Pere is an independent consultant and entrepreneur specialized in distributed systems. He has worked in technologically challenging environments for more than 10 years. He co-founded Datasalt as CTO, created two open-source projects on top of Hadoop (Pangool - an easier API for Hadoop, and Splout SQL - a distributed, low-latency read-only database), founded the "Big Data Beers" meetup and is currently advising and architecting mission-critical applications with cutting-edge technology such as Apache Spark.
Adam Drake is CEO / Chief Data Officer one of the premier technical leadership and data consulting companies in Southeast Asia. Before that he worked as Chief Data Officer at Skyscanner, one of the world's most successful online travel companies. He has been in technology roles for over 15 years in a variety of industries, including online marketing, financial services, healthcare, and oil and gas. His background is in Applied Mathematics, and his interests include online learning systems, high-frequency/low-latency data processing systems, recommender systems, distributed systems, and functional programming (especially in Haskell).
Mikio is Delivery Lead at Zalando, a data science researcher and blogger. He previously was co-founder of Streamdrill, a company focussing on real-time data analysis. He is part of the Berlin Big Data Competence Center, which aims to bring together machine learning and scalable technologies to create the next generation of Big Data infrastructure. He is also the author of jblas, a fast matrix library for Java which is used by PayPal, and Breeze, and Apache Spark.
Jose Quesada is the founder and director of DSR. Jose helps others decide better, do better, or be better through data. Like everyone else, he doesn’t know what data science really is, but suspects it has to do with predicting the future before it catches you empty-handed. He has a PhD in Machine learning and worked at top research labs (U. of Colorado, Boulder, Carnegie Mellon, Max Planck Institute). Previously he was a data scientist consultant, specializing in customer lifetime value, and as the head data scientist for GetYourGuide.
Trent is co-founder and CTO of Ascribe, which uses modern crypto, ML, and big data to tackle challenges in digital property ownership. His two previous startups applied ML in the enterprise semi-conductor space: ADA was acquired in 2004 and Solido is going strong. He has an engineering PhD in applied ML from KU Leuven, Belgium. His interests include large scale regression, automating creativity, anything labeled "impossible", and thousand-fold improvements. He was raised on a pig farm in Canada.
Arunkumar Srinivasan is finishing a PhD in Bioinformatics from the Max Planck Institute. He started using R in late 2011 and is coauthor of the data.table R package, which offers fast aggregation of large data (e.g. 100GB in RAM), fast ordered joins, fast add/modify/delete of columns by group using no copies at all, list columns and a fast file reader (fread). Arun has a passion for developing tools and algorithms facilitating Big Data analyses.
Marek is a true R hacker and enthusiast since the Paleozoic era of R_1.4.0. Author of a best-selling Polish book on R programming and many R packages, including the famous stringi packages. Computer programmer since the age of 6 (C64 basic, C/C++, assembler, PHP, Java, VHDL, bash, Julia, Maxima, Lisp, Fortran and many others). Marek has a PhD in computer science and specializes in data aggregation, fusion and mining, computational statistics, and uncertainty modeling. Currently an assistant professor and a tutor and mentor at the Warsaw University of Technology, Poland.
Daniel is an expert software engineer, Python programmer, and machine learning specialist. When he's not developing high-performing, end-to-end pattern recognition and predictive analytics systems for his clients, Daniel's learning new tricks to train deep neural networks more efficiently. Through his company Natural Vision, he's been successfully applying deep learning to problems in bioacoustics, computer vision, and text mining.
David began his career as a senior research scientist at Carnegie Mellon University, Mitsubishi Electric Research Labs, and Sun Labs. His research career focused on tangible user-interfaces and real-world applications of machine learning. Since 2005, David has been leading the development of data intensive applications for companies across europe — most recently as CTO at RetentionGrid.