Co-Founder and Chief Data Scientist
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).
Session: Q&A: Ask Dean and Steve Anything (about Best Practices)
PAW Business Session: The Revolution in Retail Customer Intelligence
Workshop: Advanced Methods Hands-on: Predictive Modeling Techniques
Workshop: Supercharging Prediction with Ensemble Models
Dr. John Elder
CEO & Founder
John Elder leads America's most widely experienced Data Science consultancy. Founded in 1995, Elder Research (www.elderresearch.com) has offices in Charlottesville VA, Washington DC, Baltimore MD, and Raleigh NC. The team has solved problems in investments, business, and science by analyzing data in tables, text, and links. Dr. Elder co-authored 3 books (on data mining, ensembles, and text mining), two of which won "book of the year" awards in Mathematics or Computer Science. John has created analytics tools, was a discoverer of ensemble methods, chairs international conferences, and is a popular keynote speaker. Dr. Elder earned Engineering degrees from Rice and UVA and is an Adjunct Professor of Systems Engineering at UVA. He was honored to be named by President Bush to serve 5 years on a panel to guide technology for national security.
Special Featured Session: Luck, Skill, or Torture? How Target Shuffling Can Tell if What Your Data Says is Real
Workshop: The Best and the Worst of Predictive Analytics: Predictive Modeling Methods and Common Data Mining Mistakes
Chief Data Officer
Usama M. Fayyad, Ph.D. is Group Chief Data Officer at Barclays in London where his responsibilities include building and delivering the data infrastructure for BI, data warehousing, BigData and analytics/insights technologies across the Barclays Group globally as well as data governance, and enterprise Data Architecture. He also took on an additional role at Barclays as CIO of Risk, Finance, and Treasury Technology. He is Chairman of Oasis500 in Jordan following his appointment in 2010 by King Abdullah II of Jordan to be the founding Executive Chairman. Oasis500 a tech startup investment fund that runs an accelerator, entrepreneurship training program, and angel investment network aiming to fund 500 Internet and Technology startups in the MENA Region. From 2011-2013 he served as Chairman & CTO of BlueKangaroo, a mobile search engine to help consumers benefit from the vast offers environment that is difficult to search and benefit from. 2008: founded Open Insights: data strategy/technology firm to help enterprises develop data strategy & BigData solutions to effectively grow revenues. 2004-2008: Yahoo!'s chief data officer & Executive VP of Yahoo!'s global BigData systems/policies & data scientist group using Big Data for content/ad targeting: growing Yahoo! revenues from targeting by 20x in 4 years while processing 25+ Terabytes of data/day. Founder of Yahoo! Research Labs: the premier scientific research organization to develop the new sciences of the Internet.2003: co-founded/led DMX Group, a data mining/data strategy company -- acquired by Yahoo! in 2004. In early 2000: co-founder/CEO of Audience Science (digiMine, Inc.) the leader in Behavioral Targeting & ad networks.1995-2000: led Data Mining & Exploration group at Microsoft Research, built data mining products for Microsoft's server division. From 1989-1996: held a leadership role at NASA's JPL in analysis of Big Data in Science earning him the top research excellence award from Caltech, as well as a U.S. Government medal from NASA.Fayyad's Ph.D. in engineering is from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (1991). He holds BSE's in both EE & CSE (1984); MSE in CSE (1986); and M.Sc. in mathematics (1989). He published over 100 technical articles, holds over 30 patents. A Fellow of AAAI (Association for Advancement of Artificial Intelligence), Fellow of ACM (Association of Computing Machinery), editor two influential books on data mining; Founding editor-in-chief of primary scientific journal in field (Data Mining and Knowledge Discovery) and of SIGKDD Explorations Newsletter, Chairman of ACM SIGKDD which runs the world's premiere data science, big data, and data mining conferences: KDD. He is an active angel investor in U.S., EU and Middle East specializing in early-stage tech companies.
Sr. Director of Risk Management
He was named as one of the 100 Most Influential People in Finance-Treasury & Risk Magazine in 2008 and 2009. Frank's team received 11 individual Alexander Hamilton Awards over the past 6 years in excellence in Risk Management, more than any other company over that time frame.
Before joining Paychex he spent four years with PNC Financial in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania working in their Corporate Credit Policy area overseeing various commercial and consumer risk units and reporting directly to the Chief Credit Officer of the company. Prior to his work with PNC, he spent twelve years with Citigroup in New York holding various risk management and credit roles within their U.S consumer bank. He is an also graduate of the inaugural 2007 class at the Wharton Business School at the University of Pennsylvania advanced risk management program.
He is also credited for leading very successful projects to build the first risk and retention models in both the educational lending and payroll outsourcing industries. He has also spent time working internationally by teaching and facilitating strategic risk management courses for senior level executives.
Sr. Data Scientist
Executive Vice President and Head of Model Development
Diamond Sponsor Presentation: 4 Ways the Financial Services Industry Can Unlock the Possibilities of Big Data
Prior to TransUnion, Mr. Ittner worked at Liberty Mutual and Safeco Insurance in various capacities including property research, auto research, director of state operations and trends and financial forecasting. He has also served as a consulting actuary, professor at Columbia University and housing/economics researcher at the Federal Reserve Board.
Dr. Hevel Jean-Baptiste
Global Senior Program Manager, Model Risk Management Systems
Before working at GE Capital he worked as a Vice President at JPMorganChase for close to 10 years. He worked in several management positions (e.g., Fixed Income, Equities, Global Credit Risk Management, and Futures & Options) in the Investment Banking & Technology business. He worked as a chairman of the subcommittee of the employee mobility group under the BLF Black Leadership Forum.
Before working at JPMorgan, he worked for 3 years at Diversified Investment Advisor (a 401k company) as a Project Manager where he managed an application development team and a Maximum Exclusion Allowance group. He worked for two years at Active International and seven years at International Paper Company. He worked for three years at Mazda International Company. In addition of his corporate experience, he worked in several management positions at some non-profit organizations (e.g., Chairman of Diversity subcommittee at JPMorgan Chase, Co-President of Microfinance Club New York, President of First United Development/Gap Fillers Microfinance, Chairman of International missionary of ABC Metro at Scarsdale Community Baptist Church, First Baptist Church of White Plains and President of student organization of Rockland).
Dr. Jean-Baptiste is one child of a family of ten children. His mother raised him by herself when his father died when he was only 13 years old. After high school he entered college in Haiti to study Economics. Later he came to United States to continue his education. He obtained a Bachelor degree in Computer science from Ramapo College in New Jersey. Next, he obtained a Master degree in Computer Science and a Doctorate degree in Computer Science and Information Systems from Pace University in New York. He is a candidate for a second PhD. in Computer Science and Econometrics. He has great desire to learn. He loves Diversity, Business, Technology and Law.
Head of Analytics and Market Data
The Data Incubator
Previously, Michael worked as a data scientist (Foursquare), Wall Street quant (D.E. Shaw, J.P. Morgan), and a rocket scientist (NASA). He completed his PhD at Princeton as a Hertz fellow and read Part III Maths at Cambridge as a Marshall Scholar. At Foursquare, Michael discovered that his favorite part of the job was teaching and mentoring smart people about data science. He decided to build a startup to focus on what he really loves.
Michael lives in New York, where he enjoys the Opera, rock climbing, and attending geeky data science events. You can find out more at www.thedataincubator.com.
Chief Operating Officer
Tomo Matsuo is Chief Operating Officer of Bizfi (formerly Merchant Cash and Capital), an online aggregation and funding platform that has provided $1.5 billion in financing to more than 27,000 small businesses in the United States*. Since joining Bizfi in 2011 and prior to being appointed COO, Mr. Matsuo managed the Underwriting department as well as created and led the Business Intelligence department. He is instrumental in leveraging data science and technology to accelerate Bizfi's evolution to its current status as one of the premier FinTech platforms in the market.
In addition, Mr. Matsuo is leading Bizfi's pilot program in Japan in partnership with Credit Saison, Japan's largest credit card company. Through the pilot program, Bizfi became the first company to originate the merchant cash advance product in Japan. Bizfi is a member of Fujitsu's 'Financial Innovation For Japan (FIFJ)', a leading FinTech consortium.
An accomplished classical musician, Mr. Matsuo is Music Director & Conductor of the 92Y Orchestra, the resident orchestra of the 92nd Street Y organization. It is the oldest community-based orchestra in New York City and currently in its 98th season.
Aster Product Marketing Director
Sri has a history of supervising data science and analytics projects across industries and big data programs to effectively align technology with business goals and financial objectives. Sri has built, trained and supported top-performing global IT teams and has presented and demonstrated a variety of analytic functionality in conferences across the U.S. and overseas. Raghavan's career and expertise spans many areas important to big data analytics, including:
• Big Data Discovery • Market Research • Web Analytics • Product and Process Strategy • New Customer Acquisitions • Business Development • Direct and Online Marketing • Competitive Intelligence • SEM/SEO • Project & Program Management • Data Warehousing • Regulatory Compliance • CRM Strategy • Strategic Alliances • Negotiation & Communication Skills • Team Leadership • Motivational Speaking
Beyond the Arc
Steven J. Ramirez is the chief executive officer of Berkeley, Calif.-based Beyond the Arc, Inc., a firm recognized as a leader in helping companies transform their customer experiences by leveraging advanced analytics.
In addition to developing and executing the vision for Beyond the Arc, Ramirez leads teams of data and strategy consultants committed to client success. They analyze customer and social media data, combined with text analysis, to drive customer growth, improve customer retention, understand service breaks and build stronger customer loyalty.
Prior to leading Beyond the Arc, Ramirez served as an executive with Time Warner, where he was responsible for creating and successfully implementing marketing and corporate development strategies.
Ramirez earned a bachelor's degree and master's in Business Administration from the University of California at Berkeley. He as also created and taught courses in business management for UC Berkeley and been a guest speaker at the university's Haas School of Business.
Wolf is an entrepreneur, technology advocate, and mentor. He serves on numerous boards and groups, including the Microsoft Customer Advisory Board for Microsoft Azure and the World Economic Forum's "Partnering for Cyber Resilience" initiative. Prior to joining the EastBanc Technologies team, Wolf served as President of APIphany (now part of Microsoft) and held leadership positions with MicroStrategy, Mercedes Benz, Lufthansa, and more. Wolf holds an MBA from Ingolstadt School of Management.
Dr. Eric Siegel, Ph.D.
Predictive Analytics World
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.
Vice President, Co - Head of Banking Analytics & Head of Retail Analytics
Namit's expertise across multiple industries has enabled him to pioneer new analytics functions, develop innovative business solutions, and improve organizational processes. Namit is strategic leader and trusted advisor focused on driving business results and maximizing profitability.
He has an MBA from the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad.
Dr. Patrick Surry
Chief Data Scientist
Patrick’s research and commentary have been featured in outlets such as New York Times, USA Today, Bloomberg Businessweek, TIME, and many others. Patrick also regularly appears on various broadcast stations to offer travel insight and tips.
Patrick holds a PhD in mathematics and statistics from the University of Edinburgh, where he studied optimization based on evolutionary algorithms, following an HBSc in continuum mechanics from the University of Western Ontario.
You can also follow Patrick on Twitter at @PatrickSurry.