Nicki Watt


Talk abstract: Connecting the Dots: Harnessing the Power of Graphs & ML. The world is becoming more complex, and more so than ever informed decision making has become critical for managing the uncertainty this creates.
James Fowler notes that “Relationships are the strongest predictors of behaviour” in his book “Connected”. Graphs provide a very natural way to model complexity, including constantly changing and evolving relationships. Graphs (in the mathematical sense) are extremely good at encapsulating and being able to embody and convey crucial data (context) about how and why entities are related to one another. Such information can often be THE crucial piece of a puzzle needed to answer complex business questions, or indeed to serve as the secret ingredient to unlock, optimise and improve predictive ML models to help us do this.
Whilst ML is already helping us make better decisions, if predictive information like relationships can be even more deeply embedded and taken into account, the potential for better answers can be significantly enhanced.
This talk aims to provide tour of, and insights into how graphs can help improve upon the predictions and answers arrived at by using traditional ML algorithms and approaches alone. We show how you are able to combine the power of both graphs and ML (in a variety of different ways) to help you arrive at better answers compared to using standard ML approaches alone. This includes diving into some demos of key approaches to illustrate and explain the ideas along the way.

Bio: Nicki is the CTO/CEO for OpenCredo and responsible for the overall direction and leadership of engagements for OpenCredo’s clients. A techie at heart, her core expertise lie in problem solving and enabling pragmatic, practical solutions.
Over the years at OpenCredo Nicki has worn many hats which has included the development, delivery and leading of large scale platform and application development projects involving Data in various forms, Cloud and DevOps. A core area of focus is connected data and helping clients solve the challenges and gain insights using graph databases in conjunction with other other approaches and techniques. This has spanned infrastructure, supply chain as well as social networks.
Nicki enjoys contributing back to the community and can be found speaking at various conferences and meet-ups. She is also co-author of the graph database book Neo4J in Action.

Saturday November 27th , 2021
9:00 am-
5:00 pm
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