926th Wing Reservist wins Datathon problem


The 926th Wing’s Maj. Kimberly Hale, 14th Training Squadron PM engineer analyst, gained the second ever digital Datathon, April 1, hosted by the Department of the Air Force Chief Data Office.

The Datathon problem concerned cleansing up giant quantities of knowledge from Aviation Resource Management to be able to use Artificial Intelligence to assist pilots optimize scheduling with the Puckboard aircrew scheduling device.

The problem was a collaboration amongst the Secretary of the Air Force Chief Data Office, AFWERX, DAF-Massachusetts Institute of Technology AI Accelerator, Lincoln Labs and the TRON software program manufacturing unit.

Participants spent 5 weeks engaged on the problem of their free time, in addition to utilizing Slack as a shared workspace to share issues and options.

While 12 groups registered for the Datathon, solely 5 made all of it the best way to the tip to current their options and thought processes to a panel of judges.

Hale heard in regards to the Datathon by the AF analytic group publication, in addition to an AFWERX promotional electronic mail, who sponsors the planning and logistics of this system.

This drawback particularly was chosen from a listing of potential issues recognized by DAF-MIT AI Accelerator, and given to AFWERX throughout one in every of their hosted workshops to decide on the main focus for this Datathon.

Hale mentioned she was drawn to this problem as a result of she had seen the struggles first hand with scheduling on Puckboards when she walked into the 422nd Test and Evaluation Squadron throughout her final lively obligation project.

“I think because I had that little bit of history with Puckboards, I was like ‘Oh, yeah, this is a big problem’,” she mentioned.

Hale felt ready to tackle the problem coming from an intensive background of knowledge science and analytics, to incorporate her job within the AF Reserves and AD. She additionally accomplished a PhD program in the identical realm that led to her turning into a knowledge scientist in her civilian job.

“It was kind of right up my alley,” she mentioned. “When I got out of Active Duty Air Force, I became a data scientist, that’s what I do in my civilian job.”

Although there was no financial prize for this Datathon problem, it did present Hale with the chance to hone in on a selected programming talent, Python.

“It was a good use case for me, I had a timeline that was going to force me to finish something and practice with some intention,” she mentioned. “That was one of my goals out of it.”

When requested if Hale would do extra challenges sooner or later, she mentioned she plans on it.

“If it’s something that aligns with my skillset, and I have time at the time of the challenge, then I usually try to at least investigate,” she mentioned.

For now, the outcomes of this Datathon are already being felt by the AF.

“The results of this Datathon are already feeding directly into Puckboard development and have a tangible impact on aircrew schedule and predictability and quality of life,” mentioned Eileen Vidrine, Department of Air Force chief knowledge officer.

TRON and DAF-MIT AI Accelerator builders is not going to copy the coding precisely as Hale has introduced it, however will slightly take a look at her thought course of and answer to information their improvement of the programing.

Vidrine pushed for the beginning of Datathon challenges in 2019 within the hopes that they might present the power of Airmen and Guardians, each navy and civilian, to assist remedy air and area issues in-house versus outsourcing when armed with the best instruments and coaching.

“Challenges like this help our talented digital natives showcase their skills and explore new opportunities while bringing real value to the Department of the Air Force,” she mentioned.

If you might have drawback that you simply imagine will be solved with Datathon, attain out to Maj. Ryan Sullivan, DAF, Chief Data Office director of workers and Datathon lead planner for submission.

If you have an interest in future challenges, be sure to look out for the AFWERX promotional emails, portal bulletins, and Senior Air Force Leadership articles and social media channels.







Date Taken:04.01.2021
Date Posted:05.03.2021 22:13
Story ID:395499
Location:LAS VEGAS, NV, US 





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