ODSC West will host more than 280 speakers and instructors. Speaker profiles are added weekly. Check back for updates. You’re welcome to check out some speaker blogs here.
ODSC West will host more than 280 speakers and instructors. Speaker profiles are added weekly. Check back for updates. You’re welcome to check out some speaker blogs here.
Professor Pieter Abbeel is Director of the Berkeley Robot Learning Lab and Co-Director of the Berkeley Artificial Intelligence (BAIR) Lab. Abbeel’s research strives to build ever more intelligent systems, which has his lab push the frontiers of deep reinforcement learning, deep unsupervised learning, especially as it pertains to robotics. Abbeel’s Intro to AI class has been taken by over 100K students through edX, and his Deep Unsupervised Learning materials are standard references for AI researchers. Abbeel has founded several companies, including Gradescope (AI to help instructors with grading homework, projects and exams) and Covariant (AI for robotic automation of warehouses and factories). He advises many AI and robotics start-ups, and is a frequently sought after speaker worldwide for C-suite sessions on AI future and strategy. Abbeel has received many awards and honors, including ACM Prize, IEEE Fellow, PECASE, NSF-CAREER, ONR-YIP, AFOSR-YIP, Darpa-YFA, TR35, and 10+ best paper awards/finalists. His work is frequently featured in the press, including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, BBC, Rolling Stone, Wired, and Tech Review.
Dawn Song is a Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at UC Berkeley. Her research interest lies in deep learning, security, and blockchain. She has studied diverse security and privacy issues in computer systems and networks, including areas ranging from software security, networking security, distributed systems security, applied cryptography, blockchain and smart contracts, to the intersection of machine learning and security. She is the recipient of various awards including the MacArthur Fellowship, the Guggenheim Fellowship, the NSF CAREER Award, the Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship, the MIT Technology Review TR-35 Award, the Faculty Research Award from IBM, Google and other major tech companies, and Best Paper Awards from top conferences in Computer Security and Deep Learning. She is an IEEE Fellow. She is ranked the most cited scholar in computer security (AMiner Award). She obtained her Ph.D. degree from UC Berkeley. Prior to joining UC Berkeley as a faculty, she was a faculty at Carnegie Mellon University from 2002 to 2007. She is also a serial entrepreneur.
Andreas Mueller is a Principal Research SDE at Microsoft (previously Columbia, NYU, Amazon), and author of the O’Reilly book “Introduction to machine learning with Python”, describing a practical approach to machine learning with python and scikit-learn. He is one of the core developers of the scikit-learn machine learning library, and has been co-maintaining it for several years. Andreas is also a Software Carpentry instructor.
Dr. Kira Radinsky is the CEO and CTO of Diagnostic Robotics, where the most advanced technologies in the field of artificial intelligence are harnessed to make healthcare better, cheaper, and more widely available. In the past, she co-founded SalesPredict, acquired by eBay in 2016, and served as eBay director of data science and IL chief scientist. One of the up-and-coming voices in the data science community, she is pioneering the field of medical data mining. Dr. Radinsky gained international recognition for her work at Microsoft Research, where she developed predictive algorithms that recognized the early warning signs of globally impactful events, including political riots and disease epidemics. In 2013, she was named to the MIT Technology Review’s 35 Young Innovators Under 35, in 2015 as Forbes 30 under 30 rising stars in enterprise technology, and in 2016 selected as “woman of the year” by Globes. She is a frequent presenter at global tech events, including TEDx, Wired, Strata Data Science, Techcrunch and academic conferences, and she publishes in the Harvard Business Review. Radinsky serves as a board member in: Israel Securities Authority, Maccabi Research Institute, and technology board of HSBC bank. Dr. Radinsky also serves as visiting professor at the Technion, Israel’s leading science and technology institute, where she focuses on the application of predictive data mining in medicine.
Jon Krohn is Chief Data Scientist at the machine learning company untapt. He authored the book Deep Learning Illustrated, which was released by Addison-Wesley in 2019 and became an instant #1 bestseller that was translated into six languages. Jon is renowned for his compelling lectures, which he offers in-person at Columbia University, New York University, and the NYC Data Science Academy, as well as online via O’Reilly, YouTube, and his A4N podcast on A.I. news. Jon holds a doctorate in neuroscience from Oxford and has been publishing on machine learning in leading academic journals since 2010.
Jess Garcia is the Founder of the global Cybersecurity/DFIR firm One eSecurity and a Senior Instructor with the SANS Institute.
During his 25 years in the field, Jess has led a myriad of complex multinational investigations for Fortune 500 companies and global organizations. As a SANS Instructor, Jess stands as one of the most prolific and veteran ones, having taught 10+ different highly technical Cybersecurity/DFIR courses in hundreds of conferences world-wide over the last 19 years.
Jess is also an active Cybersecurity/DFIR Researcher. With the mission of bringing Data Science/AI to the DFIR field, Jess launched in 2020 the DS4N6 initiative (www.ds4n6.io), under which he is leading the development of multiple open source tools, standards and analysis platforms for DS/AI+DFIR interoperability.
Dr. Jennifer Prendki is the founder and CEO of Alectio, the first startup focused on DataPrepOps, a portmanteau term that she coined to refer to the nascent field focused on automating the optimization of a training dataset. She and her team are on a fundamental mission to help ML teams build models with less data (leading to both the reduction of ML operations costs and CO2 emissions) and have developed technology that dynamically selects and tunes a dataset that facilitates the training process of a specific ML model. Prior to Alectio, Jennifer was the VP of Machine Learning at Figure Eight; she also built an entire ML function from scratch at Atlassian, and led multiple Data Science projects on the Search team at Walmart Labs. She is recognized as one of the top industry experts on Data Preparation, Active Learning and ML lifecycle management, and is an accomplished speaker who enjoys addressing both technical and non-technical audiences.
Yaron Haviv is a serial entrepreneur who has been applying his deep technological experience in data, cloud, AI and networking to leading startups and enterprise companies since the late 1990s. As the co-founder and CTO of Iguazio, Yaron drives the strategy for the company’s MLOps platform and led the shift towards the production-first approach to data science and catering to real-time AI use cases. He also initiated and built Nuclio, a leading open source serverless platform with over 4,000 Github stars and MLRun, Iguazio’s open source MLOps orchestration framework. Prior to co-founding Iguazio in 2014, Yaron was the Vice President of Datacenter Solutions at Mellanox (now NVIDIA), where he led technology innovation, software development and solution integrations. He was also the CTO and Vice President of R&D at Voltaire, a high-performance computing, IO and networking company which floated on the NYSE in 2007. Yaron is an active contributor to the CNCF Working Group and was one of the foundation’s first members. He presents at major industry events and writes tech content for leading publications including TheNewStack, Hackernoon, DZone, Towards Data Science and more.
Stefanie Molin is a data scientist and software engineer at Bloomberg in New York City, where she tackles tough problems in information security, particularly those revolving around anomaly detection, building tools for gathering data, and knowledge sharing. She is also the author of “Hands-On Data Analysis with Pandas,” which is currently in its second edition. She holds a bachelor’s of science degree in operations research from Columbia University’s Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science. She is currently pursuing a master’s degree in computer science, with a specialization in machine learning, from Georgia Tech. In her free time, she enjoys traveling the world, inventing new recipes, and learning new languages spoken among both people and computers.
Dr. Stonebraker has been a pioneer of data base research and technology for more than forty years. He was the main architect of the INGRES relational DBMS, and the object-relational DBMS, POSTGRES. These prototypes were developed at the University of California at Berkeley where Stonebraker was a Professor of Computer Science for twenty five years. More recently at M.I.T. he was a co-architect of the Aurora/Borealis stream processing engine, the C-Store column-oriented DBMS, the H-Store transaction processing engine, the SciDB array DBMS, and the Data Tamer data curation system. Presently he serves as Chief Technology Officer of Hopara and Tamr, Inc.
Professor Stonebraker was awarded the ACM System Software Award in 1992 for his work on INGRES. Additionally, he was awarded the first annual SIGMOD Innovation award in 1994, and was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 1997. He was awarded the IEEE John Von Neumann award in 2005 and the 2014 Turing Award, and is presently an Adjunct Professor of Computer Science at M.I.T.
