MSDS Seminar Series in Data Science: Michael Brzustowicz

Friday, October 22 12:30 – 2 p.m.

101 Howard St. Rooms 154-156

MS in Data Science Seminar audience members watching lecture.
MS in Data Science Seminar audience members watching lecture.

Talk Abstract:

Data Science is a diverse field with technical contributions coming from many scientific and engineering disciplines. Software development, a pillar of Data Science, deserves as much attention as we give to statistical learning algorithms and domain solutions. The motivation for this talk draws from the coding choices we make among C/C++, python and Java when practicing Data Science. The goal of the talk is to highlight the opportunities and areas of growth in practicing Data Science with Java. In particular we will discuss the current state of the Java ecosystem, Java data science libraries, and examples of algorithm development with an emphasis on building a safer AI.

Sandia National Laboratories is a multimission laboratory managed and operated by National Technology & Engineering Solutions of Sandia, LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Honeywell International Inc., for the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration under contract DE-NA0003525.


Mike Brzustowicz, PhD – Mike is a Principal Member of Technical Staff at Sandia National Laboratories (Livermore) and has been building data science capabilities and teams across the National Security Programs (NSP) and Nuclear Deterrence (ND) mission spaces. Mike brings decades of R&D experience, highly focused on Machine Intelligence (MI) algorithms including Natural Language Understanding (NLU).
Mike’s current work at Sandia includes counter-adversarial machine learning, memory analysis, and disinformation detection. Prior to Sandia, Mike worked at Google as the Lead Scientist on an emotion-detection product. During Mike’s 10 years in industry, he also taught data science at the University of San Francisco and authored the O’Reilly book Data Science with Java.
Prior to industry Mike created and led a research program in X-ray scattering at Stanford University where he was a post- doc. Mike has a PhD in Biophysics from Indiana University, an MS in Physics from Purdue University, and a BS in Physics from Lehigh University.