UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Penn State alumnus Jay Yanomine, head of data science and global patents at Google, will deliver a lecture titled “A History of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning” at 11:15 a.m. on Friday, March 29, in Paterno Library’s Foster Auditorium. The event is free and open to the public.
Yanomine, who earned a master’s degree and a doctorate in political science from Penn State in 2011 and 2013, respectively, is widely recognized as one of the pioneers and thought leaders in the data science field. He is at the forefront of efforts to use “big data” to make policy decisions and at balancing human experience and big data to achieve optimal results. At Google, for example, the company originally created a self-driving car for testing that included a steering wheel and pedals that a human driver could use to override the automated system. However, after Yanomine’s tests showed humans intervened at the wrong times and led to less safe outcomes, Google removed the steering wheel from its prototype.
Prior to joining Google, Yanomine held data science and product management positions for assorted legal, insurance and social media companies. He also has consulted for various e-commerce organizations and government agencies, including the U.S. Department of Defense and the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency.
In addition to his master’s and doctoral degrees from Penn State, Yanomine holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Middlebury College. He is a 2019 recipient of the Penn State Alumni Achievement Award, which recognizes alumni 35 years of age and younger for their extraordinary professional accomplishments.
Last Updated March 20, 2019