Strata in London 2013 Keynote Speakers

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Francine Bennett

Francine Bennett
CEO and Cofounder, Mastodon C

Francine Bennett is a data scientist, and is the CEO and cofounder of Mastodon C. Mastodon C are agile big data specialists, who offer the open source Hadoop-powered technology and the technical and analytical skills which help organisations to... Read More.

10:10 Monday, 11/11/2013
The NHS produces an amazing amount of detailed raw data about health, prescribing, doctors, hospitals, and so on. The data's a great resource for data scientists to experiment with and learn on - it's very rich, interesting, and important to society. This session will discuss the available datasets and work through some example analyses of the data from different perspectives. Full Details
James Burke

James Burke

James Burke has been called “One of the most intriguing minds in the Western world” (Washington Post). His audience is global. His influence in the field of the public understanding of science and technology is acknowledged in citations by such... Read More.

10:15 Tuesday, 12/11/2013
Keynote by James Burke, science and technology historian, futurist, and author. Full Details
Doug Cutting

Doug Cutting
Chief Architect, Cloudera

Doug Cutting is the chief architect at Cloudera and the founder of numerous successful open source projects, including Lucene, Nutch, Avro, and Hadoop. Doug joined Cloudera from Yahoo, where he was a key member of the team that built and... Read More.

9:10 Monday, 11/11/2013
As technology further pervades enterprises, each generates more data. Once harnessed, this data can enhance business, enabling growth. A new home for data has arrived to better support this: the Enterprise Data Hub, with Apache Hadoop at its center. Doug will discuss the trends that drive this and speculate on where they lead. Full Details
Felienne Hermans

Felienne Hermans
Assistant professor, Delft University of Technology

Felienne is a professor and an entrepreneur in the field of spreadsheets. Her PhD thesis centers around techniques to extract information from spreadsheets and present that in a visual way, to support users in improving and understanding them. In 2010... Read More.

9:40 Monday, 11/11/2013
In this talk Felienne will summarize her recently completed PhD research on the topic of spreadsheet structure visualization, spreadsheet smells and clone detection, as well as presenting a sneak peek into the future of spreadsheet research as Delft University. Full Details
Tim Kelsey

Tim Kelsey
National Director for Patients and Information, National Health Service

Tim Kelsey, National Director for Patients and Information joined NHS England in 2012 from HM Government where he was the first Executive Director of Transparency and Open Data.

Tim is a leading advocate of a popular knowledge revolution in... Read More.

10:25 Monday, 11/11/2013
Keynote by Tim Kelsey, National Director for Patients and Information, National Health Service. Full Details
Mark Madsen

Mark Madsen
Research Analyst, Third Nature

Mark Madsen is a research analyst at Third Nature, where he advises companies on data strategy and technology planning. Mark has designed analysis, data collection, and data management infrastructure for companies worldwide. He focuses on two types of work: the... Read More.

9:15 Tuesday, 12/11/2013
We hear stories of how big data is unprecedented and about the latest disruptive products to hit the market, products that are totally different and will change everything. Yet looking at the underlying concepts, most of these aren’t all that new and the ones that are new are being explained in the terms of the old, in the same way cars were described as “horseless carriages.” Full Details
Max Ogden

Max Ogden
Developer, Independent

Max Ogden is the director of Code for Science, a nonprofit behind the Dat Project, a open source distributed filesystem for the web that synchronizes large datasets over a peer-to-peer network. Max is a computer programmer of civic media, open... Read More.

9:55 Monday, 11/11/2013
Dat aims to bring a distributed collaboration flow to big data. Git and Github have done it for source code, but we don't yet have a social data solution. Full Details
Duncan Ross

Duncan Ross
Data and Analytics Director, TES Global

Duncan Ross is data and analytics director at TES Global. Duncan has been a data miner since the mid-1990s. Previously at Teradata, Duncan created analytical solutions across a number of industries, including warranty and root cause analysis in manufacturing... Read More.

9:30 Monday, 11/11/2013
Big data has proved it's worth in a number of industries, but it's not the size or the storage that is making the difference. The organisations that are delivering most value are the ones that have realised the need to drive analytics into the heart of their decision making process. Full Details
Gavin Starks

Gavin Starks
CEO, Open Data Institute

With a unique background in business, technology, science and media, Gavin has broad and deep knowledge of how data can change the world.

He began developing internet-based research tools in 1993, and joined Branson’s award-winning Virgin Net (now Virgin... Read More.

Julie Steele

Julie Steele
Director, Communications, Silicon Valley Data Science

Julie Steele thinks in metaphors and finds beauty in the clear communication of ideas. She is particularly drawn to visual media as a way to understand and transmit information. Julie is coauthor of Beautiful Visualization (O’Reilly, 2010) and Designing Data... Read More.

9:55 Tuesday, 12/11/2013
Data science may seem like a revolutionary new field, but it is merely the latest incarnation of a tradition as old as we are: storytelling. And because it is part of such an inherently human practice, it is most valuable when it takes humanity into account. This talk explores how to use data and the techniques associated with data to build things that matter, by looking back to look forward. Full Details
Kaitlin Thaney

Kaitlin Thaney
Director, Mozilla Science Lab

Kaitlin is the director of the Mozilla Science Lab, a new open science initative at Mozilla to help researchers use the power of the web to change science’s future. She’s previously worked at Digital Science, a technology company out of... Read More.

9:00 Tuesday, 12/11/2013
Program Chairs, Edd Dumbill and Kaitlin Thaney, open the second day of keynotes. Full Details
9:00 Monday, 11/11/2013
Program Chairs, Edd Dumbill and Kaitlin Thaney, open the first day of keynotes. Full Details
Edd Wilder-James

Edd Wilder-James
VP of Strategy, Silicon Valley Data Science

Edd Wilder-James is a technology analyst, writer, and entrepreneur based in California. He’s helping transform businesses with data as VP of strategy for Silicon Valley Data Science. Formerly Edd Dumbill, Edd was the founding program chair for... Read More.

9:00 Tuesday, 12/11/2013
Program Chairs, Edd Dumbill and Kaitlin Thaney, open the second day of keynotes. Full Details
9:00 Monday, 11/11/2013
Program Chairs, Edd Dumbill and Kaitlin Thaney, open the first day of keynotes. Full Details

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