Predictive Analytics World for Business Las Vegas 2018
June 3-7, 2018 – Caesars Palace, Las Vegas
Dean Abbott is Co-Founder and Chief Data Scientist of SmarterHQ, and President of Abbott Analytics, Inc. in San Diego, California. Mr. Abbott is an internationally recognized data mining and predictive analytics expert with over two decades of experience applying advanced data mining algorithms, data preparation techniques, and data visualization methods to real-world problems, including fraud detection, risk modeling, text mining, personality assessment, response modeling, survey analysis, planned giving, and predictive toxicology.
Mr. Abbott is the author of Applied Predictive Analytics (Wiley, 2014) and co-author of IBM SPSS Modeler Cookbook (Packt Publishing, 2013). He is a highly-regarded and popular speaker at Predictive Analytics and Data Mining conferences and meetups, and is on the Advisory Boards for the UC/Irvine Predictive Analytics Certificate as well as the UCSD Data Mining Certificate programs.
He has a B.S. in Mathematics of Computation from Rensselaer (1985) and a Master of Applied Mathematics from the University of Virginia (1987).
Dean Abbott is speaker of the following sessions:
Bryan Bennett is a professor for Northwestern University's School of Professional Studies where he is a predictive analytics subject matter expert and is responsible for the development and teaching of predictive analytics courses domestically and internationally. Additionally, he teaches leadership, healthcare marketing and consumer behavior courses at the graduate and undergraduate levels for other Universities.
Professor Bennett is also the Executive Director for the Healthcare Center of Excellence (healthcarecoe.org), a privately-funded healthcare research and consulting firm, where he researches and consults on transformation, advanced analytics and leadership issues for healthcare organizations. He is the author of the books, "Competing on Healthcare Analytics: The Foundational Approach to Population Health Analytics" and "Prescribing Leadership in Healthcare", as well as contributing the Data Stewardship chapter to the book "Adaptive Health Management Information Systems".
Bryan's work has appeared in several publications such as, DM News, Health Data Management, Becker's Hospital Review and Capco's Journal of Financial Transformation.
Bryan Bennett is speaker of the following session:
VP, Business Analytics
Jennifer Bertero is a strategic leader with visionary passion for building high-performing organizations and leading transformation. She is focused on serving the changing needs of the customer while driving growth and profitability. Her areas of business expertise include analytics and big data, business relationship and corporate development, cloud computing, product and digital digital marketing, customer engagement and sales productivity.
Jennifer is currently the VP of Business Analytics at CA Technologies where she leverages her unique blend of business expertise, advanced analytics and program development to drive strategic planning and continuous improvement horizontally across all lines of business in the company.
Prior to CA, Jennifer held various leadership roles at global software firms like Hewlett Packard, Symantec and Yahoo, helping to transform and train multi-cultural sales and product marketing teams and increase the top line for a portfolio of software products.
Jennifer holds an MA in International Studies at Boston College, Diplome from La Sorbonne in Paris and speaks several languages including Italian, French and several others conversationally. She is very comfortable in a global environment and has built a deep cross-cultural wealth of knowledge that she continues to cultivate.
Jennifer Bertero is speaker of the following session:
Vice President of Analytics & Business Intelligence
Bob Bress is Vice President of Analytics & Business Intelligence at Freewheel, a Comcast Company focused on advanced advertising technologies. In that role he leads teams of data science and analytical staff using their expertise to lead the development of the next generation of advanced targeted advertising products for television and premium video. Bob has over 15 years of analytics experience across industries including work in hospitality, energy, and at GE's Global Research Center in the Applied Statistics Lab.
Bob holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research & Statistics from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
Bob Bress is speaker of the following session:
Director, Enterprise Data Science Office and Digital Process Transformation CoE
Kristen Burton is the Director of the Enterprise Data Science Office and Digital Process Transformation organization at Cisco Systems. She has responsibility for delivering fully featured analytical solutions for Cisco’s top digital priorities, delivering an enterprise Insights as a Service strategy in partnership with IT, developing enterprise standards for analytical lifecycle management and delivering a portfolio of educational offerings to Cisco’s employees to build digital readiness skills in data science and process engineering.
Kristen has been in Operations at Cisco for 18 years, having held leadership roles in Supply Chain Operations, Customer Operations, Sales Operations, IT and currently in Operations Architecture.
She is an Industrial Engineer by degree and believes that a customer centric and process oriented approach to digital process engineering along with advanced analytics capabilities are critical foundational enablers of digital transformation. She is driven by the opportunity to deliver insights in simple, digital processes to improve business performance. She promotes an inclusive, energetic and innovative culture that values diversity of thought and taking creative approaches to problem solving and is tenacious about delivering digital solutions that provide value to Cisco's customers, partners and employees.
Kristen Burton is speaker of the following session:
Senior Vice President of Analytics, Data and Decision Sciences
Wes Chaar is the Senior Vice President of Analytics, Data and Decision Sciences at Turner. Wes attained his Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin. He has more than 20 years of expertise in the Analytics, Data and Decision Sciences fields. He has applied his Big Data, Machine Learning, and AI skills to work on various Revenue Management, Pricing, Channel Distribution, Consumer Choice Modeling, Scheduling, CRM and other problems. He has published in various journals and proceedings (e.g. IEEE Transactions, M&SOM, AAS, etc.) and presented at various conferences. His work experience covers the Airlines, Hospitality, Online Retail, Marketing and Media sectors, where he held various research, consulting, management and leadership positions. He is a member of IEEE, INFORMS and I-COM, where he serves as a board member.
Wes Chaar is speaker of the following session:
Director of the Personnel Selection and Litigation Support Services Group
Eric Dunleavy, Ph.D., is the Director of the Personnel Selection and Litigation Support Services Group at DCI Consulting Group, where he is involved in a wide variety of employee selection and equal employment opportunity/affirmative action (EEO/AA) consulting services. He is also faculty with OFCCP Institute, a national nonprofit employer association. His primary areas of expertise are in employee selection, validation research, adverse impact analyses and other EEO analytics.Eric received his M.A. (2002) and Ph.D. (2004) in Industrial/Organizational Psychology with a concentration in data analysis from the University of Houston. He received an Honors B.A. (2000) in Psychology from St. Anselm College. Eric has served as President, Vice President, and Legal Chair of the Personnel Testing Council of Metropolitan Washington, D.C. (PTC/MW), and was on the editorial board of The Industrial-Organizational Psychologist for 7 years as co-author of the "On the Legal Front" column. In 2011, Dr. Dunleavy received the first Distinguished Early Career Contributions Award - Practice award from the Society for Industrial-Organizational Psychology (SIOP). In 2015, he was elected a SIOP Fellow. Eric has published articles in a variety of journals and is co-editor (with Scott B. Morris) of the forthcoming book "Adverse Impact Analysis: Understanding Data, Statistics and Risk" (Taylor & Francis, 2017). He is an adjunct faculty member of George Mason University, where he has taught graduate courses in multivariate statistics and applied measurement, and at University of Maryland Baltimore County at Shady Grove, where he has taught a graduate course on legal issues in selection. He is currently involved in SIOP task forces responsible for developing dialogue with EEOC on issues of mutual interest and for revising the SIOP Principles.
Eric Dunleavy is speaker of the following session:
Principal Data Architect
Barbara Eckman is speaker of the following session:
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.
HR Analytics Manager
Dr Tashi Erdmann is Manager of HR Analytics at Shell, a team of data scientists providing strategic and analytical insights to senior management, HR and Shell's businesses by combined analysis of HR data and business data. Previously, he was consultant in Shell's Statistics & Data Science team, and econometric advisor for Shell Scenarios. Prior to joining Shell, he delivered Lean Six Sigma training, coaching and consultancy for various organizations. He holds a PhD in statistics and an MSc in econometrics from the University of Amsterdam.
