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Ingo Mierswa is an industry-veteran data scientist since starting to develop RapidMiner at the Artificial Intelligence Division of the University of Dortmund, Germany. Mierswa, the scientist, has authored numerous award-winning publications about predictive analytics and big data. Mierswa, the entrepreneur, is the founder of RapidMiner. Under his leadership RapidMiner has grown up to 300% per year over the past five years. In 2012, he spearheaded the go-international strategy with the opening of offices in the US.
Michele Chambers is an entrepreneurial executive with over 25 years of industry experience. Chambers has books published by Wiley and Pearson FT Press on Big Data and Modern Analytics. Prior to RapidMiner, Chambers held executive leadership roles at database and analytic companies, Netezza, Revolution Analytics and MemSQL. Chambers has been responsible for strategy, sales, marketing, product management, channels and business development. Chambers holds a BS in Computer Engineering from Nova Southeastern University and an MBA from Duke University.
With more than 25 years of experience, Baltier is a veteran of computer software and technology industries. Most recently he was chief financial officer of Gizmox, a leader in the HTML5 mobile application space. Previously, he was the chief financial officer for StreamBase Systems, a leader in complex event processing (CEP) that was acquired by TIBCO. Baltier has also served as the CFO of XyEnterprise, Reef Point Systems and Phonetic Systems.
Usama Fayyad is the executive chairman at Oasis500 and the Chairman and CTO at ChoozOn Corp (Blue Kangaroo.) Previously he founded Open Insights LLC and was Yahoo’s chief data officer. He co-founded the DMX Group and Audience Science (digiMine, Inc.) and led data mining & Exploration at Microsoft Research. He also worked at NASA.
JJ Sendelbach is the founder and managing director of Doublejay Consulting, C-level consultants to the consulting and technology industry. Sendelbach is also a member of the board of directors for PHI Vault and DB Alumni. Previously he was a partner at Droege & Company, New York; the COO at WestLB, New York, Deutsche Bank, North America and Deutsche Bank Capital Markets, Japan.
Jason Whitmire is a Partner at Earlybird Venture Capital where he focuses on Cloud Computing, Analytics and Mobility. Jason has built, led and exited two companies which reached global leadership (FSMLabs and Wind River Systems). Prior to that Jason co-founded the software business at Comneon (one of the fastest growing mobile software companies in history).
Patrik Backman is a Managing Partner at Open Ocean Capital Oy. Before co-founding Open Ocean’s venture capital operation, Backman was part of the MySQL management team. Backman is a co-founder of SkySQL Ab, board member at Nosto Oy and has been adviser to Open Ocean portfolio companies WOT Services, Commerce Guys, Zentyal, Nordic Telecom and TrueCaller.
Prof. Dr. Katharina Morik is head of the Artificial Intelligence Unit at the University of Dortmund, Germany. She was one of the founders of the research on machine learning and data mining in Germany and is an internationally acknowledged expert in machine learning, data mining, and knowledge discovery. Among many other research and industry projects, she coordinated and lead the successful multi-national European research project Mining Mart covering research on and applications of innovative data mining technology.
Prof. Dr. Thorsten Joachims is associate professor at the Department of Computer Science at the Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, USA. He is an internationally acknowledged expert in machine learning, support vector machines, statistical learning theory, text classification, text mining, web mining, information retrieval, and intelligent information systems.