ODSC is proud to announce its keynote speakers for the ODSC East 2020 conference this April 13-17 in Boston — ten preeminent researchers and visionaries who will kick off the already expert lineup set to speak at the community-based event for data science practitioners and AI engineers.

These academics, innovators, and thought leaders are leading the charge in the development and proliferation of AI across industry, and they’re all individuals worth knowing about so you can follow their research, learn about their companies’ latest developments, and see where AI is heading.

 

Professor Tom Mitchell

Professor Tom Mitchell is known as the “Father of Machine Learning,” having founded the Machine Learning Department at Carnegie Mellon University and led it as Department Head for its first 10 years, teaching many famous students including Andrew Ng. He is a world-renowned researcher in machine learning, artificial intelligence, and cognitive neuroscience. As a professor at Carnegie Mellon, some of his current research includes teaching computers to code, conversational machine learning, and personal AI agents.

Professor Michael Kearns, PhD

Michael Kearns is a professor in the Computer and Information Science department at the University of Pennsylvania, where he holds the National Center Chair and has joint appointments in the Wharton School. He is the founder of Penn’s Networked and Social Systems Engineering (NETS) program, and director of Penn’s Warren Center for Network and Data Sciences. Michael is the author of “The Ethical Algorithm: The Science of Socially Aware Algorithm Design,” which is gaining traction as a must-read for understanding the ethics behind AI and how we can better plan for the future.

Margaret Mitchell, PhD

Margaret Mitchell is a Senior Research Scientist at Google, where she focuses on research around vision-language and language generation. Her work is helping Google push the bounds of computer vision and NLP, even utilizing statistics and cognitive science insights. Before Google, she was a founding member of the famous Microsoft Research “Cognition” group, which is focused on developing AI at Microsoft. Margaret’s Ted Talk, “How We Can Build AI to Help Humans, Not Hurt Us,” has been viewed almost 1.2M times, making it a popular video choice for AI enthusiasts.

Thomas Wolf, PhD

Thomas Wolf is the Chief Science Officer of Hugging Face, one of the most popular NLP Transformer libraries, known for its ease of use and it provides a general-purpose API into pretrained models such as (BERT, GPT-2, RoBERTa, etc.) Much of his research now revolves around advances in NLP, NLU, Deep Learning, and Computational Linguistics. He’s a frequent blogger where he gives insights into his NLP research, and hopes to make NLP more human-friendly and easier to use.

Lester Mackey, PhD

Lester is an avid researcher and an established academic. At Microsoft, he develops new tools, models, and theory for large-scale learning tasks driven by applications from healthcare, climate, recommender systems, and the social good. He first made waves in the AI community when he co-organized the second-place team in the $1M Netflix Prize competition for collaborative filtering and won the $50K Prize4Life ALS disease progression prediction challenge

Matei Zaharia, PhD

In 2009, Matei Zaharia of Databricks started the popular machine learning framework, Apache Spark, during his PhD at UC Berkeley. Now, he leads the MLflow development effort at Databricks, helping to produce streamlined machine learning workflow processes. As a researcher, he’s interested in computer systems for emerging large-scale workloads such as machine learning, big data analytics, and cloud computing

Cassie Kozyrkov, PhD

In her role as Chief Decision Scientist at Google, Cassie advises leadership teams on the decision process, AI strategy, and building data-driven organizations. She is the innovator behind bringing the practice of Decision Intelligence to Google, personally training over 15,000 Google employees.

Mike Stonebraker, PhD

Dr. Stonebraker has been a pioneer of database research and technology for more than forty years. He was the main architect of the INGRES relational DBMS, and the object-relational DBMS, POSTGRES. Much of his current research focuses on database technology, operating systems and the architecture of system software services

John Montgomery

At Microsoft, John leads program management, research, and design teams for Developer Tools to deliver on the $1.5B Microsoft developer tools business, which includes Azure tooling and other popular AI products.

Shadi Shahin

In his role at SAS, Shadi leads the Product Management teams in Worldwide Marketing as well as the Price and Offering Management, and Enterprise Excellence Center teams.

 

In addition to all of these keynotes, we will also host a number of influential data scientists as they give talks and provide hands-on workshops to help you learn important skills in-person. Here are a few more experts to know about:

  • Adam Paszke: Adam created and maintains PyTorch, a popular machine learning library.
  • Sebastian Raschka, PhD: Professor Raschka wrote “Python Machine Learning,” a must-read for anyone looking to get into ML using Python.
  • Francesca Lazzeri, PhD: In her work at Microsoft, Francesca leads an international team designed to create solutions to problems in energy, oil and gas, retail, aerospace, healthcare, and professional services.
  • Nir Shavit, PhD: Nir is a Professor at MIT, and won the 2012 Dijkstra Prize for the introduction and first implementation of software transactional memory.
  • Jacob Andreas, PhD: At MIT, Jacob’s research focuses on using language as a scaffold for more efficient learning and as a probe for understanding model behavior.
  • Brandon Rohrer, PhD: As a lifelong fan of robotics, Brandon works at iRobot using ML and DL to help make robots more efficient.
  • Sarah Aerni, PhD: In her role as Director of Data Science and Engineering at Salesforce, Sarah leads the Einstein team to help bring AI to more consumers.

ODSC East 2020 this April 13-17 will feature all of these speakers and more. Be sure to check out our various half-day, hands-on training sessions, and stay tuned for more speakers to be added in the coming weeks.

Register by Friday, March 13, for 30% off all ticket types!