Tashi Erdmann is speaker of the following session:
Talent Acquisition Lead
An engineer by education and a geek by heart, Carmen Fontana has dabbled in all aspects of tech operations over the years including software development, project management, client services, talent acquisition and even *gasp* sales. Her zen is when innovation meets data-driven decision making. Carmen is currently the Talent Acquisition Lead at Centric Consulting. Also: Cancer Survivor, Moon Shot Believer, Cat Lover, and Donut Mile Champion.
Carmen Fontana is speaker of the following session:
Chief Analytics Officer
Bill Franks is Chief Analytics Officer for The International Institute For Analytics (IIA), where he provides perspective on trends in the analytics & big data space and helps clients understand how IIA can support their efforts to improve analytics performance. Franks is also the author of the books Taming The Big Data Tidal Wave and The Analytics Revolution. He is a sought after speaker and frequent blogger who has been ranked a top 10 global big data influencer. 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.
Bill Franks is speaker of the following session:
Rebecca Guess is speaker of the following session:
Director, Practice Optimization
Matt Hayes is the Director for Baptist Health Medical Group’s Practice Optimization team, and lives in Louisville, Kentucky. He holds a BS in Accounting and Business Administration from the University of Kansas, and an MBA in Marketing and Corporate Strategy from Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business.
A self-proclaimed data geek, Matt is Lean and Six Sigma Black Belt certified, and has spent 17+ years working in analytic functions at three Fortune 200 companies.
When Matt is not knee-deep in data, you might find him in the driveway helping his son Braden with his jump shot, teaching his daughter Avery the finer aspects of Impressionist painting, or practicing Wing Tsun (pronounced Wing Chun) at the local dojo.
Although seemingly disparate, Matt’s passions are connected by one central idea. “Everyone has greatness inside of them. No exceptions. It is my job to help others discover, understand, and capitalize on that greatness.”
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Lauren Haynes is currently Associate Director at the Center for Data Science and Public Policy at the University of Chicago. Her prior experience includes 3.5 years as a consultant in Accenture’s Technology Labs, IT Manager and Interim CIO at the Ounce of Prevention Fund, and Product Manager at GiveForward. Lauren focuses on the use of Human Centered Design and usability for social good.
Lauren Haynes is speaker of the following session:
Andy started at Caterpillar in June of 2015 as part of the Analytics Professional Development Program; a program designed to teach new analysts about the company and let them work in different parts of the business before returning to the core analytics group that services the entire organization. During this time he worked in business units including the Caterpillar eCommerce group as well has the small construction products group.
He currently works as a Data Scientist with a focus in marketing. He has participated in projects related to cross - channel reporting, marketing attribution, eCommerce and predicting purchasing behavior in the small construction product space.
Andy has a master's degree in quantitative finance from Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois.
Andy Jacob is speaker of the following session:
Global Head of Quant Technology and Analytics Core Strategies
Cetin is the Global Head of Quant Technology and Analytics Core Strategies at BP.
Information about Cetin Karakus's session will follow soon.
Peter Karpiuk, Ph.D., began his career in academia as a psychophysicist modelling human judgements, specifically decision making and the underlying of sensations and feelings that give rise to and influence our decisions.
During this time Dr. Karpiuk has been featured in the New York Times and has authored publications in Nature, Perceptual and Motor Skills; and Choice, Decision and Measurement ranging on topics from epigenetics to autism.
His industry efforts continue to focus on decision making, more specifically those that result in purchasing and preference behavior.
Central to all of his work, is his passion for uncovering the nature of observable and measurable 'behavior' through rigorous research methodology, statistical and predictive modeling.
Peter travels extensively as an independent business management advisor focusing on data enabled decisions with quantifiable and measurable outcomes often beginning with straightforward a Return on Investment objective.
Peter Karpiuk is speaker of the following session:
Data Science Director
Kirit Kottam is a Data Science Director and heads the Marketing and Customer Journey Analytics function at John Hancock Insurance. As a Business Implementer, he oversees both the build and embedding of sophisticated Advanced Analytics models in Marketing and Distribution functions. Prior to Hancock, Kirit advised on and solved business problems in marketing, finance, operations and engineering functions at several F500 clients. He holds an MBA from Cornell, an MS degree from Rutgers and a BS from IIT Bombay in India.
