Irina Rish is a Full Professor in the Computer Science and Operations Research Department at the Université de Montréal (UdeM) and a core faculty member of MILA – Quebec AI Institute. She holds Canada Excellence Research Chair (CERC) in Autonomous AI and a Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIFAR) Canada AI Chair. She received her MSc and PhD in AI from University of California, Irvine and MSc in Applied Mathematics from Moscow Gubkin Institute. Dr. Rish’s research focus is on machine learning, neural data analysis and neuroscience-inspired AI. Before joining UdeM and MILA in 2019, Irina was a research scientist at the IBM T.J. Watson Research Center, where she worked on various projects at the intersection of neuroscience and AI, and led the Neuro-AI challenge. She received multiple IBM awards, including IBM Eminence & Excellence Award and IBM Outstanding Innovation Award in 2018, IBM Outstanding Technical Achievement Award in 2017, and IBM Research Accomplishment Award in 2009. Dr. Rish holds 64 patents, has published over 80 research papers in peer-reviewed conferences and journals, several book chapters, three edited books, and a monograph on Sparse Modeling.
Bill Franks is the Director of the Center for Statistics and Analytical Research at Kennesaw State University. He is also Chief Analytics Officer for The International Institute For Analytics (IIA) and serves on several corporate advisory boards. Franks is also the author of the books Winning The Room, Taming The Big Data Tidal Wave, The Analytics Revolution, and 97 Things About Ethics Everyone In Data Science Should Know. He is a sought after speaker and frequent blogger who has over the years been ranked a top global big data influencer, a top global artificial intelligence and big data influencer, a top AI influencer, and was an inaugural inductee into the Analytics Hall of Fame. His work, including several years as Chief Analytics Officer for Teradata (NYSE: TDC), has spanned clients in a variety of industries for companies ranging in size from Fortune 100 companies to small non-profit organizations. You can learn more at http://www.bill-franks.com.
Moran is a machine learning manager at booking.com, researching and developing computer vision and NLP models for the tourism domain. Moran is a Ph.D candidate in information systems engineering at Ben Gurion University, researching NLP aspects in temporal graphs. Previously worked as a Data Science Team Leader at Diagnostic Robotics, building ML solutions for the medical domain and NLP algorithms to extract clinical entities from medical visit summaries.
Raymond J. Mooney is a Professor in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Texas at Austin. He received his Ph.D. in 1988 from the University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign. He is an author of over 160 published research papers, primarily in the areas of machine learning and natural language processing. He was the President of the International Machine Learning Society from 2008-2011, program co-chair for AAAI 2006, general chair for HLT-EMNLP 2005, and co-chair for ICML 1990. He is a Fellow of the American Association for Artificial Intelligence, the Association for Computing Machinery, and the Association for Computational Linguistics and the recipient of best paper awards from AAAI-96, KDD-04, ICML-05 and ACL-07.
Sheamus McGovern is the founder of ODSC (The Open Data Science Conference). He is also a software architect, data engineer, and AI expert. He started his career in finance by building stock and bond trading systems and risk assessment platforms and has worked for numerous financial institutions and quant hedge funds. Over the last decade, Sheamus has consulted with dozens of companies and startups to build leading-edge data-driven applications in finance, healthcare, eCommerce, and venture capital. He holds degrees from Northeastern University, Boston University, Harvard University, and a CQF in Quantitative Finance.
David Woodruff is a professor at Carnegie Mellon University in the Computer Science Department. Before that he was a research scientist at the IBM Almaden Research Center, which he joined in 2007 after completing his Ph.D. at MIT in theoretical computer science. His research interests include data stream algorithms, distributed algorithms, machine learning, numerical linear algebra, optimization, sketching, and sparse recovery. He is the recipient of the 2020 Simons Investigator Award, the 2014 Presburger Award, and Best Paper Awards at STOC 2013, PODS 2010, and PODS, 2020. At IBM he was a member of the Academy of Technology and a Master Inventor.
Panos Alexopoulos has been working since 2006 at the intersection of data, semantics, and software, building intelligent systems that deliver value to business and society. Born and raised in Athens, Greece, he currently works as Head of Ontology at Textkernel, in Amsterdam, Netherlands, where he leads a team of Data Professionals in developing and delivering a large cross-lingual Knowledge Graph in the HR and Recruitment domain. Panos holds a PhD in Knowledge Engineering and Management from National Technical University of Athens, and has published more than 60 papers at international conferences, journals and books. He is the author of the book “Semantic Modeling for Data – Avoiding Pitfalls and Breaking Dilemmas” (O’Reilly, 2020), and a regular speaker and trainer in both academic and industry venues.
