Speakers

 Jans Aasman

Jans Aasman

CEO

Franz Inc.

Jans Aasman started his career as an experimental and cognitive

psychologist, earning his PhD in cognitive science with a detailed model

of car driver behavior using Lisp and Soar. He has spent most of his

professional life in telecommunications research, specializing in

intelligent user interfaces and applied artificial intelligence

projects. From 1995 to 2004, he was also a part-time professor in the

Industrial Design department of the Technical University of Delft. Jans

is currently the CEO of Franz Inc., the leading supplier of commercial,

persistent, and scalable graph database products that provide the

storage layer for powerful reasoning and ontology modeling capabilities

for Semantic Web applications

Enterprise Text Analytics: Real-Time Monitoring for Corporate Risk Mitigation

 Feras Alhlou

Feras Alhlou

Principal Consultant/Co-Founder

E-Nor

Feras Alhlou is Principal Consultant/Co-Founder of E-Nor (serving Fortune 500-25), which has achieved multiple Google qualifications including Google Analytics Certified Partner. He is a speaker at industry conferences including SES, SMX, eMetrics and Google Analytics User Events (GAUGE), and has traveled the globe educating businesses and consultants on digit analytics and digital marketing. Feras is a co-chair of the DAA, serves on the examination sub-committee and is a Certified Web Analyst.

Enterprise Text Analytics: Using Text Analytics to Improve the User Experience

 Naveen Ashish

Naveen Ashish

Chief Scientist, Cognie

Associate Professor, Informatics, Keck School of Medicine – University of Southern California

Dr. Naveen Ashish is Chief Scientist of Cognie and an Associate Professor in Informatics at the Keck School of Medicine – University of Southern California. Dr. Ashish has published over 70 research papers in top academic forums, and authored two books in the above areas – including work in automated information extraction that is among the most highly cited in the field. He has been a Principal or Co Investigator on several R&D grants in informatics from institutions such as the NSF and the NIH. He holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Southern California (2000). He has also spent 3 years as a Research Scientist with the NASA Ames Research Center.

Enterprise Text Analytics: Deep Distillation from Natural Language Text

 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.

Expert Panel

 Sarah Ann Berndt

Sarah Ann Berndt

Sr. Associate Forensic Technology Solutions

PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP

Sarah Berndt has over 15 years of experience developing programs in both the Information Governance and Knowledge Management space. From a strategic prospective, Sarah’s activities have included developing data models, taxonomies, and ontologies for use in multiple tools and information environments. Specific client centered work has facilitated a tacit focus on platform utilization to enhance the user experience while improving workforce productivity.

With a background in both the academic and research library settings, Sarah’s work at both NASA Johnson Space Center and PricewaterhouseCoopers has facilitated the opportunities to pursue concentric lines of service in developing a deep understanding of the multiple variables that affect accuracy, feasibility and sustainability.

Social Media / Sentiment: Usability/Sentiment for the Enterprise and ENTERPRISE

 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.

Enterprise Text Analytics: Lessons Learned from the Analysis of K to 12 Disciplinary Records to Minimize Expulsion Rates

 Masoud Charkhabi

Masoud Charkhabi

Director, Advanced Analytics

Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce

Masoud Charkhabi is Director of Advanced Analytics at the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (CIBC). Masoud leads a group of Data Science professionals that specialize in deriving insight from CIBC’s large unstructured and structured information sources using Statistical Learning and Data Mining techniques. Previously, Masoud held various leadership positions within CIBC and holds a degree in Management & Engineering.

Social Media / Sentiment: Discovering Patterns in Client Feedback

 Payel Dutta Chowdhuri

Payel Dutta Chowdhuri

Data Scientist

blueocean market intelligence

Payel has over four years of experience in Natural Language Processing, Sentiment Analysis, Machine Learning for NLP, Speech Data Processing, Syntax, and Cognitive Science. She began her career with the Central Institute of Indian Languages where she worked extensively on language modelling. Then she joined the Indian Statistical Institute as a Senior Linguist in the domain of Machine Translation, Information Retrieval, Treebank, Wordnet and other NLP architecture, and worked on complex language analysis (morphological analysis, POS tagging, chunking, dependency parsing).

Payel is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in Computational Linguistics from the University of Calcutta and Indian Statistical Institute, Kolkata India.

Social Media / Sentiment: Normalizing Sentiment in Multilingual Contexts

 Christine Connors

Christine Connors

Founder & Information Strategist

TriviumRLG

Ms. Connors has extensive experience in taxonomy, ontology and metadata design and development. Prior to forming TriviumRLG Ms. Connors was the global director, semantic technology solutions for Dow Jones, responsible for partnering with business champions across Dow Jones to improve digital asset management and delivery. In that position, she managed a worldwide team responsible for the development of taxonomies, ontologies and metadata that are used to add value to Dow Jones news and financial information products. Ms. Connors also served as business champion for the Synaptica® software application, including managing a US- based team of software developers, and supported Dow Jones consulting practices worldwide, which deliver end-to-end information access solutions based on taxonomies, metadata and semantic technologies. Prior to joining Dow Jones Ms. Connors was a knowledge architect at Intuit, where she was responsible for introducing semantic technologies to online content management and search. And before that, she was a Metadata Architect at Raytheon Company and Cybrarian at CEOExpress Company. At Raytheon Company she oversaw knowledge representation and enterprise search, delivering large-scale taxonomies, metadata schema and rules-based classification to improve retrieval of petabytes of internal information via a multi-vendor retrieval platform.

Ms. Connors is a certified Six Sigma Specialist, and is a member of both the American Society for Information Science and Technology (ASIS&T) and the Special Libraries Association. Christine is Organizer of the Philadelphia and Princeton Semantic Web Meetups, and Assistant Organizer of the New York Semantic Web Meetup.

Ms. Connors holds a master of science degree in Library and Information Science from Simmons College, Boston, and a bachelor of science degree in Theatre Arts Management from Ithaca College, New York.

Enterprise Text Analysis: Impact of Process on Terminology
Expert Panel

 Toby Conrad

Toby Conrad

SVP Americas

Smartlogic

Toby Conrad is co-Founder and SVP responsible for the Americas. Toby has over 15 years’ experience in consultative sales concerning Enterprise Search, Information and Content Management. At Smartlogic, he is responsible for sales strategy execution and market penetration in the Americas. He has advised organizations such as NASA, Bank of America, Royal Bank of Scotland, BNP Paribas, GSK, and many more on Enterprise and Semantic Systems.

Ask the Experts

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.datamininglab.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.

Keynote: Enhancing Search with Predictive Analytics
Post Conference Workshop: Making Text Mining Work: Practical Methods and Solutions

 Jaime Fitzgerald

Jaime Fitzgerald

Founder and Managing Partner

Fitzgerald Analytics, Inc.

Jaime Fitzgerald is an author, speaker, advisor, and analyst focused on turning data into better results. He is best known as the creator of the Data to Dollars Value Chain™, a framework and step-by-step methodology his clients have used to unlock hundreds of millions of dollars in new profits. He is the author of a book based on his Data to Dollars™ methodology, available soon via Elsevier Publishing / Morgan Kauffman.

Jaime is the Founder and Managing Partner of data analytics consultancy Fitzgerald Analytics. The firm’s clients range from Wall Street banks to innovative non-profits and social entrepreneurs, a reflection of Jaime’s belief in the universal benefits of Data, Analytics, and Technology innovation. He is a graduate of Harvard University in Economics.

Social Media / Sentiment: Making it Matter: Using Text Analytics to Improve Customer Profitability

 Eric Forst

Eric Forst

CMO

Synapsify, Inc.

Eric Forst is a technology executive who helps companies listen to their customers and leverage the learning to drive business growth and excellence. Since 2007, Eric has worked on social media and marketing campaigns for many Fortune 500 companies in automotive, CPG, pharmaceutical, entertainment and technology. Currently, Eric serves as CMO for Synapsify, Inc. Previously, he headed business development for Banyan Branch, a social media agency, and partnerships for Visible Technologies, a social media analytics platform. He has also headed corporate marketing for Traffic Marketplace, one of the Internet’s largest display advertising networks, and for Agile-1, a hosted software solution for staffing. Eric received his MFA in English/Creative Writing from UMASS, Amherst and his BA in Foreign Affairs from the University of Virginia. He is a frequent speaker on social media and marketing and has presented at venues including MediaPost’s OMMA conferences, Gravity Summit and Digital Hollywood.

Enterprise Text Analytics: Phonemic-based Text Analytics: Unlocking the Information in Sound and Narrative

 Catherine  Havasi

Catherine Havasi

CEO & Co-founder

Luminoso

Dr. Catherine Havasi has been researching language and learning for nearly fifteen years. In addition to being CEO of Luminoso, she is a research scientist in artificial intelligence and computational linguistics at the MIT Media Lab. She co-founded the Open Mind Common Sense project, which uses information about the world to understand natural language text and make computers easier to use.

