Review – All Speakers 2017
Predictive Analytics World Berlin
November 13-14, 2017, Estrel Hotel Berlin
Dean Abbott is Co-Founder and Chief Data Scientist of SmarterHQ, and President of Abbott Analytics, Inc. in San Diego, California. Mr. Abbott is an internationally recognized data mining and predictive analytics expert with over two decades of experience applying advanced data mining algorithms, data preparation techniques, and data visualization methods to real-world problems, including fraud detection, risk modeling, text mining, personality assessment, response modeling, survey analysis, planned giving, and predictive toxicology.
Mr. Abbott is the author of Applied Predictive Analytics (Wiley, 2014) and co-author of IBM SPSS Modeler Cookbook (Packt Publishing, 2013). He is a highly-regarded and popular speaker at Predictive Analytics and Data Mining conferences and meetups, and is on the Advisory Boards for the UC/Irvine Predictive Analytics Certificate as well as the UCSD Data Mining Certificate programs.
He has a B.S. in Mathematics of Computation from Rensselaer (1985) and a Master of Applied Mathematics from the University of Virginia (1987).
Dean Abbott is speaker of the following sessions:
I am currently working as a Data Scientist at Pivotal Labs, London. My role essentially requires me to identify the potential ways to create and deliver value from client’s data. I am focused on developing smart apps by applying machine learning and statistics. I have done my Masters in Machine Learning and HPC form University of Bristol.
Megha Agarwal is speaker of the following session:
Can Akin is Chief Operating Officer at Cargonexx, an innovative service for carriers that uses a specially programmed algorithm to calculate a current market price for each freight shipment. After completing his MBA with a focus on capital markets and finance and working for various management consultancies and auditing firms, he is now primarily responsible for strategic planning and process optimization for this fast-growing and highly rated start-up, which stands out from competing platforms through real-time pricing and deep neural networks.
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Dr. Christoph Best
Christoph Best is a Computational/Data Scientist in the Quantitative Marketing team of Google, where he does research on using large-scale data analysis and machine learning methods to understand user behavior trends, focusing in particular on Search and Video. Christoph has been working with huge data sets since the early 1990s, first as a Theoretical Physicist working on Supercomputing applications, and then later as a Bioinformatician working on image databases in structural biology. He joined Google in 2010 from European Bioinformatics Institute in Cambridge, England, where he led the Electron Microscopy Data Bank project.
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Timo Christophersen is speaker of the following session:
Director Data Services
Alexander loves solving complex problems with new technologies and he is a true believer that the current development in the field of machine learning has the biggest chance to change the world.
A native Bulgarian, Alexander moved to Munich in 2006 to study finance and statistics at the LMU Munich and joined Experteer as a working student in 2007. During these 10 years at the company and having served in various tech and operational roles, he took over the challenge to bring machine learning to improve the whole value chain. In less than 18 months the Data Science and Engineering department automated key text classification processes resulting in a cost reduction of more than 60% and a performance increase in more than 300%. As a result, Experteer Data Services came to life.
Data Services Mission is to introduce smart process automation to the HR Technology industry with innovative and scalable web services and cutting-edge machine learning algorithms. Working with SVM, Decision Trees and Random Forest, NLP, CNN, Char-CNN, Fasttext, Micro-Services to make the HR industry better.
Alexander Chukovski is speaker of the following session:
Director of Sales Engineering EMEA & APAC
Dominik Claßen has spent the last 12 years on the vendor side of the analytics software business. Working at T-Systems, IBM/Cognos, MicroStrategy and currently Pentaho, he has a wide experience in that sector. In his current role he is leading and growing a team of specialists for data science and custom analytics interfaces across the EMEA&APAC region. Part of this role is also to explore wider applications for Pentaho and machine learning as part of the overall IoT strategy of Hitachi.
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Sven F. Crone is an Assistant Professor in Management Science at Lancaster University, UK, where his research on forecasting with artificial intelligence has resulted in 40+ peer reviewed articles (including EJOR, JORS, IJF) and received international awards. As the Deputy Director of the Lancaster Centre for Forecasting, with 15 members of staff & PhD students one of the largest units dedicated to business forecasting, Crone has more than 10 years of consultancy experience in corporate projects, including supply chain forecasting (e.g. Beiersdorf, Sanofi-Aventis, Bayer, Celanese, Hapag-Lloyd), retail forecasting (e.g. Tesco, Morrisons, Sainsbury, Wilkinsons), and utilities demand and price forecasting (e.g. DONG, Codelco). Crone regularly provides corporate training courses for the Forecasting Centre, IBF and IEEE worldwide as well as custom-made in-house courses. He has been a regular speaker at 50+ academic and practitioner conferences, including different keynote lectures.
