Adam Gibson

Co-Founder and CTO


Adam Gibson leads Skymind, a deep learning startup focused on enterprise solutions in banking and telco, as the CTO and cofounder.

Akira Shibata

Data Scientist


As Data Scientist at Data Robot, Akira Shibata is perfecting the art of applying machine learning to a diverse range of businesses. He contributed to the Higgs Boson discovery at the Large Haldron Collider particle accelerator of CERN, through statistical modeling during his post-doctoral work at New York University. Shibata was formerly CEO of Shiroyagi...

Andy Palmer

Co-Founder and CEO


Data management start-up Tamr was co-founded by Andy Palmer. Tamr simplifies and automates data preparation for spend analytics, clinical data integration, and other business problems, so businesses can ask big questions and get to business insights faster.

Catherine Havasi, Ph.D.

Founder and CEO


Dr. Catherine Havasi co-founded artificial intelligence (AI) text analytics company Luminoso, that transforms the way organizations interpret and act on large-scale customer, employee, and marketplace feedback.

Christopher Ahlberg

Founder and CEO

Recorded Future

Dr. Christopher Ahlberg is the CEO of Recorded Future, Inc. and Chairman of Hult International Business School. He advises a series of start up companies. Earlier Ahlberg was the president of the Spotfire Division of TIBCO, which he founded in 1996 and in 2007 sold to TIBCO (Nasdaq: TIBX) for $195M.

Clint Wheelock

Managing Director


As founder and managing director of Tractica, Clint Wheelock leads all research operations at the firm, including management of its analyst team as well as client interactions and consulting engagements. His personal research focuses on artificial intelligence and user interface technologies.

Dai Ike


Global Project Design Japan

Ike Dai has over 30 years experience within the IT industry and has participated many IT related projects as an SE, a consultant, and a project manager.

Daniel Pitchford

Commercial Director

AI Business

As Commercial Director of AI Business, the world’s foremost online news publication focused on how artificial intelligence is impacting the business landscape, Pitchford's experience in enterprise IT space has positioned him at the centre of a business community focused on future technology adoption.

David Rose

Founder and CEO

Ditto Labs

David Rose founded Ditto Labs, which uses deep learning networks to automatically discover what people share in social media photos and video. Using these affinity signals, the company helps marketers infer who precisely will be interested in which products and services. Ditto’s APIs power the world’s leading software platforms.

Ingo Mierswa

Founder and President


RapidMiner—the industry’s top open source predictive analytics platform that is empowering organizations to include predictive analytics in any business process—began as a project of company founder Ingo Mierswa, when he was at the Artificial Intelligence Division of the TU Dortmund University in Germany.

Ira Winder

Research Scientist

MIT Media Lab

Ira does end-to-end design, development, and implementation of tangible-interactive, augmented reality decision support systems at the MIT Media Lab. Ira works with industry, academia, and public agencies to build executive-level tools for solving complex spatial problems.

Jonathan Epstein

Japan Country Manager


Jonathan Epstein is country Manager for Credorax, a global acquiring bank that facilitates credit card transactions. He is also an active angel investor in Tokyo-based start-ups. Epstein has held senior positions in technology, banking, and payments and recently served as GM for PayPal Japan.

Jun Ohtani

Developer Advocate and Developer


Jun Ohtani is Developer and Developer Advocate at Elastic and Japanese User Group creator.

Kazunori Sato

Staff Developer Advocate on the Cloud Platform Team


At Google, Kazunori Sato leads the developer advocacy team for machine learning and data analytics products, such as TensorFlow (an open source software library for machine intelligence), Vision API (cloud-based image content analysis), and BigQuery (data warehouse for interactive analysis of enormous datasets).

Koichiro Tsukamoto

Data Business Consultant

Most recently, Koichiro Tsukamoto led the digital strategy department at Ignition Point, which helps clients solve challenges with digital transformation strategies.

Koji Sekiguchi

Founder and CEO


Koji Sekiguchi is deeply involved in the search engine industry and natural language processing community in Japan. He founded Ronduit in 2006, which offers consulting on search-based solutions, and offers training and technical support for Apache Solr and related technologies.

Lukas Biewald

Founder & Chief Data Scientist


Lukas Biewald founded CrowdFlower, a data enrichment and data mining leader that combines the best of human and machine intelligence, leveraging crowdsourcing to collect, clean, and label data.

Mateusz Dymczyk

Software Engineer


Mateusz is a software engineer at H2O.ai, the maker behind H2O, the leading open source machine learning platform for smarter applications and data products. He works on distributed machine learning projects including the core H2O platform and Sparkling Water, which integrates H2O and Apache Spark.

Mathieu Dumoulin

Data Engineer

MapR Technologies

As Data Engineer at MapR Technologies, Mathieu Dumoulin works a lot with Hadoop (MapR's distribution), Apache Spark, Apache Drill, Elasticsearch/Kibana, and Kafka/MapR Streams for real-time event-driven processing.

Meri Rosich Ph.D.

Chief Intelligence Officer

DataWise division of Oak Lawn Marketing

Meri Rosich has built a career in marketing innovation and strategic business transformation, leading teams for top global firms such as American Express, Bertelsmann, and Samsung.

Michael Chang

Founder and CEO

Kyper Data

Michael Chang founded Kyper Data to provide a cloud-based data-as-a-service platform that connects individuals, organizations, data publishers, and developers, making standardized datasets of any type and any size available all in one place.

Michiaki Ariga

Sales Engineer & Field Data Scientist


As Sales Engineer and Field Data Scientist, Michiaki Ariga leverages machine learning and data science to enable Cloudera customers to create value from big data using Hadoop/Spark and Python.

Nenshad Bardoliwalla

Co-Founder and Chief Product Officer


Paxata, co-founded by Nenshad Bardoliwalla, turns raw data into trustworthy information at the speed of thought, enabling business analysts to support the business data needs for analytics, operations and regulatory requirements.

Sheamus McGovern


Open Data Science Conference (ODSC)

The Open Data Science Conference (ODSC) is an organization committed to making data science more accessible. Beginning in early 2014, it has held major data science conferences in Boston, San Francisco. Santa Clara and London. It also hosts numerous meetups, data science for good hackathons, code sprints, and other events to help grow the international...

Stephen Jones

General Partner

SineWave Ventures

SineWave is an early stage VC investing firm that aligns top enterprise startups with commercial and public sector partners to drive scale and growth. Stephen's current investments at SineWave focus on data analytics, software-defined solutions, and cyber security.

Steve Bassi


Narf Industries

Steve Bassi is the Founder and CEO of Narf Industries, a boutique information security company which researches, designs, and develops new information security solutions for a diverse range of clients from casinos to governments.

Takafumi Kusano

Co-Founder & Representative Director

BrainPad Inc.

Takafumi Kusano is an active figure in data analytics in Japan both as Representative Director/Co-Founder of BrainPad Inc.—providing services for implementation of big data analytics and digital marketing—and as representative director of the Japan Data Scientist Society.

Takuho Mitsunaga

Research Associate Professor

Interfaculty Initiative in Information Studies at University of Tokyo

While Dr. Takuho Mitsunaga serves as Associate Professor of the Research Group for Cybersecurity in Public Policies at the University of Tokyo, he is also involved with the Japan Computer Emergency Response Team Coordination Center (JPCERT/CC).

Takuya Matsutani


Project Nippon

Leading Project Nippon, Takuya Matsutani is actively involved in bringing innovation to the world through collaboration with large companies and startups.  He founded Project Nippon Co., Ltd., which launched a service to register over 200,000 entrepreneurial-oriented people in its first year。

Tetsuro Ito

Personal Financial Management Department

Money Forward, Inc.

Tetsuro Ito has been at Money Forward, Inc. since 2016, where he has been engaged in work including the development of apps for the analysis of household budget management, and contributing to the direction of development work.

Tim Rowe

Founder and CEO

Cambridge Innovation Center

Tim Rowe is the Founder and CEO of Cambridge Innovation Center (CIC) which operates the largest facility in the world dedicated to housing startups. More than US $2B has been invested in companies that grew up at CIC.

Yasuo Tanida

Director of the Research Planning Office


At Synergy Marketing, Yasuo Tanida is working to construct a social knowledge (knowledge model) network and to establish technology that predicts consumer behavior, while integrating research results related to marketing science and communication mining. Through comprehensive IT technology, Synergy Marketing provides an support service integrating CRM functions with a domestic cloud service to make marketing...

Yuichi Tanaka

Spark Specialist


As a specialist of Spark / Hadoop, he is supporting the construction of many customers' analysis infrastructures. He has many experience as an engineer to play an important function in a variety of business, such as financial system, embedded system, community service, games, advertising system, and online shop system.