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Deep Learning World Las Vegas 2018

June 3-7, 2018 – Caesars Palace, Las Vegas

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Modar Alaoui
Modar Alaoui

Founder and CEO

Modar is a tech entrepreneur and expert in Artificially Intelligent vision technologies, Deep Learning and Ambient Intelligence. He is currently founder and CEO at Eyeris, the worldwide leading Deep Learning-based emotion recognition software. The company’s flagship product EmoVu reads facial micro-expressions in real-time and uses Convolutional Neural Networks (CNN's) as a Deep Learning architecture to train and deploy its algorithm into a myriad of today’s commercial applications. Modar combines a decade of experience between Human Machine Interaction (HMI) and Audience Behavior Measurement. He is a frequent speaker and keynoter on “Ambient Intelligence” as the next frontier in AI, a winner of several technology and innovation awards and has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, the Huffington Post, Bloomberg and many other major publications for his work.

Information about Modar Alaoui's session will follow soon.

Gil Arditi
Gil Arditi

Product Lead, Machine Learning

Gil serves as the head of Lyft's Machine Learning Platform. Previously he was co-founder of Octarine, a security startup, and VP Product of Reflektion, an e-commerce personalization company, and AppDirect, the largest B2B app marketplace. Gil also spent a few years in product positions at Google in the Ads group, where he helped integrate YouTube and DoubleClick after their acquisition.

Yoram Bauman
Yoram Bauman

The world's first and only stand-up economist

Economics comedian, author, and carbon tax activist. My primary business is performing economics comedy at colleges and corporate events around the country and around the world. I am also the co-author (with the illustrator Grady Klein) of cartoon books about economics, calculus, and climate change. I was the founder and co-chair of the first-ever carbon tax ballot measure in the USA, the revenue-neutral Initiative 732 campaign in Washington State in 2016. (Unfortunately it didn't pass, but hope springs eternal!)

Information about Yoram Bauman's session will follow soon.

Melanie Beck
Melanie Beck

Senior Data Scientist

Melanie Beck is a senior data scientist at Seagate Technology in Bloomington, MN. After earning her Ph.D. in astrophysics from the University of Minnesota, Melanie leveraged her research skills in deep learning to solve image classification and time series forecasting challenges. At Seagate, Melanie develops end to end deep learning projects for a variety of problems from identifying product defects to predicting faults in production equipment.

Melanie Beck is speaker of the following session:

Abbas Chokor
Abbas Chokor

Staff Data Scientist

Dr. Chokor has developed and integrated emerging IIoT data-driven solutions in multiple industries. As a staff data scientist at Seagate Technology, Abbas unlocks the value of industrial and manufacturing data through leading edge science and mentors uprising data scientists. Before Seagate, Abbas was a lead data scientist on multiple predictive maintenance projects within First Solar, Siemens, and Schlumberger, for their complex assets, including solar panels, trains, and Oil & Gas surface machines. Abbas holds a Ph.D. from Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona and has co-authored dozens of research publications. His research interests include developing state-of-the-art edge solutions in the field of predictive maintenance and online learning.

Abbas Chokor is speaker of the following session:

Pranjal Daga
Pranjal Daga

Data Scientist

Pranjal Daga is a Data Scientist focused on strategizing and developing Deep Learning Proof of Concepts at Cisco Services Machine Learning R&D. He graduated from Purdue University with a Masters in Computer Science, specializing in Deep Learning and NLP. In the past, Pranjal has worked with researchers at Adobe Research, University of Alberta, Northwestern University, IBM Research and MIT. He has spent the past few years exploring new technologies, hacking on the quirky side projects and bringing together his research and engineering experiences. To understand the practical aspects of identifying business ideas and moving them forward, Pranjal recently joined Stanford Graduate School of Business' Ignite program. 

On a side for fun, Pranjal loves building new things from scratch, which is why he's been a regular participant in hackathons. He likes to travel and has recently developed a fascination with sunsets and the effects pollution has on their colors.

Matthew Dixon
Matthew Dixon

Assistant Professor of Finance and Statistics

Matthew Dixon is an Assistant Professor of Finance and Statistics at the Illinois Institute of Technology. His research in computational methods for finance is funded by Intel. Matthew began his career in structured credit trading at Lehman Brothers in London before pursuing academics and consulting for financial institutions in quantitative trading and risk modeling. He holds a Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics from Imperial College (2007) and has held postdoctoral and visiting professor appointments at Stanford University and UC Davis respectively. He has published over 20 peer reviewed publications on machine learning and financial modeling, has been cited in Bloomberg Markets and the Financial Times as an AI in fintech expert, and is a frequently invited speaker in Silicon Valley and on Wall Street. He has published R packages, served as a Google Summer of Code mentor and is the co-founder of the Thalesians.

Matthew Dixon is speaker of the following session:

John Elder Ph.D.
John Elder Ph.D.

Founder & Chair

John Elder chairs America's most experienced Data Science consultancy. Founded in 1995, Elder Research has offices in Virginia, Maryland, North Carolina and Washington DC. Dr. Elder co-authored 3 award-winning books on analytics, was a discoverer of ensemble methods, chairs international conferences, and is a popular keynote speaker. John is occasionally an Adjunct Professor of Systems Engineering at the University of Virginia, and was named by President Bush to serve 5 years on a panel to guide technology for national security.

John Elder Ph.D. is speaker of the following session:

Rezsa Farahani
Rezsa Farahani

Director of Machine Learning

Rezsa is currently the Director of Machine Learning at Vevo. He is a Machine Learning leader and innovator with a background in computational engineering, data science, and AI. His ML experience spans across diverse applications, from developing deep learning recommender systems in the entertainment industry to oil well blowout risk prediction in the oil & gas industry.

Rezsa Farahani is speaker of the following session:

    Ford Garberson
    Ford Garberson

    Senior Data Scientist

    Dr. Garberson develops machine learning algorithms to screen for childhood cognitive conditions such as autism at Cognoa. This development work ranges from analyses to identify and compensate for defects in data that will be used in machine learning to development and optimization of the algorithms to analyzing clinical study results to validate the performance of the algorithms in real life. 

    Prior to joining Cognoa, Dr. Garberson spent two years developing machine learning algorithms for energy and consumer comfort optimization in smart thermostats at a startup called EcoFactor. Before that he ran analyses on petabytes of data collected at particle colliders, including the Large Hadron Collider in Switzerland, to search for statistically significant evidence of new fundamental particles and to perform more precise measurements of the properties of existing particles. 

    Ford Garberson is speaker of the following session:

    Luba Gloukhova
    Luba Gloukhova

    Research Analytics Consultant

    Luba Gloukhova facilitates and accelerates advanced research projects at a major R&D hub of the Silicon Valley. She supports Stanford GSB faculty by conceiving and generating innovative solutions that drive their cutting edge research.  Luba also serves as the founding chair of Deep Learning World, the premier conference covering the commercial deployment of deep learning.  

    Luba received her master's in analytics from the University of San Francisco and her bachelors in both applied math and economics from Berkeley. Before her current position in academic research, she gained industry experience in analytics consulting, high frequency trading analysis, catastrophe risk modeling, and quantitative marketing. Luba also teaches yoga and enjoys an active lifestyle.

    Luba Gloukhova is speaker of the following sessions:

    Kate Highnam
    Kate Highnam

    Machine Learning Engineer

    Kate Highnam has a background in Computer Science and Business, focusing on security, embedded devices, and accounting. At the University of Virginia, her thesis was a published industrial research paper containing an attack scenario and repair algorithm for drones deployed on missions with limited ground control contact. After joining Capital One as a Data Engineer, Kate has developed features within an internal DevOps Pipeline and Data Lake governance system. Currently, she builds machine learning models to assist cybersecurity experts and enhance defenses.

    Kate Highnam is speaker of the following session:

    Michael Kelly B.Sc.(Hons), PhD (Maths, UNSW)
    Michael Kelly B.Sc.(Hons), PhD (Maths, UNSW)

    Senior Technology (Finance ) Consultant

    Dr. Kelly is currently a Wolfram Technology Consultant, specifically consulting with Wolfram Finance Platform. He has given innumerable seminars on the use of Mathematica in finance. He has used Mathematica and Microsoft Excel to set up financial databases, construct mathematical and statistical models of trading data, write code to simulate newly devised trading strategies, write interface code to communicate with the trading platform to institute automated trading, analyze the PNL of trades, write research reports, evaluate options and futures prices, and implement trading strategies. 

    Dr. Kelly was a senior lecturer in mathematics in the School of Quantitative Methods and Mathematical Sciences at the University of Western Sydney (UWS), transferring in 2000 to the position of senior lecturer in finance in the School of Economics and Finance. Dr Kelly has since moved to Chicago, and until 2007 was associate professor of finance at the Stuart Graduate School of Business, Illinois Institute of Technology. In this capacity he taught two streams of courses: financial modeling and computational finance, using Mathematica, Matlab and Excel for master’s and PhD students. Following his teaching career, Dr. Kelly was employed as the research director for DB Trading and Unetich Trading LLC at the Chicago Board of Trade, as well as financial consultant to a number of investment firms and trading companies.

    Michael Kelly B.Sc.(Hons), PhD (Maths, UNSW) is speaker of the following session:

    Chris Labbe
    Chris Labbe

    Managing Technologist

    Chris Labbe is a 20+ year veteran of the Hard Drive design industry with jobs in many areas throughout the company and is currently the Managing Technologist of Seagate's Data Science Analytics Development team.

    He is now on a grand adventure to help Seagate build a world-class Predictive Analytics organization utilizing a strong background in programming, mathematics, statistics and organizational strategic leadership.

    Information about Chris Labbe's session will follow soon.

    Ricky Loynd
    Ricky Loynd

    Deep Reinforcement Learning Research Group

    Ricky Loynd is a member of the reinforcement learning research group in the Microsoft Research AI labs in Redmond, Wash. He has 25 years of experience with neural networks, and 11 years of experience in reinforcement learning. Ricky is currently focused on creating deep RL agents with more general, human-like intelligence. As a lead mentor for the Microsoft AI School Advanced Projects course, Ricky has helped teams throughout the company incorporate deep learning systems into their work.

    Ricky Loynd is speaker of the following session:

    James McCaffrey
    James McCaffrey

    Senior Scientist Engineer

    James McCaffrey works for Microsoft Research in Redmond, Wash. James explores applied deep machine learning and artificial intelligence. He has worked on several Microsoft products including Internet Explorer and Bing. James has a PhD in cognitive psychology and computational statistics from the University of Southern California, a BA in psychology, a BA in applied mathematics, and an MS in computer science. 

    James learned to speak to the public while working at Disneyland as a college student, and he can still recite the entire Jungle Cruise ride narration from memory.

    Marek Pietrzyk
    Marek Pietrzyk

    Senior Data Engineer

    Marek Pietrzyk is a Senior Data Engineer at Northwestern Mutual.  Throughout his career, he has held a number of academic and professional positions.  Areas of his experience include market research, survey research, factory automation, software engineering, data warehousing, marketing, business intelligence, analytics, management, and systems engineering.  Marek received his Ph.D. in Mathematics from Wrocław University of Science and Technology in Wrocław, Poland.

    Marek Pietrzyk is speaker of the following session:

    Nalini Polavarapu
    Nalini Polavarapu

    Analytics and IT Strategy Lead

    Dr. Nalini Polavarapu has been with Monsanto for over ten years, and manages a global team of analytical and IT professionals, specialized in machine learning, operations research and cloud analytics to deliver better products to market faster through data science. Data science activities range from inventing cognitive systems to enhance decision making, predictive and prescriptive analytics to automate/augment decisions, geo-spatial and image analytics to realize precision farming, and analytics to increase operational efficiency.

    Nalini also serves as the senior leader on the Data Science Center of Excellence Council partnering with other senior leaders enterprise wide to drive the efforts to realize the vision of transforming into a digital company through data science. Activities include implementing an enterprise wide talent and community development strategy, scalable technology platforms, best practices for development and deployment of analytical solutions and portfolio management.

    Over the course of her career, Nalini held positions of increasing levels of leadership responsibilities managing teams operating across geographies in Americas, EMEA, Asia and Africa, and has successfully established and led an off-shore center in India. She also initiated multiple external partnerships and collaborations with start-ups, large corporations and universities. Being the first data scientist at Monsanto, Nalini played a key role in building a world-class global data science organization which is now at 100+ and growing through hiring and development of data scientists, data science leaders, as well as positions of seniority within the groups.

    Nalini is the recipient of highest awards in technology for four consecutive years and a Fellow.

    Nalini has a PhD and dual Masters in Computer Science and Bioinformatics from Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, Georgia. Nalini has authored and co-authored several analytical patents, research articles in leading scientific journals and co-authored book chapters on high throughput data analysis and applications.

    Information about Nalini Polavarapu's session will follow soon.

    Domenic Puzio
    Domenic Puzio

    Machine Learning Engineer

    Domenic Puzio is a Machine Learning Engineer with Koto, the national security division of Kensho Technologies. He graduated from the University of Virginia with degrees in Mathematics and Computer Science. He spends his time building and productionizing machine learning models that use natural language processing and deep learning for problems ranging from document classification to the detection of malware and phishing. He is a contributor to two Apache projects.

    Domenic Puzio is speaker of the following session:

    David Russell
    David Russell

    RVP of Sales - West Region

    David Russell is an analytics professional who currently holds responsibility for running DataRobot's Sales & Operations across the Western US, Canada, and LATAM, markets. David has over 18 year experience focused on successful enterprise deployments in big data, predictive analytics, business intelligence, and high performance data-warehousing solutions. David's core focus is on assisting customers in growing top-line revenue and/or decreasing operations overhead by leveraging data as a strategic asset. Currently, David is helping forward thinking organizations leverage DataRobot's modern, disruptive machine learning platform to create competitive advantages across a wide spectrum of data-drive use cases.

    David Russell is speaker of the following session:

    Nitin Sharma
    Nitin Sharma

    Distinguished Scientist

    Nitin Sharma is currently working as a Distinguished Data Scientist in the Large Scale Machine Learning and AI group in PayPal Risk Sciences.

    Information about Nitin Sharma's session will follow soon.

    Mike Tamir
    Mike Tamir

    Head of Data Science, Advanced Technologies Group

    Mike serves as Head of Data Science at Uber ATG, UC Berkeley Data Science faculty, and head of Skymind Labs the Machine Learning research lab affiliated with DeepLearning4J.  He has led teams of Data Scientists in the bay area as Chief Data Scientist for InterTrust, Director of Data Sciences for MetaScale/Sears, and CSO for Galvanize where he founded the galvanizeU-UNH accredited Masters of Science in Data Science degree and oversaw the company's transformation from co-working space to Data Science organization.  Mike began his career in academia serving as a mathematics teaching fellow for Columbia University before teaching at the University of Pittsburgh. His early research focused on developing the epsilon-anchor methodology for resolving both an inconsistency he highlighted in the dynamics of Einstein’s general relativity theory and the convergence of “large N” Monte Carlo simulations in Statistical Mechanics’ universality models of criticality phenomena.

    Mike Tamir is speaker of the following session:

    David Walechka
    David Walechka

    Decision Sciences Technology Lead

    David Walechka is the Decision Sciences Technology Lead at Northwestern Mutual.  He is responsible for team of data scientists and technologists working on complex, large scale machine learning problems.  He pioneered some of the first machine learning models at Northwestern Mutual and implemented the first set of algorithmic underwriting models.  He has 15 years experience working with data and analytics technologies having previously held roles as Senior Information Architect and BI Consultant.

    David Walechka is speaker of the following session:

    Eugene Wen
    Eugene Wen

    Vice President for Group Advanced Analytics

    Dr. Eugene Wen is the Vice President for Group Advanced Analytics at Manulife Financial/John Hancock. He is responsible for supporting Group Functions with advanced analytics, establishing a data scientist team, building Centers of Expertise (CoE) in advanced analytics, providing thought leadership, creating governance and policy frameworks for analytics function and providing research and development (R&D) capabilities to businesses across the company.

    Prior to his current position at the Manulife Financial/John Hancock, Eugene served as the Vice President and Chief Statistician at the Workplace Safety & Insurance Board (WSIB) and led the national Health Indicators portfolio at the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI). He was trained in both clinical medicine and public health.

    Eugene Wen is speaker of the following session:

    Nathan Wheeler
    Nathan Wheeler

    Chief Product Officer

    Nathan is the Chief Product Officer of Entropix, providing product definition and strategic business planning and market development. Ten years of hardware/software design and innovations in the enterprise HD surveillance market helped Nathan shape the current Entropix software product. He is also the Founder and Chairman of Network Optix, an enterprise video management software company listed as the 7th fastest growing software company in the US. (2016, Inc. 5000). Earlier served as a Director of Sales at Arecont Vision leading the company to record sales.

    Information about Nathan Wheeler's session will follow soon.

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