This October 27-30, approximately two hundred renowned speakers will share their experience and expertise in cutting-edge topics and tools with thousands of data scientists at ODSC West 2020 Virtual. Below you’ll find just a few of the speakers and instructors you’ll have a chance to learn from at the conference.

Anca Dragan, PhD: Assistant Professor in EECS, Head | UC Berkeley, InterACT lab

Much of Anca Dragan’s professional career has been focused on robots. After completing her PhD at the Robotics Institute at Carnegie Mellon University, she took a position as an Assistant Professor at UC Berkeley, where she also runs the InterACT lab. In these positions, she strives to enable robots to work with, around, and in support of people. Dragan also helped found the Berkeley AI Research Lab, is a co-PI for the Center for Human-Compatible AI.

Andrew Gelman, PhD: Director of Applied Statistics Center │Columbia University

Andrew Gelman, professor of statistics and political science and director of the Applied Statistics Center at Columbia University, is an acclaimed researcher and author. Over the course of his career, he has received the Outstanding Statistical Application award from the American Statistical Association and the Council of Presidents of Statistical Societies award for outstanding contributions by a person under the age of 40. Gelman’s research interests include campaign polling, social network structure, toxicology, and medical imaging. 

Megan Price, PhD: Executive Director │Human Rights Data Analysis Group

Megan Price’s work as the Executive Director of the Human Rights Data Analysis Group has led her to work on projects in several locations including Guatemala, Columbia, and Syria. As part of her work, she creates strategies for analyzing human rights data focusing on the courts and policing, among other topics. She is also a Research Fellow at the Carnegie Mellon University Center for Human Rights Science, in addition to being a member of other boards and publications.

Sriram Sankararaman, PhD: Professor of Computer Science │University of California Los Angeles

Sriram Sankararaman leads the machine learning and genomic lab at UCLA where he is an assistant professor in the Departments of Computer Science, Human Genetics, and Computational Medicine. His research focuses on the intersection of statistics, biology, and computer science, where he strives to use machine learning algorithms to better understand the interaction between human genomes, evolution, and traits.

Hanie Sedghi, PhD: Senior Researcher │Google Brain

A research scientist at Google Brain, Hanie Sedghi’s current work focuses on large-scale machine learning. She strives to design algorithms that work in both theory and practice. Not only do they have theoretical guarantees, but they also work well in practice. Before Sedghi took her current position, she was a research scientist at Allen Institute for AI. 


Biplav Srivastava, PhD: Data Scientist and Master Inventor │IBM

Dr. Biplav Srivastava has over two decades of experience in Sustainability, Services Computing, and AI. His current focus is on encouraging collaboration between humans and machines through domain and user models. His areas of focus include transportation, health, governance, and water, particularly in developing countries. Currently, Srivastava is a Distinguished Data Scientist and Master Inventor at IBM’s Chief Analytics Office. He is also an ACM Distinguished Scientist, AAAI Senior Member and IEEE Senior Member. 

David Talby: NLP for healthcareDavid Talby, PhD: CTO│Pacific AI, John Snow Labs

David Talby is a core contributor to the Spark NLP library. He is also the chief technology officer at Pacific AI and John Snow Labs. Previously he has worked with Microsoft’s Bing group on Bing Shopping and at Amazon helping to scale their financial systems. Talby also has extensive experience in building effective Agile teams.



Jeannette M. Wing, PhD: Professor of Computer Science, Former Corporate Vice President | Columbia University, Microsoft Research.

From 1985 to 2012 Jeannette M. Wing was a member of Carnegie Mellon University’s faculty, where she has also served as the Head of the Computer Science Department twice. During her career, she has also been a Corporate Vice President of Microsoft Research and the Assistant Director of the Computer and Information Science and Engineering Directorate at the National Science Foundation. She is currently the  Avanessians Director of the Data Science Institute and Professor of Computer Science at Columbia University. 


These are just a few of the incredible speakers who will be leading workshops, training sessions, and talks at ODSC West this year. For more information about our speakers, be sure to visit our website, which we update frequently.

And remember to get your tickets before Friday, July 10th to save 60% with our Early Bird discount.