Keynote Speakers:

Dr. Frank Lee
Global Industry Leader for Healthcare & Life Sciences
IBM Corporation

Dr. Frank Lee is the Healthcare and Life Science industry leader for IBM Systems Group with over twenty years' experience in scientific research and information technology. His work includes the creation of industry reference architecture and its implementation as HPC, cloud, big data and AI platforms for dozens of clients and partners worldwide. As an advocator for the transformation of the industry towards precision medicine, Frank has spoken in dozens of conferences and published in IBM System Journals, Redbook, research paper and HIMSS report. When encountering gaps of technologies, Frank led charges of innovation with inventions in metadata and provenance management. Frank also brings in the subject matter expertise on genomics, an experience that includes participation in the Human Genome Project as a research associate and his training as a molecular biologist at Washington University.

Nick Curcuru
Vice President of Big Data Practice

Nick Curcuru has over 20 years of experience implementing and managing large scale advanced analytics projects across the world for companies such as The Walt Disney Company, Capital One, The Home Depot, Burlington Northern Railroad, Merrill Lynch and The General Electric Company.  He helps drive strategic decisions through the use of data and analytics.  He helps companies uncover opportunities to increase revenue and grow profit margins.  He is currently the Vice President of Big Data Practice at MasterCard.

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Amit Bhagwan
Manager, Mobility Analytics Products and Prototypes, Ford Motor Company

Amit Bhagwan leads teams developing analytic products that are underpinning the next generation of products and services in the mobility space. These analytic products are part of Ford's mobility strategy to deliver a broad suite of products and services that enhance all layers of the transportation system – vehicles, infrastructure, connectivity and digital services – to alleviate the transportation drag on cities and help people move more freely in the City of Tomorrow. Amit has previously held technical roles in the analytics space with General Motors and IBM. Amit has a Masters in Predictive Analytics from NorthWestern University. He has also received his Masters in Systems Engineering from the University of Michigan - Dearborn.

Richard Bryant
Data Scientist, Improvement Path Systems

Richard brings four years of experience as a research and applied statistician to drive innovative healthcare analytics solutions.

Sergio J Castillo
President & CEO, Eco BCG

Sergio has been the CEO at Eco BCG for the past 9 years.  His experience includes over 20 years in C-level positions in companies such as 3M and Bank of America.  He holds an MEM from Duke University and an MBA from Glasgow Business School.

Dr. Peter Chhim
North American Warranty Management, Tenneco

Peter Chhim has nearly 20 years of experience implementing and enhancing quality and warranty systems within the auto industry.  His extensive experience spans the automotive supply chain and includes Tier II suppliers and OE equipment manufacturers.  In his current role, he is responsible for warranty management of Tenneco's North American Ride Performance business.  In this role, he leads a team that oversees and improves customer warranty performance by acquiring, analyzing, and deriving insights and next steps from customer warranty data.  He is a published researcher and educator with experience in both industry and academia.  He received his Ph.D. in Industrial and Systems Engineering from Wayne State University in 2015.

Subu Desaraju
Executive Vice President - Performance Marketing, MRM-McCann

Subu Desaraju is a seasoned digital marketing leader with over 20 years of industry experience at leading agencies and strategy consulting firms. Through his career he has worked with Fortune 100 firms at the intersection of business strategy, analytics and marketing technology. Subu's expertise resides in developing transformational marketing initiatives enabled by data driven insights and delivered through marketing platform innovation. His experience spans digital performance marketing, CRM, e-Commerce and emerging media. Subu has delivered differentiated and results oriented marketing solutions powered by data for clients across automotive, financial services, media, telecommunications and travel. Subu currently heads the mid-west Performance Marketing and Analytics practice at MRM//McCann. He holds an MBA from the Stern School of Business, New York University and a prior Masters/B.E in Computer & Information Science.

