Meet the Community

H2O World New York 2019 is an interactive community event featuring advancements in AI, machine learning and explainable AI. Thousands of attendees from around the world watch sessions from the makers behind H2O.ai, leading academics, and our customer community. Attendees discover the strategies and insights they need to accelerate their AI journey.

Join us to connect with the community and learn how to harness the full value of AI, machine learning, explainable AI, deep learning and data science from industry-recognized speakers.

SessionSpeakers

Satish Ambati
Sri Ambati Founder & CEO, H2O.ai
Sri Ambati

Bio: Sri Ambati is the CEO and Founder of H2O.ai – the maker behind H2O, the leading open source machine learning platform used by 18,000 companies and hundreds of thousands of data scientists. Prior to H2O.ai, he co-founded the big data analytics company Platfora. His professional career also spans technical and executive roles at Datastax, Azul Systems, and RightOrder. His academic career involved sabbaticals in theoretical neuroscience at Stanford and Berkeley and an M.S. in math and computer science from the University of Memphis. He was recently recognized by Datanami as one of the 12 People to Watch 2019.

Sri is known for his knack for envisioning the killer apps in fast evolving spaces and assembling stellar teams towards productizing that vision. A regular speaker in the AI, ML and Big Data circuit, Sri leaves a trail @srisatish

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/srisatishambati/

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Arno Candel
Arno Candel CTO, H2O.ai
Arno Candel
A Look Under the Hood of H2O Driverless AI

Driverless AI is H2O.ai’s latest flagship product for automatic machine learning for the enterprise. It fully automates some of the most challenging and productive tasks in data science, such as feature engineering, model tuning, model ensembling, model interpretation, report generation, and production deployment. Across industries and verticals, Driverless AI takes datasets and creates grand-master-level machine learning pipelines with minimal human input required. It also produces standalone scoring pipelines for Java, Python, R, and C++ for low-latency inference in production without any approximations. Driverless AI is designed to avoid common mistakes such as under- or overfitting, data leakage, or improper model validation, which are some of the hardest challenges in data science.

With bring your own recipe (BYOR), domain experts and advanced data scientists can write their own recipes in Python and seamlessly extend the Driverless AI platform with their favorite tools from the rich ecosystem of open source data science and machine learning libraries. Other industry-leading capabilities include automatic data visualization, machine learning interpretability, automatic report generation, and enterprise features such as security, authentication, data connectors, and model management.

Bio: Arno Candel is the Chief Technology Officer at H2O.ai. He is the main committer of H2O-3 and Driverless AI and has been designing and implementing high-performance machine-learning algorithms since 2012. Previously, he spent a decade in supercomputing at ETH and SLAC and collaborated with CERN on next-generation particle accelerators.

Arno holds a PhD and Masters summa cum laude in Physics from ETH Zurich, Switzerland. He was named “2014 Big Data All-Star” by Fortune Magazine and featured by ETH GLOBE in 2015. Follow him on Twitter: @ArnoCandel.

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/candel/

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Erin Ledell Chief Machine Learning Scientist, H2O.ai
Erin Ledell
Scalable Automatic Machine Learning with H2O

In this presentation, Erin LeDell (Chief Machine Learning Scientist, H2O.ai), will provide a history and overview of the field of “Automatic Machine Learning” (AutoML), followed by a detailed look inside H2O’s open source AutoML algorithm. H2O AutoML provides an easy-to-use interface which automates data pre-processing, training and tuning a large selection of candidate models (including multiple stacked ensemble models for superior model performance). The result of the AutoML run is a “leaderboard” of H2O models which can be easily exported for use in production. AutoML is available in all H2O interfaces (R, Python, Scala, web GUI) and due to the distributed nature of the H2O platform, can scale to very large datasets. The presentation will end with a demo of H2O AutoML in R and Python, including a handful of code examples to get you started using automatic machine learning on your own projects.

