¡Escuincla babosa!: Creating a telenovela script with a neural network
By Lorena Mesa

Telenovelas, Spanish soap operas, are beloved for their over the top drama (el drama es real) and complicated twists and turns. In this talk, we'll look at some of the most popular telenovelas in recent years to devise a common arch for a telenovela. Using this formula, we'll determine if a recurring neural network is able to successfully produce a telenovela script. If so, what would a telenovela

Saturday 1:30 p.m.–2 p.m.


Lorena Mesa

Political scientist turned coder, Lorena Mesa is a data engineer on GitHub’s software intelligence systems team, Director on the Python Software Foundation, and PyLadies Chicago co-organizer. Lorena's time at Obama for America and her subsequent graduate research required her to learn how to transform messy, incomplete data into intelligible analysis on topics like predicting Latinx voter behavior. It's this unique background in research and applied mathematics that drove Lorena to pursue a career in engineering and data science. One part activist, one part Star Wars fanatic, and another part Trekkie, Lorena abides by the motto to "live long and prosper".