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What Does It Tell Us? - Panelist Bios & Photos

What Does It Tell Us?


Seth Grimes (Moderator) - Alta Plana Corporation

Seth Grimes is an analytics strategist with Washington DC based Alta Plana Corporation. He is founding chair of the Text Analytics Summit and Sentiment Analysis Symposium and the leading industry analyst covering text analytics. Seth consults, writes, and speaks on business intelligence, data management and analysis systems, text mining, visualization, and related topics.


Noah Smith - Carnegie Mellon

Noah Smith is the Finmeccanica Associate Professor of Language Technologies and Machine Learning in the School of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University. He received his Ph.D. in Computer Science, as a Hertz Foundation Fellow, from Johns Hopkins University in 2006 and his B.S. in Computer Science and B.A. in Linguistics from the University of Maryland in 2001. His research interests include statistical natural language processing, especially unsupervised methods, machine learning for structured data, and applications of natural language processing. His book, Linguistic Structure Prediction, covers many of these topics. He serves on the editorial board of the journal Computational Linguistics and the Journal of Artificial Intelligence Research and received a best paper award at the ACL 2009 conference. His research group, Noah's ARK, is supported by the NSF (including an NSF CAREER award), DARPA, Qatar NRF, IARPA, ARO, Portugal FCT, and gifts from Google, HP Labs, IBM Research, and Yahoo Research.


VS Subramanian - University of Maryland

V.S. Subrahmanian is Professor of Computer Science and Director of the Center for Digital International Government at the University of Maryland. He is the principal designer of the first algorithm to track sentiment on a continuous-valued scale with high accuracy - the resulting system received a major award from Computerworld magazine. He led the development of the ATTUNE system that tracks terrorist usage of YouTube in real-time. He has made important contributions to social network research via the fastest algorithms to date to find patterns in social networks, as well as algorithms to identify missing data and anomalous behavior in social networks, and leveraging diffusive phenomena for international security and commercial applications. He has published 4 books, edited 5 books, and published over 200 papers. His work/opinions have been featured in numerous media sources including the Washington Post, Baltimore Sun, New York Times and the Economist. He is one of the founders of Sentimetrix, serves on the Board of Directors of the Development Gateway, and on Advisory Boards for Tata Consultancy Services and CosmosID.


David Broniatowski - Synexxus

David A. Broniatowski is a research affiliate at MIT and senior research scientist at SYNEXXUS, Inc. He is the originator of the algorithms underlying BLUE OCEAN analytics. David holds a Ph.D. degree from MIT’s engineering systems division, with research experiences cutting across engineering, management, the social sciences, and aerospace, defense, and health care domains. His research interests focus on computational social science from both empirical and theoretical perspectives. He earned S.B. and S.M. degrees in aeronautics and astronautics, respectively, as well as an S.M. degree in technology and policy, all from MIT. He has industry and research experience in the engineering, public policy, foreign policy, and entrepreneurial sectors.


Ravi Kumar - Yahoo! Research

Ravi Kumar joined Yahoo! Research in July 2005. Prior to this, he was a research staff member at the IBM Almaden Research Center in the Computer Science Principles and Methodologies group. He obtained his PhD in Computer Science from Cornell University in December 1997. His primary interests are web algorithms, algorithms for large data sets, and theory of computation.

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