture into developmental robotics got me interested in machine learning and after a few years doing DSP work with cellular phones and software defined radios I’m now doing what I’ve wanted to for years – big data :). I’m delving deep into the world of distributed computing and the architectures that support it looking to create a powerful new recommender system.


Deconstructing Recommendations on Spark

This talk will focus on the practical details of building a recommendation engine on top of Spark’s ML Lib ALS collaborative-filtering algorithm that can reliably generate predictions for 25 million users from a space of…