Join practitioners from a range of industries to learn how they’re putting new tools and massive data sets to work. We’ll hear how music, geophysics, and the legal system are all changing by putting huge, rich information into the hands of business.
Kenneth Cukier is a senior editor overseeing data and digital products of the Economist. Previously, he was the paper’s Tokyo correspondent and before that, its technology correspondent in London. Kenneth is the coauthor of the award-winning book Big Data: A Revolution that Transforms How We Work, Live and Think, a New York Times bestseller that has been translated into over 20 languages, as well as a regular commentator in the media on business and technology and a frequent public speaker on trends in big data.
Adam is currently CTO of Happtique. He is a technologist with broad experience creating software products and services in various industries. He recently worked at Microsoft as a Program Manager creating cloud-based products in the SQL organization. Prior to that he was the CIO of Business Intelligence Associates, Inc. (BIA) where he built their industry leading e-discovery software and managed data analytics projects involving large corporate databases. He has also worked on ecommerce systems, such as Gateway.com, and has spoken at conferences, including the first O’Reilly Strata conference. He is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) and has a BA from Vassar College in Physics and Philosophy.
As a Technology Evangelist at Amazon, Jinesh Varia helps businesses take advantage of disruptive technologies like Cloud Computing that are changing the way businesses compete in the new web world. Jinesh has spoken at more than 150 conferences around the world. His passion lies in architecture, design and XML Web services. Jinesh has over 15 years experience in XML and Web services and has worked with standards-based working groups in XBRL. Prior to joining Amazon as an evangelist, he held several positions in UBmatrix including Solutions Architect, Enterprise Team Lead and Software engineer, working on various financial services projects including Call Modernization Project at FDIC. He was also lead developer at Penn State Data Center, Institute of Regional Affairs. Jinesh’s publications have been published in ACM and IEEE. Jinesh is originally from India and holds a Master’s degree in Information Systems from Penn State University.
Has a BSc in EE and MSc / DSc degrees in OR. He is PSR’s founder and president, and has been involved in the following areas: E&G market reform – In the market reform area, Dr. Pereira has been an advisor to Brazil, Chile, China, the six countries of Central America, Colombia, Peru, Turkey and Venezuela. In Brazil, Dr. Pereira has been an advisor to the regulator, National System Operator; and Wholesale Energy Market. He was also the principal advisor to the Ministry-level committee that managed the 2001 energy supply crisis; to the Presidential committee that investigated the causes of rationing; and to the Energy Minister on post-rationing reforms. Since 2003, with the government change, Dr. Pereira has been a special advisor to the new Energy Minister on E&G issues. In particular, he has been directly involved in the design and implementation of the energy contracting auctions for discos, which since 2004 have resulted in the award of US$ 60 billion in contracts to generation investors. Market studies – Dr. Pereira has been a principal architect of Brazil’s Bioelectricity program, for private investment in several thousand MWs of competitive cogeneration from sugarcane-based ethanol. He has also coordinated several valuation studies of generation and distribution assets, and investment analysis of new generation and transmission projects, gas pipelines and international G&E interconnections. Model development – Dr. Pereira developed the well-known stochastic dual DP methodology, used by the National System Operator for the dispatch of Brazil’s 95 GW hydrothermal generation systems; and by the Wholesale Energy Market for the calculation of spot prices. He also contributed to the development of mathematical decomposition techniques used in integrated resource planning, risk management; and physical / financial port-folio optimization. Lecturing/academic – Dr. Pereira has been an invited speaker on power sector issues in almost all Latin American countries, plus Austria, Canada, China, France, New Zealand, Norway, Spain, Sweden, Turkey and USA. He was a professor of electrical engineering at PUC-Rio; a visiting professor at the IIT, in Spain; and has authored four books and two hundred papers in refereed journals and conferences. Dr. Pereira received the Franz Edelman Award from the American Operations Research Society for his work on hydrothermal coordination in Brazil; the Rio Branco Medal, from Brazil’s Presidency, for his contributions to the country’s power sector; and is an elected member of the Brazilian Academy of Sciences.
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