Ville has been developing infrastructure for machine learning for over two decades. He has worked as an ML researcher in academia and as a leader at a number of companies, including Netflix where he led the ML infrastructure team that created Metaflow, a popular open-source framework for data science infrastructure. He is a co-founder and CEO of Outerbounds, a company developing modern human-centric ML. He is also the author of an upcoming book, Effective Data Science Infrastructure, published by Manning.
Mosharaf Chowdhury is a Morris Wellman associate professor of CSE at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, where he leads the SymbioticLab. His work improves application performance and system efficiency of machine learning and big data workloads. He is also building software solutions to monitor and optimize the impact of machine learning systems on energy consumption and data privacy. His group developed Infiniswap, the first scalable software solution for memory disaggregation; Salus, the first software-only GPU sharing system for deep learning; FedScale, the largest federated learning benchmark and a scalable and extensible federated learning engine; and Zeus, the first GPU energy-vs-training performance tradeoff optimizer for DNN training. In the past, Mosharaf did seminal works on coflows and virtual network embedding, and he was a co-creator of Apache Spark. He has received many individual awards and fellowships, thanks to his stellar students and collaborators. His works have received seven paper awards from top venues, including NSDI, OSDI, and ATC, and over 22,000 citations. Mosharaf received his Ph.D. from UC Berkeley in 2015.
Jennifer Davis, Ph.D. is a Staff Field Data Scientist at Domino Data Labs, where she empowers clients on complex data science projects. She has completed two postdocs in computational and systems biology, trained at a supercomputing center at the University of Texas, Austin, and worked on hundreds of consulting projects with companies ranging from start-ups to the Fortune 100. Jennifer has previously presented topics at conferences for Association for Computing Machinery on LSTMs and Natural Language Generation and at conferences across the US and in Italy. Jennifer was part of a panel discussion for an IEEE conference on artificial intelligence in biology and medicine. She has practical experience teaching both corporate classes and at the college level. Jennifer enjoys working with clients and helping them achieve their goals.
Leonidas (Leo) is a Senior Data Scientist at Astrazeneca. His work is focused around machine learning in oncology, including clinical and non clinical applications. He is also enthusiastic about NLP applications in oncology and how this can be used to leverage patient treatment. He is also a workshop facilitator in the European Leadership University (ELU), NL and has also been a data science educator at DataCamp. He holds a PhD from the University of Warwick, UK. in bioinformatics and ML, an MSc in statistics from Imperial College London, UK and a BSc in Statistics and Insurance Science from the University of Piraeus, GR.
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Nick is a passionate machine learning, data science, and MLOps enthusiast with experience across multiple domains including fraud detection, natural language processing, computer vision, and data mining. Nick holds a BSc. in Cognitive Science with a specialization in ML and Neural Computation from University of California, San Diego. He is an AWS Certified Solutions Architect, and has earned certifications in Python, Pytorch, Apache Airflow, PySpark and other frameworks. Currently, Nick acts as pre-sales MLOps Engineer at Iguazio, where he specializes in helping enterprises create real-world impact with their data science initiatives, with expertise in deployments on AWS, GCP, and Azure as well as on-premise Kubernetes architecture. Nick speaks at global industry events and blogs about MLOps, data science and ML Engineering.
Hugo Bowne-Anderson is a data scientist, writer, educator & podcaster. His interests include promoting data & AI literacy/fluency, helping to spread data skills through organizations and society and doing amateur stand up comedy in NYC. He does many of these at DataCamp, a data science training company educating over 3 million learners worldwide through interactive courses on the use of Python, R, SQL, Git, Bash and Spreadsheets in a data science context. He has spearheaded the development of over 25 courses in DataCamp’s Python curriculum, impacting over 170,000 learners worldwide through my own courses. He hosts and produce the data science podcast DataFramed, in which he uses long-format interviews with working data scientists to delve into what actually happens in the space and what impact it can and does have. He earned PhD in Mathematics from the University of New South Wales, Australia and has conducted biomedical research at the Max Planck Institute in Germany and Yale University, New Haven.
Josh Tobin is the founder and CEO of Gantry. Previously, Josh worked as a deep learning & robotics researcher at OpenAI and as a management consultant at McKinsey. He is also the creator of Full Stack Deep Learning (fullstackdeeplearning.com), the first course focused on the emerging engineering discipline of production machine learning. Josh did his PhD in Computer Science at UC Berkeley advised by Pieter Abbeel.
Clinton Brownley, Ph.D., is a data scientist at Meta (formerly Facebook), where he’s responsible for a variety of analytics projects designed to empower employees to do their best work. Prior to this role, he was a data scientist at WhatsApp, working to improve messaging and VoIP calling performance and reliability. Before WhatsApp, he worked on large-scale infrastructure analytics projects to inform hardware acquisition, maintenance, and data center operations decisions at Facebook.
As an avid student and teacher of modern data analysis and visualization techniques, Clinton teaches a graduate course in interactive data visualization for UC Berkeley’s MIDS program, taught a short-term graduate course in regression analysis and machine learning workshop for NYU’s A3SR program, leads an annual machine learning in Python workshop, and is the author of two books, “Foundations for Analytics with Python” and “Multi-objective Decision Analysis”.
Clinton is a past-president of the San Francisco Bay Area Chapter of the American Statistical Association and is a council member for the Section on Practice of the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences. Clinton received degrees from Carnegie Mellon University and American University.
David has over 20 years of experience in the fields of data, AI and enterprise cloud. He has led teams for EMC Dell, Hitachi and Cisco, working with some of the most innovative companies in the world in both classified and commercial environments. Today, David acts as the Western Regional Director at Iguazio, working with Enterprise customers to help them bring their data science initiatives to life. David is passionate about applying MLOps principles to real-world AI projects, on-premise, in multi-cloud environments, on a SCIF or all of the above. When he’s not working with customers on AI projects, he volunteers at the Salvation Army and Rotary International. He and his wife have twins – a boy and a girl, as well as a 94lb/43kg Labrador that eats everything.
Balaji is currently a Staff Research Scientist at Google Brain working on Machine Learning and its applications. Previously, he was a research scientist at DeepMind for 4.5+ years. Before that, he received a PhD in machine learning from Gatsby Unit, UCL supervised by Yee Whye Teh. His research interests are in scalable, probabilistic machine learning. More recently, he has focused on: – Uncertainty and out-of-distribution robustness in deep learning – Deep generative models including generative adversarial networks (GANs), normalizing flows and variational auto-encoders (VAEs) – Applying probabilistic deep learning ideas to solve challenging real-world problems.
Guy Van den Broeck is an Associate Professor and Samueli Fellow at UCLA, in the Computer Science Department, where he directs the Statistical and Relational Artificial Intelligence (StarAI) lab. His research interests are in Machine Learning, Knowledge Representation and Reasoning, and Artificial Intelligence in general. His work has been recognized with best paper awards from key artificial intelligence venues such as UAI, ILP, KR, and AAAI (honorable mention). He also serves as Associate Editor for the Journal of Artificial Intelligence Research (JAIR). Guy is the recipient of an NSF CAREER award, a Sloan Fellowship, and the IJCAI-19 Computers and Thought Award.
Dr. Jacqueline Nolis is a data science leader with 15 years of experience in running data science teams and projects at companies ranging from Airbnb to Boeing. She is the Chief Product Officer at Saturn Cloud where she helps design products for data scientists. Jacqueline has a PhD in Industrial Engineering and her academic research focused on optimization under uncertainty. Data science is also her hobby—like making an R package that mails physical postcards of your plots.
Steven Bird has spent much of his career pursuing scalable computational methods for capturing, enriching, and analysing data from endangered languages, drawing on fieldwork in West Africa, South America, and Melanesia. Over the past 5 years he has shifted to working from the ground up with remote Aboriginal communities in Australia, supporting language learning and development in an Aboriginal ranger program, school, and arts centre. He is a co-developer of the Natural Language Toolkit (NLTK), co-founder of the Open Language Archives Community (OLAC), founder of the ACL Anthology, and director of the Aikuma Project. He has held academic appointments at the universities of Edinburgh, Pennsylvania, UC Berkeley, and Melbourne, and is now professor at Charles Darwin University, in Darwin, Australia.
