ODSC Europe Speakers
For 2023 we will have some of the best and brightest minds speaking at ODSC Europe. ODSC will host more than 140 presenters. Speaker profiles are added weekly. Check back for updates.
Featured Europe Speakers
Marta Kwiatkowska, PhDProfessor of Computing Systems | Fellow Trinity College, University of Oxford
Daniel Voigt GodoyData Scientist, developer, teacher and writer. Author of "Deep Learning with PyTorch Step-by-Step: A Beginner's Guide"
Dr. Yves J. HilpischThe AI Quant | CEO The Python Quants & The AI Machine | Adjunct Professor of Computational Finance
Sara KhalidSenior Research Associate in Biomedical Data Science and University Research Lecturer University of Oxford
David Stephenson, PhDManaging Director | Adjunct Lecturer | Author DSI Analytics | Amsterdam Business School
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. As part of the Manufacturing IT Advanced Mathematics and Modelling Data Science Team he is 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
Alan Rutter is the founder of consultancy Fire Plus Algebra, and is a specialist in communicating complex subjects through data visualisation, writing and design. He has worked as a journalist, product owner and trainer for brands and organisations including Guardian Masterclasses, WIRED, Riskified,the Home Office, the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council and Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine.
Marta Kwiatkowska, PhD
Marta Kwiatkowska is Professor of Computing Systems and Fellow of Trinity College, University of Oxford. She is known for fundamental contributions to the theory and practice of model checking for probabilistic systems, and is currently focusing on safety, robustness and fairness of automated decision making in Artificial Intelligence. She led the development of the PRISM model checker (www.prismmodelchecker.org), which has been adopted in diverse fields, including wireless networks, security, robotics, healthcare and DNA computing, with genuine flaws found and corrected in real-world protocols. Her research has been supported by two ERC Advanced Grants, VERIWARE and FUN2MODEL, EPSRC Programme Grant on Mobile Autonomy and EPSRC Prosperity Partnership FAIR. Kwiatkowska won the Royal Society Milner Award, the BCS Lovelace Medal and the Van Wijngaarden Award, and received an honorary doctorate from KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society, Fellow of ACM and Member of Academia Europea.
Isaac Reyes is a TEDx speaker, data scientist and international keynote presenter in data analytics, data visualization and data presentation. In 2018, his “Art of Data Storytelling” speaking tour visited 23 cities across 5 continents, impacting over 15,000 people with Data Storytelling skills. He is the Co-founder of StoryIQ, a data visualization training company with full-time speakers in New York City, Manila and Singapore. In previous roles, he was the Head of Data Science at Altis Consulting and lectured in statistical theory at the Australian National University. A participant experience focused trainer, he was a keynote speaker at the 2019 Open Data Science Conference in Brazil.
Daniel Voigt Godoy
Daniel has been teaching machine learning and distributed computing technologies at Data Science Retreat, the longest-running Berlin-based bootcamp, for more than three years, helping more than 150 students advance their careers. He writes regularly for Towards Data Science. His blog post “Understanding PyTorch with an example: a step-by-step tutorial” reached more than 220,000 views since it was published. The positive feedback from the readers motivated him to write the book Deep Learning with PyTorch Step-by-Step, which covers a broader range of topics. Daniel is also the main contributor of two python packages: HandySpark and DeepReplay. His professional background includes 20 years of experience working for companies in several industries: banking, government, fintech, retail and mobility.
Dr. Yves J. Hilpisch
Dr. Yves J. Hilpisch is founder and CEO of The Python Quants (http://tpq.io), a group focusing on the use of open source technologies for financial data science, artificial intelligence, algorithmic trading, and computational finance. He is also founder and CEO of The AI Machine (http://aimachine.io), a company focused on AI-powered algorithmic trading based on a proprietary strategy execution platform.
Yves has a Diploma in Business Administration, a Ph.D. in Mathematical Finance and is Adjunct Professor for Computational Finance at Miami Herbert Business School.
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.
Heiko Hotz is a Senior Solutions Architect for AI & Machine Learning at AWS with a special focus on Natural Language Processing (NLP), Large Language Models (LLMs), and Generative AI. He is also the founder of the NLP London Meetup group, bringing together NLP enthusiasts and industry experts.
Implementing Generative AI in Organisations: Challenges and Opportunities(Tutorial)
Ryan Dawson is a technologist passionate about data. Ryan works with clients on large-scale data and AI initiatives, helping organizations get more value from data. His work includes strategies to productionize machine learning, organizing the way data is captured and shared, selecting the right data technologies and optimal team structures, as well as writing the code to make it happen. He has over 15 years of experience and, as well as many widely read articles about MLOps, software design, and delivery. is author of the Thoughtworks Guide to Evaluating MLOps Platforms.
Ed Shee, Head of Developer Relations at Seldon. Having previously led a tech team at IBM, Ed comes from a cloud computing background and is a strong believer in making deployments as easy as possible for developers. With an education in computational modelling and an enthusiasm for machine learning, Ed has blended his work in ML and cloud native computing together to cement himself firmly in the emerging field of MLOps.
Deepak Kanungo is the founder and CEO of Hedged Capital LLC, an AI-powered, proprietary trading and analytics firm built around probabilistic machine learning technologies. In 2005, long before machine learning was an industry buzzword, Deepak invented a probabilistic machine learning method and software system for managing the risks and returns of project portfolios. It is a unique framework that has been cited by IBM and Accenture, among others. Previously, Deepak was a financial advisor at Morgan Stanley, a Silicon Valley fintech entrepreneur, and a director in the Global Planning Department at Mastercard International. He was educated at Princeton University (astrophysics) and the London School of Economics (finance and information systems).
Probabilistic Machine Learning for Finance and Investing(Talk)
Leonidas Souliotis, PhD
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.
Introduction to Python for Data Analysis(Bootcamp)
Danushka Bollegala, PhD
Danushka Bollegala is a Professor in the Department of Computer Science, University of Liverpool, UK. He obtained his PhD from the University of Tokyo in 2009 and worked as an Assistant Professor before moving to the UK. He has worked on various problems related to Natural Language Processing and Machine Learning. He has received numerous awards for his research excellence such as the IEEE Young Author Award, best paper awards at GECCO and PRICAI. His research has been supported by various research council and industrial grants such as EU, DSTL, Innovate UK, JSPS, Google and MSRA. He is an Amazon Scholar.
Meissane Chami serves ThoughtWorks, Inc. as a Senior ML Engineer, advising and developing innovative data science and machine learning solutions from proof of concept to production. She has gained expertise setting up innovation frameworks and conducting fast cycle proof of concepts. Her primary areas of expertise are in Natural Language processing, MLOps, DevOps, cloud computing, containerisation and Python. She holds a MSc degree in Machine Learning and Data Science form University College London School of Engineering.
Kai Fricke is a senior software engineer at Anyscale. As a core maintainer of the Ray AI Runtime he is building software for distributed machine learning training and tuning. During his postdoc at Cambridge he utilized reinforcement learning to optimize large graph structures and co-authored two open source reinforcement learning libraries.
Oliver Zeigermann has been developing software with different approaches and programming languages for more than 3 decades. In the past decade, he has been focusing on Machine Learning and its interactions with humans.
Autoencoders – a Magical Approach to Unsupervised Machine Learning(Workshop)
Ori Nakar is a principal cyber-security researcher, a data engineer, and a data scientist at Imperva Threat Research group. Ori has many years of experience as a software engineer and engineering manager, focused on cloud technologies and big data infrastructure. Ori also has an AWS Data Analytics certification. In the Threat Research group, Ori is responsible for the data infrastructure and involved in analytics projects, machine learning, and innovation projects.
Botnets detection at scale – Lesson learned from clustering billions of web attacks into botnets(Talk)
Chakri Cherukuri is a senior researcher in the Quantitative Research group within the CTO office at Bloomberg LP. His research interests include quantitative portfolio management, algorithmic trading strategies, applied machine learning and numerical methods. Previously, he built analytical tools for the trading desks at Goldman Sachs and Lehman Brothers. Before that he worked in the Silicon Valley for startups building enterprise software systems. He is a core contributor and steering council member of bqplot, a 2D plotting library for the Jupyter notebook. He has extensive experience in numerical computing and software development. He holds an undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering from Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, and an MS in computational finance from Carnegie Mellon University.
Dev is co-founder and Chief Product Officer for Predibase, a company looking to redefine how data scientists and engineers build models with a declarative approach. Prior to Predibase, he was a ML PM at Google working across products like Firebase, Google Research and the Google Assistant as well as Vertex AI. While there, Dev was also the first product manager for Kaggle – a data science and machine learning community with over 8 million users worldwide. Dev’s academic background is in computer science and statistics, and he holds a masters in computer science from Harvard University focused on machine learning.
Dr. Gözde Gül Şahin
Dr. Gözde Gül Şahin is an Assistant Prof. at Koç University and a KUIS AI Fellow since February 2022. Previously, she was a postdoctoral researcher in the Ubiquitous Knowledge Processing (UKP) Lab at the Technical University of Darmstadt, Germany. Her research spans the fields of linguistics and machine learning, in particular semantics, multilingual representations and large language models. She completed her PhD studies in Istanbul Technical University (İTÜ) Computer Engineering department in 2018. She was a visiting researcher at the Institute for Language, Cognition and Computation (ILCC) of the University of Edinburgh in 2017. Before her Ph.D., she received her Masters and Bachelor degrees from Sabancı University in 2011 and İTÜ in 2009, respectively. She regularly serves as a PC member for *ACL conferences and is a co-organizer for the Workshop on Multilingual Representation Learning (MRL). Her research on NLP has been funded by Tübitak 2232, and 2236 grant programs that are granted to outstanding young principal investigators.
Semantic Analysis and Procedural Language Understanding in the Era of Large Language Models(Talk)
Sofie Van Landeghem, PhD
Sofie is a machine learning and NLP engineer who firmly believes in the power of data to transform decision making in industry. She has a Master in Computer Science (software engineering) and a PhD in Sciences (Bioinformatics), and more than 16 years of experience in Natural Language Processing and Machine Learning, including in the pharmaceutical industry and the food industry. In 2019, she joined Explosion to work on the open-source NLP library spaCy. She is currently leading the open-source team developing and maintaining spaCy, as well as various other open-source developer tools for data scientists.
spaCy: a customizable NLP toolkit designed for developers(Talk)
Phil Tracton is an IC design engineer at Medtronic and an instructor at UCLA Extension. He has worked at Medtronic for over 20 years and has experience in implementing firmware, FPGAs, and custom ASICs. Many thousands of people have his work implanted in them. Most of these devices are focused on Neuromodulation. He has recently joined an internal team focused on long term research for implantable devices.
At UCLA he teaches multiple Python based courses including Learning Python and Python on the Raspberry Pi.
He is interested in low power AI on edge devices.
He will be running the Fundamentals of Python training class. This is his second time teaching at an ODSC event.
Dr Paul A. Bilokon
Bio Coming Soon!
Iterated and Exponentially Weighted Moving Principal Component Analysis(Talk)
Stefanie Molin is a software engineer and data scientist at Bloomberg in New York City, where she tackles tough problems in information security, particularly those revolving around data wrangling/visualization, 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, as well as 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.
Shawn C. Kyzer
Shawn is passionate about harnessing the power of data strategy, engineering and analytics in order to help businesses uncover new opportunities. As an innovative technologist with over 15 years experience, Shawn removes technology as a barrier, and broadens the art of the possible for business and product leaders. His holistic view of technology and emphasis on developing and motivating strong engineering talent, with a focus on delivering outcomes whilst minimising outputs, is one of the characteristics which sets him apart from the crowd.
Shawn’s deep technical knowledge includes distributed computing, cloud architecture, data science, machine learning and engineering analytics platforms. He has years of experience working as a consultant practitioner for a variety of prestigious clients ranging from secret clearance level government organizations to Fortune 500 companies.
Franz Kiraly, PhD
Franz Kiraly is the founder and a core developer of the open source framework sktime. His research is focused on software engineering for open source and data science, machine learning for structured learning tasks such as time series tasks, and robust empirical and statistical evaluation of algorithms in deployment. Franz held a faculty position at University College London 2013-2020, before he moved to industry R&D in principal data scientist roles.
sktime – Python Toolbox for Machine Learning with Time Series(Training)
David Stephenson, PhD
David Stephenson has over 20 years of experience leading analytics initiatives, including as Head of Global Business Analytics at eBay Classifieds Group. Since founding DSI Analytics in 2014, he has worked directly with dozens of companies across a wide range of industries (Adidas, Miro, Janssen Pharmaceuticals, ABN Amro, Sky Broadcasting, etc). Dr. Stephenson also serves as part time faculty at the University of Amsterdam Business School, has published two books, and has developed and delivered data science trainings for hundreds of analytics professionals around the globe.
Equipping your analytics professions with the most critical business skills (Business Talk)
Leonardo De Marchi
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. He now works in Thomson Reuters as VP of Labs, and also provides consultancy and training for small and large companies. His previous experience includes being Head of Data Science and Analytics in Bumble, the largest dating site with over 500 million users, heading the team through acquisition and an IPO.
Laura Skylaki, PhD
Laura Skylaki is a Manager of Applied Research in Thomson Reuters Labs, where she leads advanced machine learning projects in the domain of Legal and Tax AI.With a career spanning more than a decade at the intersection of research and practical application, she has contributed technical expertise in diverse fields such as bioinformatics and stem cell biology, image processing and natural language processing. She holds a doctorate in stem cell bioinformatics from the University of Edinburgh, UK, and has been publishing on machine learning applications in leading academic journals since 2012.
Philip Wauters is Customer Success Manager and Value engineer at Tangent Works working on practical applications of time series machine learning at customers from various industries such as Siemens, BASF, Borealis and Volkswagen. With a commercial background and experience with data engineering, analysis and data science his goal is to find and extract the business value in the enormous amounts of time-series data that exists at companies today.
Learn how to Efficiently Build and Operationalize Time Series Models in 2023(Workshop)
Demo Talk Session Title: Customer Success Manager and Value engineer
Abstract: Modeling time series data is difficult due to its large quantities and constantly evolving nature. Existing techniques have limitations in scalability, agility, explainability, and accuracy. Despite 50 years of research, current techniques often fall short when applied to time series data. The Tangent Information Modeler (TIM) offers a game-changing approach with efficient and effective feature engineering based on Information Geometry. This multivariate modeling co-pilot can handle a wider range of time series use cases with award-winning results and incredible performance.
During this demo session we will showcase how best-in-class and very transparent time series models can be built with just one iteration through the data. We will cover several concrete use cases for advanced time series forecasting, anomaly detection and root cause analysis.