Big Data & AI Conference Speakers

Arthur Holland Michel

Arthur Holland Michel

Co-director, The CSD, Bard College

Arthur Holland Michel is the Founder and Co-director of the Center for the Study of the Drone, an interdisciplinary research and art collective at Bard College. He’s also a journalist, researcher and has written for a wide variety of media establishments.

He is a co-author of The Drone Primer: A Compendium of Key Issues, and Drone Sightings and Close Encounters in the National Airspace. Most recently, he’s the author of a new book titled Eyes in the Sky: The Secret Rise of The Gorgon Stare and How It Will Watch Us All.

Gorgon Stare is the name of an aerial surveillance system built by the Pentagon that has been used successfully in combat zones and, secretly, over some American cities. Michel will give a presentation and participate in the Ethics in AI/Facial Recognition discussion panel.

Attendees who register for the conference will receive a free copy of Eyes in the Sky.

Veena Somareddy

Veena Somareddy

Co-founder/CTO, NeuroRehabVR

Veena Somareddy is the Co-founder and CTO at NeuroRehabVR, a VR healthcare start-up aimed at building virtual/augmented reality training exercises with the use of machine learning for patients with neurological disorders.

She is also the Chapter President for VR/AR Association Dallas and co-organizer of the Women in VR – Dallas chapter, focusing on mentor-ship, skill development and building a community of talented individuals who are enthusiastic about being a part of this emerging industry.

Tom Edwards

Tom Edwards

Chief Digital Officer - Agency, Epsilon

Tom was recognized in 2019 by OnCon as a Marketing Trailblazer and a Marketing Contributor for thought leadership. Tom was also recently named a 2017 Marketing Technology Trailblazer by Advertising Age. For the past 19 years, Tom has focused on the intersection of emerging technology and its impact on consumer behavior and how to bring “Innovation to Reality”™.

Tom regularly provides thought leadership and industry commentary via business and advertising publications that have garnered millions of views. He speaks regularly (domestic & international) as a futurist on topics such as data design, artificial intelligence, Gen Z and the evolution of consumer experience.

Anna Sidorova

Anna Sidorova, PhD

Associate Professor, University of North Texas

Anna Sidorova is an Associate Professor at the University of North Texas where she conducts research on organizational impact of digital technologies and teaches a variety of graduate and undergraduate courses, including a graduate course on Artificial Intelligence in Business.

Dr. Sidorova has over 20 journal publications, as well as numerous conference publications related to strategic impact of IT, AI governance, business intelligence and analytics, business process management, enterprise architecture and open-source software development. At UNT, she has been recognized for teaching (College of Business Teaching Innovation Award, 2016) as well as research (Junior Researcher Award, 2009).

Besides her academic work, Anna Sidorova is the founder and CEO of Arcturus Intelligence Solutions, LLC, which offers training and consulting services related to AI strategy and governance. Prior to joining UNT, Dr. Sidorova was with PwC performance improvement practice in Moscow, Russia, where she advised clients on business process improvement and strategy implementation.

Randall Hunt

Randall Hunt

Software Engineer/Tech Evangelist, AWS

Randall Hunt is a Senior Technical Evangelist and Software Engineer at Amazon Web Services in Los Angeles. Randall spends most of his time building demos and writing about new services and launches. Python is his favorite programming language but he can sometimes be found struggling with C++.

Prior to working at AWS, Randall launched rockets at NASA and SpaceX but he found his programming passion at MongoDB. Randall has worked on a variety of technical and business challenges in many different verticals with over a decade of cloud experience at NASA, SpaceX, MongoDB, and AWS. He is a total space nerd.

Chintan Shah

Chintan Shah

Vice President, HYLA Mobile

Chintan Shah is a senior Information management executive with over 15 years of experience building and leading organizations centered on Technology, Analytics, Machine Learning, Digital transformation, Business Intelligence, Data warehousing and Big Data.

For many years, Chintan has been working with C-level execs and helping companies convert data into actionable intelligence creating competitive advantage. Chintan has not only developed data and analytical solutions for internal consumption but has also productized data/analytics solutions to monetize as “Analytics as a product”.

He has a BS degree from the University of Baroda (India), an MS in Computer Information Systems from the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, and a Graduate Certificate in Business Data Mining from Oklahoma State University.

Corey Clark

Corey Clark, PhD

CTO, Balanced Media

Dr. Clark serves as CTO of BALANCED Media | Technology as well as the Deputy Director of Research at SMU Guildhall and Assistant Professor of Computer Science at SMU. He has over 15 years of experience with a background in finding solutions to large-scale problems by combining several areas of study, such as gaming, systems biology, distributed computing, artificial intelligence and Machine Learning.

He has raised almost $20MM in research, seed, and series funding from government and private entities, and has served as CTO of a gaming technology startup that was acquired.

He has led multiple Advanced DoD R&D projects from concept to commercialization and most recently led a team to a $2.5MM XPRIZE Grand Prize win. Dr. Clark’s innovations in human-in-the-loop machine learning techniques have led to numerous publications, patents.

Senthil Sengodan

Senthil Sengodan, PhD

Head, North America Strategy, Nokia

Senthil Sengodan leads the North America Strategy function for Nokia. In this role, he has responsibility for leading the strategic planning activities for the North American market and helping drive new business opportunities. During his 21 years at Nokia, Senthil has held various positions, including leading research teams at Nokia Research Center, and being the Site Manager of Nokia Research Center, San Diego.

He has 10 granted patents, is co-author of IP Telephony with H.323: Architectures for Unified Networks and Integrated Services, and has held board positions at two industry consortia. Senthil has a Bachelor’s degree from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), a Ph.D. from the University of Southern California (USC), both in Electrical Engineering, and an MBA from Wharton.

Dr. Edward Peters

Edward M. L. Peters, PhD

Founder/CEO, Data Discovery Sciences

Dr. Peters leads Data Discovery Sciences, a boutique consulting firm specializing in digital transformation and has recently developed the Zero-Point Solution, a set of techniques that guide the identification and profitable implementation of RPA and cognitive technology projects. Prior to Data Discovery Sciences, he was CEO of OpenConnect Systems, an early leader in automated business process discovery and RPA.

He has been the recipient of numerous awards, including the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year, Regional Finalist in 2003, 2004 and 2008. He was also named Maryland Tech Council Entrepreneur of the Year in 2004.

He holds a Ph.D. in Applied Economics (process mining) from the University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands, an M.S. in Industrial Engineering and a B.A. in Government, both from Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA. He has also attended programs at the Stanford University Graduate School of Business and MIT’s Sloan School of Management. He has held faculty positions in applied economics at Katholieke Universetiet (KU Leuven) in Leuven, Belgium and in mathematics at Lebanon Valley College in Annville, PA. His writings have been published in scientific peer reviewed journals as well as the popular press (Forbes, The Financial Times, The Hill).

Karl Weinmeister

Karl Weinmeister

Cloud AI Advocacy Manager, Google

Karl is a Manager of Cloud AI Advocacy at Google, based in Austin, TX. He leads a global team of data science and engineering experts who engage with users at events, build impactful content, and influence Google product strategy. Previously, he was Director of Engineering at SparkCognition, where he led cross-functional teams that included building an ML-based malware detection.

Karl holds a BS in Computer Science from Duke University, and an MBA from the University of Texas – Austin.

KC Tung

K. C. Tung, PhD

AI Architect, Microsoft


KC holds a PhD in Molecular Biophysics from The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, TX.

Dan Darnell

Dan Darnell

VP of Product, ParallelM

Dan is a seasoned veteran of the enterprise software and Machine Learning application space with over 18 years of experience in product management and product marketing for enterprise software from CRM to multivariate testing, real-time personalization, and machine learning platforms.

Before ParallelM, he held various senior roles, including as the Product and Marketing Executive at Baynote, a leading real-time personalization platform where he was a member of the executive team that relaunched and sold the company in 2016. Dan has also worked in product management and product marketing roles at, Talend, Adchemy, Interwoven, Oracle and Siebel Systems.

Carl Madison

Carl Madison

Software Engineer, Sylabs, Inc.

Carl Madison is a software engineer at Sylabs Inc. His areas of expertise include Distributed Storage, High Performance Computing, artificial intelligence and Machine Learning. Carl holds 17 patents and currently works on Singularity 3.0.

Fatih Nar

Fatih Nar

Customer Engineer, Google

Fatih is a Cloud Customer Engineer at Google where he has been guiding his customers in their virtualization, cloud on-boarding and big data journey. Fatih held senior engineering positions previously in Verizon Wireless as Distinguished Engineer, in Canonical/Ubuntu as Senior Solution Architect and in Ericsson as Senior Solution Architect across different parts of the world with technology areas including NFV/SDN, Cloud, IP-TV, Connected/Smart Home and Vehicles.

Fatih holds an MSc in Information Technologies and a BSc in Electronics Engineering.

Gabriel Bianconi

Gabriel Bianconi

Founder, Scalar Research

Gabriel is a Machine Learning scientist with experience in applying cutting-edge academic research to solving real-world problems.

At Google and Facebook, he worked on backend infrastructure for enterprise tools responsible for billions of dollars in revenue. He’s also created an advertising supply-side platform that handled millions of ad requests per day, built an algorithmic trading platform and quantitative strategies for cryptoasset markets that handled over US$10M in volume. He’s held positions at startups and investment firms.

Gabriel has a B.S. & M.S. in computer science from Stanford University, where he received multiple academic distinctions, including the President’s Award for Academic Excellence. His B.S. thesis investigated quantum deep learning algorithms using NASA’s D-Wave quantum computer, and was selected for a presentation at the AQC 2017 Conference in Tokyo, Japan.

His M.S. research, conducted at the Stanford Partnership in AI-Assisted Care, focused on improving clinical care and reducing monitoring costs in hospitals using Machine Learning and computer vision, and resulted in a first-author manuscript selected as Top 10 Research Paper at the NIPS Machine Learning for Health 2017 Workshop.

Ramin Keene

Ramin Keene

CEO/Founder, Fuzzbox

Ramin is the founder of, which brings together Machine Learning, A/B testing, progressive delivery, and chaos engineering to help companies explore the unknowns of their applications, uncover risk, and manage complexity safely.

He has spent the last decade helping large companies put machine learning into production and scale their data infrastructure. He is based on Seattle.

Jon Bratseth

Jon Bratseth

Distinguished Architect, Verizon

Jon Bratseth is a Distinguished Architect in Verizon and the architect and one of the main contributors to, the open source Big Data serving engine.
Jon has 20 years experience as architect and programmer on large distributed systems.

He has a master’s degree in Computer Science from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology.


Aamer Charainia

Aamer Charainia

Co-Founder, Dallas AI

Senior leader with consistent success driving vision, strategy and development of machine learning and AI solutions. Leads cross-functionally, effectively bridging the gap between technology and business, while stimulating collaboration and creativity. Builds and empowers high performance teams with continuous improvement.

Holds 10 patents related to analytics and Big Data. Research and graduate education at MIT.

Steve Ardire

Steve Ardire

AI startup advisor 'force multiplier' & 'Merchant of Light'

Steve is AI startup advisor ‘force multiplier’ (currently advising 8 AI startups) who shapes serendipity to connect and illuminate the dots that matter (aka The Merchant of Light) leveraging significant relationship capital and personal branding. He is active speaker at events whose favorite topic is #AugmentedIntelligence for #futureofwork. For more follow @sardire and connect

Babar Bhatti

Babar Bhatti

Co-Founder, Dallas AI

Babar is a business and technology leader with 18+ years of expertise in Analytics, Product Management, Cloud Computing, Digital Platforms,
Machine Learning and Enterprise Software. He co-founded, grew and sold MutualMind, a SaaS analytics product company. MutualMind served the world’s top brands, including IBM North America/EU/Japan, American Airlines, Kraft, Nestle, P&G, Walgreens and Walmart.

He led technology and product management and spear-headed partnerships with IBM (AI/Watson partner, UBX partner and client for marketing and demand generation), Twitter, Facebook and more.

He’s the winner of 5 innovation awards at Verizon and MutualMind, and a member of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence. He holds a master’s degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering and Technology and
Policy from MIT.

Saurabh Shah

Saurabh Shah

Partner, IBM

Saurabh is a Partner in the Cognitive & Analytics practice in IBM Services,
and has established and led multiple practice areas within IBM’s Cognitive
and Artificial Intelligence Services. As a trusted advisor to the C-Suite, he has
helped multiple clients design, operationalize and execute their cognitive and
digitization strategies. He currently leads the Global Practice on Cognitive
Knowledge Worker. Recent leadership roles included establishing and leading
the IBM Garage and Cognitive Customer Care solutions.

In IBM Garage, he established a methodology and platform within client organizations to use AI and Machine Learning to innovate at a rapid pace while delivering business value. As the leader of CognitiveCustomer Care, he worked with multiple clients and inspired them to use AI, Automation and Cognitive solutions as a catalyst to deliver millions of dollars in savings by transforming and disrupting their customer strategy.

With 20+ years of cross industry experience, Saurabh has worked with several
large clients across a variety of industries.

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AI and law

This panel will examine how AI has been used and is being used to facilitate courtroom proceedings and in the legal profession in general.

Driverless cars

Hype or ready for prime time? You won't want to miss this discussion panel featuring a few of the best minds working on driverless vehicles technology.

Robots & automation

Are robots and process automation going to cost us our jobs? Our panel of experts will examine that and other issues related to robots and automation.

Ethics in AI/Facial recognition

Most American adults are in a face-recognition database accessible to law enforcement. Our panel of experts will tackle this and other issues related to this technology.

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Eyes in the Sky

The book is yours - free

Gorgon Stare is the name of an aerial surveillance system built by the Pentagon that can track 1,000 moving targets simultaneously. It has been used successfully in combat and, without permission, over some cities in the US.

Using info derived from his Pentagon sources and the companies that built the system, the author gives an account of how Gorgon Stare was built, and which businesses and US police departments want to get their hands on it.

Eyes in the Sky will be published just before Big Data & Conference starts, and the author is a confirmed speaker and panelist.

Each conference attendee will receive a copy of the book – gratis.

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