Ben Wiseman

Data scientist | R / Python trainer | public health | disease surveillance | visualization | analytics

Madison, WI, United States

Summary
python R Statistics Problem Solving Analytics
I'm a Madison based data scientist specializing in data analysis, statistics, modeling, computer programming and building modeling software. I spend my time between working in the Division of Public Health where I am developing a R programming core (with the aim of reducing the amount of public money spent on SAS licenses), and providing national and international technical training (R or Python) for Accelebrate.

I have a diverse background, including several years of experience teaching and training people from tertiary classes in research methods, statistics, and geographic information systems to public health departments and corporate trainings. Currently I am responsible for keeping the state's public health staff savvy with electronic surveillance technology (creating a statewide training program, software documentation, live seminars, end-user analytics, etc.) and training state staff to transition to R for data science while establishing a common code base and protocol for use in the department.

In my MSc I created an artificial intelligence platform (including a GIS application for applying and visualizing neural networks spatially) for DOC staff to help them identify hot spots for predator activity. I also have published research in molecular biology, entomology, and conservation ecology.

Overall I tend to be quite flexible in that I'm better statistician than a software engineer, a better software engineer than a statistician, and better at dealing with people than the average IT staffer; a jack of all trades with a penchant for data.
Experience

Owner at Wiseman Analytics

Feb 2017 - Present

Effectively freelance problem solving and software development. If a client is struggling with a particularly difficult problem or learning a technology, we solve the problem as would a normal consultant, however, we also show the client what was done, how it was done, and teach them to solve similar tasks independently in future.

Data Science Instructor at Simplilearn

Oct 2016 - Present

Giving on-site and virtual lesson to corporate and non-corporate clients wishing to improve their business insights, predictive modelling, and/or personal data science skill sets with R and Python.

R / Python Trainer at Accelebrate

Aug 2016 - Present

Providing training on R and Python to various organizations and diverse audiences. Each training lasts from three to four days with content tailored to the individual needs of the client.

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