Deep Learning World Las Vegas 2020

May 31-June 4, 2020 – Caesars Palace, Las Vegas


Zulfiqar Ahmed
Zulfiqar Ahmed

Zulfiqar earned his Masters degree in Computer Science from University of Washington, with his research primarily focused on Deep Learning based solutions in the cyber security industry. He collaborated with Infoblox, an IT automation and security firm, during his graduate degree to work in the Explainable AI domain. His research project titled “Interpretation of Deep Learning based Domain Generation Algorithms classifiers” focused on visualizing the feature extraction process of trained DGA classifier models currently deployed by Infoblox to provide a detailed analysis and better interpretability of neural network models utilized as DGA classifiers. During his summer internship with REI Systems, he worked on a Computer Vision based solution to assess and evaluate the damage in areas affected by natural disasters from satellite imagery. Zulfiqar's research interests include XAI, Natural Language Processing, Recommendation Systems and Computer Vision.

Zulfiqar Ahmed is speaker of the following session:

Anthony Alford
Anthony Alford

Lead Software Engineer

Anthony is a lead software engineer at Genesys where he is working on several AI and ML projects related to customer experience. He has over 20 years experience in designing and building scalable software. Anthony holds a Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering with specialization in Intelligent Robotics Software and has worked on various problems in the areas of human-AI interaction and predictive analytics for SaaS business optimization.

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.

Piyush Chandra
Piyush Chandra

Sr. Product Manager, Conversational Automation

Piyush leads automation for Adobe's Customer Experience organization where he looks at enhancing user experiences by leveraging AI. In this role, Piyush is responsible for applying Natural Language Processing and other AI methods to build an anytime, anywhere support ecosystem. He focuses on exploring novel research ideas in the field of NLP / AI and productizing them to make life simpler and easier for end users.

Prior to joining Adobe, Piyush was the product lead for SAP's NLP platform. He also helps startups in the field of AI with product/market fit, strategy, and user experience.

Piyush Chandra is speaker of the following session:

Ilke Demir
Ilke Demir

Senior Research Scientist

Ilke Demir earned her Ph.D. in Computer Science from Purdue University, focusing on 3D vision approaches for generative models, urban reconstruction and modeling, and computational geometry for synthesis and fabrication. Afterwards, she joined Facebook as a Postdoctoral Research Scientist working with Ramesh Raskar from MIT. Her research included human behavior analysis and deep learning approaches in virtual reality, geospatial machine learning, and 3D reconstruction at scale. In addition to her publications in top-tier venues (SIGGRAPH, ICCV, CVPR), she has organized workshops, competitions, and courses in the intersection of deep learning and computer vision. She has received several awards and honors such as Jack Dangermond Award, Bilsland Dissertation Fellowship, Industry Distinguished Lecturer, and GHC Fellow, in addition to her best paper/poster/reviewer awards. Currently she is a Senior Research Scientist at DeepScale, exploring efficient temporal deep learning architectures for autonomous driving tasks.

Ilke Demir is speaker of the following session:

Jason Gauci
Jason Gauci

Engineering Manager

Jason Gauci leads the Applied Reinforcement Learning team @ Facebook AI. Jason has 13 years of experience building machine learning systems at Facebook AI, Apple, Google Research, and Lockheed Martin Applied Research, and has a PhD in computer science from UCF with a focus on Neuroevolution.

Jason Gauci is speaker of the following session:

Jen Gennai
Jen Gennai

Head of Responsible Innovation, Global Affairs

Jen Gennai leads Google’s Responsible Innovation team which is responsible for operationalizing Google’s AI Principles, ensuring that Google’s products have fair and ethical outcomes on individual users and the world. Her team works with product and engineering, leveraging a multidisciplinary group of experts in ethics, human rights, user research, racial justice and gender equity to validate that products and outputs align with our commitments to fairness, privacy, safety, societal benefit and more. Before she co-authored the AI Principles and founded Responsible Innovation, Jen worked on machine learning fairness and founded the Ethical ML team in Trust & Safety.

Luba Gloukhova
Luba Gloukhova

Consultant & Speaker

Luba Gloukhova leads and executes advanced machine learning projects for high tech firms and major research universities in Silicon Valley. She also preaches what she practices, serving as the founding chair of Deep Learning World – the premier conference covering the commercial deployment of deep learning – and delivering highly-rated talks at many other events as well. Luba previously supported Stanford faculty as an internal consultant at the university's Graduate School of Business, conceiving and generating innovative solutions to accelerate research.

Before that, Luba gained industry experience in high frequency trading analysis, catastrophe risk modeling, and marketing analytics. She received her master’s in analytics from the University of San Francisco and two bachelors degrees from Berkeley: applied mathematics and economics. Luba also teaches yoga and enjoys an active lifestyle.

Luba Gloukhova is speaker of the following session:

Vishal Hawa
Vishal Hawa

Principal Scientist

Vishal (_‘Vish’_) Hawa is Principal Data Scientist at The Vanguard Group. Vish has over 15 years of experience in Retail and Financial services industry and works closely with Marketing Managers , financial plan designers through propensity, life-time valuations and financial modeling. Vish works on creating data-products in machine intelligence space that utilize consumer attributes to generate consumer insights. Vish is thought leader and has spoken at many regional and national conferences in applied machine learning with the idea of promoting data driven decisions and harnessing actionable insights. Vish has executive management from Wharton school of business, post-graduation degrees in Information sciences, Statistics and Computer engineering from Indian Statistical Institute and Bachelors in Engineering from National Institute of Technology-India.

Vishal Hawa is speaker of the following session:

Sean Hendryx
Sean Hendryx

Machine Learning Engineer

At Standard Cognition, Sean works on research and engineering of machine learning systems that ship deep neural networks to production with reduced generalization error. He has a background in machine learning, information theory, and complex systems. Previously, he was a machine learning engineer at Explorer.ai building maps for self-driving cars and before that he worked in machine learning research as a graduate student at the University of Arizona.

Navid Imani
Navid Imani

Applied Researcher

Dr. Navid Imani is an Applied Researcher with Shipping Science at eBay Corp. specializing on architecting scalable NLP solutions as well as using operations research for industrial planning and optimization. Prior to joining eBay, Dr. Imani had held multiple industry and academic research positions such as at Microsoft. He holds a Ph.D. in Computing Science from Simon Fraser University and has co-authored over 25 research publications in various areas of Machine Learning, Applied Mathematics and Distributed Computing.

Navid Imani is speaker of the following session:

Sandeep Jha
Sandeep Jha

Staff Technical Program Manager

Sandeep Jha is a Staff Technical Program Manager in Artificial Intelligence team at LinkedIn where he manager large scale machine learning and deep learning program. Prior to LinkedIn, he has worked at Amazon and Facebook where he led programs for to Search and NewsFeed quality.

Sandeep Jha is speaker of the following session:

Jun Jia
Jun Jia

Senior Staff Software Engineer

Jun Jia is a Senior Staff Software Engineer in the Artificial Intelligence team at LinkedIn where he works on developing state-of-the-art algorithms to improve LinkedIn's Search and Recommendation systems. He has numerous publications in Journal of Computational Physics. Prior to LinkedIn, he obtained his masters and PhD in mathematics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Jun Jia is speaker of the following session:

Manoj Kumar Krishnan
Manoj Kumar Krishnan

Software Engineer and Tech Lead

Dr. Krishnan currently works as a software engineer and tech lead in the Facebook AI Infra team. Previously, Dr. Krishnan worked at VMware and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in the area of High Performance Computing. Dr. Krishnan has authored and co-authored over 40 peer-reviewed conference and journal papers. Dr. Krishnan's research interests include Artificial Intelligence, Deep Learning, Recommendation Systems, Distributed Systems, Parallel Computing, High Performance Computing.

Manoj Kumar Krishnan is speaker of the following session:

Bryan Larish Ph.D.
Bryan Larish Ph.D.

Director of Technology

Bryan Larish is the Chief Security Architect for Verizon’s networks.  In that role he leads a team that plans and architects the future security capabilities of Verizon’s networks.  His team also develops artificial intelligence and machine learning capabilities that improve the performance of Verizon's networks.

Prior to joining Verizon, Bryan was Technical Director for Enterprise Connectivity & Specialized IT Services at a U.S. Government agency where he was responsible for setting the technical direction of the development and operation of the agency's global network infrastructure.  Bryan also worked in the Chief Engineer’s office at the U.S. Navy’s Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR) where he implemented engineering techniques used to manage, architect, and plan the U.S. Navy’s communications/IT systems portfolio.  Bryan’s other experience includes Technical Director for Navy engineering policy and various engineering roles at SPAWAR.

Bryan holds a Ph.D. and M.S. in electrical and computer engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology and a B.S.E. in electrical engineering from Arizona State University.

Bryan Larish Ph.D. is speaker of the following sessions:

Kumaresan Manickavelu
Kumaresan Manickavelu

Sr. Product Manager, NLP

Kumaresan is currently responsible for strategy and roadmap of the Core NLP and Machine Translation products at eBay. Previously he has launched and managed multiple products across eBay's internal cloud stack ranging from developer frameworks to network security.

Kumaresan Manickavelu 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.

Information about James McCaffrey's session will follow soon.

Patrick Miller
Patrick Miller

Software Engineering Manager

Patrick Miller is the engineering manager of Google's Enterprise Machine Learning team in New York City. His team builds scalable, cutting-edge machine learning solutions to internal Google problems. Before Google, Patrick led machine learning at Macmillan, a major trade publisher. He's a core contributor to Congnoma, a cancer genomics ML research tool. Patrick has a Master's in Computer Science from the Georgia Institute of Technology.

Patrick Miller is speaker of the following session:

James Norman
James Norman

Lead Software Engineer

Lead Software Engineer on Nike Data Science Platform. The platform has enabled a DevOps approach to Model Development and Model Serving, enabling Data Scientists to bring their models to market faster and support rapid AB testing over varying domains.

 I have over 10 years experience in Web Service Development, and 6 years experience developing software used in Medical Imaging clinical studies.

James Norman is speaker of the following session:

Mohamed Sidahmed
Mohamed Sidahmed

Machine Learning and AI Manager

Mohamed Sidahmed, Ph.D., IEEE Senior Member, is subject matter expert in machine learning & AI, data-driven modeling and optimization with both theoretical and applied skills. He is the Machine Learning and AI R&D Manager at Shell’s Data Science CoE, where he is leading a multidisciplinary research group with passion for delivering innovation and excellence. He is deriving the vision for advancement of ML & AI research portfolio and technology development across Subsurface, Production & Operations, and New Energies. He has numerous publications and book chapters in the areas of pattern discovery, deep learning representation, and modeling & reasoning across multiple domains.

Nikolay Sorokin
Nikolay Sorokin

Data Scientist

Nikolay Sorokin is a data scientist at REI Systems Inc. He is coming from mechanical engineering background which he studied at City College of New York, then completed an IT master's degree program at Towson University. Nikolay is passionate about computer vision applications and knowledge extraction from unstructured text documents.

Nikolay Sorokin is speaker of the following session:

Said Soulhi
Said Soulhi

Distinguished Member of the Technical Staff

Dr. Said Soulhi, PhD, is a Distinguished Member of the Technical Staff working in the Wireless AI Innovation group at Verizon. He has established an excellent track record demonstrating the use of emerging networking paradigms (SON, Autonomic Management, SDN, NFV, etc). He is now focusing on how Artificial Intelligence and Machine learning can be used to improve network performance.

Lin Sun
Lin Sun

Head of Perception

Lin Sun obtained B.S from Harbin Institute of Technology (HIT), M.S and PhD from Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST). His supervisor is the Prof. Bertram Shi (IEEE Fellow and ECE head) and Prof. DY Yeung (CSE head). His research interests include computer vision, machine learning and deep learning, particularly, action recognition, large scale image classification and retrieval, object detection and tracking in 2D and 3D; He has 9+ years of research and industry experience, published more than 30 papers in top conferences and journals and held more than 20 China and US patents; He was a research scholar in Stanford Vision and Learning (SVL) lab supervised by Prof. Silvio Savarese. Currently, he is senior staff researcher and head of perception in Advanced Technology Group (ATG) of Samsung Strategy and Innovation Center (SSIC), leading the perception algorithm innovations for autonomous driving.

Lin Sun is speaker of the following session:

Chhavi Yadav
Chhavi Yadav

Data Scientist

Chhavi works as a Data Scientist at Walmart Labs in the Catalog Data Science team which is responsible for providing the best experience to its users through a wonderfully curated product catalog. Her work mostly revolves around developing computer vision techniques for the same. Since visual data is the first point of interaction with the customer, such techniques matter a lot in the retail world. Prior to this, Chhavi graduated from New York University where she studied the effect of using standard datasets in Machine Learning and also investigated neural network architectures for medical images.

Chhavi Yadav is speaker of the following session:

Shams Zaman
Shams Zaman

Principal Data Scientist

Shams Zaman is a Principal Data Scientist in Network Capital Management group within Verizon. There, he is leading the efforts for developing predictive and prescriptive analytics to ensure optimum allocation of resources. He is developing network business intelligence by developing forecasting models from multivariate time series data sourced from networking cell sites, customer experience and geospatial data. Prior to joining Verizon, he was a Machine Learning Scientist at AI lab, Philips Healthcare. There he developed predictive models from longitudinal Electronic Health Record data for improving patient care. He also worked with advance pre-trained language models to develop state of the art NLP solutions for clinical concept recognition, concept disambiguation, data de-identification etc.

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