Chris Albon

Chris Albon

Director of Machine Learning
WikiMedia

Chris has spent over a decade applying statistical learning, artificial intelligence, and software engineering to political, social, and humanitarian efforts. He is the Director of Machine Learning at the Wikimedia Foundation. Previously, he was the Director of Data Science at Devoted Health, Director of Data Science at the Kenyan startup BRCK, cofounded the AI startup Yonder, created the data science podcast Partially Derivative, was the Director of Data Science at the humanitarian non-profit Ushahidi, and was the director of the low-resource technology governance project at FrontlineSMS. He also wrote Machine Learning For Python Cookbook (O’Reilly 2018) and created MachineLearningFlashcards.com.

Keynote Interview: Chris Albon
Tuesday, January 26 | 
09:00 AM - 
10:00 AM

Chris Albon joined the Wikimedia Foundation in 2020 as director of machine learning with a mandate to empower the teams producing models for Wikipedia to move more quickly. In this interview, Sam and Chris discuss ML use cases at Wikimedia, the evolution of the organization’s ML infrastructure, their use of Kubernetes and Kubeflow to support the ML workflow, and their ultimate plans to make this infrastructure available to the broader Wikimedia community.

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