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Wednesday opening remarks

Ben Lorica (O'Reilly Media), Roger Chen (.)
8:50am–8:55am Wednesday, September 20, 2017
Location: Grand Ballroom B
Average rating: *****
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Program chairs Ben Lorica and Roger Chen open the second day of keynotes.

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Ben Lorica

O'Reilly Media

Ben Lorica is the chief data scientist at O’Reilly Media. Ben has applied business intelligence, data mining, machine learning, and statistical analysis in a variety of settings, including direct marketing, consumer and market research, targeted advertising, text mining, and financial engineering. His background includes stints with an investment management company, internet startups, and financial services.

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Roger Chen


Roger Chen is the program cochair for the O’Reilly Artificial Intelligence Conference. Previously, he was a principal at O’Reilly AlphaTech Ventures (OATV), where he invested in and worked with early-stage startups primarily in the realm of data, machine learning, and robotics. Roger has a deep and hands-on history with technology; before he worked in venture capital, he was an engineer at Oracle, EMC, and Vicor and developed novel nanotechnology as a PhD researcher at UC Berkeley. Roger holds a BS from Boston University and a PhD from UC Berkeley, both in electrical engineering.