Oliver is a software developer from Hamburg Germany and has been a practitioner for more than 3 decades. He specializes in frontend development and machine learning. He is the author of many video courses and textbooks.
A Teaching Associate Professor in the Institute for Advanced Analytics, Dr. Aric LaBarr is passionate about helping people solve challenges using their data. There he helps design the innovative program to prepare a modern work force to wisely communicate and handle a data-driven future at the nation’s first Master of Science in analytics degree program. He teaches courses in predictive modeling, forecasting, simulation, financial analytics, and risk management. Previously, he was Director and Senior Scientist at Elder Research, where he mentored and led a team of data scientists and software engineers. As director of the Raleigh, NC office he worked closely with clients and partners to solve problems in the fields of banking, consumer product goods, healthcare, and government. Dr. LaBarr holds a B.S. in economics, as well as a B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. in statistics — all from NC State University.
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Dr. Prabhanjan (Anju) Kambadur heads the AI Engineering group at Bloomberg. Anju leads a group of 100+ researchers and engineers who build solutions for Bloomberg clients in the areas of machine learning, natural language processing (NLP) and natural language understanding, information extraction, knowledge graphs, question answering, and table understanding. Previously, Anju was a research staff member in the Business Analytics and Mathematical Sciences Department at IBM Research’s Thomas J. Watson Research Center, where he worked on problems in machine learning, such as matrix sketching, genome-wide association studies, temporal causal modeling, and high-performance computing. He received his PhD from Indiana University. Anju has published peer-reviewed articles in the fields of high-performance computing, machine learning, and natural language processing.
Cal Al-Dhubaib is a data scientist, entrepreneur, and professional speaker on Artificial Intelligence. He founded Pandata to help organizations plan, design, and scale human-centered AI solutions. Pandata has overseen 80+ transformative projects with leading global brands including Parker Hannifin, the Cleveland Museum of Art, FirstEnergy, and Penn State University.
Cal is especially passionate about orchestrating inclusive teams that are empowered to build Trusted AI solutions. He has been recognized as a Notable Immigrant Entrepreneur, Crain’s Cleveland 20 in their 20s, and two-time Cleveland Smart 50 recipient. In addition to becoming the first data science graduate from Case Western Reserve University, Cal is also known for his role in advocating for careers and educational pathways in Data Science through workforce development initiatives.
Meg is currently a UX Researcher for Google Cloud AI and Industry Solutions, where she focuses her research on Explainable AI and Model Understanding. She has had a varied career working for start-ups and large corporations alike across fields such as EdTech, weather forecasting, and commercial robotics. She has published articles on topics such as information visualization, educational-technology design, human-robot interaction (HRI), and voice user interface (VUI) design. Meg is also a proud alumnus of Virginia Tech, where she received her Ph.D. in Human-Computer Interaction (HCI).
Utkarsh Contractor is the VP of AI and Machine Learning at Aisera, where he leads the data science team working on machine learning and artificial intelligence applications in the fields of Natural Language Processing and Computer Vision. As a graduate student at Stanford University, his research focussed on experiments in computer vision, using Deep Neural Networks to analyze surveillance scene imagery and footages. Utkarsh has a decade of industry experience in Computer Vision, NLP and other Machine Learning domains working at companies such as Aisera, LinkedIn and AT&T Labs.
Eitan is the Chief Data Scientist at Bill.com and has many years of experience as a researcher. His recent focus is on machine learning, deep learning, applied statistics and software engineering. Before, he was a Postdoctoral Scholar at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, received his PhD in Physics from Boston University and B.S. in Astrophysics from University of California Santa Cruz. Eitan holds 4 patents and 11 publications to date and has spoken about data at various conferences around the world.
Neil Sahota is an IBM Master Inventor, United Nations (UN) AI Advisor, author of the book Own the A.I. Revolution., and Chief Innovation Officer at UC Irvine. He is a business solution advisor to several large companies and sought-after keynote speaker. Over his 20+ year career, Neil has worked with enterprises on the business strategy to create next generation products/solutions powered by emerging technology as well as helping organizations create the culture, community, and ecosystem needed to achieve success such as the U.N.’s AI for Good initiative. Neil also actively pursues social good and volunteers with nonprofits. He is currently helping the Zero Abuse Project prevent child sexual abuse as well as Planet Home to engage youth culture in sustainability initiatives.
Malte Pietsch is CTO & Co-Founder at deepset. His current focus is on building deepset Cloud – a SaaS platform for developers to build, deploy and operate modern NLP pipelines. He holds a M.Sc. with honors from TU Munich and conducted research at Carnegie Mellon University. Before founding deepset he worked as a data scientist for multiple startups. He is an active open-source contributor and author of the NLP framework Haystack.
Julia Lintern currently works as an instructor for the Metis Data Science Flex Program. Previously, she worked as a Data Scientist for the New York Times. Julia began her career as a structures engineer designing repairs for damaged aircraft. Julia holds an MA in applied math from Hunter College, where she focused on visualizations of various numerical methods and discovered a deep appreciation for the combination of mathematics and visualizations. During certain seasons of her career, she has also worked on creative side projects such as Lia Lintern, her own fashion label.
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Chandra Khatri is the Chief Scientist and Head of AI at Got It AI, wherein, his team is transforming AI space by leveraging state-of-the-art technologies to deliver the world’s first fully autonomous Conversational AI system. Under his leadership, Got It AI is democratizing Conversational AI and related ecosystems through automation. Prior to Got-It, Chandra was leading various AI applied and research groups at Uber, Amazon Alexa and eBay.
At Uber, he was leading Conversational AI, Multi-modal AI, and Recommendation Systems. At Amazon he was the founding member of the Alexa Prize Competition and Alexa AI, wherein he was leading the R&D and got the opportunity to significantly advance the field of Conversational AI, particularly Open-domain Dialog Systems, which is considered as the holy-grail of Conversational AI and is one of the open-ended problems in AI. And at eBay he was driving NLP, Deep Learning, and Recommendation Systems related applied research projects.
He graduated from Georgia Tech with a specialization in Deep Learning in 2015 and holds an undergraduate degree from BITS Pilani, India. His current areas of research include Artificial and General Intelligence, Democratization of AI, Reinforcement Learning, Language and Multi-modal Understanding, and Introducing Common Sense within Artificial Agents.
Serg Masís has been at the confluence of the internet, application development, and analytics for the last two decades. Currently, he’s a Climate and Agronomic Data Scientist at Syngenta, a leading agribusiness company with a mission to improve global food security. Before that role, he co-founded a search engine startup, incubated by Harvard Innovation Labs, that combined the power of cloud computing and machine learning with principles in decision-making science to expose users to new places and events efficiently. Whether it pertains to leisure activities, plant diseases, or customer lifetime value, Serg is passionate about providing the often-missing link between data and decision-making. He wrote the bestselling book “Interpretable Machine Learning with Python” and is currently working on a new book titled “DIY AI” for Addison-Wesley for a broader audience of curious developers, makers, and hackers.
Martin is a Senior Clinical Programmer at BioMarin, where he builds dashboards and tools for making data-informed decisions. Previously, Martin built statistical tools and dashboards for the Diabetes Technology Society, a contributing author for Data Journalism in R on the Northeastern University School of Journalism blog/website, and other volunteer and non-profit organizations. He’s a data journalism instructor for California State University, Chico. Martin holds a graduate degree in Clinical Research and is passionate about data literacy and open source technologies.
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Matt Harrison has been using Python since 2000. He runs MetaSnake, a Python and Data Science consultancy and corporate training shop. In the past, he has worked across the domains of search, build management and testing, business intelligence, and
He has presented and taught tutorials at conferences such as Strata, SciPy, SCALE, PyCON, and OSCON as well as local user conferences.
Machine Learning with XGBoost(Workshop)
Azin Asgarian is currently an applied research scientist on Georgian’s R&D team where she works with companies to help adopt applied research techniques to overcome business challenges. Prior to joining Georgian, Azin was a research assistant at the University of Toronto and part of the Computer Vision Group where she was working on the intersection of Machine Learning, Transfer Learning, and Computer Vision.
Scott Zoldi is chief analytics officer at FICO responsible for advancing the company's leadership in artificial intelligence (AI) and analytics in its product and technology solutions. At FICO Scott has authored more than 120 analytic patents, with 71 granted and 49 pending. Scott is actively involved in the development of analytics applications, Responsible AI technologies and AI governance frameworks, the latter including FICO's blockchain-based [SZ1] model development governance methodology. Scott is a member of the Board of Advisors of FinRegLab, a Cybersecurity Advisory Board Member of the California Technology Council, and a Board Member of Tech San Diego and the San Diego Cyber Center of Excellence. He is also a member of the CNBC Technology Executive Council. Scott received his Ph.D. in theoretical and computational physics from Duke University.
Adam Breindel consults and teaches widely on Apache Spark and other technologies. Adam’s experience includes work with banks on neural-net fraud detection, streaming analytics, cluster management code, and web apps, as well as development at a variety of startup and established companies in the travel, productivity, and entertainment industries. He is excited by the way that Spark and other modern big-data tech remove so many old obstacles to system design and make it possible to explore new categories of interesting, fun, hard problems.
Joseph M. Hellerstein is the Jim Gray Professor of Computer Science at the University of California, Berkeley, whose work focuses on data-centric systems and the way they drive computing. He is an ACM Fellow, an Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow and the recipient of three ACM-SIGMOD “Test of Time” awards for his research. Fortune Magazine has included him in their list of 50 smartest people in technology , and MIT’s Technology Review magazine included his work on their TR10 list of the 10 technologies “most likely to change our world”.
Hellerstein is a co-founder of Aqueduct, which is bringing new open source technology for Prediction Infrastructure to market. Previously he co-founded Trifacta, the pioneering company in Data Preparation, where he served as founding CEO and Chief Strategy Officer. Hellerstein has served on the technical advisory boards of a number of computing and Internet companies including Dell EMC, SurveyMonkey, Datometry and Acryl Data.
Diego Klabjan is a professor at Northwestern University, Department of Industrial Engineering and Management Sciences. He is also Founding Director, Master of Science in Analytics, and the Deep Learning Lab. His expertise is focused on data science and deep learning with a concentration in finance, insurance, and healthcare. Professor Klabjan has led projects with large companies such as The Chicago Mercantile Exchange Group, Intel, General Motors and many others, and he is also assisting numerous start-ups with their analytics needs. He is also a founder of Opex Analytics.
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Nidhin is an Machine Learning Engineer at Walmart where he works on Walmart’s E-commerce Search Engine. Before Walmart, he worked for two startups.
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Brian Lucena is Principal at Numeristical, where he advises companies of all sizes on how to apply modern machine learning techniques to solve real-world problems with data. He is the creator of three Python packages: StructureBoost, ML-Insights, and SplineCalib. In previous roles he has served as Principal Data Scientist at Clover Health, Senior VP of Analytics at PCCI, and Chief Mathematician at Guardian Analytics. He has taught at numerous institutions including UC-Berkeley, Brown, USF, and the Metis Data Science Bootcamp.
Jayeeta is a Senior Data Scientist with 6+ years of industry experience. She received her MS in Quantitative Methods and Modeling from NY, and a BS in Economics and Statistics. Currently, Jayeeta works at Fitch Ratings, a global leader in financial information services. Jayeeta is an avid NLP researcher and gets to explore a lot of state-of-the-art models to build cool products and firmly believes that data, of all forms, is the best storyteller. She also led multiple NLP workshops in association with Women Who Code, GitNation among others. Jayeeta has also been invited to speak at International Conference on Machine Learning (ICML 2020), ODSC East, MLConf EU, WomenTech Global Conference, and Data Summit Connect. Jayeeta is passionate about promoting initiatives to inspire more women to take up STEM. Jayeeta lives in New York, she loves to cook, and spends her summers hiking and traveling with her husband. Connect here – https://linktr.ee/JayeetaP
Dr. Sagar Samtani is an Assistant Professor and Grant Thornton Scholar in the Department of Operations and Decision Technologies at Indiana University. Dr. Samtani graduated with his Ph.D. from the AI Lab from University of Arizona. Dr. Samtani’s research interests are in AI for Cybersecurity, developing deep learning approaches for cyber threat intelligence, vulnerability assessment, open-source software, AI risk management, and Dark Web analytics. He has received funding from NSF’s SaTC, CICI, and SFS programs and has published over 40 peer-reviewed articles in leading information systems, machine learning, and cybersecurity venues. He is deeply involved with industry, serving on the Board of Directors for the DEFCON AI Village and Executive Advisory Council for the CompTIA ISAO.
Alex Ratner is the co-founder and CEO at Snorkel AI, and an Assistant Professor of Computer Science at the University of Washington. Prior to Snorkel AI and UW, he completed his Ph.D. in CS advised by Christopher Ré at Stanford, where he started and led the Snorkel open source project, and where his research focused on applying data management and statistical learning techniques to emerging machine learning workflows such as creating and managing training data and applying this to real-world problems in medicine, knowledge base construction, and more. Previously, he earned his A.B. in Physics from Harvard University.
Carl Gold is currently the Data Science Director at OfferFit.ai, an AI-as-a-Service reinforcement learning engine that maximizes customer upsell and retention. Before coming to OfferFit, Carl was Chief Data Scientist of Zuora, the Subscription Economy leading billing platform. Based on his experiences fighting churn for SaaS companies during his time at Zuora, Carl wrote the first book dedicated to customer churn analytics and data science: “Fighting Churn With Data”. Carl has a PhD from the California Institute of Technology and first author publications in leading Machine Learning and Neuroscience journals.
Fighting Churn With Data(Workshop)
Umit excels at shipping ML products to production in complex IT and business environments.Before joining EPAM, he held roles as a researcher, software engineer, data scientist, ML engineer, manager, and technical leader. He worked at massive engineering companies as well as ambitious start-ups, consulted for Fortune 500 companies, and taught graduate courses in computer science and engineering.
Umit’s research spans multiple disciplines, and he enjoys sharing his insights at conferences, universities, and meet-ups. He’s also regularly coaching and mentoring newcomers and university students to make their career dreams come true while having a fulfilling life.
Veena Mendiratta is an applied researcher in network reliability and analytics at Nokia Bell Labs based in Naperville, Illinois, USA. Her research interests include network dependability, software reliability engineering, programmable networks resiliency, and telecom data analytics. Current work is focused on network reliability and analytics – architecting and modeling the reliability of next-generation programmable networks; and the development of analytics-based algorithms for anomaly detection, network slicing and network control for improving network performance and reliability. She has led projects on customer experience analytics using data mining and social network analysis techniques, and the development of algorithms and visual analytics for anomaly detection in telecommunications networks. She is a member of the SIAM Visiting Lecturer Program, Life Member of SIAM, Senior Member of IEEE, Member of INFORMS; member of ASA; and was a Fulbright Specialist Scholar for 5 years during which time she visited universities in India, Norway and New Zealand. She holds a B.Tech in engineering from IIT-Delhi, India, and a Ph.D. in operations research from Northwestern University, USA.
Dr. Victor Zitian Chen, CFA, is a believer and action-taker on the idea of a world brain. Dr. Chen is currently the Director of Data Analytics and Insights, Experimental Design and Causal Inference at Fidelity Investments. He leads the causal analytics efforts across the personal investing business at the Fidelity, including experimentation, prescriptive analytics, and causal knowledge graph-based applications. Before joining Fidelity, Dr. Chen was a tenured professor in management and data science at the University of North Carolina, Charlotte, and a visiting professor in international business at Copenhagen Business School, Denmark. He led two major National Science Foundation (NSF) grants focusing on causal knowledge graph-based explainable AI and analytics applications. He founded and led the Global OpenLabs for Performance Enhancement-Analytics and Knowledge System (GoPeaks) – a startup to advance and commercialize knowledge synthesis and causal/prescriptive analytics solutions for business decisions.
Causal/Prescriptive Analytics in Business Decisions(Business Talk)
Sheamus McGovern is the founder of ODSC (The Open Data Science Conference). He is also a software architect, data engineer, and AI expert. He started his career in finance by building stock and bond trading systems and risk assessment platforms and has worked for numerous financial institutions and quant hedge funds. Over the last decade, Sheamus has consulted with dozens of companies and startups to build leading-edge data-driven applications in finance, healthcare, eCommerce, and venture capital. He holds degrees from Northeastern University, Boston University, Harvard University, and a CQF in Quantitative Finance.
Ben is a Senior Data Scientist at the Institute for Experiential AI. He obtained his Masters in Public Health (MPH) from Johns Hopkins and his PhD in Policy Analysis from the Pardee RAND Graduate School. Since 2014, he has been working in data science for government, academia and the private sector. His major focus has been on Natural Language Processing (NLP) technology and applications. Throughout his career, he has pursued opportunities to contribute to the larger data science community. He has spoken at data science conferences , taught courses in Data Science, and helped organize the Boston chapter of PyData. He also contributes to volunteer projects applying data science tools for public good.
Bagging to BERT – A Tour of Applied NLP(Workshop)
Jacob Schreiber is a post-doctoral researcher at the Stanford School of Medicine. As a researcher, he has developed machine learning approaches to integrate thousands of genomics data sets, to design biological sequences with desired characteristics, and has described how statistical pitfalls can be encountered and accounted for in genomics data sets. As an engineer, he has contributed to the community as a core contributor to scikit-learn and as the developer of several machine learning toolkits, including pomegranate for probabilistic modeling and apricot for submodular optimization.
Daniel Lenton is the creator of Ivy, which is an open-source framework with an ambitious mission to unify all other ML frameworks. Prior to starting Ivy, Daniel was a PhD student at Imperial College London, where he published research in the areas of machine learning, robotics and computer vision.
Unifying ML With One Line of Code(Workshop)
Stefano Ermon is an Associate Professor of Computer Science in the CS Department at Stanford University, where he is affiliated with the Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, and a fellow of the Woods Institute for the Environment. His research is centered on techniques for probabilistic modeling of data and is motivated by applications in the emerging field of computational sustainability. He has won several awards, including Best Paper Awards (ICLR, AAAI, UAI and CP), a NSF Career Award, ONR and AFOSR Young Investigator Awards, Microsoft Research Fellowship, Sloan Fellowship, and the IJCAI Computers and Thought Award. Stefano earned his Ph.D. in Computer Science at Cornell University in 2015.
Yegna Jambunath is a Researcher at Centre for Deep Learning, Northwestern University. Yegna has six years of total work experience with four years of industry focused research experience in ML and Data Science. His areas of interest are MLOps, ML in Healthcare and RL.
MLOps for Deep Learning(Talk)
Arun heads the Bloomberg Quantitative Research Solutions Team. Arun’s work initially focused on Stochastic Volatility Models for Derivatives & Exotics pricing/hedging and more generally around asset pricing using traditional quantitative finance methods. More recently, he has enjoyed working at the intersection of diverse areas such as data science, innovative quantitative finance models and using AI/Machine Learning methods to help reveal embedded signals in traditional & alternative data such as Company Financials, ESG, News/Social, Supply Chain, Geolocational & Extreme Weather and their potential impact on capital markets. Most recently in an attempt to complete a full circle, he has been exploring use of ML methods in asset pricing , e.g. Derivatives pricing and illiquid instrument pricing.
Prior to joining Bloomberg, he earned his Ph.D from Cornell University in the areas of computer science and applied mathematics and a B. Tech in Computer Science from IIT Delhi, India. Arun is also an editorial board member of The Journal of Financial Data Science.
Oswald is a former PhD Candidate (ABD) in Mathematics, an education fanatic (5 degrees), and an author of 40 technical books. He has worked for Oracle, AAA, and Just Systems of Japan as well as various startups. He has lived/worked in 5 countries on three continents, and in a previous career he worked in South America, Italy, and the French Riviera, and has traveled to 70 countries on five continents. He has worked from C/C++/Java developer to CTO, comfortable in 4 languages, and currently he is an AI (ML,DL,NLP,DRL) adjunct instructor at UCSC and works on NLP-related tasks in a start-up in the Bay Area.
James Demmel is the Dr. Richard Carl Dehmel Distinguished Professor of Computer Science and Mathematics at the University of California at Berkeley, and former Chair of the EECS Dept. He also serves as Chief Strategy Officer for the start-up HPC-AI Tech, whose goal is to make large-scale machine learning much more efficient, with little programming effort required by users. Demmel’s research is in high performance computing, numerical linear algebra, and communication avoiding algorithms. He is known for his work on the widely used LAPACK and ScaLAPACK linear algebra libraries. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering, and American Academy of Arts and Sciences; a Fellow of the AAAS, ACM, AMS, IEEE and SIAM; and winner of the IPDPS Charles Babbage Award, IEEE Computer Society Sidney Fernbach Award, the ACM Paris Kanellakis Award, the J. H. Wilkinson Prize in Numerical Analysis and Scientific Computing, and numerous best paper prizes.
Robert is a Principal Data Scientist at SAS where he builds end-to-end artificial intelligence applications. He also researches, consults, and teaches machine learning with an emphasis on deep learning and computer vision for SAS. Robert has authored an introductory book on computer vision and has written several professional courses on topics including neural networks, deep learning, and optimization modeling. Before joining SAS, Robert worked under the Senior Vice Provost at North Carolina State University, where he built models pertaining to student success, faculty development, and resource management. Prior to working in academia, Robert was a member of the research and development group on the Workforce Optimization team at Travelers Insurance. His models at Travelers focused on forecasting and optimizing resources. Robert graduated with a master’s degree in Business Analytics and Project Management from the University of Connecticut and a master’s degree in Applied and Resource Economics from East Carolina University.
Justin is a Developer Advocate at Airbyte. He has been an active content creator since 2019, documenting his journey as a self-taught developer through YouTube videos and live-streaming on Twitch. He’s excited about the power of the open-source modern data stack and how these new tools help evolve our workflows as data engineers, analysts and scientists!
Max is a Staff Data Scientist at Wish where he focuses on online experimentation (A/B testing) and machine learning. He has been revamping the A/B testing platform at Wish on various fronts, including infrastructure, statistical testing, usability, etc. His passion is to empower data-driven decision-making through the rigorous use of data. Max earned his Ph.D. in Statistical Informatics from the University of Arizona.
Shoili Pal is a Data Scientist at The Home Depot where she currently works on Recommendations and Personalization. She has also worked in product data science teams, a finance team and two early stage startups. She holds a Masters in Analytics from Georgia Tech and a Masters in Operations Research from the London School of Economics. In her spare time she reads fantasy and science fiction, builds Lego sets and goes on bike rides.
Steve is the author of the book Exploring GPT-3 from Packt Publishing and the managing director of Dabble Lab, a technology education and services company that helps businesses accelerate learning and adoption of artificial intelligence, blockchain, and other emerging technologies. Steve has been designing and building automation solutions for over 20 years and has consulted on AI and automation projects for companies including Amazon, Google, and Twilio. He also publishes technical tutorials on Dabble Lab’s YouTube channel— one of the most popular educational resources for conversational AI developers—and manages several open-source projects, including the Autopilot CLI, Twilio’s recommended tool for building Autopilot bots.
Danny Chiao is an engineering lead at Tecton/Feast Inc working on building a next-generation feature store. Previously, Danny was a technical lead at Google working on end to end machine learning problems within Google Workspace, helping build privacy-aware ML platforms / data pipelines and working with research and product teams to deliver large-scale ML powered enterprise functionality. Danny holds a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from MIT.
Ali Vanderveld is a Senior Staff Data Scientist at Wayfair, where she serves as a technical leader for machine learning, currently leading the development of novel search and recommendation technologies. Prior to Wayfair, she led a team focused on language AI at Amazon Web Services and was the Director of Data Science at ShopRunner. She has also worked at Civis Analytics, at Groupon, and as a technical mentor for the Data Science for Social Good Fellowship. Ali has a PhD in theoretical astrophysics from Cornell University and got her start working as an academic researcher at Caltech, the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, and the University of Chicago, working on the development teams for several space telescope missions, including ESA’s Euclid.