Bio: Dr. LeDell is the Chief Machine Learning Scientist at H2O.ai, the company that produces the open source, distributed machine learning platform, H2O. Before joining H2O.ai, she was the Principal Data Scientist at two AI startups (both acquired), the founder of DataScientific, Inc. and a software engineer at a large consulting firm. She received her Ph.D. from UC Berkeley where her research focused on machine learning and computational statistics. She also holds a B.S. and M.A. in Mathematics.

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/erin-ledell/

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Agus Sudjianto Executive Vice President, Head of Corporate Model Risk, Wells Fargo
Agus Sudjianto
Lessons Using Machine Learning in Finserv – The Remaining Hurdles, The Technology Exists, Now What?

Bio: Agus Sudjianto is an executive vice president and head of Corporate Model Risk for Wells Fargo, where he is responsible for enterprise model risk management. His technical expertise and interests include quantitative risk, particularly credit risk modeling, machine learning and computational statistics.

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/agus-sudjianto-76519619/

 

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Charles Elkan Managing Director, Goldman Sachs
Charles Elkan

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/celkan/

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Yogesh Mudgal Director and Head of Emerging Technology Risk & Risk Analytics, Citi
Yogesh Mudgal

Bio: Yogesh Mudgal is Director and Head of the Emerging Technology Risk & Risk Analytics at Citi; the goal of the program is to enable responsible innovation. He is responsible for leading the program globally, which includes identification of risks, evangelizing risks with emerging technologies, influence building of guardrails and frameworks, and risk assessments of emerging technologies. The program designs and manage risks analytics platform used by various teams to conduct risk assessments. Recently, he has been actively evangelizing, and collaborating with various institutions on AI risks. Yogesh has experience working at various financial institutions, where he built and influenced various information security initiatives.

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/yogeshmudgal/

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Weiyan Zhao Director of Data Science, Nationwide Insurance
Weiyan Zhao
A Decade of Data Science. The Nationwide Journey

The Nationwide Enterprise Analytics Office (formerly Customer Insights and Analytics) has more than 10 years of experience in end-to-end data product development and system integration. The culture to attract, train and develop talent, the technical advancement to apply the new methods, the model factory to productionalize models, and responsive processes to measure business impact have all contributed to positive business outcomes as well as this team’s fast growth. In this talk, we will introduce Nationwide’s data science capabilities through case studies of a few data products they have built and deployed.

Bio: Weiyan Zhao is the Director of Data Science at Nationwide Insurance’s Enterprise Analytics Office. She currently leads a team of data scientists to provide enterprise solutions that drive business value and influence decisions through application of advanced statistical modeling and machine learning techniques. Previously, Weiyan served as an Analytics Manager at Chase, and as a Research Associate at Nationwide Children’s Hospital and at University of Texas at San Antonio. She received her PhD in Epidemiology and Statistics, and has been passionate about data and analytics throughout her career. Additionally, she is also a long term volunteer for different non-profit organizations to promote culture and diversity, and mentors young professionals.

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/weiyan-zhao-11535235/

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Vinay Pai SVP of Engineering, Bill.com
Vinay Pai
Democratizing Data Science

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/vinaypai/

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Leland Wilkinson Chief Scientist, H2O.ai
Leland Wilkinson

Bio: Leland Wilkinson is Chief Scientist at H2O and Adjunct Professor of Computer Science at the University of Illinois Chicago. He received an A.B. degree from Harvard in 1966, an S.T.B. degree from Harvard Divinity School in 1969, and a Ph.D. from Yale in 1975. Wilkinson wrote the SYSTAT statistical package and founded SYSTAT Inc. in 1984. After the company grew to 50 employees, he sold SYSTAT to SPSS in 1994 and worked there for ten years on research and development of visualization systems. Wilkinson subsequently worked at Skytree and Tableau before joining H2O.

Wilkinson is a Fellow of the American Statistical Association, an elected member of the International Statistical Institute, and a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He has won best speaker award at the National Computer Graphics Association and the Youden prize for best expository paper in the statistics journal Technometrics. He has served on the Committee on Applied and Theoretical Statistics of the National Research Council and is a member of the Boards of the National Institute of Statistical Sciences (NISS) and the Institute for Pure and Applied Mathematics (IPAM). In addition to authoring journal articles, the original SYSTAT computer program and manuals, and patents in visualization and distributed analytic computing, Wilkinson is the author (with Grant Blank and Chris Gruber) of Desktop Data Analysis with SYSTAT. He is also the author of The Grammar of Graphics, the foundation for several commercial and open­source visualization systems (IBM­RAVE, Tableau, R­ggplot2, and Python­Bokeh).

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/leland-wilkinson-07a0b25/

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Dr. David Eisenbud Director, Mathematical Sciences Research Institute
Dr. David Eisenbud
Reducing AI Bias Using Truncated Statistics

An emergent threat to the practical use of machine learning is the presence of bias in the data used to train models. Biased training data can result in models which make incorrect or disproportionately correct decisions, or that reinforce the injustices reflected in their training data. For example, recent works have shown that semantics derived automatically from text corpora contain human biases, and found that the accuracy of face and gender recognition systems are systematically lower for people of color and women. While the root causes of AI bias are difficult to pin down, a common cause of bias is the violation of the pervasive assumption that the data used to train models are unbiased samples of an underlying “test distribution,” which represents the conditions that the trained model will encounter in the future.  Overcoming the bias introduced by the discrepancy between train and test distributions has been the focus of a long line of research in truncated Statistics. We provide computationally and statistically efficient algorithms for truncated density estimation and truncated linear, logistic and probit regression in high dimensions, through a general, practical framework based on Stochastic Gradient Descent.  We illustrate the efficacy of our framework through several experiments.

Bio: David Eisenbud served as Director of MSRI from 1997 to 2007, and began a new term in 2013. He received his PhD in mathematics in 1970 at the University of Chicago under Saunders MacLane and Chris Robson, and was on the faculty at Brandeis University before coming to Berkeley, where he became Professor of Mathematics in 1997. He served from 2009 to 2011 as Director for Mathematics and the Physical Sciences at the Simons Foundation, and is currently on the Board of Directors of the Foundation. He has been a visiting professor at Harvard, Bonn, and Paris. Eisenbud’s mathematical interests range widely over commutative and non-commutative algebra, algebraic geometry, topology, and computer methods.

Eisenbud is Chair of the Editorial Board of the Algebra and Number Theory journal, which he helped found in 2006, and serves on the Board of the Journal of Software for Algebra and Geometry, as well as Springer-Verlag’s book series Algorithms and Computation in Mathematics.

Eisenbud was President of the American Mathematical Society from 2003 to 2005. He is a Director of Math for America, a foundation devoted to improving mathematics teaching. He has been a member of the Board of Mathematical Sciences and their Applications of the National Research Council, and is a member of the U.S. National Committee of the International Mathematical Union. In 2006, Eisenbud was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Eisenbud’s interests outside of mathematics include theater, music and juggling. He is the co-author of a paper on the mathematics of juggling. He plays the flute and sings Bach, Brahms, Schubert, Schumann….

http://www.msri.org/people/161

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Constantinos Daskalakis Professor, MIT - Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department
Constantinos Daskalakis
Reducing AI Bias Using Truncated Statistics

An emergent threat to the practical use of machine learning is the presence of bias in the data used to train models. Biased training data can result in models which make incorrect or disproportionately correct decisions, or that reinforce the injustices reflected in their training data. For example, recent works have shown that semantics derived automatically from text corpora contain human biases, and found that the accuracy of face and gender recognition systems are systematically lower for people of color and women. While the root causes of AI bias are difficult to pin down, a common cause of bias is the violation of the pervasive assumption that the data used to train models are unbiased samples of an underlying “test distribution,” which represents the conditions that the trained model will encounter in the future.  Overcoming the bias introduced by the discrepancy between train and test distributions has been the focus of a long line of research in truncated Statistics. We provide computationally and statistically efficient algorithms for truncated density estimation and truncated linear, logistic and probit regression in high dimensions, through a general, practical framework based on Stochastic Gradient Descent.  We illustrate the efficacy of our framework through several experiments.

