Predictive Analytics World Climate 2021

May 24-28, 2021 – Livestreamed


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, Washington DC, and London. 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.

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Matthew Gordon
Matthew Gordon

Principal Software Engineer

Matt Gordon is a Principal Software Engineer at Kairos Aerospace, where he is the primary architect of the GIS data analysis pipeline. He received his AB in physics from Princeton, and his doctorate in physics at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is the founder and Executive Director of Climate Tech Action Network (www.ctan.cc), a non-profit dedicated to helping engineers find high impact jobs working on climate tech. He is also the Chief Entropy Officer at Hydrocarbon Collective (www.hydrocarboncollective.org), where he makes kinetic sculptures.

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Matanya Horowitz
Matanya Horowitz

Founder

Dr. Matanya Horowitz is the founder and CEO of AMP Robotics, an industrial artificial intelligence (AI) and robotics company applying automation to modernize recycling and enable a world without waste. 

He developed and commercialized AMP’s breakthrough AI platform, AMP Neuron™, and robotics system, AMP Cortex™, which automates the high-speed identification, sorting, picking, and processing of material streams. AMP’s machine learning technology continuously improves performance by adapting to the complex, ever-changing material characteristics of municipal solid waste, construction and demolition (C&D) debris, and e-waste. Recognizing attributes down to the SKU and brand level, AMP can provide unprecedented data transparency and insights on waste streams to inform decisions and unite the value chain of circularity.

Fast Company recognized Matanya as one of 2020’s “Most Creative People in Business.” Waste360 named Horowitz its “2019 Innovator of the Year,” and included him on its annual “40 Under 40” list. Under his leadership, AMP has received numerous awards and international recognition, including Fast Company’s “World’s Most Innovative Companies for 2020,” Forbes "AI 50," Fortune’s “Impact 20,” an Innovation Award from Robotics Business Review, a Colorado 2020 “Inno on Fire” award, Cleantech Group’s 2021 Cleantech 100 and 2020 “Rising Star Company of the Year” award, The Circulars 2018 Award for “Circular Economy Top Tech Disruptor” at the World Economic Forum in Davos, and the National Waste and Recycling Association’s “2017 Innovator of the Year” award.

He earned four bachelor’s degrees, in electrical engineering, computer science, applied mathematics, and economics, along with a master’s degree in electrical engineering, from the University of Colorado at Boulder. He holds a doctorate in control and dynamical systems from the California Institute of Technology, with publications and research in control theory, path planning, and computer vision.

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Vladimir Iglovikov Ph.D.
Vladimir Iglovikov Ph.D.

Senior Computer Vision Engineer, Level5, Self-Driving Division

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Eugene Kirpichov
Eugene Kirpichov

Co-founder

Eugene is an expert in the large-scale data processing and machine learning infrastructure space. With over 13 years of experience under his belt, he had spent the last 8 as a Staff Software Engineer at Google Cloud and Google AI, before fully realizing the urgency and opportunity of climate change mitigation and leaving in Aug 2020 with his friend Cassandra Xia to pivot into climate.

Currently he’s mobilizing professionals to work on climate long-term as part of the Work On Climate community and exploring other ways to accelerate the climate solutions ecosystem.

Volodymyr Kuleshov
Volodymyr Kuleshov

Chief Technologist

Volodymyr Kuleshov is the co-founder and Chief Technologist at Afresh, a startup focused on reducing waste in the food supply chain using AI, and an Assistant Professor at the Jacobs Technion-Cornell Institute at Cornell Tech and in the Computer Science Department at Cornell University. He obtained his Ph.D. in Computer Science from Stanford University, where he was the recipient of the Arthur Samuel Best Thesis Award. Volodymyr’s work focuses on machine learning and its applications in health and sustainability. His work has been featured in Nature Biotechnology, Nature Medicine, Nature Communications and Scientific American and was awarded an NSERC Post-Graduate Fellowship and a Stanford Graduate Fellowship.

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Sasha Luccioni
Sasha Luccioni

Postdoctoral Researcher

Sasha Luccioni is a Postdoctoral Researcher working with Yoshua Bengio at Université de Montréal and Mila. Her work sits at the intersection of AI and the environment, and her goal is to find ways to maximize the positive impacts of AI while minimizing the negative ones, be it from a research or application perspective. She is a 2020 National Geographic Explorer and holds an IVADO postdoctoral fellowship.

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Joseph O’Connor
Joseph O’Connor

Senior Data Scientist

Joseph is a senior data scientist at ECAA, leading their work on power plant monitoring. He has spent the last four years building machine learning applications for energy startups, with a particular interest in time series modelling and deep learning.

Shabaz Patel
Shabaz Patel

Director of Data Science

Shabaz leads the data science team at One Concern. His team focuses on building algorithms and models to capture possible impacts caused by natural hazards such as earthquakes, wind, and floods. Before One Concern, he was the co-founder and CTO at Datmo, working on versioning and deployment tools for Machine Learning Engineers and Data Scientists where they provided solutions to industries from finance to gaming. Over the course of his journey at Datmo, he worked on large-scale indexing of images and videos for multi-media search and offered these as APIs to enterprise users. Given strong synergies with One Concern's AI technology and its noble mission, Datmo joined forces with One Concern. He received his M.S. degree in Artificial Intelligence from Stanford and B.S. degree at IIT. He worked with Prof. Silvio Savarese on Convolutional Neural Network architectures and their applications in object tracking in the Stanford AI Lab.

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Nan Pond
Nan Pond

Chief Biometric Officer

Nan Pond, PhD is the Chief Biometric Officer at SilviaTerra. She manages a team of forest biometricians and data scientists who develop the data used to underpin operations and development efforts for SilviaTerra's Natural Capital Exchange. She specializes in remote sensing applications to forest measurements, and modeling of forest structure and composition.

David Rolnick
David Rolnick

Assistant Professor, School of Computer Science

David Rolnick is Assistant Professor in the School of Computer Science at McGill University and at the Mila Quebec AI Institute. He is co-founder and chair of Climate Change AI and serves as scientific co-director of Sustainability in the Digital Age. Dr. Rolnick has also worked at Google and DeepMind, and is a former NSF Mathematical Sciences Postdoctoral Research Fellow, NSF Graduate Research Fellow, and Fulbright Scholar. He received his Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics from MIT.

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Jayantika Soni
Jayantika Soni

Cofounder & CTO

Dr. Jayantika Soni is the co-founder and CTO of Resync, an early-stage startup building an AI-driven energy cloud. She started Resync with her co-founder, Emir Nurov in late 2017. Resync is making power systems with renewables and buildings more efficient by advanced control and machine learning algorithms. Dr. Soni holds a Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the National University of Singapore and a bachelors from IIT, Varanasi.

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Brian White
Brian White

CTO and Chief Scientist

Brian is CTO and Chief Scientist of Terrafuse, a startup out of Lawrence Berkeley National Lab funded in part by the National Science Foundation. He is also currently Associate Professor at UNC Chapel Hill, where he directs the Laboratory for Environmental Fluid Dynamics and conducts research in physical oceanography and climate science. In 2017-18 he was the UPS Foundation Visiting Professor at Stanford University in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. Before joining the faculty at UNC he received his Ph.D. in Civil and Environmental Engineering from MIT and was Coastal Ocean Institute Postdoctoral Scholar at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.