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Paco Nathan(Topic Speaker)

Known as a "player/coach", with core expertise in data science, natural language processing, machine learning, cloud computing; 35+ years tech industry experience, ranging from Bell Labs to early-stage start-ups. Co-chair Rev. Advisor for Amplify Partners, Deep Learning Analytics, Recognai, Data Spartan, Primer. Recent roles: Director, Learning Group @ O'Reilly Media; Director, Community Evangelism @ Databricks and Apache Spark. Cited in 2015 as one of the Top 30 People in Big Data and Analytics by Innovation Enterprise.


Zachary C. Lipton (Moderator)

Zachary is an Assistant Professor in the Tepper School
of Business and af liate faculty in the Machine Learning Department (MLD) and Heinz School of Public Policy. He was the 2018 recipient of the Adobe Digital Experience Research Award. His research interests span core ML methods as well as critical applications and the social impacts of ML. He is currently focused on the robustness of ML systems under distribution shift, applications of ML to healthcare, data-ef cient deep learning, and questions regarding the fairness and interpretability of ML systems.



Arthur Zhang

Arthur Zhang is a Managing Director of ZhenFund, with featured deals including ofo bicycle, X-charge, UISEE, ShebaoTong, Lyncmed Medical, etc.

Prior to joining ZhenFund, Arthur was with Baidu Investment, M&A Department, and Booz&Company in both US and China.

Arthur holds a Ph.D. in Transportation & Operations and a Master's degree in Economics from Northwestern University, and a Bachelor's degree in Engineering from Tsinghua University.

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Kirk Borne

Dr. Kirk Borne is the Principal Data Scientist and an Executive Advisor at management consulting firm Booz Allen Hamilton since 2015. Before that, Kirk was professor of astrophysics and computational science at George Mason University for 12 years, where he taught and advised students in the data science program. Prior to that, Kirk spent nearly 20 years supporting data systems activities for NASA space science missions, including a role as the Data Archive Project Scientist for the Hubble Space Telescope. Dr. Borne has a B.S. degree in Physics from LSU, and a Ph.D. in Astronomy from Caltech. He is an elected Fellow of the International Astrostatistics Association for his lifelong contributions to big data research in astronomy. As a global speaker, Kirk has given hundreds of invited talks worldwide, including conference keynote presentations at many dozens of data science, A.I. and big data analytics events globally. He is an active contributor on social media, where he has been named consistently among the top worldwide influencers in big data and data science since 2013. He was recently identified as the #1 digital influencer worldwide for 2018-2019. You can follow him on Twitter at @KirkDBorne.


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Ya Xu leads the Data Science team at LinkedIn. Her team covers metrics, insights, inference and algorithms, and tackles data science challenges across product, sales, marketing, economics, infrastructure and operations. She holds a PhD in statistics from Stanford University.


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Nicolas Christin(Panel Speaker)

I am an Associate Research Professor in the School of Computer Science and in Engineering and Public Policy at Carnegie Mellon University. I am affiliated with the Institute for Software Research (Societal Computing program), and am a core faculty member of CyLab, our university-wide security institute. I also have courtesy appointments in the Electrical and Computer Engineering department, and in the Information Networking Institute.

I received a Diplôme d'Ingénieur (1999) from École Centrale de Lille, a Master's (2000) and a Ph.D. (2003) in Computer Science from the University of Virginia. In the final year (2002-2003) of my Ph.D., I was working at Nortel Networks. I then spent two wonderful years (2003-2005) as a postdoctoral fellow in the School of Information at UC Berkeley, before joining Carnegie Mellon in July 2005. I was a faculty-in-residence for three years (2005-2008) in CyLab Japan, the research and education center CMU used to have in Kōbe, which remains one of my favorite cities. After coming back to the US, I served as Associate Director of the Information Networking Institute from 2008 through 2013, and as a research faculty in ECE from 2013 through 2016.


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Canghai Ji

Title: BitBlock capital & Fiat Capital co-founder

Victor Ji, CPA, Chair of Harvard Kennedy School Blockchain and Cryptocurrency Club. Executive partner of BitBlock Capital and Vice President of FIAT Capital, City Super node of Block360. Graduate student of MPAID program at Harvard Kennedy School. MBA X-plan student from Guanghua School of Management at Peking University. Early investor of ETH, Dash and Walton.

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Scott Likens

As PwC’s New Services and Emerging Technology Leader, Scott’s focus is to help clients in diverse industries use emerging technologies (arti cial intelligence, blockchain, customer experience and other digital strategies) to grow their business.

He has more than 20 years of experience in enterprise technology, spanning digital strategy and transformation, technology-enhanced business and IT strategy, enterprise architecture as it relates to emerging tech, agile engineering, e-commerce, advanced analytics, mobile technologies and social customer engagement.


Internet of Things

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Vyas Sekar (Topic Speaker)

Vyas Sekar is an Associate Professor in the ECE Department at Carnegie Mellon University, with a courtesy appointment in the CS Department. His research spans networking, security, and systems. He is now affiliated with CyLab.

Sekar received his Ph.D. from the computer science department at Carnegie Mellon University in 2010. He earned his bachelor's degree from the Indian Institute of Technology Madras, where he was awarded the President of India Gold Medal. His work has been recognized with best paper awards at ACM SIGCOMM, ACM CoNext, and ACM Multimedia.



Grace Gu

Title: Principal & Head of Eastern China

Bio: Grace Gu is the Principal & Head of Eastern China. Her Investments include Qingtengyun,  Data Grand, Jike, FlowerPlus, Papitube, Panda TV, etc.

Before joining ZhenFund, Grace was a senior investment analyst at Shanda Innovations, where she participated in several mobile Internet deals for sourcing, execution and portfolio management.

Grace graduated in 2010 with a Bachelor's degree in Accounting & Finance from the University of Hong Kong.


Alex Hawkinson

Title: CEO at SmartThings, Founder of Mural Ventures

Bio: Alex Hawkinson is the founder and chairman of Mural Ventures from 2005. Since graduating from CMU, Alex has built 6 companies including SmartThings which has more than 100 million users and more than 250 thousand developers all over the world and has been acquired by Samsung. Alex has profound experience aroun d innovation and entrepreneurship. Prior to founding SmartThings in 2012, Alex has spent 15 years in leadership positions with cloud-based technology companies.

Alex is an entrepreneur and thought leader in the emerging “Internet of Things” space. Hawkinson believes that the Physical Graph represents the next major phase of the Internet that will create revolutionary change in every facet of life from the home to the office to the gym.


Xuhui Shao

Title: MP of Tsingyuan Ventures

Bio: Dr. Xuhui Shao is the Managing Partner of Tsingyuan Ventures, a technology-focused venture fund investing in early stage startups in the US. His investment focus has been AI applications and enterprise software.

Before that Xuhui has been Yahoo’s Vice President of Engineering for data and advertising platforms.

Previously, he has been the CTO of Turn (acquired by SingTel for $310M), VP Analytics at ID Analytics (acquired by Lifelock for $170M).

Xuhui earned his BS and MS degrees from Tsinghua University, Beijing, and his Ph.D. in EECS from University of Minnesota.


Jie Zhao

Title: Executive Vice President, Head of Delos Labs

Bio: At Delos, Jie leads the research and development team – Delos Labs. His responsibility is leading a group of scientists, engineers, architects, and designers to research and develop innovative products and services to improve human wellness in indoor spaces. He also manages external academic relationships, supports primary research in the Well Living Lab, and provides strategic and technical advice to Delos Asia. Prior to Delos, Jie worked at Lutron Electronics, one of the biggest lighting control companies in the world, as a senior building science engineer.

As a researcher, Jie’s work focuses on human-building interactions, including smart building controls, occupant behavior in buildings, building information and performance modeling, indoor environmental quality, and its impact on human health and well-being. He published 20+ scientific articles and serves as reviewers for more than 10 top tier academic journals and conferences. As a public speaker, he spoke at dozens of academic and industry conferences and panels.

Jie received his PhD in Building Performance and Diagnostics from Carnegie Mellon University, and Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees in Electrical Engineering and Automation from Tongji University in Shanghai, China. He cares about animal welfare, environmental protection, and public health in developing countries. Currently, He is a Guide to the Resolution Project, an NGO focuses on developing socially responsible young leaders and empowering them to make a positive impact today.

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Zain Gulamali

Zain Gulamali is a Amazon Alexa Fund invest from Amazon Corporate Developmentand Ventrues. Venture capital and growth equity investor with 12 years of experience in consumer and enterprise technology investing, M&A, strategy, and business development in mobile

and consumer sectors. Experience in venture capital at Amazon Alexa Fund (early-stage to growth equity), strategic partnerships as consumer internet operating leader at Pocket Gems, growth equity investing at Warburg Pincus, and M&A at Goldman Sachs. Unique combination of computer science, media, and management training at Stanford Graduate School of Business and MIT.


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Michael Shamos

Michael Shamos is Distinguished Career Professor in the School of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University and Director of the M.S. in Artificial Intelligence and Innovation in the Language Technologies Institute. He was Director of the MSIT eBusiness Technology Program from its inception in 2004 until its termination in 2018 and is a Director of the Universal Library. Dr. Shamos has also served as statutory examiner of computerized voting system for the Secretary of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, participating in over 120 examinations. In addition, he has held key roles in the Web Law Firm, Unilogic Ltd., and Lexeme Corporation. Since 1988 he has been a Contributing Editor of Billiards Digest magazine. Dr. Shamos earned an M.S. and M. Phil. from Yale University, as well as a law degree from Duquesne University.