Bio: Constantinos Daskalakis is a Professor of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering at MIT. He holds a Diploma in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the National Technical University of Athens, and a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences from UC-Berkeley. His research interests lie in Theoretical Computer Science and its interface with Economics, Probability Theory, Machine Learning and Statistics. He has been honored with the 2007 Microsoft Graduate Research Fellowship, the 2008 ACM Doctoral Dissertation Award, the Game Theory and Computer Science (Kalai) Prize from the Game Theory Society, the 2010 Sloan Fellowship in Computer Science, the 2011 SIAM Outstanding Paper Prize, the 2011 Ruth and Joel Spira Award for Distinguished Teaching, the 2012 Microsoft Research Faculty Fellowship, the 2015 Research and Development Award by the Giuseppe Sciacca Foundation, the 2017 Google Faculty Research Award, the 2018 Simons Investigator Award, the 2018 Rolf Nevanlinna Prize from the International Mathematical Union, the 2018 ACM Grace Murray Hopper Award, and the 2019 Bodossaki Foundation Distinguished Young Scientists Award. He is also a recipient of Best Paper awards at the ACM Conference on Economics and Computation in 2006 and in 2013.

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Sushma Manjunath Principal, Advanced Analytics and Data Science, Discover Financial Services
Sushma Manjunath

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/sushma-manjunath/

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Patrick Hall Senior Director of Product, H2O.ai
Patrick Hall
The Case for Model Debugging

Abstract: Prediction by machine learning models is fundamentally the execution of computer code. Like all good code, machine learning models should be debugged for logical or runtime errors or for security vulnerabilities. Recent, high-profile failures have made it clear that machine learning models must also be debugged for disparate impact across demographic segments and other types of sociological bias. Model debugging enhances trust in machine learning directly by increasing accuracy in new or holdout data, by decreasing or identifying hackable attack surfaces, or by decreasing sociological bias. As a side-effect, model debugging should also increase understanding and explainability of model mechanisms and predictions. This presentation outlines several standard and newer model debugging techniques and proposes several potential remediation methods for any discovered bugs. Discussed debugging techniques include adversarial examples, benchmark models, partial dependence and individual conditional expectation, random attacks, Shapley explanations of predictions and residuals, and models of residuals. Proposed remediation approaches include alternate models, editing of deployable model artifacts, missing value injection, prediction assertions, and regularization methods.

Bio: Patrick Hall is the Senior Director of Product at H2O.ai where he focuses mainly on model interpretability. Patrick is also currently an adjunct professor in the Department of Decision Sciences at George Washington University, where he teaches graduate classes in data mining and machine learning. Prior to joining H2O.ai, Patrick held global customer-facing roles and research and development roles at SAS Institute.

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jpatrickhall/

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Tom Prendergast SVP, Analytics and Innovation, Synchrony Financial
Ingrid Burton CMO, H2O.ai
Ingrid Burton

Bio: Ingrid Burton is CMO at H2O.ai, the open source leader in AI. She has several decades of experience leading global marketing teams to build brands, create demand, and engage and grow communities. She also serves as an independent director on the Aerohive board. Prior to H2O.ai she was CMO at Hortonworks, where she drove a brand and marketing transformation, and created ecosystem programs that positioned the company for growth. At SAP she co-created the Cloud strategy, led SAP HANA and Analytics marketing, and drove developer outreach.

She also served as CMO at Silver Spring Networks and Plantronics after spending almost 20 years at Sun Microsystems, where she was head of Sun marketing, led Java marketing to build out a thriving Java developer community, championed and led open source initiatives, and drove various product and strategic initiatives. A developer early in her career, Ingrid holds a BA in Math with a concentration in Computer Science from San Jose State University.

