My name is Maureen and I am from Toledo, Ohio, USA (for those of you outside the US, that's located at the tip of Lake Erie, one of the large Great Lakes on the northern border with Canada).
I have a background in health services research but I am a few years out from my PhD and am currently working in a managerial role for a large governmental health care organization. Last year I began learning Python, and after completing a series of programming courses on Coursera, I turned to machine learning courses and completed the UW series on Coursera (yes, I am a big fan of Coursera!).
I see now that the types of questions that interest me will likely necessitate a deep learning approach -- I work with tons of electronic health record data every day. Much of that is structured, but the truly interesting stuff is in the doctor's notes! Those are all text-based, and have yet to be fully mined for all their data goodness So I hope to do that!
Really looking forward to learning a lot along with all of you! I am so grateful for this opportunity, so many thanks to Jeremy and Rachel for creating this course and having a heart for students like us!