Bennett Gebken

Senior Program Analyst - Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA)

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Senior Program Analyst – Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA)

Bennett is a Senior Analyst for Security, Data, and Infrastructure with the Office of Business Integration in the Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA). As a Marine Corps veteran who served in Afghanistan, the mission of the VBA is a personal one and he strives to use his technical knowledge to improve the delivery of benefits to veterans.

In his current role, Bennett works as a technical lead and project manager on a wide variety of key IT initiatives throughout the VBA including multiple projects involving Robotic Process Automation, Machine Learning, Optical Character Recognition, systems integration using API’s, and other AI technologies. Bennett prototyped the VBA’s first Machine Learning application and collaborated with OI&T in order to get it into production and received the 2019 Gears of Government Team award for this project.

Bennett is currently finishing up his last course for his Masters in IT Management from the University of Regis and is extremely interested in exploring new use cases to better serve veterans using Artificial Intelligence such as Machine Learning and Natural Language Processing and other innovative approaches to improving government programs.

Predictive Analytics and Data

One of the seven patterns of AI, predictive analytics is being used in many areas of government to help humans make better decisions. Some examples of this pattern being applied include assisted search and retrieval, predicting some future value for data, predicting behavior, predicting failure, giving advice, and intelligent navigation. The idea is that it helps to make better decisions, providing augmented intelligence capabilities. Machine learning is what is helping to make the decision, adapting over time to provide better results.In this panel we’ll explore how various agencies are successfully applying the predictive analytics pattern of AI.

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