Priyanka Saxena

Senior Manager, Deloitte

Priyanka Saxena is a senior manager within Deloitte’s Banking practice. Priyanka focuses on providing technology-oriented business solutions to financial services clients. She leads current state assessments, roadmap development, vendor selection, IT strategy consulting, and profitability implementations. She is also deep in payments and blockchain domain.

Samira Shaikh

Assistant Professor of Cognitive Science, UNC Charlotte

Dr. Shaikh is an Assistant Professor in the Computer Science Department in the College of Computing and Informatics at the University of North Carolina – Charlotte (UNCC). She has a joint appointment with the Department of Psychology as an Assistant Professor in Cognitive Science. She is also affiliate faculty member of the Data Science Initiative […]

Douglas Shoemaker

Director of Research and Outreach, Center for Applied Geographic Information Science, UNC Charlotte

Douglas A. Shoemaker is a Geospatial Analyst investigating urbanization and its impact on socio-ecological systems. He is also Director of Research and Outreach at the Center for Applied GIScience at UNC Charlotte. Co-developer of the FUTURES urbanization model, Shoemaker employs integrative modeling of “Big” spatial data to explore spatio-temporal dynamics that link human and environmental […]

Amaresh Tripathy

Principal, PwC Advisory Group

Amaresh is a Principal in PwC’s Advisory group. He founded the firm’s advanced analytics practice, which he helps to manage. Amaresh has helped Fortune 500 companies in multiple industries (healthcare, retail & consumer, communications) to use bottoms-up data analytics in strategic decision making. His work has focused on developing growth and pricing strategies, defining market […]

Ryan Wesslen

PhD candidate in Computing and Information Systems at UNC Charlotte

Ryan Wesslen is a PhD candidate in Computing and Information Systems at UNC Charlotte. His research focuses on integrating computer science methods with social science research: the emerging field of computational social science. His publications center on social media and text analysis in a range of disciplines including visual analytics, communications, management, and psychology. He […]

John Williams

Research Engineer, UNC Charlotte

John Williams began his career as a Research Assistant in Professor Dan Janies’ lab while studying as an undergraduate at UNC Charlotte. In this role he curated a database of venom-encoding genes that could be explored through a conjoined web application. After graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science in 2016, John began […]

Paul Zikopoulos - Keynote

VP of Big Data, IBM

Paul is an award-winning author, speaker and future trends expert and the VP of Big Data and Cognitive Systems at IBM. Named one of the “50 Big Data Twitter Influencers” by SAP, Paul has served as a big data consultant for “60 Minutes” and multiple universities, and has been named an expert on big data […]