Announcing the First Speakers for ODSC West 2021 Announcing the First Speakers for ODSC West 2021
This November, ODSC will be returning to in-person conferences with ODSC West 2021, November 16th-18th in San Francisco. This year we... Announcing the First Speakers for ODSC West 2021

This November, ODSC will be returning to in-person conferences with ODSC West 2021, November 16th-18th in San Francisco. This year we will be introducing an all-new format: the hybrid conference. Not only will we have in-person talks, workshops, and training sessions, we will also have virtual sessions. Although we have not yet determined who will be presenting virtually and who will be presenting in-person, we couldn’t be more excited to announce our first group of ODSC West 2021 speakers below.

Rob Lee | Founder and CEO at Dragos, Inc. | Senior Instructor at SANS Institute

Robert M. Lee has spent most of his career at the National Security Agency where he built and led a first-of-its-kind mission hunting and analyzing state actors targeting ICS before founding Dragos, Inc. He is also a Senior Instructor at the SANS Institute where he authored the Forensics 578 course on Cyber Threat Intelligence and the ICS 515 course on ICS network monitoring and incident response.

Christopher Crowley | Senior SANS Instructor | SANS Institute

Christopher Crowley started his first job at Ultrix and VMS systems administrator at 15 years old. Since then he has accumulated 20 years of experience managing and securing networks, become a Senior Instructor at the SANS Institute, and authored the course, SOC-Class.com: the culmination of his thoughts on effective cybersecurity operations.

Noemi Derzsy, PhD | Senior Inventive Scientist | AT&T Chief Data Office

Noemi Derzsy’s research focuses on understanding and modeling customer behavior and experience through large-scale consumer and network data, using machine learning, network analysis/modeling, Spatio-temporal mining, text mining, and natural language processing techniques. She also volunteers in the data science community as NASA Datanaut and former organizer of the Data Umbrella meetup group and the NYC Women in Machine Learning and Data Science meetup group.

Charles Givre | Co-founder of Stealth Startup, GTK Cyber | Adjunct Professor at University of Maryland | Apache Drill Project Management Committee Chair

Before co-founding Stealth Startup and GTK Cyber, Charles Givre worked at JP Morgan Chase as a data scientist and technical product manager in the cybersecurity and technology controls group and as a lead data scientist at Deutsche Bank, and as a Senior Lead Data Scientist at Booz Allen Hamilton. One of Mr. Givre’s research interests is how to increase the productivity of data science and analytic teams, and towards that end, he has been working extensively to promote the use of Apache Drill in security applications and is a committer and PMC Member for the Drill project. 

Lisa Amini, PhD | Director | IBM Research

Dr. Lisa Amini was the founding Director of IBM Research Ireland, and the first woman Lab Director for an IBM Research Global (i.e., non-US) Lab (2010-2013). In this role she developed the strategy and led researchers in advancing science and technology for intelligent urban and environmental systems (Smarter Cities), with a focus on creating analytics, optimizations, and systems for sustainable energy, constrained resources (e.g., urban water management), transportation, and the linked open data systems that assimilate and share data and models for these domains.

Sarah Aerni, PhD | Director of Data Science and Engineering | Salesforce

Prior to Salesforce, Sarah Aerni, PhD led the healthcare & life science and Federal teams at Pivotal. She earned her PhD from Stanford University in Biomedical Informatics, performing research at the interface of biomedicine and machine learning. She also co-founded a company offering expert services in informatics to both academia and industry.

Kerry Weinberg | VP Data | League

Before joining League, Kerry led Data Science & Engineering for Amgen’s Digital Health & Innovation where her team applied machine learning to better understand human disease, improve Amgen’s ability to reach patients, and improve patient outcomes. 

Sujit Pal | Technology Research Director | Elsevier Labs

Sujit Pal’s areas of interests include Semantic Search, Natural Language Processing, Machine Learning and Deep Learning. At Elsevier, he has worked on several machine learning initiatives involving large image and text corpora, and other initiatives around recommendation systems and knowledge graph development. He has co-authored Deep Learning with Keras and Deep Learning with TensorFlow 2 and Keras and writes about technology on his blog Salmon Run.

Paco Nathan | Data Scientist | Derwen, Inc.

Paco Nathan’s core expertise is in data science, natural language, machine learning, and cloud computing. He has 38+ years of tech industry experience, ranging from Bell Labs to early-stage start-ups and is an advisor for Amplify Partners, IBM Data Science Community, Recognai, KUNGFU.AI, and Primer. 

Hannes Hapke | Machine Learning | Digits

Prior to joining Digits, Hannes Hapke was a senior machine learning for Concur Labs at SAP Concur, where he explored innovative ways to use machine learning to improve the experience of a business traveler. He was recognized as a Google Developer Expert for ML and has co-authored two machine learning publications: “Building Machine Learning Pipeline” by O’Reilly Media and “NLP in Action” by Manning Publications.

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