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/ingridvdhoogen/

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Ben Lyons Data Scientist, ADP
Sameer Singh Assistant Professor, UC Irvine
Sameer Singh
Explaining and Debugging NLP Models

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/sameersingh/

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Ashrith Barthur
Ashrith Barthur Security Scientist, H2O.ai
Ashrith Barthur
Building Recipes for Anti-Money Laundering Usecases

How do you solve Anti-Money Laundering using Driverless AI? In this presentation we will see how to reduce false positive alerts, which is a big problem for financial institutions. Using this approach you can quickly and easily design models that will reduce false positive alerts significantly, while keeping the false negative number low.

Bio: Ashrith is the security scientist designing anomalous detection algorithms at H2O.ai. He recently graduated from the Center of Education and Research in Information Assurance and Security (CERIAS) at Purdue University with a PhD in Information security. He is specialized in anomaly detection on networks under the guidance of Dr. William S. Cleveland. He tries to break into anything that has an operating system, sometimes into things that don’t. He has been christened as “The Only Human Network Packet Sniffer” by his advisors. When he is not working he swims and bikes long distances.

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/abarthur/

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Kim Montgomery Kaggle Grandmaster, Data Scientist, H2O.ai
Kim Montgomery

Bio: Kim Montgomery has a Ph.D. in applied mathematics, with a background in both predictive modeling and differential equations. She has significant experience applying mathematical modeling to problems in the energy industry and in the biosciences.

She is a Kaggle Grandmaster and has been ranked as high as 15th in the overall Kaggle rankings. She’s excited to be applying her skills at H2O.ai.

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/kim-montgomery-70b8189/

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Nick Schmidt Director and AI Practice Leader, BLDS LLC.
Nick Schmidt

Bio: Nicholas Schmidt is a partner at BLDS, LLC, and heads the Artificial Intelligence Practice. In these roles, Nick specializes in the application of statistics and economics to questions of law, regulatory compliance, and best practices in model governance.

As head of the A.I. practice, Nick develops and assists in the deployment of methods that allow his clients to make their A.I. models fairer and more inclusive. In this work, he has created A.I.-based techniques that enable clients to minimize disparate impact in credit, insurance, and marketing models. He has additionally helped his clients understand and implement methods that open “black-box” A.I. models, enabling a clearer understanding A.I.’s decision-making process. His clients use this work to inform their customers on potential denials of credit (“adverse action notices”). These methods are used in a number of the top-10 U.S. retail banks and FinTechs.

In his litigation practice, Nick testifies and consults on matters relating to employment discrimination litigation, wage and hour law, and other matters requiring the utilization of statistics to address questions of liability or damages.

Nick holds an MBA in economics and econometrics from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/nickpschmidt/

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Amitpal Tagore Data Scientist, Integral Ad Science
Amitpal Tagore

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/tagoreas/

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mark landry
Mark Landry Kaggle Grandmaster, Competitive Data Scientist & Product Manager, H2O.ai
Mark Landry

Bio: Mark Landry is a Competition Data Scientist and Product Manager at H2O.ai. He enjoys testing ideas in Kaggle competitions, where he is ranked in the top 100 in the world (top 0.03%) and well-trained in getting quick solutions to iterate over. Most at home in SQL, he found H2O through hacking in R. Interests are multi-model architectures and helping the world make fewer models that perform worse than the mean

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mark-landry-78b863a/

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Scott Pete Director of Analytics & Insights, Aimia
Sudalai Rajkumar (SRK) Kaggle Grandmaster, Data Scientist, H2O.ai
Sudalai Rajkumar (SRK)
Natural Language Processing (NLP) with Driverless AI

H2O Driverless AI is H2O.ai’s flagship platform for automatic machine learning. It fully automates the data science workflow including some of the most challenging tasks in applied data science such as feature engineering, model tuning, model optimization, and model deployment. Driverless AI turns Kaggle Grandmaster recipes into a full functioning platform that delivers “”an expert data scientist in a box”” from training to deployment. In the latest version of our Driverless AI platform, we have included Natural Language Processing (NLP) recipes for text classification and regression problems. With this new capability, Driverless AI can now address a whole new set of problems in the text space like automatic document classification, sentiment analysis, emotion detection and so on using the textual data. Stay tuned to the webinar to know more.

