The Vision

Rebecca Bilbro, Ph.D



A pioneer of the data science revolution in the early 2010’s, Dr. Rebecca Bilbro is an applied AI/ML engineer, teacher, and author who has worked across academia, industry, and the public sector.

Rebecca (aka @Elder_Data_Scientist) is co-creator of Yellowbrick, a Python library that integrates the scikit-learn and matplotlib APIs to support more convenient model diagnostics and steering.

As co-founder and CTO of Rotational Labs, Rebecca is motivated by a desire to unite the data science and engineering communities. She and her team help other companies leverage in-house domain expertise and data to build and deploy LLMs, data products, and services.

Rebecca earned her doctorate from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, where her research centered on domain-specific languages within engineering.

Blog Posts Written by Rebecca

  • Using Google's Secret Manager API with Go

    Security is by definition an inconvenience. At the very least, it’s about making access to data as challenging as possible for the baddies, conveniently measured in computation time. But good security also requires us good folks to go …

    Jun 1, 2021
  • What Are Protocol Buffers?

    Protocol buffers are a method for serializing data to efficiently send between programs. The structure is reminiscent of XML or JSON, but unlike these more commonly used text-based serialization methods, protocol buffers are designed to …

    May 19, 2021
  • Can't Read, Won't Buy

    To say we are not at our most empowered when trying to communicate in an unfamiliar language is a bit of an understatement. As if the limitations of one’s own language weren’t bad enough, trying to get along in a different …

    Apr 27, 2021
  • A Parrot Trainer Eats Crow

    In this post, we’ll consider how it is that models trained on massive datasets using millions of parameters can be both “low bias” and also very biased, and begin to think through what we in the ML community might be able …

    Mar 19, 2021
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