Dr. Ming Dong
Associate Professor, Department of Computer Science, Wayne State University

Ming Dong received his B. S. degrees in electrical engineering and industrial management engineering from Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai, China, in 1995. He received his Ph. D degree in electrical engineering from University of Cincinnati in 2001. From 1995 to 1997, He was a lecturer at University of Petroleum, Shan Dong, P. R. China. He has been in the Department of Computer Science at Wayne State University since 2002. He was promoted to Associate Professor of Computer Science with Tenure in 2008 and is the Director of Machine Vision and Pattern Recognition Laboratory (MVPRL) at Wayne State University. Dr. Dong's areas of research include pattern recognition, data mining, and multimedia analysis with applications in Healthcare Informatics, Automotive and Medical Imaging.

Marc Fabbo
Senior Solutions Engineer, MapR

Marc Fabbo is currently a Sr. Solutions Engineer with MapR where he helps customers learn about Big Data and how they can harness the power of it for their businesses. He came to this role after an 18 year career with Teradata where the majority of his focus was helping customers realize value from their investment in data warehouse technology. During his career he has held a variety of positions in including Engineering Director, Product Manager, Professional Services Partner, and Solution Architect.

Joshua E. Feinstein
Global Data Strategy, AI, Business Intelligence & Analytics, General Motors Company

As a member General Motors' Global Data Strategy, AI & Analytics Services, Joshua is responsible for GM's Global Connected Customer Business Intelligence & Analytics solutions.   Managers and leaders in North America and around the world depend on the information, insights and reporting that his team(s) provide to run their business everyday.  Along with IT leadership and business partners, Joshua also contributes to setting direction for how General Motors will run it's global connected customer data strategy, innovation and analytics business tomorrow and into the future.  Prior to coming on board with GM in 2011, Joshua worked at Standard and Poor's (S&P Global) in New York City.  At S&P, Joshua led the design, development and implementation of S&P's Global Investment Research Services'  Business Intelligence, Enterprise Database Platforms and Data-Integration Systems.

Tom Fisher
Chief Technology Officer, MapR

As CTO, Tom works with enterprise customers to ensure they take full advantage of MapR technology. He also leads initiatives to advance the company's innovation agenda globally.  Tom was previously with Oracle, where he was a senior executive in engineering and operations for over five years, supporting the company's top 40 cloud customers globally. He was also Oracle's senior vice president and CIO for global commercial cloud services, focusing on improving service delivery through automation and direct action with customers. Prior to Oracle, Tom served as CIO and vice president of cloud computing at SuccessFactors (now SAP), where he ran cloud operations as well as emerging technologies in product engineering. Additionally, Tom led technology teams at Qualcomm as CIO of CDMA technologies and with eBay Inc. where he was vice president and acting CTO.

Dan Flavin
Senior Sales Engineer, Neo4j

Dan is a Chicago based pre-sales engineer with an extensive experience in all things data. Over the last 10 years, Dan has worked with clients to envision and successfully implement solutions in the Hadoop, NoSQL, Machine Learning, and Massively Parallel Database technology realms.

Bob Foreman
Senior Software Engineer & Trainer, HPCC Systems - Lexis Nexis Risk Solutions

Bob Foreman has worked with the HPCC Systems technology platform and the ECL programming language for over 5 years, and has been a technical trainer for over 25 years. He is the developer and designer of the HPCC Systems Online Training Courses, and is the Senior Instructor for all classroom and Webex/Lync based training. This includes: Introduction to ECL - Concepts and Queries, Introduction to THOR - the Extract, Transform and Load (ETL) Process, Advanced ECL - Working with Relational Data, Advanced THOR - Super files, Working with XML, and Free-form Text Parsing, Introduction to ROXIE - Indexes and Queries, Advanced ROXIE - Complex Query Development, and Applied ECL – ECL Code Generation Tools.

Andrew Frey
Chief Information Officer, Marketing Associates

From Assembler to Ajax, Modem to Mobile, Mainframe to Cloud - Andy Frey, from Marketing Associates developed his knowledge as a leading technologist, and CIO at leading national corporations such as GAB, Compuware, JWT & Coolfire. At MA, Andy has the opportunity to work with technologically advanced Fortune 100 corporations providing enterprise solutions. Andy specializes in optimizing data (big) applications. Over 25 years in Information Technology, Andy has seen the ups & downs in the technology industry and the transformation of the industry to its current state. Andy has Implemented large scale CRM solutions for Fortune 10 corporation using Big Data solutions including Cloudera Hadoop, Oracle, others.