Kirit Kottam is speaker of the following session:
SVP, Business Intelligence
Theresa builds world-class teams that make data and the insight it provides vital to marketing and sales organizations. She has built teams across the high tech vertical from Texas Instruments to IBM, Cisco and VMware serving as both a manager and executive in marketing and today as VP of Enterprise Information Management. Theresa held Sr. Director Customer, Intelligence and various Marketing Management roles at IBM, Unify and Texas Instruments. One wish for MO is that all MO organizations should learn to capitalize on their unique view of the customer by working closely with their corporate IT and other business functions. Theresa's pastime is solving the NY Times Crossword puzzle every day.
Theresa Kushner is speaker of the following session:
Robert Lanning has spent the past 31 years delivering proactive research, insights, and analytic solutions across the entire enterprise across multiple industries including People Resources. Robert's leadership results in fully engaged, developed, and focused teams that produce and are recognized as the best in class. When he's not analyzing, you'll find Robert at home with his family or at his church, where he serves as Assistant Pastor / CFO.
Robert Lanning is speaker of the following session:
Senior Geospatial Analyst
Peter Lenz is a geographer and data scientist with Dstillery, a data insights company that builds behavioral profiles from billions of observations of human behavior every day using AI. Specializing in geographic big data and data storytelling, Peter can dive anywhere into the data pipeline from writing code, training models, to discovering insights in the data. He built up skill set working in the urban planning world, first at a consulting firm and later with an agency of the Department of the Interior. A native of New York City, today he and his family live in the Hudson Valley.
Peter Lenz is speaker of the following session:
Staff Data Scientist
Sharon Lin is the staff data scientist at Okta, a cloud security and identity management company based in San Francisco. At Okta, Sharon works on building data analytics for products and leads the efforts in developing predictive analytics solutions. Previously, she has worked in several analytics roles at different start-ups, ranging from mobile gaming to marketing analytics, in the Bay Area. She holds a BA in statistics and economics, and a Master of Information and Data Science from the UC Berkeley.
Information about Sharon Lin's session will follow soon.
Vice President, Audience Science Analytics
Information about Theresa Locklear's session will follow soon.
Predictive Data Analyst
Olaf Menzer is a Predictive Analyst in the Global Business Intelligence and Analytics Department at Ingram Micro in Irvine, CA, United States. At the world's largest distributor of technology products, he is responsible for providing data-driven analytics and R&D solutions for tasks that pertain to internal business optimization and operations, as well as offerings to external clients. Projects he recently focused on include demand forecasting, product life-cycle modeling, inventory management and pricing optimization. Previous to working at Ingram, he was holding different Research Assistant roles at the University of California, Santa Barbara, the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab and the Max Planck Institute in Germany. He was a speaker at the INFORMS Business Analytics conference in 2016 and at academic conferences in the past. Olaf received a M.Sc. in Bioinformatics from Friedrich Schiller University in Germany (2011), and a Ph.D. in Geographic Information Science from University of California, Santa Barbara (2015).
Olaf Menzer is speaker of the following session:
Data Science Manager
Charles studied Physics at the University of Minnesota. In a previous life, he spent several years as a science educator, and then an aspiring Historian of Science. These days, his passion is the application of science and mathematics to business and the reduction of complex business issues into well-posed problems with clear solutions.
Charles Midwinter is speaker of the following session:
Vice President - Data Science
Vishal Morde is a VP of Data Science at Barclaycard US where he serves as a catalyst for developing new analytic capabilities in Big Data, Machine Learning and Data Science. He leads advanced analytics initiatives for building state-of-the-art predictive models and developing actionable consumer insights using modern analytic tools/methodologies. In addition, Vishal is responsible for driving Barclays’ innovation agenda, managing new technology/data initiatives and delivering strategic recommendations to the senior management and other key stakeholders. Prior to joining Barclays, he worked at Discover Financial Services and HSBC, where he held leadership positions in Credit Risk, Marketing Analytics, and Pricing Strategy.
Vishal has a bachelor's degree in Production Engineering from University of Mumbai (India), a Master of Science in Industrial and Systems Engineering from Virginia Tech and an MBA from Kellogg School of Management.
Vishal Morde is speaker of the following session:
Sr. Director, Data Platform
Dan Morris is Sr. Director, Data Platform at Viacom. In his current role, Dan is responsible for democratizing access to data with self-service capabilities and reducing time to insight with real-time analytics. Prior to this role, Dan was focused on growing Viacom's global digital audience with Product Analytics. Dan holds a Masters from NYU and is currently pursuing his second degree at Northwestern University.
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Senior Partner, Co-leader Mercer Workforce Sciences Institute
Haig R. Nalbantian is a Senior Partner at Mercer and a founder/leader of Mercer's Workforce Sciences Institute. A labor /organizational economist, he has been instrumental in developing Mercer's unique capability to measure the economic impact of human capital practices. Those capabilities have been applied in numerous projects he has directed for leading companies in the U.S. and abroad across a broad range of industries, including energy, high technology, manufacturing, consumer products, financial services, media and information services, telecommunications, and professional services. He has also consulted to organizations in the public and not-for-profit sectors. In recent years, Haig has worked extensively with high-profile organizations in the Middle East, with particular focus on strategic workforce planning, workforce strategies and metrics.
Haig came to Mercer from National Economic Research Associates which he joined in 1989. Earlier, he was on the faculty of economics at New York University and was a research scientist at its C.V. Starr Center for Applied Economics. He is an internationally recognized expert in incentives, human capital measurement and management and their links to organizational performance. He has published widely on these topics in books and articles in leading academic and professional journals, such as the American Economic Review, The Journal of Labor Economics, The Harvard Business Review, Compensation and Benefits Review, WorldatWork, among many others. His HBR article, "Making Mobility Matter," received the Academy of Management's 2010 award for "Outstanding Practitioner-oriented Publication" in 2009.
Nalbantian co-authored the prize-winning book on human capital measurement and management, Play to Your Strengths (McGraw Hill, 2004). He is also editor of and chief contributor to the book, Incentives, Cooperation and Risk Sharing and is a frequent speaker before industry groups, professional associations and academic audiences across the globe. He led the research team and co-authored the 2012 World Economic Forum/Mercer study of global talent mobility, "Talent Mobility Good Practices: Collaboration at the Core of Driving Economic Growth."
Haig earned his BA in English and Economics at New York University and his graduate degrees in economics from Columbia University. He is a member of the American Economic Association.
Haig Nalbantian is speaker of the following session:
Key Account Manager
Konrad is currently the Key Account Manager at Appsilon Data Science. He has experience as a consultant, helping companies add machine learning to their company as well as increasing their pitching skills. He was also Head of Artificial Intelligence at Technologies Capital, a spin-off of ITACO Trading. Konrad was a mentor at the Startup Hub Poland Accelerator. He co-founded and was COO at Craftinity, an AI startup. He also has experience in astrophysics research at the Center for Solar-Terrestrial Research.
Konrad Pabianczyk is speaker of the following session:
Head of Data Science
Dr. Jennifer Prendki is the Head of Data Science at Atlassian, where she leads all Search and Machine Learning initiatives and is in charge of leveraging the massive amount of data collected by the company to load the suite of Atlassian products with smart features. She received her PhD in Particle Physics from University UPMC – La Sorbonne in 2009 and has since that worked as a data scientists for many different industries. Prior to joining Atlassian, Jennifer was a Senior Data Science Manager in the Search team of Walmart eCommerce. She enjoys addressing both technical and non-technical audiences at conferences and sharing her knowledge and experience with aspiring data scientists.
Jennifer Prendki is speaker of the following session:
Jennifer Lewis Priestley
Professor of Applied Statistics and Data Science
Dr. Jennifer Lewis Priestley, Ph.D., is a Professor of Applied Statistics and Data Science at Kennesaw State University, where she is the Director of the Center for Statistics and Analytical Services. She oversees the Ph.D. Program in Advanced Analytics and Data Science, and teaches courses in Applied Statistics at the undergraduate, Masters and Ph.D. levels. In 2012, the SAS Institute recognized Dr. Priestley as the 2012 Distinguished Statistics Professor of the Year. She served as the 2012 and 2015 Co-Chair of the National Analytics Conference. Datanami recognized Dr. Priestley as one of the top 12 "Data Scientists to Watch in 2016."
She has authored dozens of articles on Binary Classification, Risk Modeling, Sampling, Applications of Statistical Methodologies for Problem Solving as well as several textbook manuals for Excel, SAS, JMP and Minitab. Prior to receiving a Ph.D. in Statistics, Dr. Priestley worked in the Financial Services industry for 11 years. Her positions included Vice President of Business Development for VISA EU in London, where she was responsible for developing the consumer credit markets for Irish and Scottish banks. She also worked for MasterCard International as a Vice President for Business Development, where she was responsible for banking relationships in the Southeastern US. She also held positions with AT&T Universal Card and with Andersen Consulting.
Dr. Priestley received an MBA from The Pennsylvania State University, where she was president of the graduate student body, and a BS from Georgia Tech. She also received a certification from the ABA Bankcard School in Norman, OK, and a Certification in Base SAS Programming, and a Business Analyst Certification from the SAS Institute.
Jennifer Lewis Priestley is speaker of the following session:
Principal, Workforce Strategy & Analytics
Tauseef Rahman is a principal in Mercer's Workforce Strategy & Analytics practice. He is responsible for developing and delivering projects which enable organizations for growth through the use of analytics which combine engagement, career, and rewards information.
Currently based in San Francisco, he has also been based in Mercer's Los Angeles, Dubai, Melbourne and Houston offices.
His recent projects include the integration of an annual pay equity analysis into a company’s yearly business cycle for a global consumer technology company, and an employee survey using conjoint analysis which resulted in changes to parental benefits at a global financial services and investments company.
Tauseef has presented at industry conferences, including WorldatWork Total Rewards and National Association of Stock Plan Professionals on the use of analytics in pay, and regularly speaks at forums on the future of work and the implication of artificial intelligence on the workforce.
Tauseef holds a bachelor's degree in economics from Claremont McKenna College, in Claremont, California.
Tauseef Rahman is speaker of the following session:
Karl Rexer founded Rexer Analytics, a Boston-based analytic consulting firm, in 2002. He and his teams have delivered analytic solutions to dozens of companies. Solutions include fraud detection, customer attrition analysis and prediction, advertisement abandonment prediction, direct mail targeting, market basket analysis and survey research. Karl is a leader in the field of applied data mining. He has served on the organizing committees of several international conferences; is on the Board of Directors of Oracle's Business Intelligence, Warehousing, & Analytics (BIWA) Special Interest Group; has served on IBM's Customer Advisory Board; is an Industry Advisor for Babson College's Business Analytics program; and is in the #1 position on LinkedIn's list of Top Predictive Analytics Professionals. Rexer Analytics conducts and freely distributes the widely read Data Miner Survey. The survey has been written about and cited in over 12 languages.
Karl Rexer is speaker of the following sessions:
Anne G. Robinson
Executive Director, Strategy, Analytics and Systems
Anne G. Robinson is the Executive Director of Global Supply Chain Strategy, Analytics and Systems, at Verizon, a Fortune 15 company and leading provider of wireless, fiber-optic and global internet networks and services. She is responsible for the overarching strategic vision across Verizon's end-to-end supply chain which includes the wireless consumer supply chain, network supply chain, video and internet supply chain as well as global sourcing and procurement. Additionally, her team drives supply chain excellence through world class data-analytics, process innovation, and employee empowerment to achieve a holistic, collaborative and customer centric supply chain organization, that results in improved product life cycle management, working capital optimization, and shareholder value.
Prior to joining Verizon Wireless, Anne spent several years with Cisco Systems, a high tech networking company, where her responsibilities included managing advanced analytics, business intelligence, and performance management teams across the supply chain. As the driving force for many foundational and cross-functional process innovations, she helped establish Cisco's presence and recognition as a leader in business intelligence and analytics, including being inducted into the balanced scorecard hall of fame.
Anne is originally from St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada. She has a Bachelor of Science with Honours in Mathematics from Acadia University, a Master of Applied Science in Management Science from University of Waterloo and a Masters and PhD in Industrial Engineering from Stanford University.
Anne is a Past President of INFORMS (the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences), a professional organization focused on applying advanced analytical theory and practice for making better business decisions. She is a popular industry speaker and has served on several advisory boards including the advisory board for the Stevens Institute of Technology Masters Of Science in Business Intelligence & Analytics. A constant champion for analytics, Anne is the founding editor of INFORMS Editor's Cut, an online multimedia collection examining important topics in operation research and analytics. A frequent tweeter, you can follow Dr. Robinson @agrobins.
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Will has been with Caterpillar for the last 17 years. His current role is focused on driving the use of data and analytics into Caterpillar’s global dealer distribution network with the goals of driving sales, operational efficiencies and increased analytics maturity. The analytics solutions are tailored based on the dealer’s analytic readiness.
Prior to his current role, Will was the Marketing Analytics Manager responsible for applying analytics to achieve the sales & marketing goals for the extended Caterpillar enterprise. Typical projects in this space included predictive analytics to identify readiness to purchase, sales forecasting, customer clustering & intelligence, website & social media listening and other projects.
Prior to Will’s roles in the analytic arena, he worked in the eCommerce department deploying online solutions for customers to shop and purchase Caterpillar parts. Will started his career at Caterpillar in the IT area developing & deploying websites for the Caterpillar dealer network.
Will has a degree in Psychology from Illinois State University and spent several years working in the social services sector assisting families & children.
Will Scheck is speaker of the following session:
Director of Predictive Analytics
Nishant is the Director of Predictive Analytics at Charter Communications, the second largest cable provider in the US. Nishant leads the development of various predictive models and strategies to expand fiber network at Charter, market analysis, sales optimization and marketing analytics.
Before coming to the telecommunications industry, Nishant worked in credit/collateral and catastrophe risk management in the mortgage and reinsurance industry. Models and scorecards created under Nishant’s leadership formed key part of underwriting procedures for auto loans and mortgages, and loss estimation forecasts for clients in the events of hurricanes, earthquakes or terrorism.
Nishant has a master's degree in Operations Research from The Ohio State University and a bachelor's in Mechanical Engineering from MITS India.
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Eric Siegel, Ph.D., founder of the Predictive Analytics World conference series and executive editor of The Predictive Analytics Times, makes the how and why of predictive analytics understandable and captivating. He is the author of the award-winning Predictive Analytics: The Power to Predict Who Will Click, Buy, Lie, or Die, a former Columbia University professor who used to sing to his students, and a renowned speaker, educator, and leader in the field.
Eric has appeared on Al Jazeera America, Bloomberg TV and Radio, Business News Network (Canada), Fox News, Israel National Radio, NPR Marketplace, Radio National (Australia), and TheStreet. He and his book have been featured in Businessweek, CBS MoneyWatch, Contagious Magazine, The European Business Review, The Financial Times, Forbes, Forrester, Fortune, Harvard Business Review, The Huffington Post, The New York Review of Books, Newsweek, Quartz, Salon, Scientific American, The Seattle Post-Intelligencer, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, and WSJ MarketWatch. Follow him at @predictanalytic.
Eric Siegel is speaker of the following sessions:
Head of Analytics - YouTube Trust and Safety
Tarek is an analytics lead at Google for technical services team. In his role, Tarek focuses on decision analysis to enhance user experience and operational excellence across Google consumer products. Prior to Google, Tarek was an analytics consultant for companies including Comcast, Cox Communications, and Cost Plus World Market. Tarek earned a doctorate degree in information systems with analytics emphasis from Cleveland State University. Tarek's research investigates users interaction with advanced analytics to find ways to enhance insight generation through creative decision making.
Tarek Soukieh is speaker of the following session:
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.
Michael Tamir is speaker of the following session:
James Taylor is the CEO of Decision Management Solutions and is a leading expert in how to use business rules and analytic technology to build decision management systems. He is passionate about using decision management systems to help companies improve decision-making and develop an agile, analytic and adaptive business. He provides strategic consulting to companies of all sizes, working with clients in all sectors to adopt decision-making technology. James is an expert member of the International Institute for Analytics and is the author of multiple books and articles on decision management, decision modeling, predictive analytics and business rules, and writes a regular blog at JT on EDM. James also delivers webinars, workshops and training. He is a regular keynote speaker at conferences around the world.
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Kelly Trindel, Ph.D., is Chief Analyst at the EEOC. She has been providing analytic support for systemic investigations and case development since 2010. She specializes in 'big data' issues, including changing human resource models and technology, people analytics, and employment screens of credit history and criminal background. Prior to joining EEOC Kelly was employed as a Professor of Research Psychology, teaching various courses in social science, research methods, and statistics. She has presented at many events, including academic conferences, EEOC outreach events, and internal and cross-agency training sessions, on such topics as social science research, employment screens, people analytics, and employer self-analysis of demographic data. She has over fifteen years of experience in quantitative research including theory building, data collection, and analysis. Kelly earned a Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology from the University of Texas at Arlington.
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Linda van Leeuwen
HR Analytics Analyst
Linda van Leeuwen is an HR Analytics Analyst in the HR Data & Analytics department in Shell International. She holds a bachelor's degree in business administration (Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University) and a master's degree in econometrics and management science (Erasmus School of Economics, Erasmus University). After finishing her eight-month internship program, she joined Shell International in April 2016. Her work on the multidimensional measurement of diversity is yet to be published but has already received awards in multiple research competitions, including Wharton's People Analytics conference.
Linda van Leeuwen is speaker of the following session:
Chief Analytics Director
Some say Morgan's first word was Internet.Since then, she's demonstrated an uncanny knack for deciphering the complexities of the web. After graduating from Oglethorpe University with a bachelor's degree at age 19, Morgan spent years as a web analyst and internet marketing consultant for Shell Oil, Qualcomm, and Cox Communications, among others.
Morgan Vawter is speaker of the following session:
Phil Winters is known internationally as The Father of Customer Intelligence. An independent business advisor, author, keynote lecturer and workshop leader with 35+ years' experience working with some 300 companies, he focuses on Customer Intelligence and championing the customer perspective to help organizations raise customer value through outstanding customer experience.
Phil Winters is speaker of the following session:
Haifeng Wu is a data scientist at Central Pacific Bank, a retail bank headquartered in Hawaii. At CPB, he is responsible for building statistical and machine learning models to drive the consumer loan portfolio growth and to reduce risk. He is passionate about making decision using data in his personal life. Haifeng earned his PhD in statistics from the University of South Carolina. He lives in Hawaii.
Haifeng Wu is speaker of the following session:
Senior Data Scientist
Dan Yang is a Senior Data Scientist of IBM Market Development & Insights. In her current role, she's responsible for transforming the voice of the market into actionable insights and marketing strategies using advanced analytic techniques. Prior to joining IBM, Dan worked as a data and analytics expert for McKinsey & Company and Bank of America. She received IBM Outstanding Contributor Award, Eminence & Excellence Awards, Manager's Choice Awards, and Bank of America Medallion Awards. Dan holds a Bachelor's degree in Telecommunications Engineering from Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications, and a Master's degree in Mathematical Finance from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Dan is also a certified Six Sigma Master Black Belt and has one issued patent.
Dan Yang is speaker of the following session: