With just a few weeks until our 3rd annual ODSC APAC Virtual Conference coming up this September 7th-8th, we couldn’t be more excited to announce our Keynote Speakers. These luminaries from industry and academia have won numerous awards, developed new tools and technology, and worked to grow and advance the data science community. Find out more about them below.

Luis Vargas, PhDLuis Vargas, PhD | Partner Technical Advisor | Microsoft

During his tenure at Microsoft, Dr. Vargas worked on, and coordinated the efforts for, the organization’s AI at Scale initiative. He has also contributed to several other initiatives, including being responsible for the productization of Automated ML and Reinforcement Learning in the Azure AI Platform.

Dr. Vargas’ session, The Big Wave of AI at Scale, will focus on the emergence of increasingly larger AI models, the technology supporting this trend, and its implications.

Ken JeeKen Jee | Head of Data Science at Scouts Consulting Group LLC | Z by HP Global Data Science Ambassador

In his role, Ken’s focus is on using data to improve the performance of teams and athletes. As an entrepreneur, he also dedicates his time to helping others better understand the field of data science and encouraging people to commit themselves to learning and growing in the field every day.

At APAC, Ken will share his insights on how to improve communication between data scientists and IT decision makers during his talk, Bridging the Gap Between Data Scientists and Decision Makers.

Mary-Anne Williams, PhD ODSC APACMary-Anne Williams, PhD | Michael J Crouch Chair in Innovation | UNSW Business School

An award-winning data scientist and educator, Professor Mary-Anne Williams is one of the leading experts in AI, with a special interest in Disruptive Innovation, AI Ethics and Law, AI for Business, and Entrepreneurship. She sits on several editorial boards including those for AAAI/MIT Press, the International Journal for Social Robotics, and the Informational Systems Journal.

At ODSC APAC, Professor Williams will give a talk on Responsible Business AI.

Kerrie Mengersen, PhDKerrie Mengersen, PhD | Distinguished Professor, Statistics at Queensland Technology University | Director of QUT Centre for Data Science

Guided by the desire to “use data better,” Dr. Kerrie Mengersen has led more than 30 projects, including the Australian Cancer Atlas, the Virtual Reef Diver program, and the ongoing Long-term Benefits and Impacts Study with Queens Wharf Brisbane. She is also a Fellow of The Queensland Academy of the Arts and Science, the Australian Academy of Science, and the Australian Academy of Social Sciences.

Register for ODSC APAC here

We are still adding speakers to our lineup, so be sure to check our Speaker Page frequently. What’s more, you can attend all the above talks for free with an ODSC APAC Talks Pass, which includes all ODSC APAC talks, Keynote Talks, and the Virtual AI Expo and Demo Hall. If you want access to ODSC APAC hands-on workshops and tutorials, check out our All Access Pass, for just $99.