Bio: Sudalai Rajkumar (aka SRK) is a Senior Data Scientist at H2O.ai, building Driverless AI, an automated machine learning platform. Prior to this, he was with Freshworks, Tiger Analytics and Global Analytics. He has more than 8 years of experience in the DS / ML field and solved a lot of interesting data science problems for various customers across the globe. Apart from his day job, he takes part in various data science competitions to enhance his knowledge and has won several of them. He is a Kaggle Grandmaster in Competitions & Kernels section. He is ranked #1 on Analytics Vidhya platform as well.

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/sudalairajkumar/

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Megan Kurka
Megan Kurka Customer Data Scientist, H2O.ai
Megan Kurka

Bio: Megan is a Customer Data Scientist at H2O. Prior to working at H2O, she worked as a Data Scientist building products driven by machine learning for B2B customers. She has experience working with customers across multiple industries, identifying common problems, and designing robust and automated solutions.

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/megan-kurka-36336569/

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Matt Dowle Data Scientist, H2O.ai
Matt Dowle

Bio: Matt Dowle is the main author of the data.table package in R. He has worked for some of the world’s largest financial organizations: Lehman Brothers, Salomon Brothers, Citigroup, Concordia Advisors and Winton Capital. He is particularly pleased that data.table is also used outside Finance, for example Genomics where large and ordered datasets are also researched. Matt has been programming in S/R for 15 years, knows C pretty well and holds a first class BSc in Applied Maths and Computing from Warwick University, U.K.

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mattdowle/

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Nick Anderson Lead Data Science Engineer, Advanced Analytics, Discover
Nick Anderson

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/nanders/

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Tintu Pathrose Manager, Data Science Technology, Discover Financial Services
Tintu Pathrose

Bio: I am Tintu Pathrose, Product Owner and Manager of Discover’s self-service data science workbench, AIR9. I lead a group of highly talented engineers. We are focused on building an analytics platform which enables our data scientists in Discover to adapt and adopt changes in the ML space to produce better and efficient models in less time.

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/tintu-pathrose-29658a2/

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Gautam Borgohain Data Scientist, PropertyGuru
Gautam Borgohain

Bio: Gautam Borgohain is a Data Scientist and Software engineer with over 7 years of experience building and leading data science products in various industries and projects like recommendation systems, image-classification and object detection services, NLP, property valuation and credit risk evaluation among others. He obtained his Master Degree in Analytics from Nanyang Technological university in Singapore. Before joining PropertyGuru, Gautam gained cross-industry experience with previous stints in a fintech start-up , an university and a software company. He loves spending hours analysing data and developing smarter applications with machine learning.

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/gautamborgohain90/

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Bryce Stephens Director, BLDS LLC
Bryce Stephens

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/brycestephens/

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Julien Alexandre Senior Research Analyst, MarketAxess
Julien Alexandre

Bio: Julien Alexandre is a Senior Research Analyst at MarketAxess after joining the firm in 2015. Mr. Alexandre is responsible for leading the development of Composite+, MarketAxess’ award-winning A.I.-powered pricing engine. Composite+ accurately predicts two-way prices for more than 24,000 fixed income securities by leveraging data from a variety of global sources including TRACE, Trax and the MarketAxess trading platform. Composite+ is integrated throughout the MarketAxess trading platform, including as a reference price for auto-execution capabilities, Open Trading pricing provision and transaction cost analysis reporting. Prior to joining MarketAxess, Mr. Alexandre was on the Algorithmic Trading Research team at ITG as a Quantitative Analyst, where he worked on the company’s equity algorithmic dark pool aggregator. Mr. Alexandre holds a master’s degree in financial engineering from Columbia University and a Masters in Engineering from the Ecole Centrale, Paris.