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Christian Deger is a coding architect at AutoScout24. He is deeply involved with "Tatsu", the project that transforms the matured AutoScout24 IT setup into a nextgen Web-Scale IT platform.
After many years of software development, Christian is still excited about advances in technology and new ideas and concepts.
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Amit is Director of Global Marketing at Visa, leading marketing efforts that ensure Visa’s brand strength is translated to rapidly evolving mobile and e-commerce payments. Amit is an expert at understanding marketing data and analytics which he has utilized to shape consumer product, marketing and sales strategies across the globe.
Amit Dogra is speaker of the following session:
Principal Solution Architect
Matthias Funke is speaker of the following session:
Senior Manager Risk
Joachim Gaschler ist Senior Manager Risk bei Concardis und dort für die Datenarchitektur im Risk zuständig. Er war Gründer und Geschäftsführer einer Firma, die ein datengetriebenes ERP-Tool für Mittelständlöer entwickelte. Er beschäftigte sich mit stochastisch dynamischer Optimierung ökonometrischer Modelle. Bei einer großen Versicherung entwarf er das Datenmodell für ein DWH und begleitete die Umsetzung. Bei Billpay war er Leiter Risk, Leiter Forderungsmanagement, Leiter BI, Leiter Fraud Prevention – und Datenschutzbeauftragter. Bei RatePAY war er Leiter Risk und Leirter Fraud Prevention. Bei beiden Stationen setzte er massiv auf die Nutzung von Daten. Business Intelligence ist für ihn keine IT-Aufgabe, sondern Kernaufgabe der Fachabteilungen, in denen das Business Know How ist (oder sein sollte) – und das Daten Know How hin muß.
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Dr. Marcus Groß is speaker of the following session:
Diploma and PhD in economics with a focus on quantitative finance, especially modeling with neural networks. Since 2003 with Siemens Corporate Technology in Munich. Principal Consultant for learning systems.
Dr. Ralph Grothmann is speaker of the following session:
Aviv Gruber is a cloud networking data scientist at Huawei Tel Aviv research center. He is a B.Sc./M.Sc. in Nuclear Engineering from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev and a Ph.D. in machine learning and data mining from the IEM department of Tel-Aviv University. He gained experience in industrial companies such as Intel, CyberArk and BMT (UK). Aviv is experienced in presenting his research work, both to the business and academic communities.
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Alwin holds a Phd in Applied Mathematics and studied in London, Berlin and Amsterdam. His main fields of interest are the modeling of customer purchasing behavior, forecasting and optimization under uncertainty. He is the founder of the Analytics & Data Science consultancy Haensel AMS – Advanced Mathematical Solutions. Most recently, he concentrated on topics such as: omni-channel attribution, personalized recommendations, dynamic pricing, as well as specific data mining and forecasting projects.
Dr. Alwin Haensel, Ph.D. is speaker of the following session:
Alex Hancock is Head of Treasury Analytics for Shell. He leads the Treasury Analytics Team in tackling challenges such as short and long term cash forecasting, counter party exposure, credit & risk. In a former role he was Analytics Manger for Shell Lubricants Supply Chain with a focus on forecast accuracy, supply chain optimisation and inventory management.
Alex Hancock is speaker of the following session:
Christoph Heckmann, Business Development Manager, Linde Digitalisation, The Linde Group.
After his studies of mechanical engineering and a semester abroad in South Africa, Christoph held various positions within the Engineering Division of the Linde Group. As founding member, he contributed significantly to the ramp up of the new Linde Digitalisation unit since 2015.
Industry 4.0, Internet of Things, Big Data Analytics and Augmented Reality are no longer abstract terms, but are more and more implemented successfully into the company’s business.
Christoph is convinced, that all stored data within the company is an undiscovered treasure. Convinced that we have to treat the data as a real asset, he is leading the predictive maintenance project for the Linde Group.