Mack Hendricks
Senior Solutions Engineer, HortonWorks

Mack works with enterprise customers on architecting solutions that allows them to realize the business value of Big Data. He also mentors students in preparation for the Wayne State University Annual Hackathon (WSUHack).  This includes teaching a hands-on workshop on AI with Spark and Tensorflow.

Tracy Hewitt
Emerging Analytics Strategy and Acceleration Lead, Ford Motor Company

Tracy Hewitt leads the Emerging Analytics Strategy and Acceleration practice for Global Data Insights and Analytics (GDI&A) at Ford Motor Company. She joined Ford in 2015 after serving as the Analytics Officer for Global Connected Customer Experience (GCCX) at General Motors. Previously, she led a university-based consulting group that built predictive models for hospitals, Harley-Davidson, Whirlpool, Dow Chemical and more. Her degrees are in (BA, MS) in applied economics from Michigan State University

John Howey
Senior Systems Engineer, Cloudera

John Howey is a Senior Systems Engineer at Cloudera. He has been working with Big Data, Search and Analytics for the past decade. He has helped many Fortune 1000 companies solve some of the toughest Big Data and Analytics problems.  He has over 20 years of diversified experience with software architecture, design and engineering with companies such as Oracle, Endeca Technologies, Sun Microsystems, Netscape, Unisys and Ford Motor Company. John has a Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering from the University of Michigan.

Mohan Jayaraman
Vice President of IoT & Practice Head, Softura

With nearly 20 years of experience in architecting the digital enterprise, Mohan is Leading IoT & Analytics practice at Softura. He has over 10 years of experience in various Connected Vehicle initiatives for OnStar (General Motors), Ford Motor Company and other heavy equipment manufacturers. He led the world's first LTE Connected Car and Prognostics service as an Enterprise Architect at General Motors. He also led various Connected Car Monetization use cases including B2B integration with Telogis and Insurance Providers for one of the major OEM's Connected Vehicle initiative. Mohan led the U.S. Department of Energy funded Smart Grid IT program for General Motors, where he was integrating the electric vehicle to grid in partnership with various utilities. He has successfully executed various consulting engagements, assessments and workshops to guide the customers embarking IoT and Analytics journey with implementation roadmap.

Krishna Kallakuri
President, diwo

Prior to founding diwo, Krishna was a founding member of DataFactz, one of the fastest-growing analytics company in the Midwest. He brings more than 15 years of expertise in the IT industry as well as senior management experience. Krishna has a strong passion for solving business problems.

Jason Lee
Founder & CEO, SmartCone Technologies

Jason Lee is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of SmartCone Technologies. Jason has dedicated most of his professional life to developing new technologies that make the world a safer place, with applications in aviation, business intelligence, manufacturing, and software development. He has spent time in Kuwait and Afghanistan with the US military researching and developing smart safety for military use, for which he was presented the Challenge Coin for Excellence. Jason has created three (four?) award-winning products. He lives in Calabogie, Ontario, Canada, with his wife and family, where he dreams of finding more cost-effective ways to make technology more helpful and easier for people to use.

Fletcher Liverance
Principal Software Engineer, Amazon

Fletcher Liverance is a Principal Engineer at Amazon Detroit, responsible for Amazon internal Data Analytics platforms. His teams leverage AWS and open source technologies such as EMR, SQS, SWF, EC2, Dynamo DB, S3, Kinesis, Elastic Search and Apache Spark to build and maintain a big data processing platform that enables customers to discover and analyze petabyte-scale data. He specializes in developing tools that enable data engineers and scientists to leverage software development best practices for big data and machine learning projects to help them deliver their best work and have fun doing it.

Michael Marks
Data Scientist, Improvement Path Systems

Michael has seven years of experience building robust data science solutions and translating data from complex hospital settings into comprehensible value.

Jordan Martz
Director of Technology Solutions, Attunity

Jordan is the Director of Technology Solutions at Attunity, a leading provider of data integration and data management software. In this role, Jordan works closely with both the alliances team and the product management team at Attunity with Big Data/Hadoop, IoT and cloud solutions.

Charles Murray
President & Co-Founder, Switched Source

Charles Murray is President and Co-Founder of Switched Source, a company focused on providing hardware solutions to utilities to increase the reliability and efficiency of electricity distribution. Charlie comes from an independent power producer background at Invenergy, where he developed utility-scale solar, wind and natural gas electricity generation projects in the US as well as Central and South America. Charlie earned his bachelor's and master's in electrical engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, and is a professional engineer in the state of California.

Dr. David Ostrowski
Data Scientist, Ford Motor Company

David Ostrowski has over 30 years professional experience in software development and analytics between the areas of Big Data analytics, manufacturing simulation, analytical modeling, agent-based modeling, database and real-time data acquisition. He currently works at Ford Motor Company as a Data Scientist in Product Analytics within the Global Data Insights and Analytics organization. Dr. Ostrowski received his B.B.A. in Management Information Systems from the University of Michigan-Dearborn in 1987, M.S. in Computer Science from Wayne State University in 1992 with concentration in Software Engineering and Artificial Intelligence and Ph.d. in Computer Science in 2002 also from Wayne State University with his thesis involving the application of Cultural Algorithms applied in the context of Agent-Based Modeling. He has over 40 refereed publications, two book chapters and numerous internal technical reports and participates in several academic committees including IEEE TEC transactions, IEEE ICSC and IEEE ICIOS. He also has two decades of experience as an adjunct professor having taught Computer Science in graduate and undergraduate curriculums in areas including Compiler Design, Theory of Computation and Artificial Intelligence.

Don Penland
Consultant, Microsoft / Netrix

Don is a twenty-year IT veteran with experience in Microsoft productivity tools and solutions. Most recently, Don's focus has been helping organizations envision and design data transformations to Microsoft cloud solutions.

Lisa Phillip
Enterprise Data Architect, Quicken Loans

Lisa is a Business Intelligence professional with more than 19 years of combined experience in leading, architecting and building BI and data solutions. As a Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist, my technical expertise lies in the full suite of the Microsoft BI and data stacks. As an architect, I have experience designing and driving the implementation of BI solutions, with a strong focus on maximizing business value to my clients. As a leader, I aim to inspire and motivate a team, and every individual on that team, to achieve their own goals, as well as those that drive the success of the business.

Dr. Mahesh Rajasekharan
Chief Executive Officer, Cleo

Mahesh Rajasekharan has more than 18 years of experience as a senior software executive in sales and marketing, operations, business strategy, supply chain management, SaaS, enterprise software, consulting services, private equity, acquisition integration, and P&L. Mahesh currently serves as the CEO of Cleo, where he has led tremendous expansion, thought leadership, and customer service excellence. He is considered an industry expert in global supply chain management. Mahesh has authored several industry and academic publications in the areas of supply chain and operations management, and has spoken at numerous industry conferences. Mahesh earned a Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering from Texas A&M University, and he has an M.S. in Industrial Engineering from Texas Tech University and a B.E. in Mechanical Engineering from Anna University, India. Mahesh also earned an MBA in Finance, Strategy, and Marketing from the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley, where he graduated No. 1 in his class.

Dr. Daniel Reaume
Advanced Analytics, Dow Chemical Company

Dr. Reaume is in Advanced Analytics at Dow Chemical Company. In this role, he drives the corporation's advanced analytics strategy and the implementation of advanced analytics initiatives. Current efforts include projects in the sales, marketing, risk management, compliance, and supply chain areas, with a focus on Big Data. Prior to joining Dow Corning, Dr. Reaume spent 18 years with General Motors, where he was honored three times with GM's highest award for technical accomplishment for his work improving profits by several billion dollars. Most recently, he led GM's Senior Leadership Technical Council charged with driving innovation in the corporation. Dr. Reaume earned his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan's Department of Industrial and Operations Engineering where he was a Rackham fellow and NSERC 1967 fellow.  He also holds graduate degrees in law and management and is a licensed professional engineer and attorney.

