Machine Learning Workshop - Oklahoma City

Machine Learning Workshop - Oklahoma City
Please join us in Oklahoma City September 18-19, 2019, for a two day hands-on Machine Learning Workshop with Lewis Matthews and his team from West Texas Data Science Institute.
This hands-on class will focus on how to apply machine learning techniques to petrophysical and geological problems where students will walk away from the class with actual code and real data to start playing around with work-related problems. If you aren’t familiar with programming this is a great opportunity to learn and if you aren’t familiar with machine learning then you are about to discover it isn’t rocket science (when it works). There are limited spots available for this Workshop - book early to save your place.

Lewis Matthews was born and raised in the United Kingdom of Great Britain. At the age of 17 he emigrated to the USA and enlisted in the United States Navy where he served for 9 years as a Corpsman with Marines. Since then Lewis has received several degrees including  economics, geology, and an MS in geophysics and seismology during which he independently discovered fractal clustering in petrophysical logs. He currently works for CrownQuest Operating as a data scientist where he evangelizes solutions to complex problems. To encourage understanding and broad collaboration across companies Lewis teaches machine learning applications for oil and gas problems. These workshops have proven to be incredibly popular and helpful to enhance the general understanding of the strengths and limits of these incredibly hyped technologies.

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The location for this event is BIS in Edmond, Oklahoma - 13900 N. Harvey Ave, Edmond, OK 73013.


Day 1 (September 18)
8:30-9:00am        Registration & Breakfast (included)
9:00-11:00am      Install and configure toolboxes
11:00-12:00pm    Divide up into teams based on experience
12:00-1:00pm      Lunch (included)
1:00-5:00pm        Introduction to Machine Learning

Day 2 (September 19)
8:00-9:00am       Breakfast (included)
9:00-12:00pm     Applied Machine Learning
12:00-1:00pm     Lunch (included)
1:00-5:00pm       Team Assignments


Throughout the course of this jammed-packed two-days, you will cover a broad array of topics, which include:
  • Configure environment
  • Introduction to Jupyter Notebook, Pandas, and Bokeh
  • Introduction to Machine Learning
  • Introduction to introduction to Scikit-Learn
  • Introduction to KNN regression
  • Introduction to SVM regression
  • Introduction to Recursive Feature Elimination
  • Introduction to Cross Validation
  • Introduction to hyperparameter tuning
  • Applied machine learning with petrophysics and EDR.
Students are not expected to have experience and will be taught as though they've never written a program or taken a machine learning class. A student with reasonable programming knowledge, the student should be able to apply these workflows to work related petrophysical and geologic applications at the end of the second day. The language used is Python and there are several free toolboxes that will be used.

Workshop Benefits

The students will:
(1) See real world examples of how operators are applying this technology to field operations while,
(2) gaining an appreciation of the domain complexity.

The skills acquired will vary depending on the level of experience. For beginners, students will gain basic machine learning skills they can build on. For ML experts, students will see cutting edge implementations in O&G they can build on.

Note: All the code and data is available for the students after the class. The dataset consists of 5 wells with open hole logs and electronic drilling dynamics. Students are free to research and publish, using the data provided under a creative commons license.


This Workshop includes two days of learning, breakfast, lunch, breaks and beverages. Attendees are responsible for bringing their own laptops with administrator rights. The venue is generously providing touch screen monitors you can plug your laptop into.

PPDM Members: $500 USD until September 4, 2019. $600 USD after September 4, 2019.
Non-Members: $700 USD until September 4, 2019. $800 USD after September 4, 2019. (Note: PPDM Individual memberships are only $100!)

Additional Information

Registration will close on September 17, 2019 at 5pm EST. For more information on this event, please contact

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9/18/2019 - 9/19/2019

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