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/julien-alexandre-83891235/

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michal kurka
Michal Kurka Senior Software Engineer, H2O.ai
Michal Kurka

Bio: Michal is a senior software engineer with a passion for crafting code in Java and other JVM languages. He started his professional career as a J2EE developer and spent his time building all sorts of web and desktop applications. Four years ago he truly found himself when he entered the world of big data processing and Hadoop. Since then he enjoys working with distributed platforms and implementing scalable applications on top of them. He holds a Master of Computer Science form Charles University in Prague. His field of study was Discrete Models and Algorithms with focus on Optimization.

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/michal-kurka-a93940125/

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Andy Lynch Marketing Analytics Manager, Dish Network
Andy Lynch
Right Customer, Right Offer, Right Time: Democratizing data science at Dish to identify and intervene with the highest value customers to save money, prevent churn, and drive additional revenue.

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/andrewlynchnd/

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Dibjot Singh IT Manager for Data Science, Dish Network
Dibjot Singh
Right Customer, Right Offer, Right Time: Democratizing data science at Dish to identify and intervene with the highest value customers to save money, prevent churn, and drive additional revenue.
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Shivam Bansal Kaggle Grandmaster, Data Scientist, H2O.ai
Shivam Bansal

Bio: Shivam Bansal is a Data Scientist at H2O.ai and Kaggle Grandmaster in Kernels Section. He is the three times winner of Kaggle’s Data Science for Good Competition and winner of multiple other offline AI and Data Science competitions.

Shivam has extensive cross-industry and hands-on experience in building data science products. He has helped clients in the Insurance, Healthcare, Banking, and Retail domains to solve unstructured data science problems by building end to end pipelines and solutions. Shivam really likes to work on all aspects of a data science project which includes both technical aspects as well as business aspects.
Shivam obtained his masters degree in Business Analytics from National University of Singapore in 2019 and his bachelors was in Computer Science.

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/shivambansal1/

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Marek Novotný Senior Software Engineer, H2O.ai
Marek Novotný

Bio: Marek is a senior software engineer focusing on the development of the Sparkling Water project. He obtained a master degree in computer science at Charles University in Prague. Before Marek joined the team, he spent several years in financial industry developing scalable and fault-tolerant software systems. He is excited about learning new things and open-source software.

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/marek-novotn

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prithvi prabhu
Prithvi Prabhu Chief of Applications, H2O.ai
Prithvi Prabhu

Bio: Prithvi is Chief of Technology, Applications at H2O.ai. Prithvi has over a decade of experience in patterns, practices and programming strategies for building highly interactive, robust, large scale GUI applications. Over the past few years, he has been building data visualization libraries, statistical graphics routines and highly interactive user interfaces for browser-based exploratory visual analysis and communication of massive data sets

Prior to joining H2O, he engineered the high performance data visualization platform and canvas based rendering engine at Platfora and scaled it to render millions of marks. Before that, he founded and built Plot.io, a browser-based visual analytics and data exploration environment that minified down to ~150KB. Plot.io was acquired by Platfora.

Prithvi loves playing around with programming languages, generative art and music production.

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/prithviprabhu/

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branden murray
Branden Murray Kaggle Grandmaster, Data Scientist, H2O.ai
Branden Murray

Bio: Kaggle Grandmaster Branden is a customer data scientist at H2O.ai and holds a B.S. in Finance from the San Diego State University. Among his favorite hobbies is participating in predictive analytics competitions primarily on Kaggle.com. Currently, he is ranked 58th among Grandmasters globally and has stood in the top 10% 8 times among all the competitions he participated on Kaggle.

Branden is on the team of data scientists from H2O.ai behind PwC’s Audit Innovation of the Year title. They have collectively developed PwC’s Audit.ai – a revolutionary bot that does what humans can’t. Its AI analyses billions of different data points in seconds and applies judgement to detect anomalies in general ledger transactions.

