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Data Science at Disney
January 19 @ 11:00 am - 12:20 pm
Talk title: “Data Science at Disney”
Emily Kubicek, Ph.D.
My name is Emily Kubicek and I’m a Data Scientist at The Walt Disney Company. I am San Diego born and raised, have two dogs named Nani and Loki, and now live in Los Angeles. I graduated from San José State University with a BA in Communication Sciences and from Gallaudet University (“Deaf U”) in Washington D.C. with a Ph.D. in Cognitive Neuroscience. My academic research focuses on the brain and behavioral differences between signers of different levels, with an emphasis in spatial cognition. I taught myself to code starting in 2017 and appreciate the unique perspectives both traditional and non-traditional backgrounds bring to tech.
Abstract: “I didn’t realize Disney had data scientists!” Data in entertainment is no new thing. What is new, and what is resulting in a large wave of new positions in this field, are the tools that can be used in conjunction with this data. Digital streaming services, cloud capabilities, and high level machine learning techniques are but a few of the reasons entertainment companies are seeing the value, or better yet, the revenue, in leveraging data intelligently. As digital platforms begin to grow in popularity, so does the need for qualified individuals to not only manage, but leverage this wealth of data. From theme parks to streaming, tech and entertainment can come together to create personalized, optimized, and efficient experiences for clients and consumers. I’m here to share with you all of the cool things about working in data science at Disney, but also want to show that choosing to pursue data science is really a choice that opens up doors to wherever you want to go.
Tuesday, January 19, COGS 9 – Introduction to Data Science class has its first guest speaker.
The lecture runs from 11:00a-12:20p. You need to be logged into your UCSD email account to join: