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Suzanne Yoakum-Stover

Suzanne Yoakum-Stover

It is very hard to categorize this physics Ph.D. turned data modeler. Or is it data scientist? Ontologist? Engineer? Suzanne Yoakum-Stover hasn't come up with a title herself beyond her small institute and consulting business. But she surely doesn't talk like the CIOs and architects we're used to.Yoakum-Stover was tapped for bringing ultra large-scale intelligence data to a private cloud computing environment and the use of columnar databases in lab work now used by the government. At the moment, most of her work is for the U.S. Army, but it's not her ultimate goal to work in government intelligence. Her driving ambition is an ultra-large, Internet scale abstract model for capturing data from any source in any data model without loss or distortion. With her research partner she's come up with a framework she'd like to share openly as a kind of Fermi Lab for scholars and scientists to pursue research."We have disciplines like physics, biology and less pure things like economics, that's sort of the closest one I can think of to where we're going," she told us. "I think we are on the brink of discovering something like that for intelligence."