Dania Rich-Spencer
Vice President, Automotive Innovation Group, Morpace

Dania is Vice President at Morpace, a top 50 global research and consulting firm serving clients in the automotive, financial services, healthcare, retail and consumer goods industries.  She is leading the company's efforts to develop products that provide contextual understanding to complex data sets.   Dania has applied her 20 years of automotive and consumer behavior research experience to create a suite of analytical tools designed to optimize Total Cost of Ownership for commercial vehicle owners and to improve product quality and brand loyalty for automotive OEMs.  Dania holds a M.S. degree in Psychology from Walden University.

Nisha Sarveswaran
Founder & CEO, Ambience Data

Nisha is an entrepreneur and engineer who is passionate about the environment. She has over 10 years of engineering experience in a wide range of fields including Aviation, Nuclear and Simulation.  As an Aerospace Engineer she has a proven ability to develop complex project solutions in data analysis, optimization and hardware/software systems integration. She has extensive experience in service delivery, business development, strategy, operations and software development. She previously worked for Atomic Energy of Canada Ltd and Atlantis Systems Int. At Ambience Data, her responsibilities include overseeing Ambience Data's overall strategic development, direction, planning and execution. She is directly involved in the development of the real-time software monitoring platform and the development of the advanced air quality sensor systems.

Amy Schneider
Consultant, Microsoft / Netrix

Amy comes with a background in operations and process management prior to moving into working with Microsoft Office 365 and Power BI. She has spent the last 4 years engineering Microsoft solutions that integrate not only Power BI but also integrating other Microsoft tools to bring automation, and collaboration to the world of BI and data analytics.

Keith Shields
Chief Analytics Officer, Magnify Analytic Solutions

Keith Shields is the Chief Analytics Officer of Magnify Analytic Solutions (a division of Marketing Associates).  He and his team are responsible for finding data-driven analytic solutions to their clients' business problems, ranging from credit risk models and loan pricing strategies to customer lifetime value models and targeted 1-1 marketing campaigns.  He has 25 years of experience developing and applying quantitative technologies to the fields of Risk Management and Database Marketing. Keith has a BA in Mathematics from Wittenberg University and an MS in Industrial and Operations Engineering from the University of Michigan.

Wayne Snyder
Director of Technology Development, Next Energy

Wayne Snyder is Director, Technology Development at NextEnergy where he  oversees planning and execution of connected and emerging technology solutions. Leveraging the company's cyber physical systems, Internet of Things and data acquisition infrastructure, Snyder assists cross-industry partners and collaborative teams in transforming ideas into integrated technology demonstrations that showcase and validate stakeholder value propositions. Snyder holds a B.S. in Computer Science and an M.S. in Information Systems Engineering from Oakland University. Wayne was presented the Merit Network Innovation Award in 2015 in recognition for development of Internet of Things, AC/DC hybrid data centers and cybersecurity smart grid analytics. He is certified as a Connected Vehicle Professional and Information Technology Infrastructure Library practitioner.

Don Steffes
Vice President of Information Technology International Operations, GM Financial

Don joined GM Financials International Operations in July 2013. Since joining, Don created a data strategy and assembled a Business Intelligence and Data Solutions team.  The team has delivered a data platform, provided self-service reporting to the business, refreshed the BI and analytics platforms, implemented an enterprise data catalog, reinstated the data governance council, and started a data quality initiative. Through his professional career of 30 years, Don has managed various IT departments and lead many large multifaceted projects.  He holds an MBA from Oakland University and an undergrad degree in Computer Science from Wayne State University.

Clarisse Taaffe-Hedglin
Executive Architect, Worldwide Client Centers, IBM Systems

Clarisse Taaffe-Hedglin is a cognitive executive architect, responsible for performance analysis and benchmarking on IBM Power Systems. She works in the IBM Systems Worldwide Clients Centers, helping clients define their HPC/HPDA strategy. She runs workshops on identifying deep learning use cases across multiple industries and works with Clients on building prototypes with IBM's cognitive platforms. Clarisse's background is in numerical analysis and parallel systems optimization with a Master of Science degree in Mathematics from Purdue University. She resides in Charlotte, NC.

