ESTREL HOTEL BERLIN
NOVEMBER 18-19, 2019

FROM PREDICTION TO DECISION

Review 2018 – Speakers

Predictive Analytics World Berlin
November 13-14, 2018, Estrel Hotel Berlin

Dean Abbott
Dean Abbott

Co-Founder and Chief Data Scientist

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).

Information about Dean Abbott's session will follow soon.

Dr. Michael Allgöwer
Dr. Michael Allgöwer

Management Consultant Data Science

Martin Bergmann
Martin Bergmann

Product Manager

Martin Bergmann is Product Manager at Bilfinger Digital Next GmbH, the digital hub of Bilfinger SE. Bilfinger SE is a leading industrial service provider for the process industry. Martin Bergmann is responsible for major digital solutions of Bilfinger Digital Next GmbH such as Bilfinger Connected Asset Performance (BCAP®), Industrial Tube and also PIDGraph. Martin is eager to combine “old” strengths of Bilfinger with new digital methods such as AI to generate new products. He also has some knowledge in data science especially text mining, time series modelling and visualization which he applies in product developments and customer projects. Martin has a M. Sc. in Industrial Engineering and Management from TU Bergakademie Freiberg with specialization in chemical engineering and is currently attending the course “Big Data and Data Science” at TU Dortmund.

Marcelo Boeira
Marcelo Boeira

Senior Backend Engineer

Marcelo is a Software Engineer with many years experience working on large-scale web applications of various different flavours.  

Passionate about software that makes an impact, delivering value, availability, distributed systems, functional languages, and open source.

At hey car Marcelo takes care of the Platform Engineering, creating and scaling solutions used across the entire website, as well as infrastructure for AB Test, Feature Toggles, Data Warehousing, Image Scaling, Image Classification Pipelines, Tensorflow, Kubernetes, and such.

Prof. Dr. Sven Crone
Prof. Dr. Sven Crone

Director

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.

Prof. Dr. Sven Crone is speaker of the following session:

Jonathan Greve
Jonathan Greve

Machine Learning Engineer

Jonathan is an experienced Machine Learning Engineer with a demonstrated history of working in the information technology and services industry and a passion for deep learning. 

Dr. Sören Gröttrup
Dr. Sören Gröttrup

Manager Advanced Analytics

Dr. Sören Gröttrup is speaker of the following session:

Dr. Sean Gustafson
Dr. Sean Gustafson

Product Manager

Sean Gustafson is a product manager at Scout24. He believes in a data-centric approach to product development and loves when data forms the core of a new product offering. After years working as a software engineer in medical, telecommunication and e-commerce domains; and after obtaining a PhD in Human-Computer Interaction, he put away his engineering hat to manage product development in the Scout24 Data Engineering group.

Dr. Sean Gustafson is speaker of the following session:

Dr. Tim Hasenpusch
Dr. Tim Hasenpusch

Data Scientist

As a data scientist at Trakken Web Services, Tim spends his days deep in the development of attribution, classification, and segmentation models but is also comfortable talking to subject matter experts from national and multinational organisations about their line of business challenges.

Daniel Hellwig
Daniel Hellwig

Head of Digital

Kepler Cannon

Daniel is leading the Digital practice at Kepler Cannon in New York City. Prior to joining the firm in 2014, Daniel held multiple positions focused on technology transformations. Daniel studied Finance and Mathematics at the Wharton School, and holds a graduate degree in Industrial Engineering from UC Berkeley.

Daniel Hellwig is speaker of the following session:

Dr. Alfred Inselberg
Dr. Alfred Inselberg

Computer Science and Applied Mathematics Departments

Alfred received a Ph. D. in Mathematics and Physics from the University of Illinois (Champaign-Urbana) continuing as Research Professor at the Biological Computer Laboratory  working on Neural Networks, Cognition, Population Dynamics and Models of Complex Nonlinear Systems. He then held senior research positions at IBM where he developed a Mathematical Model of the Ear(Cochlea) (TIME Nov. 74) and later Collision-Avoidance Algorithms for Air Traffic Control (3 USA patents). Concurrently he had joint appointments at UCLA, USC, Technion and Ben Gurion University. Since 1995 AI is Professor at the School of Mathematical Sciences of Tel Aviv University. He was elected Senior Fellow at the San Diego Supercomputing Center in 1996. He invented and developed the multidimensional visualization  methodology of Parallel Coordinates for which he received numerous patents and awards.  His textbook on "Parallel Coordinates: VISUAL Multidimensional Geometry", was published by Springer and praised by Stephen Hawking among many others. 

Dr. Alfred Inselberg is speaker of the following session:

Ralf Jäger
Ralf Jäger

Vice President Customer Analytics

Unitymedia NRW GmbH

Oliver James
Oliver James

Senior Data Scientist

Unitymedia NRW

James is a Data Scientist Team Leader in Customer Analytics at UnityMedia.  He and his team support the Customer Value, and Strategic Marketing & Pricing teams, developing and deploying subjects such as ROMI and Lifetime Value analysis.  “Context is King” will be heard whenever James is working on a project, and he will always be trying to ensure the data solution codifies the business knowledge.  He is passionate about enabling data driven decision making, and loves finding innovative solutions being faced by the business and customer. 

Dr. Carolin Kaiser
Dr. Carolin Kaiser

Senior Researcher

GfK Verein

Dr. Carolin Kaiser is speaker of the following session:

Natalie Kortum
Natalie Kortum

Consultant

Dell

Natalie Kortum is a Decision Sciences Manager at Dell in Investment Optimization. She works in measuring and optimizing long-term impacts of difficult to measure influences such as brand campaigns, corporate social responsibility, product quality and customer service offerings and has recently received a patent for her cutting-edge modeling design. 

Natalie Kortum is speaker of the following session:

Denis Krivitski
Denis Krivitski

CTO

Avoncourt Partners

Data scientist with an M.Sc. in computer science, over 20 years software development experience, has been involved in machine learning since it's earliest stages, so far he has written scientific papers, has registered 8 patents and has extensive professional experience in this field.

Denis Krivitski is speaker of the following session:

Dr. Jonathan Mall
Dr. Jonathan Mall

Founder & CEO

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.

Romina Medici
Romina Medici

Data Manager Advanced Analytics and Data Lab

Romina Medici, B.Sc. is leading a corporate program on data management at E.ON SE. She works as Data Manager at Advanced Analytics and Data Lab from E.ON and strives to provide the right data at the right time to the right person, no matter if business analysts, data scientist, data protectors or data owners. Before she qualified herself in as data management leader, she worked in different analytics roles in complex organizations,  i.e. as 

analytics and optimization manager in the corporate supply chain organization or as administrator at Avacon AG. Romina is in parallel conducting her Master of Science in Data Science.

Romina Medici is speaker of the following session:

Harald Meier
Harald Meier

Network Analyst

Harald Meier is network analyst with geographical background. He founded the Digital Space Lab in 2011 where he conducts a variety of network analyses on social, economic and political topics. Harald is also member of team NodeXL at the Social Media Research Foundation and is an expert in visualizing network data.

Dr. Amir Meimand
Dr. Amir Meimand

Director of Science, Research and Development

Zilliant

Amir Meimand, Ph.D. is Zilliant Director of Science Research and Development, where he designs and develops analytical solutions for B2B and B2c business problems and performs research in which he applies new methods to improve the current solutions as well as develop new tools. 

Information about Dr. Amir Meimand's session will follow soon.

Georgina Neitzel
Georgina Neitzel

Senior Data Scientist

BCG Digital Ventures

Georgina is Senior Data Scientist at BCG Digital Ventures and has worked in various startups, such as SoundCloud and Funding Circle. She holds a degree in Industrial Engineering and Management from Berlin Institute of Technology.

Georgina Neitzel is speaker of the following session:

Dr. Olaf Nimz
Dr. Olaf Nimz

Consultant

Olaf Nimz takes care of the Data Science teams at Trivadis AG on locations in DACH area. He is specialized in making data speak. His background in natural sciences allows to communicate advanced analytics projects in close collaboration with diverse topics from engineering to risk-actuary segments.
In the area of predictive or preventive maintenance he realized solutions with rotating machines in an industrial context.

Dr. Olaf Nimz is speaker of the following session:

Brian O’Neill
Brian O’Neill

Product Designer and UX Consultant

Designing for Analytics

Brian O'Neill is a product designer and founder of the consultancy, Designing for Analytics, which helps organizations design indispensable data products and analytics solutions. He has worked with companies including DELL/EMC, Tripadvisor, Fidelity, NetApp, MITRE, JP Morgan Chase, and ETrade and has spoken at the O’Reilly Strata Data Conference.

Dr. Szilard Pafka
Dr. Szilard Pafka

Chief Scientist

Epoch

Szilard has a PhD in Physics for using statistical methods to analyze the risk of financial portfolios. For the last decade he's been the Chief Scientist of a tech company in California doing everything data (analysis, modeling, data visualization, machine learning, data infrastructure etc). He is the founder of the LA R and LA data science meetup, the author of a well-known machine learning benchmark on github (1000+ stars), a frequent speaker at conferences (keynote/invited at KDD, R-finance, Crunch, eRum etc.), and he has developed and taught graduate machine learning courses at two universities (UCLA in California and CEU in Europe).

Dr. Szilard Pafka is speaker of the following session:

Dr. Sebastian Petry
Dr. Sebastian Petry

Sebastian Petry studierte Statistik an der LMU München und promovierte anschließend dort im selben Fach. Sein weiterer beruflicher Werdegang führte ihn durch Analytics-Abteilungen bei DeutschlandCard und PAYBACK, wo er auch leitende Positionen übernahm. Er betreute in dieser Zeit verschiedene Kunden aus Retail und E-Commerce im Bereich Kampagnenmanagement und Customer Insights sowie verschiedene Marketing- und Plattformthemen. Seine dort gesammelten Erfahrungen machen ihn zu einem Experten im Bereich Customer- und Marketing-Analytics. Gegenwärtig leitet er das Competence Centers Data Science & AI der b.telligent. Mit seinem Team setzt Herr Petry Data Science Projekte in unterschiedlichen Themenbereichen wie etwa Customer Insights, Predictive Maintenance, IoT und KI erfolgreich um. Im Mittelpunkt jeder Analyse steht für ihn deren Nutzen zur Lösung von konkreten Businessproblemen.

Malte Pietsch
Malte Pietsch

Co-Founder

deepset

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.

Malte Pietsch is speaker of the following session:

Frank Pörschmann
Frank Pörschmann

Deputy Chairman

Frank Poerschmann is deputy chairman of the non-profit-organization „Digital Analytics Association e.V.“ in Germany and one of the leading

European heads on pushing the profession of „data analyst“ to become internationally established.
As head of the working group Industrial Analytics he initiated the first global study on Industrial Analytics 2017 which ist presented at this conference.
In his commercial live, the former CeBIT CEO acts as Managing Partner of iDIGMA GmbH, one of the first data strategy advisors, specialized on the strategic development of
data analytics capabilities in professional organizations.

Frank Pörschmann is speaker of the following session:

Christian Prahl
Christian Prahl

Technical Consultant

As a data engineer and highly technical analyst, Chris supports customers all the way from the implementation of data collection systems to advanced analyses challenges. He loves tearing down data silos and feels most comfortable in Python, Javascript or SQL.

Stefan Reiser
Stefan Reiser

Head of Market Research

Messe München

Dr. Markus Rotter
Dr. Markus Rotter

Head of Network Analytics

Markus is driving Advanced Analytics on network and service data in Vodafone Germany to improve customer experience and operational performance. He leads a team of data scientists for predictive/big data analytics as well as a BI developer team to productize analytical results into KPIs, reports and dashboards. By developing a real-time correlation software, the data science team is able to proactively find network problems and automate the resolution. Employing the typical data science methods to correlate technical and customer data, they also provide levers to improve customer experience.
Before his role at Vodafone, Markus held various positions in Product Management, Sales and Management Consulting at various companies. He holds a diploma and a PhD in physics from LMU Munich.

Rene Schallner
Rene Schallner

Senior Researcher

GfK Verein

Rene Schallner is speaker of the following session:

Philipp Schlunder
Philipp Schlunder

Data Scientist

Philipp Schlunder, M.Sc., studied physics with a focus on data analysis and astro particle physics at TU Dortmund. Afterwards he worked as a research assistant and analyzed data from the IceCube Neutrino Observatory. Since 2017 he is a data scientist at RapidMiner focussing on applicability of scientific discoveries to industrial problems.

Dr. Stefan Schulte
Dr. Stefan Schulte

Planet Home Group

Dr. Stefan Schulte ist Director für Big Data und Data Science bei der PlanetHome Group, einem der größten Immobilienunternehmen Deutschlands. Zuvor war er als Area Chief Analytics Officer bei der Microsoft Deutschland GmbH war Schulte aktiv an vielen Transformationsprojekten bis hin zum Thema Artificial Intelligence beteiligt. Für seine Erfolge im Bereich Retention wurde er 2009 mit dem Global Innovation Award ausgezeichnet.

Information about Dr. Stefan Schulte's session will follow soon.

Calvin Seward
Calvin Seward

Research Scientist

Calvin Seward is a Research Scientist at Zalando and is perusing his PhD at the Johannes Kepler University. He’s applied his mathematics background to fields as diverse as warehouse management, size recommendations and generative modeling. Knowing AI will soon be everywhere, he endeavors make security a priority for AI leaders and practitioners.

Calvin Seward is speaker of the following session:

Dr. Andrey Sharapov
Dr. Andrey Sharapov

Data Scientist

Andrey Sharapov is a data scientist and data engineer at Lidl. He is currently working on various projects related to machine learning and data product development. Previously, he spent 2 years at Xaxis where he help to develop a campaign optimization tool for GroupM agencies, then at TeamViewer, where he led data science initiatives and developed a tools for customer analytics. Andrey is interested in "explainable AI" and is passionate about making machine learning accessible to general public.

Dr. Marc Smith
Dr. Marc Smith

Chief Social Scientist

Social Media Research Foundation

Marc Smith is a sociologist studying the social organization of computer mediated communication.

Dr. Marc Smith is speaker of the following session:

Dr. Marcel Spehr
Dr. Marcel Spehr

Senior Data Scientist

T-Systems International

After finishing his PhD on the topic of image retrieval systems at the TU Dresden in 2015, he worked as Data Scientist for T-Systems in leading roles on various projects related to Data Analytics. These projects included Predictive Maintenance, Predictive Operations and Data Visualization topics for a wide array of customers.

Dr. Marcel Spehr is speaker of the following session:

Dr. Alec Sproten
Dr. Alec Sproten

Senior Consultant

STAR COOPERATION GmbH

Holding a MSc. in Psychology from the University of Liege (2009), Dr. Alec Sproten earned his Ph.D. in Economics at the University of Heidelberg investigating topics in developmental Neuroeconomics. There, he also gained theoretical and practical insights in Big Data and AI. From 2012, he worked as Assistant Professor at the Chair of Economic Theory at Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nuremberg. His teaching and research encompassed questions of theoretical ad behavioral economics. He published various articles in peer reviewed journals and discussion paper series and participated in advancing the scientific discourse with presentations about various current topics at numerous conferences. Since April 2017, he works as senior consultant and expert for market research and data science at the division for Strategy and Marketing Consulting at STAR Cooperation. In his current projects, he supports clients in their digital transformation focusing on machine learning and big data.

Dr. Alec Sproten is speaker of the following session:

Dr. Andreas Stadie
Dr. Andreas Stadie

Dr. Andreas Stadie is speaker of the following session:

Martin Szugat
Martin Szugat

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

Prof. Dr. Klaus Thiel
Prof. Dr. Klaus Thiel

Professor für Mathematik, insb. Wirtschaftsmathematik, Statistik und Marktforschung

Westfälischen Hochschule, Campus Bocholt

Since 2009: Professor for Mathematics, Statistics and Market Research at Westfälische Hochschule. Director of the Institute of Economic and Social Research.

Senior Manager analytical CRM, Deutsche Telekom AG, Bonn.

Consultant in the area of development and implementation of automatic disposition systems for enterprise resource planning, SAG AG, CH-Tägerwilen.

Daniel Tröndle
Daniel Tröndle

Data Scientist

Daniel Tröndle is a Data Scientist at Markant Services International GmbH (MSI), mainly working on sales and supply chain forecast for german retailers. With few tens of million timeseries to be forecasted every single week, the challenge to automatically optimize, adjust and monitor the predictions is a key to a robust system. Before joining the MSI  he obtained a Ph.D. in experimental partice physics and has extensive experience in large scale data analysis at the LHC (Large Hadron Collider) at CERN as a postdoctoral researcher.

Daniel Tröndle is speaker of the following session:

Julia Weber
Julia Weber

Manager Advanced Analytics

Julia Weber is speaker of the following session:

Tom Weiss
Tom Weiss

CTO and Chief Data Scientist

Dativa

Tom is an international innovator on TV big data analytics and leads Dativa's technology and data science teams.

He has developed many of the algorithms for the use of Smart TV data in comparison with traditional TV data sets, and formerly founded Genius Digital to provide consumer analytics and insight to MPVDs across Asia and North America. Before that, he developed the TV Genius content discovery platform which was deployed across Europe before being acquired by Red Bee Media

He has a degree in Physics from Oxford University and lives in the UK with his wife, four children, seven guitars and a double bass.

Tom Weiss is speaker of the following session:

Dr. Sebastian Wernicke
Dr. Sebastian Wernicke

Chief Data Scientist

Sebastian Wernicke is Chief Data Scientist of ONE LOGIC, helping organizations make sense of their data. He originally studied bioinformatics before moving into management consulting and serving as managing director at Seven Bridges, building genetic analysis platforms. He is also widely known for his TED Talks around data and statistics.

Dr. Sebastian Wernicke is speaker of the following session:

Imam Widjaja
Imam Widjaja

Director of Business Operations / Global Supply Chain and Post Factory Operations

Imam is currently the Director of Operations in HP Inc responsible for Global Supply Chain for multi billion dollar ink supplies business with team and operations in Asia, Europe and US. We are in the transformation journey for the supply chain into Smart Supply Chain as we see this as a parallel effort to SMART manufacturing. He holds a MBA from the National University of Singapore and a MSc and BSs in Electrical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin – Madison (USA).

Phil Winters
Phil Winters

Author and Thought Leader

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.

Phil Winters is speaker of the following session:

Norbert Wirth
Norbert Wirth

Director Analytics and Artificial Intelligence

Norbert is a digital, analytics, and innovation leader with exceptional track record and almost two decades of international experience. He draws on his extensive experience in analytical consulting, the digital ecosystem, innovation management, multi asset data platform pioneering, product, and algorithm development. Norbert blends strong commercial sense, profound international management experience, intimate knowledge of the digital ecosystem, agile development, lean startup principles and data design thinking. His roles in various industry bodies made him a thought leader in digital and data driven solution development, applied artificial intelligence, questions of data privacy (GDPR, e-privacy) and data management.   

Norbert Wirth is speaker of the following session:

Daniel Wrigley
Daniel Wrigley

Senior Consultant Search & Analytics

Dr. Hans-Georg Zimmermann
Dr. Hans-Georg Zimmermann

Senior Research Scientist

Dr. Hans Georg Zimmermann, Study of Mathematics at University of Bonn, Senior Principal Research Scientist at Siemens Corporate Technology in Munich for 30 years, Founding member of the neural networks research at Siemens. Since Dec. 2017 at Fraunhofer Gesellschaft in Nurnberg.

Dr. Hans-Georg Zimmermann is speaker of the following session: