Ushering in the Age of Machine Learning
  Kristen Serafin   Kristen Serafin
Associate Director
  Lizzie Westin   Lizzie Westin
Lead Analyst


Tuesday, March 19, 2019
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Level:  Intermediate

Machine Learning is being implemented across our enterprise to further leverage the potential of existing data assets to help solve problems in innovative ways.  Teams across the enterprise have come together to learn about Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning, experiment, and collaborate to implement many pilot projects/POCs.  But how did Machine Learning get from being just an idea to a concerted effort that led to a subsequent culture shift across departments?  Learn how FINRA hit the ground running with ML by facilitating cross-department communication, getting staff the proper support and training, and identifying and prioritizing opportunities for implementation. 

Attendees will learn:

  • How to identify use cases for Machine Learning and determine their viability
  • How to leverage existing datasets for labeling and use in ML-Models
  • Techniques to empower and support staff to build necessary skillsets to work in an ML environment
  • Approaches to gain support from and partner with the business

Kristen Serafin has worked at the intersection of technology and finance for eight years, ensuring data quality and managing data in a variety of roles. In her current role as an Associate Director in FINRA’s Market Regulation Technology department, she oversees a group that utilizes a wide variety of technologies to sift through big data in order to detect and escalate instances of potentially manipulative activity in the financial markets.

Lizzie Westin has over twenty years of experience in a variety of data-related roles, including analysis, data integration, content operations, data quality management, program management, and product management. In her current role as Lead Data Analyst on FINRA’s Enterprise Data Platforms team, she works closely with third party data vendors and also leads a cross-business steering committee and various working groups that provide guidance and business expertise to shape FINRA’s data strategy.