Vivienne Ming
"Maximize human potential — that of others as well as your own...

"It's a philosophy that Vivienne Ming refined as a doctoral student at Carnegie Mellon University. Now the theoretical neuroscientist — involved in research, entrepreneurial technology and philanthropy — has been named one of Inc. Magazine's 10 Women to Watch in Tech in 2013. 'All of my endeavors are motivated by a desire to maximize human potential,' said Ming. 'It's a big dream, better suited to science fiction than the lab or the board room. But CMU inspired me to try anyhow.'" - CMU, "Revolutionary Potential"

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Gild Inc., Chief Scientist

"How Big Data Is Playing Recruiter for Specialized Workers"

"Of late, growing numbers of academics and entrepreneurs are applying Big Data to human resources and the search for talent, creating a field called work-force science. Gild is trying to see whether these technologies can also be used to predict how well a programmer will perform in a job. The company scours the Internet for clues: Is his or her code well-regarded by other programmers? Does it get reused? How does the programmer communicate ideas? How does he or she relate on social media sites?"


"Dr. Ming’s answer to what she calls “so much wasted talent” is to build machines that try to eliminate human bias. It’s not that traditional pedigrees should be ignored, just balanced with what she considers more sophisticated measures.

In all, Gild’s algorithm crunches thousands of bits of information in calculating around 300 larger variables about an individual: the sites where a person hangs out; the types of language, positive or negative, that he or she uses to describe technology of various kinds; self-reported skills on LinkedIn; the projects a person has worked on, and for how long; and, yes, where he or she went to school, in what major, and how that school was ranked that year by U.S. News & World Report." - New York Times

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Socos, Co-Founder & Executive Director

"Dr. Ming co-founded her own cutting-edge startup, Socos, just two years ago with former student Engin Bumbacher and wife Norma Ming, who also conducts higher education research and writes on educational policy issues as a senior research scientist at the Nexus Research & Policy institute. Socos utilizes student work — questions, essays, discussions and more — to build conceptual models that help teachers personalize instruction." - CMU, "Revolutionary Potential"

"Socos takes data from what students already do in their classes, and builds a model of their conceptual knowledge that lets teachers adapt instruction in real time, whether to address common misconceptions or expand on unusual insights." - Inc, "10 Women to Watch in Tech in 2013"

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Redwood Center for Theoretical Neuroscience

Visiting Scholar

The Redwood Center for Theoretical Neuroscience is a group of theorists consisting of faculty, postdocs and graduate students. We are part of the Helen Wills Neuroscience Institute at the University of California at Berkeley, located in the 5th floor of Evans Hall on the Berkeley campus.

Our goal is to develop mathematical and computational models of the underlying neurobiological mechanisms involved in perception, cognition, learning, and motor function. We collaborate with experimental neuroscience labs in the design of experiments and in the analysis of neural data. We also train students at UC Berkeley in these ideas and methods.

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Cognitive Neuroprosthetics

What if it was 20 ±2?

"The abilities to learn, remember, evaluate, and decide are central to who we are and how we live. Damage to or dysfunction of the brain circuitry that supports these functions can be devastating, leading to Alzheimer’s, schizophrenia, PTSD, or many other disorders. ...One promising approach is to build an interactive device to help the brain learn, remember, evaluate, and decide. One might, for example, construct a system that would identify patterns of brain activity tied to particular experiences and then, when called upon, impose those patterns on the brain."
"How to Make a Cognitive Neuroprosthetic", MIT Technology Review

Jitterbug, Parent & Inventor

Confronted with Type 1 Diabetes

"There are... parents who understand how to take the lead—while doctors remain set in their old ways. Instead of the formerly all-knowing doctor, Vivienne Ming’s best friend for her son is data-driven technology. When their son, Felix showed symptoms of child onset diabetes, they did what they knew best: they started collecting every bit of data they could on Felix’s eating, exercise and behavior." - Shel Israel, Age of Context


My son is amazing and so we are building:

Jitterbug

This is a personal project of love and frustration. It is an app and mathemtical model to

  • predict blood glucose level,
  • infer carb ratio and basal rate,
  • predict optimal insulin dosing,
  • detect anomalies like poor infusion sites and illness,
  • learn personalized BG impact of food, and
  • accept natural language input like, "I'm going to eat a medium apple."

StartOut

Board Director (Research)

Misson

StartOut is a national 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to creating great business leaders by fostering LGBT entrepreneurs. Currently with 57 annual events and over 5,200 participants nationwide, StartOut inspires, educates and supports LGBT entrepreneurs. We have chapters in Austin, Boston, New York, and San Francisco with Los Angeles in development.

We help create the next generation of LGBT business leaders by helping aspiring entrepreneurs start new companies, helping current entrepreneurs to grow and expand their businesses, and engaging successful entrepreneurs as role models and mentors for less established entrepreneurs. We also strive to foster LGBT leadership in the business community.

Our Family Coalition

Board Treasurer

Misson

Our Family Coalition promotes the equality and well-being of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer families with children. We foster community leadership in advocacy efforts that promote social justice.

Our Family Coalition

Media

On Mic & Camera

In Print

  • "Gild Says Algorithms Can Lift People Out Of Poverty" Silicon Valley Insider & ZDnet
  • "Will Algorithms Replace Resumes? Why Neuroscientist Dr. Vivienne Ming Says Using Big Data to Find Hidden Talent Is Not Only the Wave of the Future; It's the Only Way to Bring Real Diversity to the Workplace" Tweeting for Change
  • "The Future of Personalized Learning" Compass Learning
  • "Parenting Techniques from Vivienne and Norma Ming" Compass Learning
  • "The 3 Hottest Debates at SXSWedu" IAT
  • "Down with Divas" Forbes
  • "They're Watching You at Work" The Atlantic
  • "Your Job, Their Data: The Most Important Untold Story About the Future" The Atlantic
  • "Google Glass Developers: We're still flying half blind" CNET
  • "Vivienne Ming: The Transformative Power of Being Yourself" The Advocate
  • "Profiles - Vivienne Ming"New Learning Times
  • "Can you see the real me?"O Magazine
  • In pressThe Atlantic
  • All The World's A Resumé: The Facebook Generation Enters The WorkforceForbes
  • The Hot List: The 10 Hottest Women in BusinessWILES Magazine
  • "What IT recruiters know about you -- whether you're looking or not"ComputerWorld
  • "How big data is playing recruiter for specialized workers"New York Times
  • "10 Women to Watch in Tech in 2013"Inc

Education Research

Neuroscience Research

Contact

I'm a terrible networker but I love to talk over tea and always enjoy a fascinating conversation.

Gild: 221 Main St., San Francisco, CA
Email: vivienne@gild.com

Socos: 1900 Addison, Berkeley, CA
Email: vivienne@socos.me

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