Christoph Heckmann is speaker of the following session:
Christian Junginger is speaker of the following session:
Dr. Joachim Keppler
Director Data Science
Dr. Joachim Keppler is speaker of the following session:
Rico Knapper holds a degree in Mathematics and has been working as Data Scientist since 2009 in several positions including research and management. In 2016, Rico Knapper co-founded anacision and is currently in his role as Chief Data Scientist involved in various applied Data Science projects in collaboration with industries.
Rico Knapper is speaker of the following session:
Advanced Analytics Technology Engineer
David Kriesel is speaker of the following session:
Albrecht is a Director at FactWorks, an international high-end research and analytics company based in Berlin and San Francisco. He is leading global research projects for Fortune 500 companies in Financial Services, eCommerce and information and telecommunications technology. For FactWorks, Albrecht bridges the gap between predictive analytics and marketing insights. Having published in numerous peer-reviewed high-impact journals, he’s an avid researcher with a deep sense for business needs knows how to tell the best stories with analytics.
Dr. Albrecht Küfner is speaker of the following session:
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Jonathan is a computational Neuropsychologist turned entrepreneur. Seduced by the opportunity to optimize consumer experience using machine learning, he led the Science team in a IBM Big Data Venture. Afterwards, he founded www.Neuro-Flash.com, combining AI and implicit Psychology, helping marketeers worldwide with their brand positioning and marketing optimization.
Dr. Jonathan Mall is speaker of the following session:
Michael Oettinger works as a freelance data scientist. He used to work for a.o. PwC and IBM. Most recently he was director at Fuzzy Logix a big data analytics software company. He is author of the book “Data Science - Eine praxisorientierte Einführung im Umfeld von Machine Learning, künstliche Intelligenz und Big Data”, which was published in July 2017.
Michael Oettinger is speaker of the following session:
Chief Data Scientist
Haile Owusu is Chief Data Scientist at Mashable where his main responsibility is the development and refinement of the company's proprietary Velocity technology, which predicts and tracks the viral life-cycle of digital media content. Haile specializes in statistical learning as applied to predictive analytics and has a background in theoretical physics, including a Ph.D from Rutgers University, a Masters of Science from King's College, University of London and a B.A. from Yale University.
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Malte Pietsch is a Co-Founder at deepset, where he crafts custom machine learning and NLP solutions for diverse clients, such as Siemens, Springer Nature and HawkAI. He holds a M.Sc. with honors from TU Munich and conducted research in the area of healthcare analytics at Carnegie Mellon University. Before founding deepset he worked as a data scientist for multiple startups.
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Simon Schneider is Co-Founder of 42.ai, which connects enterprises with startups for their AI needs. He serves as Director of ECSI and the HR startup Capacity. Before that Simon was founder of the crowdsourcing startup OmniCompete (acquired’12) which hosted thousands of technology competitions around the world and then led the AI-recruiting startup Zyncd (acquired’17).
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Mathematician background. Data Scientist at The unbelievable Machine Company (*um). Worked as a software architect in the editorial office of zbMATH. Research interests include natural language processing methods for text analysis and neural networks methods and their use for data analysis.
Ulf Schöneberg is speaker of the following session:
Dr. David Stephenson
Author and Founder
Dr. David Stephenson is an independent consultant in the field of data science and big data analytics and author of the forthcoming Pearson publication, “Big Data Demystified: How to make better business decisions”. He has led global analytics programs for companies such as eBay, Axel Springer and Coolblue (a skyrocketing ecommerce player in the Netherlands) and has worked extensively in insurance, capital markets, and financial risk management. He has also served as an expert advisor to top-tier investment, private equity and management consulting firms.
David completed his Ph.D. at Cornell University and was subsequently Professor at the University of Pennsylvania, teaching applied analytics to graduate students in the engineering and Wharton business schools.
David is currently based in Amsterdam.
Dr. David Stephenson is speaker of the following session:
20 years of professional experience in deep analytics: corporation, start-ups; employee, consultant, business owner. In 2011 started a consultancy QuantUp working for most known world brands. Since 2003 a keen user of the R language and a co-author of a book on forecasting in R. Actively promotes R during numerous conferences.