Elliot Henry is a Data Science Manager at SPINS; he is responsible for the successful execution of data science projects and the overall support and care of his team. He has experience managing projects from the ideation phase through delivery of the final product, and is passionate about building end to end machine learning systems using software based methods. Prior to SPINS, Elliot has experience as a data scientist in the fields of retail, marketing, and digital. He holds a B.A. in Biochemistry from Dartmouth College and a M.S. in Analytics from the University of Chicago. In his free time, he enjoys playing board games with friends.
Yang You is a Presidential Young Professor at National University of Singapore. He is on an early career track at NUS for exceptional young academic talents with great potential to excel. He received his PhD in Computer Science from UC Berkeley. His advisor is Prof. James Demmel, who was the former chair of the Computer Science Division and EECS Department. Yang You’s research interests include Parallel/Distributed Algorithms, High Performance Computing, and Machine Learning. The focus of his current research is scaling up deep neural networks training on distributed systems or supercomputers. In 2017, his team broke the world record of ImageNet training speed, which was covered by the technology media like NSF, ScienceDaily, Science NewsLine, and i-programmer. In 2019, his team broke the world record of BERT training speed. The BERT training techniques have been used by many tech giants like Google, Microsoft, and NVIDIA. Yang You’s LARS and LAMB optimizers are available in industry benchmark MLPerf. He is a winner of IPDPS 2015 Best Paper Award (0.8%), ICPP 2018 Best Paper Award (0.3%) and ACM/IEEE George Michael HPC Fellowship. Yang You is a Siebel Scholar and a winner of Lotfi A. Zadeh Prize. Yang You was nominated by UC Berkeley for ACM Doctoral Dissertation Award (2 out of 81 Berkeley EECS PhD students graduated in 2020). He also made Forbes 30 Under 30 Asia list (2021) and won IEEE CS TCHPC Early Career Researchers Award for Excellence in High Performance Computing. For more information, please check his lab’s homepage at https://ai.comp.nus.edu.sg/
Julien is currently Chief Evangelist at Hugging Face. He’s recently spent 6 years at Amazon Web Services where he was the Global Technical Evangelist for AI & Machine Learning. Prior to joining AWS, Julien served for 10 years as CTO/VP Engineering in large-scale startups.
Ysis Tarter is a senior data engineer at Absci, where deep learning AI and synthetic biology are harnessed to translate ideas into drugs. She leads the development of data platforms and pipelines for high-throughput biological data, as well as scientific tools for data analysis. Ysis is also the co-tech lead of the Bay Area chapter of Black Girls Code and teaches data visualization and analytics. She has lectured at several institutions, including Columbia, USC, and UC Berkeley. Tarter holds an MS in Applied Biomedical Engineering from Johns Hopkins University and a BS in Computer Science from Stanford University where she specialized in biocomputation. She has published peer-reviewed articles in the fields of scalable neuroscience and synthetic biological design.
Aaron is our Director of Solutions Engineering at Appen. He works closely with the Sales and Solutions teams to manage Fortune 500 deals through the pipeline. Aaron has lived in 7 cities around the world and is a geek at heart. He loves solving problems, breaking new technologies and identifying opportunities where technology can have a real impact on how we get things done.
Sadie St Lawrence is the Founder and CEO of Women in Data, a community of 30,000+ data leaders, practitioners, and citizens whose mission is to increase diversity in data careers. Women in Data has been named a Top 50 Leading Company of The Year, and has been rated as the #1 community for Women in AI and Tech. Sadie has trained over 400,000 people in data science and has developed multiple programs in machine learning and career development. Sadie has been awarded, Top 30 Most Inspiring Women in AI, Top 10 Most Admired Businesswomen to Watch in 2021, Top 21 Influencer in Data, and is the recipient of the Outstanding Service Award from UC Davis. In addition, she serves on boards, and is the host of the Data Bytes podcast.
Peter is VP of Engineering at Mindtech. Peter has many years of experience in semiconductors, with expertise in AI, GPU and VR/AR. Working at companies including Highwai, Imagination Technologies and ST. Peter has also been highly active in Khronos, including chairing the NNEF working group.
Chip Kent is the chief data scientist at Deephaven Data Labs. He holds a Ph.D. from CalTech, with decades of quantitative, mathematical, and computer science experience. Chip comes from a background in quantitative private investment, using data to make investments at Walleye Capital.
Leonardo De Marchi holds a Master in Artificial intelligence and has worked as a Data Scientist in the sports world, with clients such as the New York Knicks and Manchester United, and with large social networks, like Justgiving. His previous experience includes Head of Data Science and Analytics in Bumble, the largest dating site with over 500 million users, heading the team through an acquisition and an IPO. He is also the lead instructor at ideai.io, a company specialized in Reinforcement Learning, Deep Learning and Machine Learning training. He is also a contractor for several companies and for the European Commission, as an expert in AI and Machine Learning. As an author he wrote “Hands On Deep Learning” and he authored an online training course for O’Reilly, Introduction to Reinforcement Learning. In the academic world, he also helped set up the PhD center on Interactive Artificial Intelligence and will take part in the Inner Assessment Board to assign funding to Irish research in AI.
Vini Jaiswal is a Developer Advocate at Databricks. She co-leads the advocacy for the open-source project Delta Lake. She helped advance data science and AI uses for over a decade with companies of different sizes. She loves to help with social causes through data and AI skills, and actively contributes to modern Data Science and Eng.
Allison Portis is a software engineer at Databricks working on Delta Lake. She recently graduated from Cornell University where she studied computer science. Allison previously worked on open source feature engineering projects as an intern at Feature Labs and is excited to now be a part of the Delta Lake community.
Pete spent more than two decades on Wall Street, growing, and running automated trading groups. In 2005, he was the founding CEO of Walleye Capital, a multi-billion-dollar quant fund that derives value at the intersection of real-time data and automated applications. In 2017, Pete and some engineers spun a proprietary data engine out of Walleye, forming an independent company called Deephaven Data Labs. Deephaven is an open-first software shop, delivering a real-time query engine, APIs, UIs, and integrations to the community via open projects designed for diverse teams. Deephaven complements streaming technologies and makes dynamic data easy and accessible.
Abubakar Abid completed his PhD at Stanford in applied machine learning. During his PhD, he founded Gradio (www.gradio.dev), an open-source Python library that has been used to build over 500,000 machine learning demos. Gradio was acquired by Hugging Face, which is where Abubakar now serves as a machine learning team lead.
Raluca Ada Popa is the Robert E. and Beverly A. Brooks associate professor of computer science at UC Berkeley working in computer security, systems, and applied cryptography. She is a co-founder and co-director of the RISELab and SkyLab at UC Berkeley, as well as a co-founder of Opaque Systems and PreVeil, two cybersecurity companies. Raluca has received her PhD in computer science as well as her Masters and two BS degrees, in computer science and in mathematics, from MIT. She is the recipient of the 2021 ACM Grace Murray Hopper Award, a Sloan Foundation Fellowship award, Jay Lepreau Best Paper Award at OSDI 2021, Distinguished Paper Award at IEEE Euro S&P 2022, Jim and Donna Gray Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award, NSF Career Award, Technology Review 35 Innovators under 35, Microsoft Faculty Fellowship, and a George M. Sprowls Award for best MIT CS doctoral thesis.
Amita Kapoor, is the author of best-selling books in the field of Artificial Intelligence and Deep Learning. She mentors students at different online platforms such as Udacity and Coursera and is a research and tech advisor to organizations like DeepSight AI Labs and MarkTechPost. She started her academic career in the Department of Electronics, SRCASW, the University of Delhi, where she was an Associate Professor. She has over 20 years of experience in actively researching and teaching neural networks and artificial intelligence at the university level. A DAAD fellow, she has won many accolades with the most recent being Intel AI Spotlight award 2019, Europe. An active researcher, she has more than 50 publications in international journals and conferences. Extremely passionate about using AI for the betterment of society and humanity in general, she is ready to embark on her second innings as a digital nomad.
Andrew is a Ph.D. Astrophysicist who made the switch from academia to data science (via the Insight Data Science program) in 2014. He was the first data scientist hired at Greenhouse Software where he has worked on many internal data science projects and a few customer-facing data-powered product features. Andrew lives in New Jersey with his wife and son.
