Hilary is the lead scientist at bit.ly, where she is finding sense in vast data sets. She is a former computer science professor with a background in machine learning and data mining. She is widely published and regularly speaks at academic and industry  conferences, and recently realized her dream  of delivering a talk on algorithms while  drinking a dry ice martini. She holds undergraduate degrees from Grinnell College in english and computer science and graduate degrees from Brown University in computer science with a focus on artificial intelligence. She is an enthusiastic developer and often releases  code on her personal site, www.hilarymason.com. She has discovered two  new species, loves to bake cookies, and asks way too many questions.