Dr. Artur Suchwalko is speaker of the following session:
Founder & Managing Director
With his Strategy Consultancy Datentreiber Martin Szugat supports companies during the digital transformation to data-driven business models and processes. His method of data strategy design empowers companies to develop individual and successful data strategies and allows them to take tangible advantage of their data. Prior to Datentreiber Martin Szugat was Managing Director of SnipClip, an agency for social media marketing & analytics solutions. The bioinformatics graduate has researched machine learning and data mining and worked as a freelance specialist author and IT consultant. Since 2014, he additionally is in charge as program director for the Predictive Analytics World conferences in Germany
Head of Yandex.Metrica
Viktor joined Yandex in 2011, and since 2015 he has been responsible for the development of Yandex’s analytical services – Yandex.Metrica (web analytics) and AppMetrica (app analytics). He has got a solid developer background and likes to steal an hour or two of coding every now and then. Viktor is keen on complex data integrations and the future of omnichannel analytics. He is experienced speaker of international conferences on digital analytics and databases.
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Chris is co-founder of StrataBridge, a boutique consulting firm that specialises in advising fast-moving, brand led organisations on strategy development, deployment and delivery, connecting the dots between the
hard and soft organisational issues to deliver sustainable growth inunpredictable circumstances.
A highly respected facilitator, Chris has a unique ability to understand and simplify complex business issues and opportunities and translate these intoaction. He has worked with leadershipteams around the world, helping them to create, articulate and realise their strategies through insightful diagnosis, leveraging connections and joined-up decision-making, and building capabilities to bridge to the future. Chris is a regular speaker on bridging the gap between strategy development and execution, at international conferences
and company strategy sessions.
Chris’s long-term client relationships are built on his ability to balance the delivery of fast results with sustainability, and Chris’s clients include AstraZeneca, Becton Dickinson, Coca-Cola, Compass Minerals, Mars, Mass Mart SA, PZ Cussons,SC Johnson, Shell, Unilever, Walgreens Boots Alliance.
Chris Turner is speaker of the following session:
Lukas combines industry experience in online experimentation and Data Science with an academic background in computing science and machine learning. Highly motivated, quick-witted, eager to learn, coach and teach, and able to think outside of any given box, Lukas has excellent analytical skills, communicative abilities and technical dexterity. He can unravel the problem, explain the answer and build the solution.Currently employed by Booking.com, the world's leading accommodation website, Lukas is responsible for the internal tooling and training that helps product development improve the customer experience in measurable steps through thousands of experiments.
Lukas Vermeer is speaker of the following session:
Stefan Weingaertner is founding member and CEO of DATATRONIQ, a German technology startup that provides an artificial intelligence platform that anticipates and tracks machine health and its impact on product quality.
He is an internationally recognized data science and predictive analytics expert with over two decades of experience applying advanced analytics algorithms, analytics automation, data preparation techniques, and data visualization methods to real-world problems for manufacturing, telecommunication, ecommerce, and financial industries. Stefan is also founding member of AdvancedAnalytics.Academy, an international data science training network.
As founding member and Managing Director of DYMATRIX for over 15 years, he was responsible for the Big Data and Data Science teams and pioneered the development of predictive analytics and model automation processes.
Prior to DYMATRIX, Stefan worked as a Data Science Consultant at Computer Science Corporation (CSC). Stefan holds a MS in Industrial Engineering from the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) and a Master in Business Research (MBR) from the Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich (LMU). He is co-publisher and author of the 3-Book series “Information Networking” and associate professor for Data Science and Business Analytics at several universities.
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Phil Winters is known internationally as The Father of Customer Intelligence. An independent business advisor, author, keynote lecturer and workshop leader with 35+ years' experience working with some 300 companies, he focuses on Customer Intelligence and championing the customer perspective to help organizations raise customer value through outstanding customer experience.
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Ralph is heading up GfK Data Lab – a new, global Data Science team that focuses on researching, leveraging, and enhancing GfK’s data landscape, experimenting with new data sources, and developing valuable data-driven products.
He started his career in GfK’s Marketing & Data Science unit in 2005 and quickly became a renowned methodology expert in the market research community. Prior to launching the Data Lab, Ralph was part of the Global Innovation team, managing all stages of GfK’s innovation process – from continuous monitoring of emerging digital trends and strategy development to the roll-out of new, innovative market research tools.
Ralph holds a PHD in statistics and is author of numerous articles and conference papers.
Dr. Ralph Wirth is speaker of the following session: