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


Arvind Krishna, Senior VP and Director, IBM Research


Arvind Krishna is senior vice president and director, IBM Research. In this role, he helps guide the company’s overall technical strategy in core and emerging technologies including cognitive computing, quantum computing, cloud platform services, data-driven solutions and blockchain. He oversees an organization of approximately 3,000 scientists and technologists in 12 labs across six continents. Previously, Arvind was general manager of IBM Systems and Technology Group’s development and manufacturing organization, responsible for developing and engineering everything from advanced semiconductor materials to leading-edge microprocessors, servers and storage systems. Earlier in his career, he was general manager of IBM Information Management and vice president of strategy for IBM Software. He has held several key technical roles in IBM Software and IBM Research, where he pioneered IBM’s security software business. Arvind has an undergraduate degree from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, and a Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.




Session Organizers & Speakers


Abhijit Bose, JPMorgan Chase & Co
Ajay A. Deshpande, IBM Research
Aleksandra Mojsilovic, IBM Research
Aliza Heching, IBM Research
Angela Schoergendorfer, Google
Ankur Gupta, Premise Data
Barbara Engelhardt, Princeton University
Beatriz Etchegaray Garcia, IBM Research
Ben Letham, Facebook
Bonnie Ray, Arena
Brian Karrer, Facebook
Brian Quanz, IBM Research
Canan Gunes Corlu, Boston University Metropolitan College
Candace Berrett, Brigham Young University
Chaitra H. Nagaraja, Fordham University
Cheryl Flynn, AT&T Labs
Christine Anderson-Cook, Los Alamos National Laboratory
Claudia Perlich, Dstillery
Daniel Merl, Facebook
Daniel Zantedeschi, The Ohio State University
Dario Ferreira, University of Beira Interior
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, WeWork
Hongfei Li, IBM Research
Huijing Jiang, IBM Research
James Gilman, North Carolina State University
Jennifer van Mullecom, Virginia Tech
Jian Zou, Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Jinfeng Yi, IBM Research
John Myles White, Facebook
Jonathan Krohn, Untapt
Julie Novak, IBM Research
Kamal Sen, Cogitaas AVA
Karina Kervin, IBM Research
Kassie Fronczyk, Institute for Defense Analyses
Katherine Heller, Duke University
Lindsay Berry, Duke University
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
Mengyang Gu, Johns Hopkins University
Nalini Ravishanker, University of Connecticut
Nancy Hersh, Independent
Naveen Naidu Narisetty, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Nora Kuthe, Spotify
Peter E Lenz, Dstillery
Qing Wu, Google Inc.
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
Ryan Brady, Apteligent
Samer Takriti, Goldman Sachs
Sandra Ferreira, University of Beira Interior
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
Somayeh Moazeni, Stevens Institute of Technology
Sujit K. Ghosh, NCSU and SAMSI
Tahir Ekin, Texas State University
Tamara Broderick, MIT
Tamara Greasby, Oracle
Taps Maiti, Michigan State University
Timothy Au, Google
Tom Donnelly, SAS
Veronika Rockova, University of Chicago
Vibhanshu Abhishek, Carnegie Mellon University
Vincent Raja Anthonisamy, University of Guyana
William Grey, IBM Retirement Funds
Xi Chen, LinkedIn
Xiao Liu, IBM Research
Xiaojing Wang, University of Connecticut
Xinyi Xu, Ohio State University
Yada Zhu, IBM Research
Yongjian Kang, Google Inc.
Youngdeok Hwang, IBM Research
Yuxue Jin, Google Inc