Dr. John Thielens
Chief Technology Officer, Cleo

John is responsible for crafting technology strategy, innovation, and architecting enterprise integration solutions to solve complex requirements in multi-enterprise, cloud, collaboration, mobile, and other integration challenges. John has over 30 years of experience in the software industry. Most recently, he held the position of Chief Architect, Product Suite, and CSO with Axway. In prior roles, he served as a senior technology leader in GXS, Inovis, Tumbleweed, and other software technology companies. John holds a Mathematics degree from Harvard University.

Fred Thompson
Senior Manager, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan

A long-term Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Michigan employee, Fred Thompson helped steer the Blues through many significant changes in the competitive market place and health care reform. He is one of the first leaders to advocate the creation of an analytical area within the Blues. Under his leadership, the Blues has created a suite of analytical tools that are used in pricing and helping the company understanding its members better. He is constantly in search of advanced analytical tools and algorithms, and promotes best practices pertaining to data mining and data science techniques. Fred has a Bachelors of Science degree in Physics from Alma College and continues his pursuit of higher learning on a daily basis.

Deepinder Uppal
DAssistant Division Director, Michigan State Police, State of Michigan

Deepinder is Assistant Division Director of the Criminal Justice Information Center. He is responsible for for multiple data integration projects related to the integration of complex databases and complex visualizations. Deepinder has supervised projects, led teams, developed, is in the process of developing, co-developed and integrated multiple data intensive systems, and isolated sets, for intelligence gathering, analysis and advanced metrics. This includes the selection, cultivation, cleansing, integration and ultimate visualization of possible threats, past events, and predictions..

Beaumont Vance
Director - Head, Enterprise Analytics Center of Excellence, TD Ameritrade

Beaumont Vance is the head of the Enterprise Analytics Center of Excellence at TD Ameritrade. Prior to TD Ameritrade, Beaumont was Head of Advanced Analytics at Fidelity Investments where he led a team of data scientists to drive competitive advantage and efficiency across the firm. Prior to that he was Head of Insurance and Risk at Fidelity Investments. Beaumont is author of Enterprise Risk Management for Dummies, and has been a writer for Risk and Insurance Magazine for 10 years.  He holds a B.A. from Wake Forest University and learned much of what he actually uses from the Stanford School of Engineering and Management Science.

Joel Vaughan
Corporate Risk Team, Wells Fargo

Joel Vaughan graduated with a PhD Statistics from the University of Michigan in 2012.  He was an Assistant Professor at Quinnipiac University from 2012-2017 where he taught mostly statistics courses. Joel joined the Statistical Modeling and Machine Learning group in Corporate Model Risk at Wells Fargo in 2017. He has been developing techniques and software for implementation and interpretation of Machine Learning models in Credit Risk Applications.

Flavio Villanustre
Vice President - Technology, HPCC Systems - LexisNexis Risk Solutions

Flavio Villanustre leads HPCC Systems. In this position, Flavio is responsible for Information and Physical Security, overall infrastructure strategy and new product development. Prior to 2001, Dr. Villanustre served in different companies in a variety of roles in infrastructure, information security and information technology. In addition, Dr. Villanustre has been involved with the open source community for over 15 years through multiple initiatives. Some of these include founding the first Linux User Group in Buenos Aires (BALUG) in 1994, releasing several pieces of software under different open source licenses, and evangelizing open source to different audiences through conferences, training and education. Prior to his technology career, Dr. Villanustre was a neurosurgeon.

Purush Yeluripati
CEO, Zenith Technology Solutions

An effective leader with front-line management experience in healthcare sectors of USA and expertise in operational management, program planning and evaluation, quality improvement and assurance programs, facility safety and budgetary management, use of new Healthcare technology. At ZTS, He has proven the concept of healthcare coordination to next level with the help of Integrated Care Delivery Platform (ICDP) . Healthcare delivery has dramatically changed in the last five years. ICDP Coordination Manager has been purpose-built from the ground up as a care coordination platform to address the unique needs of value-based care delivery models such as Medical Homes, Health Homes, Accountable Care Organizations (ACO) and Delivery System Reform Incentive Payments (DSRIP). Building on the core capabilities, ICDP Coordination Manager enables so many benefits for healthcare organizations.

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