From the Stanford AI scene

Join Liezl Puzon on July 25th at Zipnosis for an introduction to artificial intelligence and machine learning. She will teach the basics of how AI / ML works and what applications it is relevant for, followed by a Q&A. For the second half, Pete (SVAI Founder) will give an update on SVAI's direction and future plans in Minnesota. Wei Wang will join to talk about SVAI's recent AI Genomics Hackathon in San Francisco.

We're excited to host this event in Minnesota to promote connectivity and access between the SF Bay Area AI scene and Minnesota's Healthcare and Bio Medical industry.

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Thank you for co-organizing, Aftercode for sponsoring and Zipnosis for hosting on the T3 Rooftop!


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Liezl Puzon

Stanford, Facebook, Google.

Liezl is a Stanford CS graduate with focus in Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning. She's joining Facebook in the Fall and previously worked at Google and Facebook. Liezl is an active gamer, hackathoner, and is passionate about access to education. Her recent work includes building a mobile app for Kiron, an open online education platform for refugees. Liezl is Generation Google Scholarship winner, Google Code-In Grand Prize Winner.

Pete Kane


Pete started, and Startup Venture Loft. He moved to SF Bay Area in Fall 2015 and started Silicon Valley Artificial Intelligence. He is excited about bridging SF Bay Area's AI scene and Minnesota's Healthcare and Life Sciences Industry.

Wei Wang

National Marrow Donor Program

Wei Wang is an an associate bioinformatics scientist from NMDP (National Marrow Donor Program). He has more than eight years work experience in genomics and computational biology. Currently, he’s working to develop the pipelines to analyze the genetic variants which could encode neoantigens and MiHAs (Minor Histocompatibility antigens), both of them have great potential for immunotherapy.

Wei and team have built a cohort which includes 500 whole genome sequencing data from high-resolution HLA-matched unrelated donor and recipient allo-HCT pairs. He hopes to use Machine Learning to predict T cell epitopes, such as neoantigens and MiHAs.




One 30 min talk + Q&A.



18.00: Doors Open, Rooftop Drinks and Food.

18.40: Welcome!

18.45: Liezl Puzon: Intro to AI.

19.30: Pete: SVAI Updates.

19.45: Wei Wang: AI Genomics Hackathon

20.00: Make Some New Friends.

21.30: Doors Close.



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323 N Washington Ave Suite 300, Minneapolis, MN 55401



Take the Light Rail to Target Field and walk over. 






Pamela Davis Kivelson is our Artist-In-Residnece. She creates paintings and portraits of featured SVAI speakers.


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