Chris Symons, Ph.D., brings 15 years of machine learning experience to The Behavior Change Company.
KNOXVILLE, TN — November 8, 2018 (3-minute read)
Lirio announced today that Chris Symons, Ph.D., a machine learning expert who spent the last 15 years in key data science and machine learning leadership roles at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), has joined Lirio as Head of Machine Learning.
“Chris is regarded as one of the world’s foremost experts in applied machine learning,” says Mike West, CEO of Lirio. “We are thrilled to have him on board to help us make the best use of machine learning to impact lives for the better.”
Previously, Symons was a senior research staff member in the Computer Science and Mathematics Division at ORNL, where he served as the head of division’s science council. He collaborated with other researchers as data science and machine learning lead on a wide variety of projects and was a member of the ORNL Artificial Intelligence Leadership Team.
Symons has published numerous research papers and won several awards in recognition of his work. Among his contributions are research and application of machine learning tools for text analysis/natural language processing, knowledge discovery and management, and semi-supervised learning. His work has been applied to initiatives involving cybersecurity, breast cancer, and various other subjects.
“Our goal at Lirio is to help people achieve better personal outcomes at scale,” explains West. “Having Chris join our team brings us to the next level in our ability to do better for our clients and their customers and patients.”
As Head of Machine Learning at Lirio, Symons will serve on the management team and join Zack Kimble, Director of Data Science, in leading Lirio’s team of Data Scientists, Machine Learning Engineers, and Data Engineers. Most importantly, he will be the chief architect of Lirio’s machine learning solution for personalized communication that drives behavior change.
Symons says, “The work that Lirio is doing is fascinating. I’ve deployed a wide variety of machine learning algorithms to solve many problems, so using machine learning to motivate people to make better decisions is an exciting challenge that I’m anxious to tackle.”
Symons received his doctorate in computer engineering from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, with a dissertation focused on high-dimensional data analysis via advanced machine learning techniques. He is an adjunct faculty member of data science with UTK’s The Bredesen Center for Interdisciplinary Research and Graduate Education.
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Lirio, The Behavior Change Company, is a behavioral engagement solution that uses machine learning, behavioral science, and persona-based messaging to help organizations motivate the people they serve to achieve better outcomes. The award-winning Lirio solution drives results in program participation, customer satisfaction, patient adherence, and beyond, far exceeding industry benchmarks for digital engagement. Lirio’s IDEAL Engagement Framework ™ applies concepts of behavioral economics to segment and communicate with individuals on their terms, delivering the right message to the right person at the right time to impact behavior.
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