Dr. Hongxia Yang, PhD from Duke University, led the team to develop AI open sourced platforms and systems such as AliGraph, M6, Luoxi. Dr. Yang has published nearly 100 top conference and journal papers, and held more than 20 patents. She has been awarded the highest prize of the 2019 World Artificial Intelligence Conference, Super AI Leader (SAIL Award), the second prize of the 2020 National Science and Technology Progress Award (China’s Top tech award), the first prize of Science and Technology Progress of the Chinese Institute of Electronics in 2021, and the Forbes China Top 50 Women in Science and Technology in 2022. She used to work as the Senior Staff Data Scientist and Director in Alibaba Group, Principal Data Scientist at Yahoo! Inc and Research Staff Member at IBM T.J. Watson Research Center, joint adjunct professor at Zhejiang University Shanghai Advanced Research Institute respectively.
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.
Julia Lintern currently works as an instructor for the Metis Data Science Flex Program. Previously, she worked as a Data Scientist for the New York Times. Julia began her career as a structures engineer designing repairs for damaged aircraft. Julia holds an MA in applied math from Hunter College, where she focused on visualizations of various numerical methods and discovered a deep appreciation for the combination of mathematics and visualizations. During certain seasons of her career, she has also worked on creative side projects such as Lia Lintern, her own fashion label.
Eric Eager is the VP of Research and Development at SumerSports, a football analytics startup founded by Paul Tudor Jones and Jack Jones. Prior to joining Sumer, he held similar roles at Pro Football Focus, and is responsible for many of the insights that have grown the game of American football to this day. Eric holds a PhD in Mathematical Biology from the University of Nebraska, and has taught at Wharton, DataCamp and the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse, publishing over 25 academic papers during his career.
Jonas Mueller is Chief Scientist and Co-Founder at Cleanlab, a software company providing data-centric AI tools to efficiently improve ML datasets. Previously, he was a senior scientist at Amazon Web Services developing AutoML and Deep Learning algorithms which now power ML applications at hundreds of the world’s largest companies. In 2018, he completed his PhD in Machine Learning at MIT, also doing research in NLP, Statistics, and Computational Biology.
Jonas has published over 30 papers in top ML and Data Science venues (NeurIPS, ICML, ICLR, AAAI, JASA, Annals of Statistics, etc). This research has been featured in Wired, VentureBeat, Technology Review, World Economic Forum, and other media. He has also contributed open-source software, including the fastest-growing open-source libraries for AutoML (https://github.com/awslabs/autogluon) and Data-Centric AI (https://github.com/cleanlab/cleanlab).
Daniel Gerlanc has worked as a data scientist for more than decade and been writing software for nearly 20 years. He frequently teaches live trainings on oreilly.com and is the author of the video course Programming with Data: Python and Pandas. He has coauthored several open source R packages, published in peer-reviewed journals, and is a graduate of Williams College.
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Chandra Khatri is the Chief Scientist and Head of AI at Got It AI, wherein, his team is transforming AI space by leveraging state-of-the-art technologies to deliver the world’s first fully autonomous Conversational AI system. Under his leadership, Got It AI is democratizing Conversational AI and related ecosystems through automation. Prior to Got-It, Chandra was leading various AI applied and research groups at Uber, Amazon Alexa and eBay.
At Uber, he was leading Conversational AI, Multi-modal AI, and Recommendation Systems. At Amazon he was the founding member of the Alexa Prize Competition and Alexa AI, wherein he was leading the R&D and got the opportunity to significantly advance the field of Conversational AI, particularly Open-domain Dialog Systems, which is considered as the holy-grail of Conversational AI and is one of the open-ended problems in AI. And at eBay he was driving NLP, Deep Learning, and Recommendation Systems related applied research projects.
He graduated from Georgia Tech with a specialization in Deep Learning in 2015 and holds an undergraduate degree from BITS Pilani, India. His current areas of research include Artificial and General Intelligence, Democratization of AI, Reinforcement Learning, Language and Multi-modal Understanding, and Introducing Common Sense within Artificial Agents.
Innovator, Technologist, and a Data Scientist turned Product Manager with proven track record of building and scaling data products, platforms, and communities. Experienced in building and leading teams of data scientists, data engineers, and product managers. Strongly opinionated tech visionary and a thought partner to C-level leadership.
Moez Ali is an inventor and creator of PyCaret. PyCaret is an open-source, low-code, machine learning software. Ranked in top 1%, 8M+ downloads, 7K+ GitHub stars, 100+ contributors, and 1000+ citations.
Globally recognized personality for open-source work on PyCaret. Keynote speaker and top ten most-read writer in the field of artificial intelligence. Teaching AI and ML courses at Cornell, NY and Queens University, CA. Currently building world’s first hyper-focused Data and ML Platform.