Charles River Analytics team to build virtual data scientist assistant for DARPA

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. Intelligent-systems developer Charles River Analytics has signed a contract with the Defense Advanced Research Project Agency (DARPA) to build a virtual data scientist assistant -- known as "Eve" -- to aid in solving real-world analytical problems.

As part of ’s Data-Driven Discovery of Models (D3M) program, Charles River will lead a team on the Eve effort that also includes scientists and researchers from Oregon State University and data-science firm Win-Vector. The four-year DARPA is valued atover $2.8 million.

DARPA's D3M program seeks to simplify the complex process of building models by creating software to bridge the data-science expertise gap. With the Eve effort, DARPA aims to build virtual data scientist assistants to help with machine learning tasks and alleviate the shortage of data scientists needed for data-driven solutions both immediately and in the coming years.

Dr. Mukesh Dalal, principal scientist at Charles River and principal investigator on the Eve effort, said of the project: “A lack of qualified data scientists is preventing organizations from gaining the full benefits from data analytics and machine learning. Eve will allow non-data scientists, such as retail marketers, to get significant value out of their data sets and make high-quality business-critical predictions.”

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