Bradley P. Allen

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A YouTube video of Brad's CHM oral history Brad Allen is a technology executive and serial entrepreneur who is currently Chief Architect at Merit, a Bay Area startup building a verified identity platform. Previously, Brad was Chief Architect at Elsevier, and before that, founder/CTO at three startups in the Los Angeles area, achieving successful exits in two of the three. Brad began his career during the 1980s as one of the very first knowledge engineers of the expert systems era, after earning a BS in Applied Mathematics at Carnegie Mellon University.
A YouTube video of Brad's HDSI talk A major part of Brad's work is as an architect of data platforms for business transformation. In this presentation to the Harvard Data Science Initiative, Brad discusses data science in practice at Elsevier, detailing the business motivations, the organization, and how data science over scientific content and data is enabling the delivery of new products to Elsevier's customers.
A YouTube video of Brad's LA ML Meetup talk Brad is also an innovator in the commercial application of machine learning. At this LA Machine Learning Meetup event in February 2019, Brad discusses work by him and his Elsevier colleagues towards using machine learning to understand scientific and medical content.
The slides from Brad's LD4 talk Brad's focus on these areas also has application to his personal interests as a book collector specializing in the works of William S. Burroughs, the American Beat Generation author. In this talk at the 2019 LD4 Conference on Linked Data in Libraries, Brad describes his use of library linked open data standards to publish scholarly bibliographical data about his collection.
Brad unmolding a timpano Brad is at various other times an amateur astronomer, a mountaineer, and a home cook. Of late, there's been a bit more of the third of these activities than the other two. Here's Brad unmolding his version of a timpano, inspired (as so many others) by the one featured in Stanley Tucci's film "Big Night".

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