2016 Text Analytics World Speakers

Bryan  Bell
Bryan Bell

Vice President of Global Marketing

Expert System

Bryan oversees all business development for Expert System in North America. He has extensive software industry experience including helping build organizations focused on desktop training, search, automated metadata extraction, taxonomy creation, text analytics, knowledge management and semantic technologies. Prior to his tenure at Expert System, he helped establish and build organizations including Teach.com, Autonomy, Smartlogic and Concept Searching.

Chris Bowman
Chris Bowman

President

Educational Analytics and Logistics

Chris Bowman started teaching in 1969, and he retired in 2008 as the superintendent of schools in The City of Baker School System in Louisiana. After sitting through many expulsion hearings wondering what could be done to keep small disciplinary infractions small, he chanced upon a tool that could look into the wealth of unstructured information that pointed to potential problems. That tool was text analytics. This new found tool produced a very different way of looking into data, problems, and the ever important personalities of the student and the disciplinarian.

Emrah Budur
Emrah Budur

Senior Software Engineer

Garanti Technology

Emrah Budur is a Senior Software Engineer at Garanti Technology. During 9 years of his professional software development experience, he had the opportunity to involve in several data scientific tasks such as designing enterprise search engine, building rank and relevancy models, developing recommendation framework, establishing identity resolution system, etc. He holds BS and MS in Computer Engineering. He has recently completed Mining Massive Data Set Graduate Certificate at Stanford University.

Alice Chung
Alice Chung

Sr. Manager

Genentech

Alice is a Sr. Manager at Genentech supporting cross-functional, cross-portfolio field and marketing teams in long term strategy formulation, scenario planning, insights and analysis, program design and implementation. She spent 7.5 years of her career in management consulting at USA and International level before joining Genentech. Since 2006, Alice has participated in several conferences as a speaker, facilitator, and panelist to share best practices and innovative programs incorporating use of advanced technologies and analytic methodologies.

Michael Dessauer
Michael Dessauer

Data Scientist

The Dow Chemical Company

Michael Dessauer has been a data scientist in The Dow Chemical Company's Advanced Analytics team since 2010. In that time, he has partnered with many Dow global businesses and functions to develop statistical and machine learning models to improve market insight and increase margins. Michael leads the text analytics project team that has created custom solutions for consumer sentiment, new market identification, and contract analysis.


Boris Evelson
Boris Evelson

Vice President, Principal Analyst

Forrester

Boris serves the Application Development & Delivery role. He is a leading expert in business intelligence (BI) — a set of processes, methodologies, and technologies used to transform raw data into meaningful, useful, and action-oriented enterprise information. Boris delivers strategic guidance, helping enterprises define BI strategies, governance, and architectures and identify vendors and technologies that help them put information to use in business processes and end user experiences.

Boris' current research focuses on the practical and actionable best practices for building BI infrastructure and applications, such as BI business cases, architectural options, organizational structures, and vendor selection. Boris continues to explore emerging trends in next-generation BI, such as agile BI architecture and development approaches, in-memory analytics, advanced data visualization, convergence of structured data and unstructured content analytics, process-driven and operational BI, and many others.


Dr. Andrew Fast
Dr. Andrew Fast

Chief Scientist

Elder Research, Inc.

Dr. Andrew Fast leads the research and development of advanced data mining algorithms at Elder Research, the nation's leading data mining consultancy. ERI was founded in 1995 and has offices in Charlottesville VA and Washington DC,(www.elderresearch.com). ERI focuses on Federal, commercial, investment, and security applications of advanced analytics, including stock selection, image recognition, biometrics, process optimization, cross-selling, drug efficacy, credit scoring, risk management, and fraud detection.

Dr. Fast graduated Magna Cum Laude from Bethel University and earned Master's and Ph.D. degrees in Computer Science from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. There, his research focused on causal data mining and mining complex relational data such as social networks. At ERI, Andrew leads the development of new tools and algorithms for data and text mining for applications of capabilities assessment, fraud detection, and national security.

Dr. Fast has published on an array of applications including detecting securities fraud using the social network among brokers, and understanding the structure of criminal and violent groups. Other publications cover modeling peer-to-peer music file sharing networks, understanding how collective classification works, and predicting playoff success of NFL head coaches (work featured on ESPN.com). With John Elder and other co-authors, Andrew has written a book on Practical Text Mining that was awarded the prose Award for Computing and Information Science in 2012.


Frédérick Guillot
Frédérick Guillot

Senior Manager, Research and Innovation

Co-operators General Insurance Company

Frederick holds a bachelor and a master degree in actuarial science from Laval University. Since 2004, he is working for the Co-operators General Insurance Company, where he is currently Senior manager - Research and Innovation.

Since 2009, he is also a regular lecturer at Laval University, teaching principally predictive modeling. In 2014, he founded Actulab.ca, a not-for-profit organism with the mission to facilitate collaborations between academics and practitioners by offering case-competitions to Canadian students.


John Herzer
John Herzer

Enterprise Search Project Lead

Sandia National Laboratories

John Herzer leads the enterprise search and analytics effort at Sandia National Laboratories. He was instrumental in achieving the migration to open source search technology at Sandia and is guiding the effort to incorporate machine learning techniques to improve search results. Before his involvement with search, John provided technical leadership for the migration of over a million documents to the FileNet platform. He has spoken at IBM Information On Demand and NLIT conferences as well as at the Enterprise Search Summit.

Hsing-Chien Kao
Hsing-Chien Kao

Data Consultant

Incendo

Hsing-Chien Kao (Cindy) works as a data consultant for Incendo, an information Technology and Services company. Cindy graduated from University of Illinois at Chicago with PhD in Information Science with Business Statistics Inquiry. Cindy has 6 years of industry experience working as statistician/data scientist/consultant for SSaS company and consultant firm such as DemandTec, IBM, and North Highland. She has been working mainly in providing solutions for different industries using statistical method combined with engineering skill. Her expertise is in data analysis and predictive modeling, especially in big data and unstructured data.

Justin Kauhl
Justin Kauhl

Computational Linguistics Expert

The Dow Chemical Company

Justin Kauhl, is a computational linguistics expert for Tata Consulting Services and a full-time contractor with Dow Advanced Analytics. Justin has created custom text collection, organization, and natural language processing tools which Dow implements in its text analytics projects.


Richard Lanza
Richard Lanza

CEO

Cash Recovery Partners, LLC

Rich Lanza CPA, CFE, CGMA has nearly 25 years of audit and fraud detection experience with specialization in data analytics and cost recovery efforts. Rich wrote the first book on practical applications of using data analytics in an audit environment titled, 101 ACL Applications: A Toolkit for Today's Auditor, in addition to writing over 19 publications, and numerous articles. Rich has been awarded by the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners for his research on proactive fraud reporting. He is also a regular presenter for CFO.com, the Institute of Internal Auditors, Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, Auditnet ®, Lorman, and Fraud Resource Net LLC.

Mike Moran
Mike Moran

Senior Strategist

Revealed Context

Mike Moran is a senior strategist at Revealed Context, the pure-play semantic technology sister company of Converseon, whose ConveyAPI won the DataWeek Top Innovator Award for Social Data Mining. Mike is a former IBM Distinguished Engineer and Open Group Distinguished IT Specialist with 11 US patents on search, text analytics, data analytics, and web technologies. Mike is the author or co-author of three books, Search Engine Marketing, Inc., Outside-In Marketing, and Do It Wrong Quickly, and serves as an instructor at the Rutgers Business School and a Visiting Lecturer at the Darden School of Business. Mike is also a Certified Speaking Professional, the highest earned honor of the National Speakers Association, and speaks on digital marketing technology worldwide. He is also a Senior Fellow at the Society for New Communications Research and holds an Advanced Certificate in Market Management Practice from the Royal UK Charter Institute of Marketing.

Razieh Niazi
Razieh Niazi

CEO

Kaypok Inc.

Razieh Niazi is founder and CEO of Kaypok. Kaypok emerged from her research in big data analytic while she was doing her PhD in Computer Science. Razieh possesses deep domain knowledge in semantic web technologies, NLP, artificial intelligence and big data, holds two patents and has authored numerous publications. She has been a serial entrepreneur with 14 years of product management and development experience.

Steven Ramirez
Steven Ramirez

CEO

Beyond the Arc

Steven J. Ramirez is the chief executive officer of Berkeley, Calif.-based Beyond the Arc, Inc., a firm recognized as a leader in helping companies transform their customer experiences by leveraging advanced analytics.

In addition to developing and executing the vision for Beyond the Arc, Ramirez leads teams of data and strategy consultants committed to client success. They analyze customer and social media data, combined with text analysis, to drive customer growth, improve customer retention, understand service breaks and build stronger customer loyalty.

Prior to leading Beyond the Arc, Ramirez served as an executive with Time Warner, where he was responsible for creating and successfully implementing marketing and corporate development strategies.

Ramirez earned a bachelor's degree and master's in Business Administration from the University of California at Berkeley. He as also created and taught courses in business management for UC Berkeley and been a guest speaker at the university's Haas School of Business.


Michael Tamir
Michael Tamir

Intertrust - Chief Data Scientist

Skymind

Mike serves as Chief Data Scientist for Intertrust Technologies and on the Skymind.io Data Science advisory board. Mike has led several teams of Data Scientists in the bay area as Chief Data Scientist for Personagraph, Director of Data Sciences for MetaScale, and Chief Science Officer for Galvanize where he oversaw all data science product development and developed the fully accredited MS in Data Science program in partnership with UNH. 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.

Mikhail Tsatsulin
Mikhail Tsatsulin

Senior Software Developer

InterSystems Corp

Mikhail Tsatsulin is a Senior Software developer with Intersystems. He graduated from Moscow University in 1981 with MS in Mathematics. He was working in the area of plasma physics, mathematical and computer modeling. In 1993 he moved to USA. For many years he was involved in design of database software. His current interests are in the field of Text Analytics.

Dirk Van Hyfte
Dirk Van Hyfte

Senior Advisor for Biomedical Informatics

InterSystems Corp

Dirk Van Hyfte, M.D., Ph.D., joined InterSystems in 2010 when InterSystems acquired i.Know, the company he co-founded in 2001. i.Know's unique technology enables analytics and informatics using unstructured data such as text files. At InterSystems, Van Hyfte is instrumental in developing practical uses for this advanced technology. Van Hyfte received his M.D. from the University of Leuven, Belgium. After completing his psychiatry residency, he received his Ph.D. degree in Medical Informatics from the University of Nijmegen, the Netherlands. Van Hyfte publishes and is involved in research activities in several domains including Clinical Psychopharmacology, Medical Artificial Intelligence and Biomedical Engineering.

Jayakrishna Venkatesh
Jayakrishna Venkatesh

Head of Analytics & Digital Practice

Motivity Labs Inc & Naya Ventures

Jayakrishna Venkates (JK) is the Head of Analytics & Digital Practice at Motivity Labs. He packs almost a ten year experience spanning across text analytics, digital analytics and optimization, predictive analytics & modeling and financial optimization. JK has worked for a variety of organizations ranging from startups to Fortune 10 companies across industries such as retail, fin.tech, supply chain and e-commerce. Optimizing international portfolio for a multi-billion dollar Fortune 10 retailer, doubling conversion rates for digital merchant acquisition in PayPal (by MVT testing), Implementing text analytics framework for Target, applying affiliation based marketing optimization system for a large specialty retailer are a few accomplishments from his past experiences.

Pengchu Zhang
Pengchu Zhang

Computer Scientist

Sandia National Laboratories

Pengchu Zhang is a computer researcher at Sandia National Laboratories. He has conducted research in computer modeling/simulation, data analytics and NLP for more than ten years. His recent interests including unstructured data analysis and deep learning.