Meg is currently the Lead UXR for Intrinsic.ai, where she focuses her work on making it easier for engineers to adopt and automate with industrial robotics. She is a “Xoogler”, and prior to Intrinsic worked on the Explainable AI services on Google Cloud. Meg has had a varied career working for start-ups and large corporations alike, and she has published on topics such as user research, information visualization, educational-technology design, voice user interface (VUI) design, explainable AI (XAI), and human-robot interaction (HRI). Meg is also a proud alumnus of Virginia Tech, where she received her Ph.D. in Human-Computer Interaction.
David Talby is the Chief Technology Officer at John Snow Labs, helping companies apply artificial intelligence to solve real-world problems in healthcare and life science. David is the creator of Spark NLP – the world’s most widely used natural language processing library in the enterprise.
He has extensive experience building and running web-scale software platforms and teams – in startups, for Microsoft’s Bing in the US and Europe, and to scale Amazon’s financial systems in Seattle and the UK.
David holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science and Master’s degrees in both Computer Science and Business Administration. He was named USA CTO of the Year by the Global 100 Awards and GameChangers Awards in 2022.
Jordan is an associate professor in the University of Maryland Computer Science Department (tenure home), Institute of Advanced Computer Studies, iSchool, and Language Science Center. Previously, he was an assistant professor at Colorado’s Department of Computer Science (tenure granted in 2017). He was a graduate student at Princeton with David Blei.
His research focuses on making machine learning more useful, more interpretable, and able to learn and interact from humans. This helps users sift through decades of documents; discover when individuals lie, reframe, or change the topic in a conversation; or to compete against humans in games that are based in natural language.
Tom Shafer works as a Lead Data Scientist at Elder Research, a recognized leader in data science, machine learning, and artificial intelligence consulting since its founding in 1995. As a lead scientist, Tom contributes technically to a wide variety of projects across the company, mentors data scientists, and helps to direct the company’s technical vision. His current interests focus on Bayesian modeling, interpretable ML, and data science workflow. Before joining Elder Research, Tom completed a PhD in Physics at the University of North Carolina, modeling nuclear radioactive decays using high-performance computing.
Noah Giansiracusa (PhD in math from Brown University) is a tenured associate professor of mathematics and data science at Bentley University, a business school near Boston. His research interests range from algebraic geometry to machine learning to empirical legal studies. After publishing the book How Algorithms Create and Prevent Fake News in July 2021, Noah has gotten more involved in public writing and policy discussions concerning data-driven algorithms and their role in society. He’s written op-eds for Barron’s, Boston Globe, Wired, Slate, and Fast Company and is currently working on a second book, Robin Hood Math: How to Fight Back When the World Treats You Like a Number, with a Foreword by Nobel Prize-winning economist Paul Romer.
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