Statistics for Data Science(Bootcamp)
Aaron Roth is the Henry Salvatori Professor of Computer and Cognitive Science, in the Computer and Information Sciences department at the University of Pennsylvania, with a secondary appointment in the Wharton statistics department. He is affiliated with the Warren Center for Network and Data Science, and co-director of the Networked and Social Systems Engineering (NETS) program. He is also an Amazon Scholar at Amazon AWS. He is the recipient of a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) awarded by President Obama in 2016, an Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship, an NSF CAREER award, and research awards from Yahoo, Amazon, and Google. His research focuses on the algorithmic foundations of data privacy, algorithmic fairness, game theory, learning theory, and machine learning. Together with Cynthia Dwork, he is the author of the book “The Algorithmic Foundations of Differential Privacy.” Together with Michael Kearns, he is the author of “The Ethical Algorithm”.
Ajay Thampi is a machine learning engineer at Meta where he works on large recommender systems, responsible AI and fairness. He holds a PhD and his research was focused on signal processing and machine learning. He has published papers at leading conferences and journals on reinforcement learning, convex optimization, and classical machine learning techniques applied to 5G cellular networks.
Ilana is a Director in PwC Labs (Emerging Tech & AI), where she serves as one of the leads for Artificial Intelligence. Ilana specializes in applying machine learning and simulation modeling to address client needs across sectors regarding strategic deployment of new services, operational efficiencies, geospatial analytics, explainability and bias. Ilana is a Certified Ethical Emerging Technologist, is listed as one of 100 “Brilliant Women in AI Ethics” in 2020, and was recently recognized in Forbes as one of 15 leaders advancing Ethical AI. Since 2018, she has led PwC’s efforts globally in the development of cutting-edge approaches to build and deploy Responsible AI.
Frank Zickert is Quantum machine learning engineer and the author of Hands-On Quantum Machine Learning With Python. He teaches quantum machine learning in an accessible way to help those without a degree in math or physics to get started in the field.
In his research, Frank strives to use quantum machine learning to advance the field of knowledge graph-based natural language processing. He is also the Chief Technology Officer of Ihr MPE B+C where he supports medical physicists to provide radiation protection services for clinical customers. Previously he worked at Aperto-An IBM Company and Deutsche Bank.
Frank earned his Ph.D. in Information Systems Development from Goethe University Frankfurt am Main, Germany.
Albert is skilled in machine learning and big data to solve (financial) optimization problems. He has developed projects of different skill levels for Taipy’s tutorial videos. He has received Bachelor of Science from McGill University with Major in Computer Science & Statistics, and Minor in Finance.
Martin has over 30 years of experience in Data Science, AI, Decision Optimization. He worked as Consulting Project Manager, Technical Sales, Data Scientist with organizations including ILOG, IBM, Manhattan Associates, Emptoris. He has strong modeling skills in constraint programming, mathematical programming, machine learning. He is skilled in C++, Java, Python. Martin’s main objective is to help organizations identify and deploy analytics that maximize ROI. He was selected as INFORMS Franz Edelman Award finalist. He has studied M.S. in Operations Research from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Bob has worked with the HPCC Systems technology platform and the ECL programming language for over a decade and has been a technical trainer for over 30 years. He is the developer and designer of the HPCC Systems Online Training Courses and is the Senior Instructor for all classroom and remote based training.
Roger is a Senior Architect leading the Machine Learning and Analytics Library team at LexisNexis Risk Solutions. Roger has been involved in the implementation and utilization of machine learning and AI techniques for many years, and he has more than 20 patents in diverse areas of software technology.
Celia Cintas is a Research Scientist at IBM Research Africa – Nairobi. She is a member of the AI Science team at the Kenya Lab. Her current research explores subset scanning for anomalous pattern detection under generative models and the improvement of ML techniques to address challenges in Global Health. Previously, a grantee from the National Scientific and Technical Research Council at LCI-UNS and IPCSH-CONICET. She holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Universidad del Sur (Argentina). More info https://celiacintas.github.io/about/
Nick Karpov is Developer Advocate at Databricks. Prior to joining the Delta Lake advocacy group he was a field engineer at Databricks: designing, implementing, & maintaining big data systems. Nick has years of experience delivering end-to-end systems from ingestion & transforms, to model training & serving in production environments.
Corey Wade, MS Mathematics, MFA Writing & Consciousness, is the director and founder of Berkeley Coding Academy, an online program with live classes where teenagers learn Python Programming, Data Analytics, and Machine Learning. Author of Hands-on Gradient Boosting with XGBoost and scikit-learn, and lead author of The Python Workshop, Corey also teaches Math, Programming, and Data Science at Berkeley Independent Study. Corey has published iPhone apps with students, designed classes to build websites, and run after-school coding programs to support girls and underserved students. A Springboard Data Science graduate and multiple grant award-winner, Corey has also worked in industry developing Data Science curricula for Pathstream and Hello World while contributing articles for Towards Data Science. When not coding or teaching, Corey reads poetry and studies the stars.
Tamoghna is a AI Solution Architect in Client Computing Group at Intel, working on building next generation AI solutions for edge computing. Prior to this role he has worked as a data scientist at Intel working on various domains like supply chain – inventory optimization, anomaly detection and failure prediction of various IT infrastructure across Intel, building advanced search tools for bug sightings, to name a few. After his Masters in Computer Science from Indian Statistical Institute and a Masters in Mathematics form Calcutta University, he has worked as a research assistant in Microsoft Research India for 3+ years and then moved to other product companies to start his journey in the ML and AI space. He has been teaching AI courses at Intel and trained 250+ employees. Also, he was a core member of the internal AI training academy and AI content development which is a 3-level course in AI for Intel employees. He mentors many folks for their AI projects. He has 4 US patents filed on various innovative AI applications and products and also published few papers related to the work at Intel. He published a book on hands-on transfer learning with Python in 2018 from Packt (packtpub.com) and is working on another book to be published this year from bpb publications.
Dr. Mohit Bansal is the John R. & Louise S. Parker Professor and the Director of the MURGe-Lab (in the UNC-NLP Group) in the Computer Science department at the University of North Carolina (UNC) Chapel Hill. Prior to this, he was a research assistant professor (3-year endowed position) at TTI-Chicago. He received his Ph.D. in 2013 from the University of California at Berkeley (where he was advised by Dan Klein) and his B.Tech. from the Indian Institute of Technology at Kanpur in 2008. His research expertise is in natural language processing and multimodal machine learning, with a particular focus on grounded and embodied semantics, human-like language generation and Q&A/dialogue, and interpretable and generalizable deep learning. He is a recipient of the 2020 IJCAI Early CAREER Spotlight, 2019 DARPA Director’s fellowship, 2019 NSF CAREER Award, 2019 Google Focused Research Award, 2019 Microsoft Investigator Fellowship, 2018 ARO Young Investigator Award (YIP), 2017 DARPA Young Faculty Award (YFA), and several best/outstanding paper awards at ACL, CVPR, EACL, COLING, and CoNLL. His service includes ACL Executive Committee, ACM Doctoral Dissertation Award Committee, Program Co-Chair for CoNLL 2019, Senior Area Chair for several conferences, ACL Americas Sponsorship Co-Chair, and Associate/Action Editor for TACL, Computational Linguistics (CL), IEEE/ACM TASLP, and CSL journals.
Jimmy Whitaker is the Chief Scientist of AI at Pachyderm. He focuses on creating a great data science experience and sharing best practices for how to use Pachyderm. When he isn’t at work, he’s either playing music or trying to learn something new, because “You suddenly understand something you’ve understood all your life, but in a new way.”
Ben is a machine learning solutions consultant with W&B. He trains our customers to use W&B and works with them to improve their machine learning workflow. Prior to joining W&B he was training models and developing ml infrastructure for Samsung Research.
ML Tools for Humans(Demo Talk)
Kaushik Bokka is a Senior Research Engineer at Lightning AI and one of the core maintainers of the PyTorch Lightning library. He has prior experience in building production scale Machine Learning and Computer Vision systems for several products ranging from Video Analytics to Fashion AI workflows. He has also been a contributor to a few other open-source projects and aims to empower the way people and organizations build AI applications.
Nadia Fawaz is a Senior Staff Applied Research Scientist and the Technical Lead for Inclusive AI at Pinterest. Her research and engineering interests include machine learning for personalization, AI fairness and data privacy, and her work aims at bridging theory and practice. She was named one of the 100 Brilliant Women in AI Ethics 2021, her work on Hair Pattern Search was recognized in the AI and Data category on Fast Company’s World Changing Ideas 2022 list with an honorable mention, and her work on inclusive AI was featured in many news outlets, including The Wall Street Journal, Fast Company, Vogue Business and CBS. She was a winner of the ACM RecSyS challenge on Context-Aware Movie Recommendations CAMRa2011 and her 2012 UAI paper was featured in an MIT TechReview article as “The Ultimate Challenge For Recommendation Engines”. Earlier, she was a Staff Software Engineer in Machine Learning and the Tech Lead for the job recommendation AI team at LinkedIn, a Principal Research Scientist at Technicolor Research lab, and a postdoctoral researcher at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Research Laboratory of Electronics. She received her Ph.D. in 2008 and her Diplome d’ingenieur (M.Sc.) in 2005 both in EECS from Telecom ParisTech and EURECOM, France. She is a member of the IEEE and of the ACM.
Florian Jacta is a specialist of Taipy, a low-code open source Python package enabling any Python developers to easily develop a production ready AI application. Fonction d’avant-vente et de l’après-vente du package. He is a Data Scientist for Groupe Les Mousquetaires (Intermarche) and ATOS. Florian developed several Predictive Models as part of strategic AI projects. He received Master in Applied Mathematics from INSA with Major in Data Science and Mathematical Optimization.
Sandeep Agrawal leads the HeatWave Machine Learning (HeatWave ML) project within MySQL HeatWave. HeatWave ML is the product of years of research and advanced development, and aims to help both data scientists and non-data scientists quickly apply ML to a given problem. Prior to HeatWave, Sandeep led the Oracle AutoML project within Oracle labs, creating a state-of-the-art distributed AutoML engine. He is passionate about Machine Learning and Systems Architecture, and a project like HeatWave ML that combines the two is heaven for him. Prior to Oracle, he completed his PhD in Computer Science from Duke University in 2015.
Chase is a solutions architect at Arrikto with a passion for connecting people to technical solutions that can prevent them from wasting precious time and mental energy- solving the same problems over and over. Chase is a certified Kubernetes Administrator, Developer, and Security Specialist who works to help clients reduce MLOps friction and toil while ensuring the “non-negotiables” are enforced to provide the best return on their production models.
Souheil is the Head of Field Data Science at Arrikto where he helps build machine learning solutions for clients. Previously, Souheil worked at Freddie Mac and Capital One where he built models and machine learning platforms. Prior to becoming a data scientist, he spent 15 years in academia working on MRI and Brain Imaging. Souheil holds a BS and PhD in Physics from Yale and MIT respectively.
Vishal Rathi is a Software Engineer at Walmart where he works on Walmart’s E-commerce Search Engine. He received his Masters in Computer Science with a concentration in Machine Learning from Georgia Institute of Technology.
Building a Semantic Search Engine (Training)
Audrey Reznik has been in the IT industry (private and public sectors) for 27 years in multiple verticals. In the last 4 years, she worked as a Data Scientist at ExxonMobil where she created a Data Science Enablement team to help data scientists easily deploy ML models in a Hybrid Cloud environment. Audrey was instrumental in educating scientists about what the OpenShift platform was and how to use OpenShift containers (images) to organize, run, and visualize data analysis results. Audrey now works as a Data Scientist with the Red Hat OpenShift Data Science Team where she is focused on next-generation applications. She is passionate about Data Science and in particular the current opportunities with ML and Federated Data.
MLOPs GItOps/Pipelines(Demo Talk)
Erik passionately advocates for tomorrow’s solutions, with a keen focus on pragmatically getting there today. With over 20 years’ experience in operations, sales, and engineering in the language services and data annotation industries, Appen’s VP of Enterprise Solutions brings a wholistic approach to building creative fit-for-use solutions from discovery through delivery. Erik’s broad background in business strategy and people-centric leadership is focused on building more compelling and ethical value propositions for clients, people, and shareholders. Erik has an MBA, an MS in Management and Leadership, and an BA in Psychology.
Stacey Svetlichnaya is a deep learning engineer at Weights & Biases, building developer tools for accessibility, transparency, and collaboration in machine learning. Her research in computer vision and natural language processing includes image aesthetic quality and style classification, object recognition, photo caption generation, and language modeling for emoji. She has worked extensively on image search, data pipelines, productionizing machine learning systems, and automating content discovery and recommendation on Flickr, the first and longest-active photo-sharing website. Prior to Flickr, she developed a visual similarity search engine with LookFlow, a startup of 5 engineers which Yahoo acquired in 2013. Stacey holds a BS ‘11 and MS ’12 in Symbolic Systems from Stanford University.
Jeffrey currently teaches advanced statistics at Master of Information and Data Science at UC Berkeley. His prior roles include VP of Data Science and Engineering at WalmartLabs, the Chief Data Scientist at AllianceBernstein, a global asset management firm that managed over $550 billion as of 2019, Vice President and Head of Data Science at Silicon Valley Data Science, and senior leadership position at Charles Schwab Corporation and KPMG. He has also taught econometrics, statistics, and machine learning at UC Berkeley, Cornell, NYU, University of Pennsylvania, and Virginia Tech. Jeffrey is active in the data science community and often speaks at data science conferences and local events. He has many years of experience in applying a wide range of econometric and machine learning techniques to create analytic solutions for financial institutions, businesses, and policy institutions. Jeffrey holds a Ph.D. and an M.A. in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania and a B.S. in Mathematics and Economics from UCLA.
Laura is a ML Product Researcher at SeMI Technologies, the company behind the open-source vector search engine Weaviate. She researches new machine learning features for Weaviate and works on everything UX/DX related to Weaviate. For example, she is responsible for the GraphQL API design. She is in close contact with our open source community. Additionally, she likes to solve custom use cases with Weaviate, and introduces Weaviate to other people by means of Meetups, talks and presentations.
Guglielmo is a Biomedical Engineer with an extensive background in Software Engineering and Data Science applied to different contexts, such as Biotech Manufacturing, Healthcare and DevOps, just to mention the latest, and a lifelong learner. Currently busy unlocking business value through Deep Learning projects, mostly in Computer Vision (not restricted to this field by the way).
He has been recognized as DataOps Champion at the Streamsets DataOps Summit 2019 and awarded as one of the Top 50 Tech Visionaries at the 2019 Dubai Intercon Conference.
He is also an international speaker and author of the following book: Hands-on Deep Learning with Apache Spark @Packt https://www.packtpub.com/big-data-and-business-intelligence/hands-deep-learning-apache-spark
Mr. Yurchisin has over ten years’ experience applying operations research, machine learning, statistics, and data visualization to improve decision making. Before joining Gurobi, Jerry (who also goes by Jerome) was a Senior Consultant at OnLocation, Inc. where he customized several linear programming models within the National Energy Modeling System (NEMS) to analyze implementing specific energy policies and utilizing new technologies.
Prior to OnLocation, Jerry was an Operations Research Analyst & Data Scientist at Booz Allen Hamilton for over seven years. There he formulated scheduling and staffing integer programming models for the US Coast Guard, as well as led a project to quantify the maritime risks of offshore energy installations with the Research & Development Center. Further, Jerry was the technical lead on several Coast Guard studies including Living Marine Resources and Maritime Domain Awareness, providing statistical analysis and building supervised and unsupervised machine learning models. He also performed statistical analyses, machine learning modeling, and data visualization for cyberspace directorates at DoD and DHS.
Jerry has several years of experience teaching a wide variety of college-level mathematics and statistics courses and has a passion for education. He also enjoys golfing, biking, and writing about sports from an analytics point of view. He lives in Alexandria, Virginia with his wife, son, and two dogs.
Jerry holds B.S., Ed. and M.S., Mathematics degrees from Ohio University and an M.S. in Operations Research and Statistics from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.