Enterprise Text Analytics: Market Research: Leaving the Uncanny Valley
Ask the Experts

 Alexis Johnson

Alexis Johnson

Data Scientist

Ayasdi

Alexis received her masters degree in Astronomy from Boston University. She spent five years with the University Five College Radio Astronomy Conservatory (BU-FCRAO) Galactic Ring Survey studying turbulent structure in molecular clouds in the Milky Way Galaxy.

Social Media / Sentiment: Revealing Hidden Insights in Social Media Data

 David Meza

David Meza

Operational Excellence Program Manager

Johnson Space Center

David Meza currently serves as the Operational Excellence Program Manager at the Johnson Space Center. He holds a BS in Management Information Systems, a Master’s in Engineering Management from the University of Houston Clear Lake (UHCL) and is currently pursuing an MS in Statistics from UHCL. During his tenure at NASA, he has worked in all aspects of the Information Technology field developing and deploying several IT systems in use at JSC. His desire to improve IT processes and systems lead him to earn Master’s certificates in Project Management and Six Sigma in addition to becoming a NASA certified Lean Six Sigma Black Belt. In his current role at JSC, he established the Operational Excellence program, promoting a viewpoint of organizational leadership that stresses the application of a variety of principles, systems, and tools toward the sustainable improvement of key performance metrics by focusing on the needs of the customer, empowering employees, and optimizing existing activities in the process. Mr. Meza is conducting research on Automatic Classification algorithms, domain specific search interfaces, probabilistic scheduling and a Bayesian network model for risk analysis with respect to scope, schedule and budget. Findings from the research should help improve strategic planning, decision analysis and operational processes.

Social Media / Sentiment: Usability/Sentiment for the Enterprise and ENTERPRISE

 Durjoy Patranabish

Durjoy Patranabish

Senior Vice President

blueocean market intelligence

Durjoy has over 17 years of experience in various areas of business services and a deep understanding of outsourcing. Before joining blueocean, he was the European Sales leader for Analytics services at IBM. He was instrumental in growing Capital One’s outsourcing footprint in Asia, and was responsible for managing the Analytics practice in India for RedPill. His experience includes IT services, KPO and Analytics services, BPO and back-office services for global brands and regional leaders. He has been involved in setting up, establishing and growing service operations across multiple cities, in offshore locations (India, Philippines), managing various business functions. His experience also includes a successful entrepreneurial stint and merger and acquisition activities. He has an engineering degree from the Birla Institute of Technology, Ranchi and a Master of Business Administration from the Indian Institute of Management.

Social Media / Sentiment: Normalizing Sentiment in Multilingual Contexts

 Steven Ramirez

Steven Ramirez

CEO

Beyond the Arc

@beyondthearc

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.

Social Media / Sentiment: Flip the Script: Leveraging Social Media Complaints to Improve Customer Experience with Text Analytics

 Tom Reamy

Tom Reamy

Chief Knowledge Architect

KAPS Group

Tom Reamy is currently the Chief Knowledge Architect and founder of KAPS Group, a group of knowledge architecture, taxonomy, and text analytics consultants. Tom has 20 years of experience in information architecture, enterprise search, intranet management and consulting, education software, and text analytics consulting. Tom’s academic background includes a Master’s in the History of Ideas, research in artificial intelligence and cognitive science, and a strong background in philosophy, particularly epistemology. He has published articles in various journals and is a frequent speaker at knowledge management conferences. When not writing or developing KM projects, he can usually be found at the bottom of the ocean in Carmel taking photos of strange creatures.

Day 1: Conference Chair Welcome Remarks
Day 2: Conference Chair Welcome Remarks
Keynote

 Eric Roach

Eric Roach

Co-founder

EveryoneSocial

As a co-founder of EveryoneSocial, Eric brings more than 25 years of experience in the financial and technology sector in a number of C-level positions. Most recently, Eric came from Roach Capital Partners as a managing director, where he was responsible for investing capital in new and emerging markets. Prior to that, Eric served as CEO of Elance, a services marketplace on the Web. Before that he was an EVP at Morgan Stanley, where he headed the marketing, ecommerce and internal acquisition teams.

Social Media / Sentiment: Amp Your Social Marketing

 Tony Schulte

Tony Schulte

Algorithms Researcher

Contata Solutions

Tony Schulte is a multidisciplinary researcher with background in solid state physics and computational methods. After completing graduate study in Nuclear Engineering/ Engineering physics at the University of Wisconsin Madison, he transitioned into a role as an algorithms researcher at Contata Solutions in Minneapolis, where he is currently investigating a variety of cutting-edge concepts for application in the fascinating world of text analytics.

Social Media / Sentiment: Social Media Alerts Using Semi-Supervised Learning

 Pradeep Sinha

Pradeep Sinha

CEO / CTO

Contata Solutions

Dr. Pradeep Sinha is the CEO/CTO of Contata Solutions, a company providing products and services in big data analytics. Pradeep’s areas of interest include text mining, with a focus on semi-supervised and active learning methods, specifically in the context of large corpora and streaming data. He has guided the development of enterprise level solutions incorporating advanced text mining techniques for various domains including social media, intellectual property, oil and gas, and environmental regulation. Case studies on solutions created by his group on active learning techniques applied to documents in the oil and gas industry, have been presented at industry and big-data forums.

Pradeep also has deep experience in building of enterprise-class portals for secure and flexible group collaboration, specifically around consumption of analytics data by and management of associated workflows.

Pradeep has a Ph.D. from Cornell University and a Bachelors of Science degree from the Indian Institute of Technology.

Social Media / Sentiment: Social Media Alerts Using Semi-Supervised Learning

 Moritz Sudhof

Moritz Sudhof

Senior NLP Engineer and Algorithmic Lead

Kanjoya

Moritz Sudhof is a Senior NLP Engineer and Algorithmic Lead at Kanjoya, which combines emotional analytics with structured demographic data to understand the voice of the customer at scale. Moritz manages the development of Kanjoya’s sentiment, emotion, and experience modeling technology. His team, in collaboration with researchers at Stanford University, is leveraging the rich corpus from the Experience Project to model human expression in language. Moritz graduated with a computer science degree from Stanford University, where he was also a Mayfield Fellow.

Social Media / Sentiment: Beyond Sentiment: Understanding Customers through Experience Modeling

 Antonio  Valderrabanos

Antonio Valderrabanos

CEO

Bitext – The Bits and Text Company

Long experience on how to use semantics to solve business problems, particularly in the areas of Text Analytics and Semantic Search. I started working for large R&D labs, at IBM and Novell. Then, we founded Bitext Consulting as a company focused on helping companies take advantage of linguistic technology. During these years, we developed a general purpose Platform for Deep Linguistic Analysis, for fun mostly. Based on this Platform, we transformed Bitext Consulting into a product company, Bitext Innovations. Bitext is a startup specialized in developing the most accurate OEM multilingual semantic analysis engines in the market. PhD in Computational Linguistics and fluent speaker of Spanish, English, Italian, and a bit of French.

Expert Panel

 Robert vanderJagt

Robert vanderJagt

Chairman

KPMG EU Tax Centre

Enterprise Text Analytics: Content integration, Auto-classification, Ontologies and Creating an Authoritive Taxonomy

 Zach Wahl

Zach Wahl

President and Chief Executive Officer

Enterprise Knowledge

Zach has over 15 years of experience leading programs in the knowledge and information management space. He has worked with more than 200 public and private organizations to successfully design and implement information management systems, including content management, collaboration, social computing, search, taxonomy management, intranets and knowledge bases, and web.

Zach has developed his own taxonomy design methodology, has authored a series of courses on knowledge management, and is a frequent speaker and trainer on the subjects of information governance, web strategy, and taxonomy design. His experience includes projects for a broad spectrum of clients, ranging from Health and Human Services (HHS), Department of Defense (DoD), and Department of Energy (DOE). He also has extensive experience in the private sector and internationally with institutions including the International Monetary Fund (IMF), Nike, Marriott, Scottish Qualifications Authority, and UK Office of the Deputy Prime Minister.

Prior to founding Enterprise Knowledge, Zach worked at Project Performance Corporation, where he founded the Knowledge Management and Taxonomy Practices and later served as Vice President of Strategic Solutions for both the Public and Private Sectors. Zach has served on the board of the Washington DC Knowledge Management Institute and as the Chairman of the Institute for International Research (IIR) Enterprise Web, Portals, and Collaborative Technologies conference.

Enterprise Text Analysis: Optimizing Findability with Text Analytics and Taxonomies

 Justin Winter

Justin Winter

Founder

Diamond Candles