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HarrisCom Advisors To Address Data Mining Meetup June 18, 2014


The Boston Data Mining Meetup will feature Mark Kon and Eric Morris, both of whom are advisors to the Harris Communications Group.  The talks , to begin at 6:30 pm on Wednesday, June 18, will explore the application of both neural networks and machine learning in the financial markets–followed by networking and refreshments.   For  location or more information–please sign up on line or email

    Professor Mark Kon of Boston University will present: “Some background on machine learning and its uses in financial prediction”Machine learning is still a growing field in both its theoretical aspects and its applications.  It is being applied to such areas as robotics, self-driving cars, and  computational biology/drug discovery.   Its origins lie in artificial neural network theory, which beg

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an an evolution in the 90s toward the broader field of machine learning.  The area is based on some simple principles which I will discuss. The first is the  universality of feature vectors, i.e., the possibility of encoding all objects into strings of numbers.  The second is the “geometrization” of learning, i.e., the translation of learning problems into geometrical location tasks, and the third is the so-called kernel trick.  I will explain the basic ideas and give examples of applications in financial and other areas.

  • About the presenter:  

    Mark Kon is a professor of Mathematics and Statistics at Boston University, and is also a faculty member in the Neuroscience and Bioinformatics programs.   His areas of research  have included neural networks, machine learning, computational biology, and quantum computation.   He studied mathematics, physics, and psychology at Cornell, and mathematics at MIT.

    Entrepreneur Eric Morris presents “Introduction to Neural Networks in Financial Market Analysis”

    Neural networks for machine learning have a rich history and recent resurgence in applied problems across a wide range of fields, especially where it is challenging to write rule-based programs. In this talk we will briefly explore the biological foundation of neural networks and why the human brain can be a highly advantageous paradigm from which to construct analytic hypotheses. After an introduction to biological neural networks, we will explore the application of these characteristics to artificial neural networks and their components. Finally, we will use what we have learned to demonstrate a practical application of applying neural networks to financial data to generate a predictive hypothesis.

    About the presenter:

    Eric Morris is consulting out of the Cambridge Innovation Center and working on several projects in the finance and technology space. He recently left the French firm Capgemini where he was a consultant on strategy and technology to Fortune 500 clients. Eric graduated with honors from Cornell University where he earned a double major studying Biology (concentrating in biotechnology and business) and Applied Economics and Management in Cornell’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences School and Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management respectively.

    –Anita M. Harris

    Anita Harris is managing director of the Harris Communications Group, an award-winning marketing and PR firm based in Kendall Square, Cambridge, MA.  She, in fact, suggested both speakers to Meetup Organizer Sheamus McGovern.