Machine Learning Week Speakers

June 18-22, 2023 l Red Rock Casino Resort & Spa, Las Vegas

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Dean Abbott
Dean Abbott

Chief Data Scientist

Dean Abbott is Chief Data Scientist at Wunderkind. Mr. Abbott is an internationally recognized expert and innovator in data science and predictive analytics, with three decades of experience solving problems in customer analytics, fraud detection, risk modeling, text mining, survey analysis, and many more. He is frequently included in lists of pioneering and influential data scientists.Mr. Abbott is the author of Applied Predictive Analytics (Wiley, 2014) and coauthor of The IBM SPSS Modeler Cookbook (Packt Publishing, 2013). He is a popular keynote speaker and workshop instructor at conferences worldwide and serves on advisory boards for the UC/Irvine Predictive Analytics and UCSD Data Science Certificate programs.He holds a bachelor's degree in computational mathematics from Rensselaer Poly


Cal Al-Dhubaib
Cal Al-Dhubaib

CEO & AI Strategist

Cal Al-Dhubaib is a globally recognized data scientist, entrepreneur, and innovator in trustworthy artificial intelligence. He is the founder and CEO of Pandata, a consulting company that helps organizations operating in regulated industries design and develop AI-powered solutions to complex business problems. Cal's commitment to diversity and ethics is centered at the heart of his work.

He has gone on to be featured in multiple noteworthy publications, including Forbes,

Ohiox, Cleveland.com, the Marketing AI Institute, and Open Data Science. Cal has also received recognition in Crain's Cleveland Twenty in their 20s and Notable Immigrant Leaders, and Smart Business's Technology Awards and Smart 50 Awards. Most recently, he was named as a Cleveland 2021 Notable Entrepreneur .

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Joel Atkins
Joel Atkins

AVP, Data Science

CNA Insurance

Joel works at CNA Insurance where he leads a data science team.  He has been working in the insurance industry for 25 years, doing a variety of data science work to support several business functions.  During this time, he has been involved in numerous discussions where he's seen how different people can reach different conclusions using the same data.  He will draw on these experiences to discuss a number of potential issues in analytics projects with examples from the public domain.

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Vladimir Barash
Vladimir Barash

Chief Scientist

Vladimir Barash is Director Graphika Labs. He has received his Ph.D. from Cornell University, where he studied Information Science and wrote his thesis on the flow of rumors and virally marketed products through social networks. At Graphika, Vladimir's research focuses on deep learning applications of network analysis, detection and deterrence of disinformation operations on networks, and causal mechanisms of large-scale social behavior.

In addition to his research duties, Vladimir has a decade's experience working with big data, from scientific computing (Matlab, scipy) to parallel processing technologies (Hadoop / Hive) to data storage and pipelining (Redis, mongodb, MYSQL) at the terabyte scale. At Graphika, Vladimir has co-designed and implemented systems that process tens of millions every six hours to deliver timely information on influencers and conversation leaders in online communities tailored to client interests. Vladimir is proficient in over a dozen programming languages and frameworks and has designed production-ready systems for every stage of big data analysis, from collection to client-facing presentation via web, spreadsheet or graphic visualization.

Vladimir has been active in the Social Media Research Foundation (SMRF) and the NodeXL project, helping build a network analysis package that brings relational data analysis at scale to the fingertips of any interested user, without requiring specialized knowledge or technical training beyond familiarity with Microsoft Excel. NodeXL has enabled users in academia, industry and the general public to analyze tens of thousands of social networks, from networks of politicians voting on bills to networks of motorcycle enthusiasts working together. As part of his work with SMRF and the NodeXL team, Vladimir has contributed a chapter on Twitter analysis to Analyzing Social Media Networks with NodeXL: Insights from a Connected World.

Vladimir's work has received awards at the International Conference for Weblogs in Social Media and Bits on Our Minds. He has presented his research at academic and industrial campuses all over North America and Europe, including: Xerox/PARC, Microsoft, Colgate University, Northeastern University, UMCP and Oxford University (Oxford Internet Institute). He currently resides in Somerville, MA.

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Leo Betthauser
Leo Betthauser

Senior Data Scientist

Leo Betthauser works at Microsoft Research in Redmond, Wash. Leo has a Ph.D. in mathematics from the University of Florida where he studied applied algebraic topology. Leo is currently exploring the application of deep neural techniques to cyber security. In his spare time, Leo enjoys traveling, cooking, and skiing.

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Clinton Brownley
Clinton Brownley

Data Scientist

Clinton Brownley, Ph.D., is a data scientist at WhatsApp, where he’s responsible for a variety of analytics projects designed to improve messaging and VoIP calling performance and reliability.  Before WhatsApp, Clinton was a data scientist at Facebook, working on large-scale infrastructure analytics projects to inform hardware acquisition, maintenance, and data center operations decisions.  As an avid student and teacher of modern analytics techniques, Clinton is the author of two books, “Foundations for Analytics with Python” and “Multi-objective Decision Analysis,” and also teaches Python programming and data science courses at Facebook and in the Bay Area. Clinton is a past-president of the San Francisco Bay Area Chapter of the American Statistical Association and is a council member for the Section on Practice of the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences. Clinton received degrees from Carnegie Mellon University and American University.

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Dave Coughlin
Dave Coughlin

Executive Director: Commercial Sales Analytics

Dave Coughlin currently leads a team of 10 data science professionals in the pursuit of driving greater membership and margin for CVS Health's insurance products. Prior to that he did stints in strategy consulting and population health research. A passion of his is performance improvement and he recently wrote a book to scale the insights he has used to turbocharge his own career (3 promotions in 5 years) but also the careers of his mentees. Dave currently lives just outside of Boston with his wife and three children and holds both an MS in applied math and MBA.