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/bmurr26/

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Rohan Rao Kaggle Grandmaster, Data Scientist, H2O.ai
Rohan Rao

Bio: Rohan Rao is a Machine Learning Engineer and Kaggle Grandmaster with over 5 years of experience building data science products in various industries and projects like digital payments, e-commerce retail, credit risk, fraud prevention, growth, logistics and more. He enjoys working on competitions, hackathons and collaborating with folks around the globe on building solutions.

He completed my post-graduation in Applied Statistics from IIT-Bombay in 2013.

Solving sudokus and puzzles has been his big hobby for over a decade. Having won the national championship multiple times, he has represented India and been in the top-10 in the World, as well as finished twice on the podium at the Asian Championships.

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/vopani/

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Yauhen Babakhin Kaggle Grandmaster, Data Scientist, H2O.ai
Yauhen Babakhin

Bio: Yauhen holds a Master’s Degree in Applied Data Analysis and has over 4 years of working experience in Data Science. He worked in Banking, Gaming and eCommerce domains. He’s also the first Kaggle competitions Grandmaster in Belarus having gold medals in both classic Machine Learning and Deep Learning competitions.

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/yauhenbabakhin/

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Dmitry Larko Kaggle Grandmaster, Senior Data Scientist, H2O.ai
Dmitry Larko
Time Series in H2O Driverless AI

Time series is a unique field in predictive modelling where standard feature engineering techniques and models are employed to get the most accurate results. In this session we will examine some of the most important features of Driverless AI’s newest recipe regarding Time Series. It will cover validation strategies, feature engineering, feature selection and modelling. The capabilities will be showcased through several cases.

Bio: Dmitry has more than 10 years of experience in IT. Starting with data warehousing and BI, now in big data and data science.He has a lot of experience in predictive analytics software development for different domains and tasks.

He is also a Kaggle Grandmaster who loves to use his machine learning and data science skills on Kaggle competitions.

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/dlarko/

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Olivier Grellier Kaggle Grandmaster, Data Scientist, H2O.ai
Olivier Grellier

Bio: Olivier graduated from Supelec, France and holds a PhD in Signal Processing. He worked in the Airline IT business at Amadeus as a C/C++ developer then joined the London branch as a team leader. In Capgemini, he worked with clients in the public sector as a senior project manager.
Olivier then moved to trading the commodity markets, building and  backtesting trading systems, and progressively started using more  machine learning tools. His data science journey really began on Kaggle  where he could practice and improve his skills on various competitions and datasets.
In the last year, he worked for caring.com using machine learning and data mining to help families find communities for their parents.
Olivier loves spending his spare time in the yard where he grows organic apples, peers, grapes and strawberries. He also produces his own special jam.

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/olivier-grellier/

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Agenda

October 22, 2019
8:00am

Registration & Breakfast

8:00am - 9:00am
9:00am

Keynotes

9:00am - 10:45am
10:45am

Break

10:45am - 11:00am
11:00am

Keynotes

11:00am - 12:00pm
12:00pm

Lunch & Leland Wilkinson "Grammar of Graphics" Book Signing

12:00pm - 1:00pm

Explainable AI Track

Business Track

H2O.ai Track

1:00pm

Sessions

1:00pm - 3:00pm
3:00pm

Break

3:00pm - 3:15pm
3:15pm

Sessions

3:15pm - 4:15pm
4:15pm

The Business of AI Panel

4:15pm - 4:45pm
4:45pm

Diversity and Inclusion in Tech Panel

4:45pm - 5:15pm
4:45pm

Explainable AI Panel

4:45pm - 5:15pm
5:15pm

Meet the Kaggle Grandmasters

5:15pm - 5:45pm
5:45pm

Closing Remarks

5:45pm - 6:00pm
6:00pm

Reception & Networking

6:00pm - 7:00pm

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