Speakers

Predictive Analytics World for Manufacturing Las Vegas 2018

June 3-7, 2018 – Caesars Palace, Las Vegas

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Dean Abbott
Dean Abbott

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).

Information about Dean Abbott's session will follow soon.

Yoram Bauman
Yoram Bauman

The world's first and only stand-up economist

Economics comedian, author, and carbon tax activist. My primary business is performing economics comedy at colleges and corporate events around the country and around the world. I am also the co-author (with the illustrator Grady Klein) of cartoon books about economics, calculus, and climate change. I was the founder and co-chair of the first-ever carbon tax ballot measure in the USA, the revenue-neutral Initiative 732 campaign in Washington State in 2016. (Unfortunately it didn't pass, but hope springs eternal!)

Information about Yoram Bauman's session will follow soon.

James Casaletto
James Casaletto

Senior Solutions Architect

MapR Technologies

James Casaletto is a senior solutions architect at MapR Technologies where he designs, implements, and deploys complete solution frameworks for big data. He has written and delivered courses on MapReduce programming, data engineering, and data science on Hadoop. Today, he is also teaching a graduate course in these topics for the computer science department at San Jose State University.

Information about James Casaletto's session will follow soon.

Abbas Chokor
Abbas Chokor

Staff Data Scientist

Dr. Chokor has developed and integrated emerging IIoT data-driven solutions in multiple industries. As a staff data scientist at Seagate Technology, Abbas unlocks the value of industrial and manufacturing data through leading edge science and mentors uprising data scientists. Before Seagate, Abbas was a lead data scientist on multiple predictive maintenance projects within First Solar, Siemens, and Schlumberger, for their complex assets, including solar panels, trains, and Oil & Gas surface machines. Abbas holds a Ph.D. from Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona and has co-authored dozens of research publications. His research interests include developing state-of-the-art edge solutions in the field of predictive maintenance and online learning.

Abbas Chokor is speaker of the following session:

Edward Crowley
Edward Crowley

CEO

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Edward Crowley is speaker of the following session:

John Elder
John Elder

Founder & Chair

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.

John Elder is speaker of the following session:

Chetan Gupta
Chetan Gupta

Chief Data Scientist and Architect

Hitachi America, Ltd

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Chetan Gupta is speaker of the following session:

Khosrow Hassibi
Khosrow Hassibi

Senior Principal, Data Science & Big Data Analytics

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Khosrow Hassibi is speaker of the following session:

Gelston Howell
Gelston Howell

Senior VP of Marketing

Sanmina Corporation

Max Kuhn
Max Kuhn

Software Engineer

RStudio

Max Kuhn is a software engineer at RStudio. a leading company for R software and tools. He is currently working on improving R's modeling capabilities. He has a Ph.D. in Biostatistics.

Max was a Director of Nonclinical Statistics at Pfizer Global R&D in Connecticut. He was applying models in the pharmaceutical and diagnostic industries for over 18 years. Max is the author of eight R packages for techniques in machine learning and reproducible research and is an Associate Editor for the Journal of Statistical Software. He, and Kjell Johnson, wrote the book Applied Predictive Modeling, which won the Ziegel award from the American Statistical Association, which recognizes the best book reviewed in Technometrics in 2015.

He has taught courses on modeling, including many classes for Predictive Analytics World, the useR! conference, the Open Data Science Conference, the India Ministry of Information Technology, and others.

Information about Max Kuhn's session will follow soon.

Ricky Loynd
Ricky Loynd

Deep Reinforcement Learning Research Group

Ricky Loynd is a member of the reinforcement learning research group in the Microsoft Research AI labs in Redmond, Wash. He has 25 years of experience with neural networks, and 11 years of experience in reinforcement learning. Ricky is currently focused on creating deep RL agents with more general, human-like intelligence. As a lead mentor for the Microsoft AI School Advanced Projects course, Ricky has helped teams throughout the company incorporate deep learning systems into their work.

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James McCaffrey
James McCaffrey

Senior Scientist Engineer

James McCaffrey works for Microsoft Research in Redmond, Wash. James explores applied deep machine learning and artificial intelligence. He has worked on several Microsoft products including Internet Explorer and Bing. James has a PhD in cognitive psychology and computational statistics from the University of Southern California, a BA in psychology, a BA in applied mathematics, and an MS in computer science. 

James learned to speak to the public while working at Disneyland as a college student, and he can still recite the entire Jungle Cruise ride narration from memory.

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Karpagam Narayanan
Karpagam Narayanan

Founder & President

eKryp

Karpagam Narayanan is a co-founder of eKryp, a Prescriptive Service application.  eKryp, provides AI predictions and prescriptive actions on Assets, People and Parts and is delivered as SaaS.  Manufacturers and Service Providers can reduce service costs by over 30%, and parts inventory by 10% by using an intelligence layer to automate actions in Enterprise Service.

Prior to eKryp, Karpagam is a co-founder and President of Paloras Corporation, an install base analytics company till successful exit in 2016. The San Francisco Business Times recognized Paloras as a Top 100 software company (by revenue) in 2014 and 2013. She is a frequent speaker in several AI, IOT and Entrepreneurship conferences. Karpagam believes in AI being inclusive of people with various attitudes and aptitudes.  

She is now a board member of TiE Silicon Valley, an organization that focuses on advising and mentoring technology startups.  She has been a leader, mentor and volunteer for Girl Scouts for 14 years, mentor in the Maker Faire, Bay Area Science Festival, FIRST robotics, and Western Regional Robotics programs in the Bay area.

Twitter - @karpagamn

Linkedin - https://www.linkedin.com/in/karpagam/

Karpagam Narayanan is speaker of the following session:

Gary Neights
Gary Neights

Senior Director

Gary Neights works at Elemica where he is responsible for innovations in supply chain automation.  This includes the use of machine learning to derive real-time predictions from large data sets and blockchain to remove friction from global financial processes.   He has written numerous papers on applying cloud computing to global supply chains to improve business performance and manage risk.  Gary has extensive experience consulting on process improvement and automation initiatives.   

He started his career as an officer in the USMC focused on supply chain activities to keep front-line aircraft mission-capable.  After that worked at GP Strategies (formerly RWD Technologies) supporting technology initiatives for companies including Chevron, Coca Cola, Conexant, Dow, Exxon, Ford, IBM, Lyondell, Mobil, P&G, and SAP.  Gary holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Penn State and an MS in Business Administration from Boston University.   He has been certified as a PMP and Six Sigma "Black Belt.”

Gary Neights is speaker of the following session:

David Perkins, PMP
David Perkins, PMP

Associate Professor of Business

Grand Canyon University

Dr. David Perkins, PMP is an Associate Professor of Business at Grand Canyon University in Phoenix, Arizona. He primarily teaches analytics and operations management courses. Dr. Perkins has 17 years of industry experience in project management and systems engineering disciplines. He has worked in both defense and commercial sectors. Dr. Perkins has held Project Manager and Project Analyst positions at MicroAge, National Computer Systems, Motorola and General Dynamics. Dr. Perkins holds a Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) degree in Management from Anderson University. He holds Master of Business Administration (MBA) and Master of Technology degrees from Arizona State University. He is also a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) and has published articles in selected project management publications including PM Network and Project Manager Today. One of his articles also appears in the book People in Projects.
Srivats Ramaswami
Srivats Ramaswami

CTO

42Q

Srivats Ramaswami has worked at both OEM’s and contract manufacturers for many years, most recently as vice president of I.T.Operations. His expertise includes the architecture and implementation of innovative I.T. solutions for large OEM’s, making their global supply chains visible and more efficient. Srivats is now responsible for providing leadership in customer acquisition and engagement, technology development and deployment for 42Q.

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.

Steven Ramirez is speaker of the following sessions:

Karl Rexer
Karl Rexer

President

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 session:

Michael Tamir
Michael Tamir

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
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.

James Taylor is moderator of the following session:

James Taylor is leader of the following workshop:

    Morgan Vawter
    Morgan Vawter

    Chief Analytics Director

    Morgan Vawter is the Chief Analytics Director at Caterpillar, Inc. She's responsible for setting the strategy and delivering value from analytics solutions for Caterpillar's customers, dealers, and business units. Before joining Caterpillar, Morgan held a number of top data analytics positions at leading firms, including Accenture Interactive, and consulted for more than 40 Fortune 500 companies on analytics. 

    Morgan Vawter is speaker of the following session:

    Phil Winters
    Phil Winters

    Senior Managing Partner

    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.

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