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Aimee DeGrauwe
Aimee DeGrauwe

Group Product Manager - Manufacturing Data Platform and Analytics

Aimee DeGrauwe brings a broad background in data analysis to drive process and quality improvements in supply management, warehousing, manufacturing, and order management. She has a passion for data as a product and has worked on both the technical and business side of data engineering and analytics. In her current role as Group Product Manager, she leads multiple global teams at John Deere focused on ensuring data from our manufacturing and quality systems are easy to use for decision making.

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Matt Denesuk
Matt Denesuk

SVP, Data Analytics & Artificial Intelligence

Matt Denesuk has devoted his life to using math & data to make the world work better.  He is currently SVP of Data Analytics & AI at Royal Caribbean Group, and leads the development and deployment of data- and data-science-driven capabilities across the company, in such areas as revenue management, industrial operations, customer experience, marketing, sales, hotel operations, and supply chain. He previously was Chief Data Science Officer, and a founder, of Noodle.ai, which provides AI-as-a-Service to enterprise and industrial firms. Prior to that, he was the Chief Data Science Officer of General Electric, leading the data, analytics, and Data Science functions across GE’s industrial business units.  He also led Smarter Planet Modeling & Analytics at IBM Research, and was a Partner in IBM’s Venture Capital Group. Matt has B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. Degrees from MIT and the University of Arizona.

Dinakar Deshmukh
Dinakar Deshmukh

VP of Data Science & Analytics

Dinakar Deshmukh is the VP of data science and analytics for GE Aviation. He has been working in aviation industry for the last 20 years. In his current role as data science leader for GE Aviation, he is responsible for developing AI based solutions for engine health management, supply chain and MRO operations. His team is also developing ML based applications to help airline operations to improve operational efficiencies.

Eric Dunleavy
Eric Dunleavy

Vice President of Employment and Litigation Support Services

Eric M. Dunleavy, Ph.D., is the Vice President of Employment and Litigation Support Services at DCI Consulting Group, where he is involved in equal employment opportunity audit and litigation consulting. Eric’s primary areas of expertise are in employee selection, employment testing, validation research, adverse impact analyses and other quantitative methods. His most recent work has focused on conducting independent expert reviews and related research across a wide variety of selection procedures, including those that leverage machine learning techniques to analyze data. . 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.

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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.

Nadeem Fazil
Nadeem Fazil

Director Data Science

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Fabio Ferraretto
Fabio Ferraretto

Partner & CEO

Fabio is a Business Analytics Sr Executive working on the field for over 20 years applying advanced modelling and analytics tech solutions to solve complex business challenges, achieving improved customer engagement and higher operational efficiency servicing most of the top 100 companies in Latin America.

He holds a Masters of Logistics Systems Engineering and BA in Construction Engineering both from University of Sao Paulo, Brazil. Fabio is also a certified Lead of Analytics & AI from Northwestern University.

Fabio developed his professional career inside Accenture Latin America, where he started in 2002, being one of first executive in the Analytics Group back in 2010. He conducted Gapso Acquisition on Accenture side in 2015 becoming Lead for Advanced Analytics and Data Science in the region, eventually leading Supply Chain Analytics for Growth Markets until 2021.

Fabio is currently a Sr Advisor in Analytics and Data Adoption for some of the top companies in Brazil and also supports Startups growth and services in the fields of Analytics and Digital Talent Recruiting.

Justin Gold
Justin Gold

Product Manager - Manufacturing Data

Justin Gold is a Product Manager for John Deere's Manufacturing Data Platform where he enables John Deere's Global Manufacturing Partners to make informed decisions about their business through trusted data availability.  He guides a team of data engineers as they build data pipelines to feed the generation of dashboards and analytic solutions.  Prior to this role Justin spent his career as a Manufacturing Engineer supporting day to day production of John Deere products.

Justin holds a Bachelor of Science in Engineering and Management from Clarkson University and a Master of Science in Engineering Management from Clarkson University's Beacon Institute.

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Noa Goldman
Noa Goldman

Lead Product Manager

Product Manager at heart. Noa's forte is creating products specially made for engineers and tech-savvy geeks. With her strong technical background as a former software engineer, her main passion is to simplify complicated technological pains into intuitive solutions and easy-to-use products that anyone can understand and use. She is currently the Lead Product Manager at Dagshub, the data scientist projects platform. She is a public speaking enthusiast and won't miss an opportunity to present her products in front of an audience.

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Subramanian Iyer
Subramanian Iyer

Sr. Director, AI

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Usha Jagannathan
Usha Jagannathan

Principal Engineer

Dr. Usha Jagannathan is a Principal Engineer at McKinsey, bringing twenty years of digital transformation experience in building new technology ecosystems and empowering teams to create user-centric products that meet customer needs. Usha focuses primarily on building data strategy, driving sustainable business innovation initiatives, coaching product development teams, and delivering custom digital solutions on cloud to drive accelerated innovation.

Usha is a passionate STEM advocate and works to increase industry diversity through apprenticeship and work-study programs. She has contributed to several engineering articles and spoken in forums hosted by technical organizations including WomenTech network, Women Who Code, Girls in Tech, Grace Hopper Conference, Stanford HAI, and for Gender Equity in Science and Technology.

 Usha serves on the Industry Advisory Board for Fulton Schools of Engineering at Arizona State University. She received her Bachelors in Electronics, Masters in CS from India and earned her PhD in Technology & E-learning from Arizona.

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Kian Katanforoosh
Kian Katanforoosh

CEO

Kian Katanforoosh is the CEO and cofounder of Workera.ai, the skills intelligence platform redefining how enterprises understand, develop, and mobilize talent. Workera empowers organizations to stay ahead by unlocking the skills data needed to drive innovation. Enterprises get an objective pulse of their innovation skills through a configurable skills ontology, using AI-powered measurement of data, AI, software, cloud, and cyber skills at an atomic-level.

Kian is also a lecturer at Stanford University, where he teaches Deep Learning in the Computer Science department with Prof. Andrew Ng. Kian has been acknowledged for his teaching excellence by Stanford with the Walter J. Gores Award, Stanford’s highest teaching award, and the Centennial Award for Excellence in teaching.

Additionally, Kian is a founding member of deeplearning.ai and he co-created the Deep Learning Specialization on Coursera with Andrew Ng. From 2014 to 2016, Kian co-founded and co-led Daskit, a French start-up developing in-classroom ed-tech solutions for universities.

Tamer Keshi
Tamer Keshi

Data Science Consultant

Dr. Tamer Keshi is an international expert and leader in Advanced Analytics and Business Optimization. He established Data-driven Marketing across world leading companies such as Deutsche Telekom - T-Mobile and GE Capital Bank. In 2012 Tamer joined Saudi Telecom Company (STC) to establish Analytics and Drive Business Success. In 2015, STC won the Teradata Global Award for Analytical Excellence and in 2017, STC beat Emirates Airline‎ to rank as Middle East’s most valuable brand.

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Gulrez Khan
Gulrez Khan

Data Science Lead

With almost two decades of experience under his belt, Gulrez is a data wrangling extraordinaire, who has a knack for turning boring numbers into captivating stories. When he's not busy working, you can find him digging through open datasets like they're buried treasure, or passing on his data visualization skills to the next generation in the hopes of creating a world of data literate children.


A strong believer in the power of data literacy, Gulrez is on a mission to improve the way people make sense of data. He's known for delivering corporate workshops that are equal parts informative and entertaining, and is currently working on a book that promises to be a page-turner for data geeks everywhere.

Diego Klabjan
Diego Klabjan

Professor

Diego Klabjan is a professor at Northwestern University, Department of Industrial Engineering and Management Sciences. He is also Founding Director, Master of Science in Analytics and Director, Center for Deep Learning. His work is focused on machine learning, deep learning and analytics (modeling, methodologies, theoretical results) with concentration in finance, insurance, sports, and bioinformatics. Professor Klabjan has led projects with large companies such as Intel, Baxter, Allstate, Anthem, and many others. He is also a co-founder of Videspan, LLC after successfully starting Opex Analytics, a Coupa company.

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William Komp
William Komp

Senior Data Scientist

William Komp is the Director of Data Science at Demeter Logistics. He has over 2 decades of experience in academia, health care, marketing analytics, transportation, logistics, Oil&Gas, Food&Beverage, environmental management, renewable energy and public utilities. He was the technical editor for Applied Predictive Analytics (J. WIley and Sons 2014). He holds a PhD Physics with areas of research in Gravitation, Cosmology and Quantum Field Theory in Curved Spacetime.

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Sam Koslowsky
Sam Koslowsky

Senior Statistcial Consultant

Sam, with over 30 years experience, in the data science space, provides advanced analytic support to his many clients. His current responsibilities at Harte Hanks includes quantitative support to many industries , including retail, financial, health care, automotive, technology, consumer goods, publications, among others. His previous experiences include heading the Predictive and Targeted Modeling area at American Express. There he was responsible for strategic and tactical support for the many subsidiaries of American Express. At TMI associates, a boutique consulting firm, Sam was principal analytic consultant. At JC Penney, Sam was responsible for credit scoring and database analytics. Sam has been fortunate to train many machine learning professionals. He is a  frequent speaker at industry conferences, and has published dozens of machine learning related articles. Sam has an undergraduate degree in mathematics, and earned an MBA at New York University. He has lectured at both Columbia and New York University.

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Kshitija Kulkarni
Kshitija Kulkarni

Data Scientist

I was born and raised in India. As a child, I moved about quite a bit in India, attending 9 different schools across 3 distinct states (Karnataka, Maharashtra, and Madhya Pradesh). Since change was the only constant, I learned to adapt quickly, be independent, and solve problems. My family prioritized education significantly, which influenced many of my life’s choices. I was accepted into Maharashtra's finest engineering college, the College of Engineering Pune (COEP), where I pursued my bachelor's degree in Electronics and Computer Engineering. Sensing the need to improve my competence in digital solutions development and general problem-solving, I enrolled in a Master’s program in Information Technology and Management at the University of Texas at Dallas. My interest in business development using data as a tool for strategy and innovation started to take precedence over other career options at this point.

Prior to joining Google, I worked at Southwest Airlines, American Airlines, and Intuitive Surgical, in Strategy and Operations using Data Science and Analytics; where I developed numerous solutions and received several awards for customer experience and performance improvement throughout my tenure. To further enhance my skills and gain competence in strategy and business decision-making, I am currently pursuing a Doctorate in Business Administration at Westcliff University.

In my current role, I create analytical solutions that help Google define and quantify performance (success), solve problems, and drive strategy. I collaborate with Engineering, the Product team, the Project Manager's Office, and other cross-functional executives. I focus on optimizing operational performance with the goal of enhancing the customer experience. I develop and continuously improve data pipelines.

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Rajesh Kumar K V
Rajesh Kumar K V

Assistant Professor - AI.ML and Business Analytics

Woxsen University

Rajesh Kumar K V, currently working as Assistant Professor, School of Business - in Business Analytics area, Woxsen University, Hyderabad, India. He is holding Chair Professor of France Belanger of Information systems. He is serving as Co-Chairperson of the Centre of Excellence – Sports Analytics and Management and also, he is Advertflair Chair Professor in Marketing and Advertising (AI Projects). He has earned his M. Tech in Embedded Systems from JNTU, Kakinada, and AMIE in ECE from the Institution of Engineers, Kolkata. He has done his research and Ph.D., at VIT University, Chennai. He was earlier associated with DRDO - DIPAS govt of India as a Junior Research Fellow and upGrad Educational Private Limited where he was guiding students in selecting research problems and in writing a thesis, to deal with AI/ML models, for those who are pursuing M.Sc. in Data Science / AI ML courses from LIVERPOOL JOHN MOORES University through upGrad. His research specialization is Human Computer Interface based signal Data Analytics for Bio-Medical Applications, Machine, and Deep Learning, and Business Analytics. He is a reviewer for the American Journal of Artificial Intelligence. Recently he presented a talk on at Data Con LA+ IM Data 2022 conference, US- California on sports analytics.

Aric LaBarr
Aric LaBarr

Associate Professor of Analytics

A Teaching Associate Professor in the Institute for Advanced Analytics, Dr. Aric LaBarr is passionate about helping people solve challenges using their data. There he helps design the innovative program to prepare a modern work force to wisely communicate and handle a data-driven future at the nation's first Master of Science in analytics degree program. He teaches courses in predictive modeling, forecasting, simulation, financial analytics, and risk management.

Previously, he was Director and Senior Scientist at Elder Research, where he mentored and lead a team of data scientists and software engineers. As director of the Raleigh, NC office he worked closely with clients and partners to solve problems in the fields of banking, consumer product goods, healthcare, and government.

Dr. LaBarr holds a B.S. in economics, as well as a B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. in statistics — all from NC State University.

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Jared Lander
Jared Lander

Chief Data Scientist

Jared P. Lander is Chief Data Scientist of Lander Analytics, the Organizer of the New York Open Statistical Programming Meetup and the New York and Government R Conferences, an Adjunct Professor at Columbia Business School, and a Visiting Lecturer at Princeton University. With a masters from Columbia University in statistics and a bachelors from Muhlenberg College in mathematics, he has experience in both academic research and industry. Jared oversees the long-term direction of the company and acts as Lead Data Scientist, researching the best strategy, models and algorithms for modern data needs. This is in addition to his client-facing consulting and training. He specializes in data management, multilevel models, machine learning, generalized linear models, data management, visualization and statistical computing. He is the author of R for Everyone (now in its second edition), a book about R Programming geared toward Data Scientists and Non-Statisticians alike. The book is available from Amazon, Barnes & Noble and InformIT. The material is drawn from the classes he teaches at Columbia and is incorporated into his corporate training. Very active in the data community, Jared is a frequent speaker at conferences, universities and meetups around the world.

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Michael Lawrence
Michael Lawrence

Director, Business Intelligence, Operations & Transformation

Michael Lawrence is Director, Business Intelligence, Operations, & Transformation at Tata Communications. Mr. Lawrence has 20 years of experience in telecommunications, program management and business operations.  He is an expert in change management and driving a culture of making business decisions off of data insights.  Michael has a MS in Information Science from Penn State University as well as an undergraduate degree in Mathematics from the University of Scranton.

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Hien Luu
Hien Luu

Sr. Engineering Manager

Hien Luu is a Sr. Engineering Manager at DoorDash, leading the Machine Learning Platform team. He is particularly passionate about the intersection between Big Data and Artificial Intelligence. He is the author of the Beginning Apache Spark 3 book. He has given presentations at various conferences such as GHC 2022, Data+AI Summit, XAI 21 Summit, MLOps World, YOW Data!, appy(), QCon (SF,NY, London).

James McCaffrey
James McCaffrey

Senior Scientist Engineer

James McCaffrey, who annually leads the full-day deep learning workshop at Machine Learning Week, works for Microsoft Research in Redmond, Wash. 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.

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Biswajit Pal
Biswajit Pal

Director - Data Engineering, Analytics & Insight

A seasoned Data leader with 16+ years of experience in Data Science delivery, product development, and consulting. Currently, he is working as a Director in Tata CLiQ (the e-commerce arm of Tata Industry for Lifestyle & Beauty business), responsible for driving Data Operations, Data Governance, Analytics & Insight practices. He is distinguished as an author of multiple papers and poster presentations at various National & International conferences. He has to his credit four patents filed in the Customer & Pricing Analytics space and has one publication in an International journal. He is also passionate about teaching and has worked as a visiting lecturer across multiple Institutes and ed-tech organizations.

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Kumaran Ponnambalam
Kumaran Ponnambalam

Principal Engineer - AI

Kumaran Ponnambalam is a technology leader with 20+ years of experience in AI, Big Data, Data Processing & Analytics. His focus is on creating robust, scalable AI models and services to drive effective business solutions.  He is currently leading AI initiatives in the Emerging Technologies & Incubation Group in Cisco. In his previous roles, he has built data pipelines, analytics, integrations, and conversational bots around customer engagement. He has also authored several courses on the LinkedIn Learning Platform in AI and Big Data.

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Prachi Priya
Prachi Priya

Chief Data & Analytics Officer

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Steven Ramirez
Steven Ramirez

CEO

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.

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Karl Rexer
Karl Rexer

President

Karl Rexer founded Rexer Analytics in 2002. He and his teams have built an outstanding reputation providing predictive modeling and analytic consulting to clients across many industries. Recent clients include OneBlood, PwC, Boston Scientific, Redbox, ADT Security, Interamericana University, MIT, Forward Financing, SharkNinja, and many smaller companies. In addition to leading client engagements and hands-on data work, Karl is a predictive analytics evangelist, frequently speaking at conferences, colleges, and other events. He also serves on Advisory Boards for the Business Analytics programs at both Babson College and Bentley University. Since 2007 Rexer Analytics has conducted surveys of analytic professionals, asking them about their algorithms, tools, behaviors and  views. Summary reports from these surveys are available as a free download from the Rexer Analytics website. Prior to founding Rexer Analytics, Karl held leadership positions at several consulting firms and two multi-national banks. Karl holds a PhD from the University of Connecticut.

Brian Sampsel
Brian Sampsel

Vice President of Analytics Strategy

International Institute for Analytics

Brian Sampsel is a Vice President with the International Institute for Analytics, where he leads delivery of the company's services such as the Research and Advisory Network and the Analytics Leadership Consortium. He possesses a wide breadth of experience in the data and analytics field across a variety of industries and functions, holding leadership roles on both the client and vendor sides. Brian seeks to help his clients through a consultative and solutions focused mindset, with expertise across a number of tools and techniques including business analytics, data science, cognitive services and robotic process automation. Brian has a Bachelor's degree in Mathematics from Cedarville University and a Master's degree in Statistics from Miami University.

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Asha Saxena
Asha Saxena

CEO

Asha Saxena is a strategic, innovative leader with a proven track record of building successful tech businesses for the last 25 years. With a strong academic background, creative problem-solving skills, and an effective management style. She has been instrumental in building business models for success.

Asha Saxena is the Founder and CEO of Women Leaders in Data and AI (WLDA), an organization bringing senior leaders together with a mission to create an impactful digital world with parity and equity.

Asha Saxena is also a partner at CEO Coaching International, a leading coaching firm for growth-focused CEOs and entrepreneurs, where we follow a practical and proven methodology to help CEOs and their teams perform at their very best and achieve their business goals.

As a Board Advisor and an Adjunct Professor at Columbia University, she teaches graduate classes on Management Consulting, Entrepreneurship and Big Data Analytics. She has served a four-year term as Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Columbia Business School.

Published Author, Columnist at Entrepreneur Magazine, Asha Saxena is a well-known key-note speaker on Entrepreneurship, Leadership, Women in Technology, Artificial Intelligence and Big Data.

Dan Shiebler
Dan Shiebler

Head of Machine Learning

Dan works as the Head of Machine Learning at Abnormal Security, where he builds cybercrime detection systems to keep people and businesses safe. Cybercrime is always changing as attackers innovate, and the detection organization at Abnormal Security must stay ahead of these innovations. As the Head of Machine Learning, Dan works to optimize the detection organization's ability to anticipate these innovations, iterate and improve.

Before joining Abnormal Dan worked at Twitter: first as an ML researcher working on recommendation systems, and then as the engineering manager for the web ads machine learning team. Before Twitter Dan built smartphone sensor algorithms at TrueMotion and Computer Vision systems at the Serre Lab. Dan's PhD at the University of Oxford focused on the applications of Category Theory to Machine Learning.

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Corwin Smith
Corwin Smith

Director Business Intelligence and Analytics

Wallick Communities

Corwin Smith is an accomplished data & analytics strategist and practitioner. In his role, Corwin focuses on designing and implementing predictive and statistical models to forecast future business performance by leveraging advanced machine learning platforms. Additionally he analyzes internal & external data to understand performance drivers to identify improvement opportunities to streamline and automate the analytical processes and data pipelines that feed predictive models and dashboards necessary for decision-making. Corwin spent 20 years in the financial and insurance product industry spanning sales, digital, marketing and data & analytics (D&A). He spent the last 5 of those years focused on D&A, where he enabled delivery of over $60 million in quantifiable value for organizational partners by owning the development and deployment of the artificial intelligence and machine learning data product solution strategies.

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Marc Smith
Marc Smith

Chief Social Scientist

Dr. Marc A. Smith is a sociologist specializing in the social organization of online communities and computer mediated interaction. Smith leads the Connected Action consulting group. Smith co-founded the Social Media Research Foundation (http://www.smrfoundation.org/), a non-profit devoted to open tools, data, and scholarship related to social media research. He contributes to the open and free NodeXL project (http://nodexl.codeplex.com) that adds social network analysis features to the familiar Excel spreadsheet. NodeXL enables social network analysis of email, Twitter, Flickr, WWW, Facebook and other network data sets. Along with Derek Hansen and Ben Shneiderman, he is the co-author and editor of Analyzing Social Media Networks with NodeXL: Insights from a connected world, from Morgan-Kaufmann which is a guide to mapping connections created through computer-mediated interactions. Smith has published research on social media extensively, providing a map to the landscape of connected communities on the Internet.

Brandon Southern
Brandon Southern

Sr. Manager - Business Intelligence

Brandon Southern, MBA, is a Director of Analytics with over 20 years' experience across analytics, software engineering, quality assurance, data engineering, and leadership. As a business and technical leader, he has generated millions of dollars in revenue and cost reductions through advanced analytics.  Brandon is also the founder of Analytics Mentor, where he specializes in training, coaching, and elevating analytics professionals.

David Talby Ph.D
David Talby Ph.D

Chief Technology Officer

David Talby is the Chief Technology Officer at John Snow Labs, helping companies apply artificial intelligence to solve real-world problems in healthcare and life science. David is the creator of Spark NLP the world's most widely used natural language processing library in the enterprise. He has extensive experience building and running web-scale software platforms and teams – in startups, for Microsoft's Bing in the US and Europe, and to scale Amazon's financial systems in Seattle and the UK. David holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science and Masters degrees in both Computer Science and Business Administration. He was named USA CTO of the Year by the Global 100 Awards and GameChangers Awards in 2022.

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James Taylor
James Taylor

CEO

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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Annette Tyman
Annette Tyman

Partner

Annette Tyman is a Partner at the law firm Seyfarth Shaw LLP.  She chairs the People Analytics practice group and regularly advises employers on diversity, equity and inclusion workforce analytics and the legally compliant use of machine learning in the workplace.  Annette collaborates with employers and vendors to design, develop and implement machine learning while mitigating the legal risks associated with its use.   Annette has also provided testimony on proposed labor and employment legislation and regulations pending before the United States Senate, House of Representatives, and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.  Most recently, Annette testified before the New York City Department of Consumer and Worker Protection on proposed rules implementing Local Law 144 of 2021 on the use of automated employment decision tools and hearings regarding the implementation of proposed laws in Washington D.C.

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Emma Vazirabadi Ph.D.
Emma Vazirabadi Ph.D.

Associate Director of People Insights & HR Analytics

Dr. Vazirabadi (Vazeerabaadi), received her PhD in Psychological Measurement and Quantitative Research Methods from University of Denver, in Denver, CO in 2010. She has been contributing to the workforce analytics field since 2005 and was directly responsible for her team's achievement of their first industry award in 2008 from IQPC for Best HR Metrics and Analytics. Since then, she has been key in the analytics strategy, development, and execution of number of mid-size and large organization where through her work she was responsible for significant cost savings, business process improvement and HR effectiveness measures. She has received multiple industry awards for her work, published in peer reviewed journals and taught at colleges and universities in her field of expertise. For the past six years she has been working for Bristol Myers Squibb as a subject matter expert in HR Analytics, where she designs measurement techniques, analyzes data, interprets results, and provides action plans and next steps for her HR executives.

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Evan Wimpey
Evan Wimpey

Director of Strategic Analytics

Evan Wimpey was a Financial Management Officer in the Marine Corps and an Operations Associate at Goldman Sachs prior to joining Elder Research as a Data Scientist. He holds master's degrees in Economics from East Carolina University and in Analytics from North Carolina State University. He is currently the Director of Strategic Analytics at Elder Research. Evan has a passion for cryptocurrency and exploring more equitable access to credit markets. Evan lives in Cary, NC with his wife and two sons.

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Andrej Zubal
Andrej Zubal

Data Scientist

Andrej Zubal is Data Scientist at TD SYNNEX. Mr. Zubal is a passionate data scientist with a versatile background and rich working experience both in Asia and Europe. One of his career highlights include building machine learning scorecard models for one of the largest retail credit lender company in China, as well as modelling churn for TD SYNNEX, the largest IT distributor in the world. He holds a master's degree in mathematics and economics from Charles University in Prague.

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PAW Financial

Rohit Agarwal
Rohit Agarwal

Chief Data Officer

Rohit works as a  Chief Data Officer at Mobisy Technologies, where he leads a team of Data Scientists & Software Engineers, focusing on retail analytics by applying state of the art ML & Deep Learning techniques. His analysis is published in all the leading financial publications in India every month. Prior to that he spent 11 years in GE working on some of the most challenging data problems for Healthcare & Life sciences.

Rohit has been an active Manning Publication Reviewer and reviewed multiple books & live projects related to Deep Learning & NLP. He has spoken in multiple international conferences including Predictive Analytics conference, Munich (2019,2020). Rohit has a Masters degree in Information Technology  & Bachelors degree in Computer Science

Natesh Arunachalam
Natesh Arunachalam

Lead Data Scientist

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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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Isaac Espinoza
Isaac Espinoza

Strategy & Reinsurance

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Gulrez Khan
Gulrez Khan

Data Science Lead

With almost two decades of experience under his belt, Gulrez is a data wrangling extraordinaire, who has a knack for turning boring numbers into captivating stories. When he's not busy working, you can find him digging through open datasets like they're buried treasure, or passing on his data visualization skills to the next generation in the hopes of creating a world of data literate children.


A strong believer in the power of data literacy, Gulrez is on a mission to improve the way people make sense of data. He's known for delivering corporate workshops that are equal parts informative and entertaining, and is currently working on a book that promises to be a page-turner for data geeks everywhere.

Yuanyuan Li
Yuanyuan Li

Research Scientist

Dr. Li is the leading Research Scientist for AI Risks of Munich Re in the US. As part of a team developing insurance solutions around AI/ML underperformance, she focuses on model uncertainty quantification in an applied and theoretical way. This extends her academic research at UC Davis where she received her PhD in statistics. Munich Re is a leading global risk and insurance solutions providers.

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James McCaffrey
James McCaffrey

Senior Scientist Engineer

James McCaffrey, who annually leads the full-day deep learning workshop at Machine Learning Week, works for Microsoft Research in Redmond, Wash. 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.

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Pujaa Rajan
Pujaa Rajan

Machine Learning Engineer

I'm currently a Machine Learning Engineer at Stripe. Previously, I worked at a small AI start up Node, acquired by Sugar CRM, and BlackRock.

I'm also the USA Ambassador of WomeninAI, a global nonprofit. Most recently, I volunteered to help build COVIDNearYou with Harvard Medical School and Boston Children’s Hospital, which was featured on CNBC. I share my AI expertise with venture capital and technology policy as an Advisor for Oxylabs, Alumni Venture Group Fellow and Lincoln Network Policy Hacker Fellow. I've also been recognized as a Google Developer Expert and Google Woman Techmaker.

I've spoken about artificial intelligence at meet-ups and conferences around the world, including but not limited to, O'Reilly AI, O'Reilly Tensorflow World, and Pyladies. I've also been featured in the Wogrammer, the AI Journal, Elpha, and CNBC.

Personal Website: www.pujaarajan.com

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Karl Rexer
Karl Rexer

President

Karl Rexer founded Rexer Analytics in 2002. He and his teams have built an outstanding reputation providing predictive modeling and analytic consulting to clients across many industries. Recent clients include OneBlood, PwC, Boston Scientific, Redbox, ADT Security, Interamericana University, MIT, Forward Financing, SharkNinja, and many smaller companies. In addition to leading client engagements and hands-on data work, Karl is a predictive analytics evangelist, frequently speaking at conferences, colleges, and other events. He also serves on Advisory Boards for the Business Analytics programs at both Babson College and Bentley University. Since 2007 Rexer Analytics has conducted surveys of analytic professionals, asking them about their algorithms, tools, behaviors and  views. Summary reports from these surveys are available as a free download from the Rexer Analytics website. Prior to founding Rexer Analytics, Karl held leadership positions at several consulting firms and two multi-national banks. Karl holds a PhD from the University of Connecticut.

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Agus Sudjianto
Agus Sudjianto

EVP, Head of Corporate Model Risk

Dr. Sudjianto is a Managing Director and Head of Corporate Model Risk for Wells Fargo where he oversees models developed and deployed across the enterprise.

Prior to his current position, Agus was the Modeling and Analytics Director and Chief Model Risk Officer at Lloyds Banking Group in the United Kingdom where he was responsible for the enterprise development and oversight of risk management models.

Before joining Lloyds, he was a Senior Credit Risk Executive and Head of Quantitative Risk at Bank of America.  Prior to his career in banking, he was product design manager at Ford Motor Company where he led engineering teams designing engine systems and components using complex engineering models.

Dr. Sudjianto holds numerous US patents in both Finance and Engineering fields. In addition to publishing numerous technical papers, he is also a co-author of a statistics book in Design and Analysis of Computer Experiment.  His technical expertise and interest include Quantitative Risk, especially and computational statistics. He holds graduate degrees in Engineering and Management from Wayne State University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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James Taylor
James Taylor

CEO

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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Mack Wallace
Mack Wallace

Senior Director, Head of Student Loans

Mack Wallace is Senior Director, Head of Student Loans at MPOWER Financing. His area of expertise is the use of new methods in data and analytics in highly regulated areas of consumer finance, including credit underwriting. Mr Wallace also serves as an external Advisor at both the Aspen Institute and the World Bank where he researches and publishes on the use of data and technology to advance financial inclusion and consumer protection.

William WIlkins
William WIlkins

VP, Chief Risk and Analytics Officer

William (Bill) Wilkins is a multi-purpose actuary for the Safety National Casualty Corporation(SNCC). He is a CERA, FCAS, ASA and MAAA.  While his main focus is on Enterprise Risk Management and Predictive Analytics, Bill has experience in pricing insurance, reinsurance, credit risk products, risk management, reserving and broker management.  He is currently Co-Chair of the SNCC Data Analytics Committee.  The Data Analytics Committee is a cross-functional group tasked with all aspects of data for SNCC.  The Committee works on data to be collected, how it is collected, where it is collected from, how it stored, standards and practices of usage, etc.  This includes the populating items like benchmarking reports or how best to create and use predictive analytics.  The goal is to establish a process that is repeatable and adaptable so SNCC can deliver both internally and externally.

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Evan Wimpey
Evan Wimpey

Director of Strategic Analytics

Evan Wimpey was a Financial Management Officer in the Marine Corps and an Operations Associate at Goldman Sachs prior to joining Elder Research as a Data Scientist. He holds master's degrees in Economics from East Carolina University and in Analytics from North Carolina State University. He is currently the Director of Strategic Analytics at Elder Research. Evan has a passion for cryptocurrency and exploring more equitable access to credit markets. Evan lives in Cary, NC with his wife and two sons.

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Gordon Yang
Gordon Yang

Actuary & Director - Data Science & Advanced Analytics

Gordon Yang is a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries (FSA) with 15 years of experience serving the finance and insurance industry. Currently, he is leading the advanced analytics and AUW effort in the underwriting department at Pacific Life. Gordon is a frequent speaker in the industry, providing thought leadership on utilizing machine learning techniques in the actuarial and financial risk management space.

Prior to being an actuary, Gordon obtained a master's degree in Applied Mathematics from Columbia University. Gordon is also a certified AWS practitioner with an analytics specialty and a certified Financial Risk Manager (FRM).

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PAW Healthcare

James McCaffrey
James McCaffrey

Senior Scientist Engineer

James McCaffrey, who annually leads the full-day deep learning workshop at Machine Learning Week, works for Microsoft Research in Redmond, Wash. 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.


PAW Industry 4.0

Dean Abbott
Dean Abbott

Chief Data Scientist

Dean Abbott is Chief Data Scientist at Wunderkind. Mr. Abbott is an internationally recognized expert and innovator in data science and predictive analytics, with three decades of experience solving problems in customer analytics, fraud detection, risk modeling, text mining, survey analysis, and many more. He is frequently included in lists of pioneering and influential data scientists.Mr. Abbott is the author of Applied Predictive Analytics (Wiley, 2014) and coauthor of The IBM SPSS Modeler Cookbook (Packt Publishing, 2013). He is a popular keynote speaker and workshop instructor at conferences worldwide and serves on advisory boards for the UC/Irvine Predictive Analytics and UCSD Data Science Certificate programs.He holds a bachelor's degree in computational mathematics from Rensselaer Poly


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Cheryl Abundo
Cheryl Abundo

Principal Solutions Architect

Arnab Chakrabarti
Arnab Chakrabarti

Senior Research Scientist

Dr. Chakrabarti is a Senior Research Scientist in Hitachi's Financial Innovation Lab. in Santa Clara. He works at the intersection of data science and finance, and has been doing industrial research for over ten years . He did his MS-PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering at Rice University, and afterwards did his Master of Financial Engineering at U C Berkeley. Dr. Chakrabarti's research publications and patents have collectively been cited over one thousand times.

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Klabjan Diego
Klabjan Diego

Professor

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Jim Duarte
Jim Duarte

Principle

LJDuarte & Assoc., LLC

Jim is an Academician of International Academy for Quality, a Fellow of American Society for Quality, and is co-author on 9 international patents for advanced analytics in Oil & Gas, and Utilities.  His most recent publications are on Disruptive Analytics and Data Science.  He lectures internationally on Big Data and Advanced Analytics for the China International Industries Fair (keynote 4 years) as well as India and universities in Taiwan, Portugal and Qatar.  Jim’s career includes positions as a corporate director for two Fortune 100 companies.  His positions included Director, Strategic Business Analytics for Anheuser-Busch, Senior Data Scientist for SAS Institute, and Technology Director, Corporate Quality Assurance for Reynolds Metals.  He chaired the committee on statistical procedures for the Aluminum Association and served on the GMP SPC Committee for the Pharmaceutical Manufacturers Association.  Jim holds BS and MS degrees in statistics.

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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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Sarah Kalicin
Sarah Kalicin

Data Scientist

Sarah Kalicin is a HR Measurement Data Scientist with Intel Corporation, who is passionate about how organizations gain more business value through Data Science. In her extensive data career at Intel, she develops strategic plans for analytic adoption to increase business impact. Working in various industry and government positions, such as Becton Dickinson (BD), Kraft Foods, Nabisco, Ford Motor Company, and USDA/National Agriculture Statistics Service, she has gained insight and experience on how successful organizations function that allow them to succeed in their analytic initiatives.  She holds a Master’s degree in Applied Statistics from the University of Michigan and Bachelors’ degrees in Mathematics and Psychology from the SUNY at Oswego.

 


James McCaffrey
James McCaffrey

Senior Scientist Engineer

James McCaffrey, who annually leads the full-day deep learning workshop at Machine Learning Week, works for Microsoft Research in Redmond, Wash. 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.

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Terry Miller
Terry Miller

Executive Director-Predictive Analytics (Global Services)

Terry Miller has spent nearly 10 years working with OEMs to evaluate and optimize industrial processes through increased performance of their machines. After finishing a Master’s Degree in Predictive Analytics, Terry began formally training and deploying traditional statistical models, as well as Machine Learning algorithms for asset-predictive (explanatory) maintenance and process optimization, specifically on industrial robots.

In his current role, Terry is building a global team of data scientists and data engineers to solve problems in the Services business for Johnson Controls.  Deploying the best practices of Machine Learning and Predictive Analytics, his team facilitates outcomes in Customer Retention, Pricing, and other enterprise applications.

Ayush Patel
Ayush Patel

Founder

Ayush is the founder of Censius, an AI Observability Platform. He is a UCLA alum and has worked with top organizations such as PayPal and Yahoo across management and engineering positions. Across his various roles, Ayush has closely collaborated with several AI teams and research projects to build more reliable and compliant AI solutions for everyday business problems.

Steven Ramirez
Steven Ramirez

CEO

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.

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Karl Rexer
Karl Rexer

President

Karl Rexer founded Rexer Analytics in 2002. He and his teams have built an outstanding reputation providing predictive modeling and analytic consulting to clients across many industries. Recent clients include OneBlood, PwC, Boston Scientific, Redbox, ADT Security, Interamericana University, MIT, Forward Financing, SharkNinja, and many smaller companies. In addition to leading client engagements and hands-on data work, Karl is a predictive analytics evangelist, frequently speaking at conferences, colleges, and other events. He also serves on Advisory Boards for the Business Analytics programs at both Babson College and Bentley University. Since 2007 Rexer Analytics has conducted surveys of analytic professionals, asking them about their algorithms, tools, behaviors and  views. Summary reports from these surveys are available as a free download from the Rexer Analytics website. Prior to founding Rexer Analytics, Karl held leadership positions at several consulting firms and two multi-national banks. Karl holds a PhD from the University of Connecticut.

Alejandro Jesús Castañeira Rodriguez
Alejandro Jesús Castañeira Rodriguez

Principal Data Scientist

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Asha Saxena
Asha Saxena

CEO

Asha Saxena is a strategic, innovative leader with a proven track record of building successful tech businesses for the last 25 years. With a strong academic background, creative problem-solving skills, and an effective management style. She has been instrumental in building business models for success.

Asha Saxena is the Founder and CEO of Women Leaders in Data and AI (WLDA), an organization bringing senior leaders together with a mission to create an impactful digital world with parity and equity.

Asha Saxena is also a partner at CEO Coaching International, a leading coaching firm for growth-focused CEOs and entrepreneurs, where we follow a practical and proven methodology to help CEOs and their teams perform at their very best and achieve their business goals.

As a Board Advisor and an Adjunct Professor at Columbia University, she teaches graduate classes on Management Consulting, Entrepreneurship and Big Data Analytics. She has served a four-year term as Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Columbia Business School.

Published Author, Columnist at Entrepreneur Magazine, Asha Saxena is a well-known key-note speaker on Entrepreneurship, Leadership, Women in Technology, Artificial Intelligence and Big Data.

Evan Wimpey
Evan Wimpey

Director of Strategic Analytics

Evan Wimpey was a Financial Management Officer in the Marine Corps and an Operations Associate at Goldman Sachs prior to joining Elder Research as a Data Scientist. He holds master's degrees in Economics from East Carolina University and in Analytics from North Carolina State University. He is currently the Director of Strategic Analytics at Elder Research. Evan has a passion for cryptocurrency and exploring more equitable access to credit markets. Evan lives in Cary, NC with his wife and two sons.

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Deep Learning World

James McCaffrey
James McCaffrey

Senior Scientist Engineer

James McCaffrey, who annually leads the full-day deep learning workshop at Machine Learning Week, works for Microsoft Research in Redmond, Wash. 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.