Invited Speakers

Keynote Address


Brenda L. Dietrich, IBM Fellow and VP

brenda-dietrich-photo-high-resolutionBrenda Dietrich is an IBM Fellow and Vice President. She joined IBM in 1984 and has worked in the area now called analytics for her entire career. Her early work involved applying mathematical models to improve the performance of IBM manufacturing lines, and during her career she has worked with almost every IBM business unit and applied analytics to a numerous IBM decision processes. For over a decade she led the Mathematical Sciences function in the IBM Research division where she was responsible for both basic research on computational mathematics and for the development of novel applications of mathematics for both IBM and its clients. In addition to her work within IBM, she has been the president of INFORMS, the world’s largest professional society for Operations Research and Management Sciences, is an INFORMS Fellow, and has received multiple service awards from INFORMS. She has served on the Board of Trustees of SIAM and on several university advisory boards. She holds more than a dozen patents, has co-authored numerous publications, and frequently speaks on analytics at conferences. She holds a BS in Mathematics from UNC and an MS and Ph.D. in OR/IE from Cornell. Her personal research includes manufacturing scheduling, services resource management, transportation logistics, integer programming, and combinatorial duality. She currently leads the emerging technologies team in the IBM Watson group.



Merlise A. Clyde, Professor of Statistical Science, Duke University


Merlise Clyde is a Professor of Statistical Science at Duke University and have served as Chair of the Department of Statistical Science at Duke since 2013. She received her PhD in 1993 from the University of Minnesota and joined the faculty at the Institute of Statistics and Decision Sciences (now the Department of Statistical Sciences) at Duke University in the fall of 1993. She is a past President of the International Society of Bayesian Analysis (ISBA), and an elected Fellow of ISBA and the American Statistical Association. She received the Zellner Medal from ISBA in 2016. Her research focuses on Bayesian solutions to the related problems of feature/variable selection, model selection and prediction using an ensemble of models to account for model uncertainty using Bayesian Model Averaging, with an emphasis on prior choice and computation.






Moorea Brega, Sr. Director, Data Science, Premise Data

moorea_photoMoorea oversees Premise’s large-scale, automated machine learning and data science models for product and business applications. Prior to joining Premise, she spent five years at The Climate Corporation leading critical data science research efforts including parametric crop insurance development, nutrient recommendation systems, and science strategy. Moorea holds BS and MS degrees in Applied Mathematics from the University of Colorado at Boulder and received her PhD in Statistics from the University of California, Berkeley. In her free time Moorea can be found hiking and running in the beautiful Bay Area, and digging into books about the history of science.







Welcome Address


Dario Gil, Vice President, Science and Solutions, IBM Research

Dr. Gil is Vice President of Science and Solutions at IBM Research. He has direct responsibility for IBM’s science agenda, which includes a broad portfolio of activities spanning the physical, mathematical, and life sciences. Dr. Gil is also responsible for IBM’s cognitive solutions research agenda, which aims to incubate future solutions and businesses for IBM and its clients. Prior to his current role, Dr. Gil was the Director of Symbiotic Cognitive Systems, where he led the creation of the Cognitive Environments Laboratory, the IBM Research THINK Lab and the IBM Watson Experience Center. Dr. Gil is a passionate advocate of collaborative research and is the creator and Founding Director of two research consortia: the IBM Research Frontiers Institute and the Smarter Energy Research Institute. An expert in the field of nanofabrication, he led the team that built the world’s first microprocessor with immersion lithography. Dr. Gil is a frequent speaker at business events, conferences (including TED), universities, and research institutions and is an elected member of the IBM Academy of Technology. He received his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.


Session Organizers & Speakers


Aliza Heching, IBM Research
Ankur Gupta, Premise Data
Arun Verma, Bloomberg
Barbara Engelhardt, Princeton University
Ben Letham, Facebook
Bonnie Ray, Arena
Brian Karrer, Facebook
Brian Quanz, IBM Research
Candace Berrett, Brigham Young University
Chaitra H. Nagaraja, Fordham University
Cheryl Flynn, AT&T Labs Research
Christine Anderson-Cook, Los Alamos National Laboratory
Claudia Perlich, Dstillery
Daniel Merl, Facebook
Daniel Zantedeschi, The Ohio State University
David Banks, Duke University
Elizabeth Schifano, University of Connecticut
Elizabeth Tipton, Teachers College, Columbia University
Emmanuel Yashchin, IBM Research
Emre Barut, George Washington University
Erin LeDell, H2O
Francis Mendez, Texas State University
Frank Yoon, IBM Watson Health
Grant Weller, Savvysherpa
Harlan Harris,
Huijing Jiang, IBM Research
James Gilman, North Carolina State University
Jennifer van Mullecom, Virginia Tech
Jian Zou, Worcester Polytechnic Institute
John Myles White, Facebook
Jonathan Krohn, Untapt
Karina Kervin, IBM Research
Kassie Fronczyk, Institute for Defense Analyses
Katherine Heller, Duke University
Kay See Tan, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Kush Varshney, IBM Research
Lindsay Berry, Duke University
Lloyd Treinish, The Weather Company & IBM Research
Marco Ferreira, Virginia Tech
Maria Terres, The Climate Corporation
Marian Farah, The Climate Corporation
Marianna Dizik, Google
Marianthi Markatou, Dept. of Biostatistics, University at Buffalo
Mattia Ciollaro, Spreemo Health
Maxwell Shron, Warby Parker
Mengyang Gu, Johns Hopkins University
Nalini Ravishanker, University of Connecticut
Nancy Hersh, Independent
Naveen Naidu Narisetty, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Peter E. Lenz, Dstillery
Qing Wu, Google
Rahel Jhirad, Hearst
Ravi Shroff, New York University
Rebecca Yates Coley, Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute
Reka Daniel-Weiner, Dstillery
Richard Hahn, University of Chicago
Rodrigue Ngueyep Tzoumpe, IBM Research
Roman Vaculin, IBM Research
Ryan Brady, Apteligent
Ryan Roundy, Oracle
Samer Takriti, Viking Global Investors
Sandy Griffith, Flatiron Health
Saurabh Mishra, International Finance Corporation, World Bank Group, University of Maryland College Park
Scott Holan, University of Missouri and US Census Bureau
Shawndra Hill, Microsoft Research
Sitki Gulten, Stockton University
Sujit K. Ghosh, NCSU and SAMSI
Tahir Ekin, Texas State University
Tamara Broderick, MIT
Taps Maiti, Michigan State University
Timothy Au, Google
Tom Donnelly, SAS
Veronika Rockova, University of Chicago
Vincent Raja Anthonisamy, University of Guyana
Xi Chen, LinkedIn
Xinyi Xu, Ohio State University
Yada Zhu, IBM Research
Yingdong Lu, IBM Research
Yongjian Kang, Google
Youngdeok Hwang, IBM Research
Yuxue Jin, Google