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Daan Knoope works as an AI Engineer at de Volksbank, the Dutch parent company of several banks and mortgage providers. He has a background in Computer Science (MSc) and has specialized in Algorithmic Data Analysis. During his studies, he researched the application of Dynamic Bayesian Networks on practical use cases to help further the development of explainable AI. Currently, he is focusing on developing AI-models for the bank as well as providing fellow AI Engineers the tools they need to efficiently explore data and build production-ready models
Kamila Hankiewicz is a Managing Director of Untrite, an AI company helping companies make better use of data they already have; we provide an AI engine which pulls data from silos and understands the links and relevance between them. Kamila is a vivid advocate for diversity and empowering women in technology; she co-founded NGO Girls in Tech London and Poland. The local chapter has an active member base of more than 9 000 people, with more than 125 000 globally.
Kamila’s past life includes working as a Management Consultant with a focus on banking, where she was involved in digital transformation projects (such as Santander’s £1.65bn worth project Rainbow). Kamila is a frequent speaker on the subject of humanising work with use of AI. Her latest talks include those for BigDataLDN, Rasa, Future of AI and Women in AI. She hosts “Humans of AI” video interviews with prominent people solving some of the world’s toughest problems with the use of AI – https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC7qPUVnjrzb4oFwtAmDOTtw. Some of her guests include: Lord Tim Clement-Jones from House of Lords, David Barber from UCL, Rana el Kaliouby from Affectiva and many more.
Joris Krijger (1991) works as an Ethics & AI specialist at the Dutch bank de Volksbank while also holding a PhD position at the Erasmus University Rotterdam on that topic. He has a background in Economic Psychology (MA), Philosophy (MA) and Film and Literary Studies (BA) and studied in Glasgow, Buenos Aires and Leiden, where he was awarded a national thesis prize in 2017 by the Royal Dutch Society of the Sciences for his graduation thesis on technology ethics and the financial crisis of 2008. He co-founded high-tech startup Condi Food (Rabobank Wijffels Innovation Award 2014) and was involved in various biomedical initiatives related to bacteriophages. He presently works on bridging the gap between principle and practice in AI Ethics by studying the operationalization of ethical principles from an academic and practical perspective and is reviewer for the AI Ethics Journal, Subject Matter Expert for CertNexus’ ‘Certified Ethical Emerging Technologist’ and Editorial Board Member for Springer’s AI and Ethics Journal.
Sara is a Senior Research Associate in Biomedical Data Science and University Research Lecturer at the University of Oxford, where she is the Machine Learning Lead in the Centre for Statistics in Medicine. She has 12 years of experience in machine learning, signal processing, and intelligent remote monitoring research, with applications in biomedical and planetary health informatics. Sara has served on the NASA Frontier Development Lab Artificial Intelligence Panel and the NASA Climate Challenge Big Think. She is a National Geographic Society Explorer in Tracking Plastic Pollution with Remote Monitoring and Machine Learning. Sara is also a University of Oxford Ambassador for Women in Data Science.
Karol Przystalski obtained a PhD degree in Computer Science in 2015 at the Jagiellonian University in Cracow. He is the CTO and founder of Codete where he’s leading and mentoring teams as they work with Fortune 500 companies on data science projects. He also built a research lab for machine learning methods and big data solutions at Codete. Karol gives speeches and trainings in data science with a focus on applied machine learning in German, Polish, and English.
Ramon van den Akker works as a data scientist at the AI Center of Excellence and the Risk Modelling departments of de Volksbank, a Dutch retail bank located in Utrecht. He also works, as an associate professor, at the econometrics group of Tilburg University. His research interests cover various fields in data science, machine learning, econometrics and statistics and his research findings have been published in leading journals in econometrics and statistics. Ramon has taught courses in data science, econometrics, life insurance, machine learning, mathematics, probability theory, quantitative finance, and statistics at Tilburg University, Tias business school, Tilburg Professional Learning, the Jheronimus Academy for Data Science (JADS), and the Dutch Actuarial Institute. In his work at de Volksbank, Ramon mainly works on projects related to data-driven innovation, but also on governance aspects like frameworks for responsible AI & data science and the use of techniques for privacy-preserving data analytics.
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