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March 25-28, 2019
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Successfully deploy machine learning while managing its risks

Andrew Burt (, Steven Touw (Immuta), richard geering (Immuta), Joseph Regensburger (Immuta), Alfred Rossi (Immuta)
1:30pm5:00pm Tuesday, March 26, 2019
Average rating: *****
(5.00, 2 ratings)

Who is this presentation for?

  • Executives and managers who want to embrace ML in the enterprise



Materials or downloads needed in advance

  • A WiFi-enabled laptop

What you'll learn

  • Understand why risk management is key to successfully adopting machine learning across the enterprise


As ML becomes increasingly important for businesses and data science teams alike, managing its risks is quickly becoming one of the biggest challenges to the technology’s widespread adoption. Join Andrew Bur, Steven Touw, Richard Geering, Joseph Regensburger, and Alfred Rossi for a hands-on overview of how to train, validate, and audit machine learning models (ML) in practice. You’ll learn practical tools and best practices to help safely deploy ML while fully harnessing the technology.


Phase 1:
Get in-depth overviews of how ML works in practice and learn best practices for risk management in ML across teams. You’ll focus on understanding both opaque algorithms and large datasets, and how they may adapt and change over time.

Phase 2:
In teams, you’ll tackle concrete data science problems to learn how and when ML solves specific problems within the enterprise, how to apply ML to maximize the value of corporate data while minimizing its downsides, and how to manage teams of data scientists engaged in deploying ML within their companies.

Phase 3:
You’ll determine the lessons your team learned from their particular use case, then combine these shared insights to illustrate the benefits of a robust risk management framework for ML.

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Andrew Burt

Andrew is Managing Partner at, a boutique law firm focused on AI and analytics, and Chief Legal Officer at Immuta. He is also a Visiting Fellow at Yale Law School’s Information Society Project. Previously, Andrew served as Special Advisor for Policy to the head of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Cyber Division, where he served as lead author on the FBI’s after action report for the 2014 attack on Sony.

A leading authority on the intersection between law and technology, Andrew has published articles in The New York Times, The Financial Times, and Harvard Business Review, where he is a regular contributor.

Andrew is a term-member of the Council on Foreign Relations, a member of the Washington, D.C. and Virginia State Bars, and a certified cyber incident response handler. He holds a JD from Yale Law School and a BA with first-class honors from McGill University.

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Steven Touw


Steve Touw is the cofounder and CTO of Immuta. Steve has a long history of designing large-scale geotemporal analytics across the US intelligence community, including some of the very first Hadoop analytics, as well as frameworks to manage complex multitenant data policy controls. He and his cofounders at Immuta drew on this real-world experience to build a software product to make data security and privacy controls easier. Previously, Steve was the CTO of 42six (acquired by Computer Sciences Corporation), where he led a large big data services engineering team. Steve holds a BS in geography from the University of Maryland.

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richard geering


Richard Geering is vice president of governance, risk, and compliance at Immuta. He has over 20 years’ experience in the financial services industry, in global leadership roles in risk, sales, and trading in London, New York, and Barbados. Most recently, he was the chief operational risk officer for a global custodian bank. Richard holds a BSc (with honors) in physics from the University of Nottingham.

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Joseph Regensburger


Joseph Regensburger leads the Research Group at Immuta, where he focuses on model risk management and privacy-preserving machine learning. Previously, he was chief scientist at Illumination Works, LLC and principal research scientist at the Battelle Memorial Institute. Joseph has led research efforts characterizing airport security screening devices, engineering image analysis software, and developing machine learning algorithms for biological detection. He received both Battelle’s Technical Achievement Award and Illumination Works’s Innovation Award. He holds a PhD in physics from the Ohio State University, where his research focused on experimental high-energy physics—specifically the detection of rare decays of D0 mesons.

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Alfred Rossi


Alfred Rossi is a theoretical computer scientist and research scientist at Immuta, where his efforts are currently focused on differential privacy and model risk management. His research interests include clustering (especially in alternative settings) and privacy. Alfred holds a PhD in computer science and an MS in physics, both from the Ohio State University.

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03/27/2019 3:45am PDT

This was an excellent presentation.

Olga Sattler | HEADHUNTER
03/25/2019 10:04am PDT

Hi Steven,

I saw that you are a speaker at the Strata Conference; I’m looking forward to your presentation. I have been following your company for the last couple of months and I am very impressed with your success.
I would love to introduce myself and discuss a strategic partnership with your company. I have helped many companies in the Big Data and Analytics space such as Amazon, Bosch, Samsung, Graphcore, LG Eletronics MapR, Platfora, Couchbase, Snowflake, MongoDB, E8 Security, Imply, Streamsets and many more with their challenging hiring needs.

I am looking forward to meeting you soon. Good luck with your speech.


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